Cultural Anthropology


ANTH 103 course for classes in 2015 thru 2017

SYLLABUS ANTH103 F’15 (version 10/11/15)  

Chicago Manual of Style (Author-Date) Guide 2015 [PDF]

INDIVIDUAL WRITTEN RESEARCH PROJECTM Mini-Ethnographic Research Paper [PDF] (Signature Assignment)

Mini-Ethnography Diet Recall & Food Beliefs Form [PDF]

Mini-Ethnographic Research Project Grading Rubric

College of the Canyons Library (online) A free online peer-reviewed research article database, posted by their authors (academic researchers).

“‘It all comes alive.’ Robbie Baer on Successful Service-Learning Projects with Anthropology of Food Students” (2015) by Lauren Moore, University of Kentucky

3-Day Diet Recall Southern Illinois University [PDF]

ORAL PRESENTATION OPTIONS Breakfast Club Cuisine Group Assignment & Culture Facts Form/Grading Rubric [PDF] Breakfast Club Culture Facts Presentation Example: “A Traditional Syrian Breakfast” [PDF]

(1) Medicinal Plant Walk at Sisar Creek in Upper Ojai, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 @ 8:30AM, Lanny (“Herb Walk”) Kaufer and Dr. James Adams (USC School of Pharmacy), Summit School parking lot, 12525 Ojai Santa Paula Rd., Ojai, CA 93023, Must Pre-Register: Cost: $35 general admission, $25 for students/staff from CoC.

(2) American Indian and Western Artifacts & Art, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 @ 11AM, Autry Museum. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027, Cost: $2/ea. for students/staff of CoC, $10 general admission), Info:   

(3)  Traditional Chumash Culture, Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 @ 9:30AM, Ventura Museum, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, CA 93001, Cost: $3/ea. students/staff of CoC, Link: 

CANCELED Dia De Los Muertos, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 @ TBD, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. LA, CA 90038, Cost: $20/person (exact change), Children 8 years and under and Seniors 65 and over free until 4pm, Info:

(4) American Indian Arts Marketplace, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 @ 10AM, Autry Museum. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027, Cost: $10 general admission, $9/ea. for students (no field trip discount), Info:

(5) LA Zoo [Human] Primate Observation Study, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 @10AM, 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Cost: $5 for COC Student with ID only (must sign up and pay by 11/12/15). Activity: Do a human primate behavior observation study (I will have the forms) but on an individual Homo sapiens or group. We will be joining students and faculty from several Physical Anthro classes at College of the Canyons. Since this field trip is for our class, a cultural anthropology class, we will do our primate observation study on human primates. You must fill out a form (I will print off some and bring them to class) and pre-pay the ticket price of $5 BEFORE 11/12.
Link: COC Anthropology Dept. Zoo Day Admissions Ticket
(I must have your “Instructor Copy” or this ticket is not valid)

EXTRA CREDIT MOVIE REVIEW Move Review (5 points) Extra Credit Information [PDF] Sample Movie Review [PDF] About 500 words
WEEK 1 Intro to Anthropology
“Introduction to Cultural Anthropology” [PDF] 7.1MB

Q: What are the four sub-fields of anthropology and careers of each?

A: The answer is at the above link “”

“Psychologists Welcome Analysis Casting Doubt on Their Work” by Benedict Carey (2015)

Globalization Issue #1: Fast Fashion
“The True Cost” Trailer 2:51 min. (2015) [VIDEO]
“The True Cost Behind the Scenes” 9 min. (2015) [VIDEO]
“Made in Bangladesh” By Mark Kelley (2015) 42:40 min [VIDEO]

Globalization Issue #2: International Food Chains  “Coca-Cola Forced to Shut Bottling Plant in India” (CorpWatch, 2014)  and “Hot Chocolate: How Cocoa Fueled the Conflict in Cote d’Ivoire (Global Witness, 2007)

WEEK 2 Culture
“Culture” [PDF] 3.7 MB
“Franz Boas – The Shackles of Tradition”  (1986) 52min.  [Video] Directed by André Singer, Bruce Dakowski

Scientific Method

Anthropological Theories (This source can not be cited in research)

WEEK 3 Fieldwork and Ethnography
“Fieldwork and Ethnography” [PDF]
“Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” by Horace Miner (1956)

“Capturing the Humans of New York” 3:51 min. (2015)  by Brandon Stanton [VIDEO]

“An Arranged Marriage” 8:13 min. by Lilly Singh [VIDEO]

“Maybe ‘Doing No Harm’ is Not the Best Way to Help Those Who Helped You” (2015) by Rob Borofsky

“Tales from the Jungle: Bronislaw Malinowski” (2009) 9 min. Part 1 of 6 [Video] Founder of modern social (cultural) anthropology and Polish social climber in England. He was the first to use “participant observation” as a research method. He claimed scientific impartiality but, according to his diaries released after his death, he was both a eurocentric and neurotic field researcher who despised his Trobriand Islander informants. BBC.[VIDEO]

“Recordings from The Good War” Recorded interviews with WWII veterans about how the war (and in some cases institutional racism) affected their lives. Conversations with Studs Terkel website.

Example of a “Thick Description”: Geertz, Clifford 1973 Deep play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight. In The Interpretation of Cultures. New York: Perseus Books Group.

Anthropology, Inc. Marketing consulting firm ReD uses ethnographic tools to study consumers in their day-to-day lives for their corporate clients in order to figure out how to sell them more stuff.

“Maybe ‘Doing No Harm’ is Not the Best Way to Help Those Who Helped You” by Robert Borofsky (2015)

“Survey 101: Best Practices for Every Step of Survey Creation” (2015)

“Likert Scale Examples for Surveys” (N.d.)

“Convenience Samples: What they are, and what they should (and should not) be used for” (N.d.)

WEEK 4 Language
“Language” [PDF] 4.5MBStudy Guide for Quiz #1
QUIZ #1 (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4)

“Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” (2012) 21:02 min. by Amy Cuddy [VIDEO]

“American Tongues” (1988) 3:53 min. An example of dialects and sociolects. [VIDEO]

“Dialect Road Trip! American Tongues #4” (2010) Includes Appalachia & mid- KY, Central OH, West TX dialects.[VIDEO]

“Weird and wonderful regional Words American Tongues #6” (2010) Cajun, West Texan, Brooklyn, NY, dialects.[VIDEO]

“Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in a scene from the movie “Shall We Dance” (1937) An example of sociolects.[VIDEO]

“How Girls Text Back” (2014) 5:43 min. by Lilly Singh [VIDEO]

“Functional flexibility in wild bonobo vocal behavior” (2015) [VIDEO]

WEEK 5 Health and Illness
“Health and Illness” [PDF] 6.2MB
“Alongside a Doctor’s Care, A Dose of Traditional Healing” (2015) by Pascal Bonnefoy

“The Chains of Mental Illness in West Africa” by Benedict Carey (2015) NYT [VIDEO]

“After Nepal Quakes, Worries in the Water” by Pierre Kattar (2015) NYT 6:34min. [VIDEO]

The Americanization of Mental Illness”  (2010) by Ethen Watters, New York Times

“The Culture High” 2:22 min. (2014) [VIDEO]

“Who You Callin’ a Savage? The Beauty and Brilliance of Indian Science” by Steve Russell (8/3/15)

WEEK 6 Gender 1
“Gender” [PDF] 7.8 MB
Elen Pao Disrupts How Silicon Valley Does Business by Farhad Manjoo [Article about bias in tech industry]

Sita Sings the Blues by Nina Paley (2009) 1:21:32 [VIDEO]

“Everybody in dresses: Why does gender neutral clothing always mean ‘boy’ clothes for girls?” (2015) by Audra Williams

“Revealing Garments: A Brief History of Women’s Underwear” (2012) 1 hr. 34 min. by H. Kristina Haugland (Inequality & Gender) [VIDEO]

“The Problem with Women” (1950s) 6:09 min [VIDEO]

WEEK 7 Gender II “Break Free” (2014) 5:17min. by Written, Directed & Produced by Ruby Rose

“Brave New Girl [Caitlyn Jenner]” (2015) Daily Show“Famous Lesbians”(2011) 3:01Min.

“Famous Lesbians 2” (2013) 3:38 min.“Stars Who Came Out of the Closet in 2014” (2015) 1:08 min.

“Openly Gay Celebrities”(2013) 12:21 min. by Moraccan Like Me

 WEEK 7  Kinship, Family and Marriage
“Kinship, Family & Marriage” [PDF] 6.8MB
 Kinship and Descent, Part 1 by Ira R Abrams, Lisa Sonne and David Carradine, Insight Media (1983) 26:19 min.
WEEK 8 Race and Racism
“Race and Racism” [PDF] 23.9MB
QUIZ #2 

“Does Racism Affect How You Vote?” by Nate Silver (2009) 9:16min.

Race: The Power of Illusion by PBS (2014) 5:14 min.

Race: The Power of Illusion, Episode 2 by PBS (2010) 5:30 min.

“Six Things Not to Say to a Mixed-Race Person” (2015) Article and Video by Marina Watanabe

Black to White Transformation (2013) 5:48 min. A French black family gets transformed into a white family by professional makeup artists and are shocked at the results. The film clips are from the French documentary “Dans la Peau d’un Noir” (“In the Skin of a Black Person”) (2012) 3:17:54.

WEEK 9 Class & Inequality (Class) Part 1
“Class & Inequality Part 1” Ch. 11 [PDF] 8.3 MB
“How economic inequality harms societies”
by Richard Wilkinson (2011) 16:54min.”The True Cost”  5 min. (2015) (Human rights abuses of the business of “fast fashion”) [VIDEO]“The Hidden Reason for Poverty the World Needs to Know”
by Gary Huagen (2015) 22:08 min.“Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming”
by Nick Hanauer (2014) 20:22 min.
WEEK 10 Class & Inequality (Caste) Part 2
“Class & Inequality Part 2” Ch. 11 [PDF] 8.3 MB
Breakfast Club: 
Regional Cuisine:
Local cuisines:
Members:“India Untouched: Stories of a People Apart”
Feature Documentary by Stalin K. Part 1 of 4” (2014) 30:17 min [VIDEO]
WEEK 11 Ethnicity and Nationalism
“Ethnicity and Nationalism” [PDF] 7.8 MB
Breakfast Club
Regional Cuisine:
Local Cuisines:
Members:Read Chapter 7 “Ethnicity and Nationalism”Ethnicity as a source of persecution and opportunity:Persecution (ethnic cleansing, torture, refugees): “Sabreen Tells Her Story” 4:24 min. (2015) UNHCR [VIDEO]Opportunity (ethnic comedy, stereotyping): “Black People” 4:11 min.  (2011) by Russell Peters [VIDEO]
WEEK 12 Class & Inequality (Caste)

Study Guide: Quiz #3

QUIZ #3 

Read Chapter 13: “Migration”

WEEK 13 Migration
“Migration” [PDF] 12 MB 
Breakfast Club: 
Regional Cuisine:
Local Cuisine(s):
Members:Read Chapter 13: “Migration”“The Migrant Journey through Brooks Country, Texas” (2014) by Robert Macaisa (LMU)SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISES:“The European Refugee Crises and Syrian Refugees Explained”  September 17, 2015  [VIDEO] UN Refugee Agency“Loss of hope and deepening poverty driving Syrians to seek refuge in Europe” September 25, 2015 UNHCR“Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East?” by Eliza Grizwold July 22, 2015 New York Times“As Hungarian Camerawoman Apologizes, Video of Food Tossed at Penned Migrants Stirs Fresh Outrage” September 11, 2015 New York Times  [VIDEO]“Losing hope and fearful for their families, skilled Syrians join refugee exodus” September 28, 2015 UNHCR“Who is Fighting Whom in Syria” September 30, 2015 New York Times“Mapping the Battle For Syria [Map]” September 30, 2015 New York Times
WEEK 14 Religion“Religion” (Chapter 15) [PDF] 6.5MB

“Apache Girl’s Rite of Passage” (New Mexico, USA) [VIDEO] 4:49 min. National Geographic

“Male Circumcision” [VIDEO] 4:57 min. The Eastern Cape Province of South Africa is home to the Xhosa people, one of the nation’s largest tribes. National Geographic.

“Speaking to the Dead” [VIDEO] In the jungles of Gabon in Central Africa, people seek take a rite of passage into a better life by taking the herb eboga,a mind-altering drug that brings on violent, terrifying visions, and occasionally even death in an ancient Bwiti ritual.National Geographic.

“Drug Tourists” [VIDEO] Local believers and Western tourists take the hallucinogen Ayuhuasa in a Peruvian rainforest. 4:57 min. National Geographic.

“Santeria” (Yoruba’s Father God of Healing Babalú-Ayé (an orisha or “spirit”) is worshipped together with Catholicism’s St. Lazerous with a pilgrimage and animal sacrifice in Havana, Cuba) 5:06min. [VIDEO] National Geographic.

Read Chapter 15 “ReligionThe Source Family (2012) 1:27min. trailer [VIDEO]
“Native American Spirituality” (N.d.) 45:15 min. [VIDEO] Documentary“How Superstition Works” (2013) by Stuart Vyse [VIDEO]Axial Age (900 BCE-200 BCE): Monotheism, Universal Laws, Spirituality and Personal Responsibility (less ritual) Judaism, Zorasterism, Jainism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confuciusism, and Post-Axial Age (200 BCE – 650 CE): Equality (Christianity, Islam)




Quiz #4 Study Guide  [PDF]

QUIZ #4 



If you were to take n credits of classes and get an A in all of them, your GPA afterwards would be (1202.5+4n)/(120+n).  Set that equal to 3.8, solve, and you find that you need 780 credits to pull it off.  At 30 credits a year, that would take you 26 years.  So yes, it’s possible, but it’s really not practical.