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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


March 15th, 2009

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Jeffrey Bossworth , 206 Pinecrest Manor, ext. 4762.


(revised title/descriptions)


1.      Course Change: ANH 1101: CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Department: Social Work, Sociology, Anthropology

Purpose and nature of change: Course description change to better reflect contemporary course content; course name change to better reflect scope and content of course.

Old Course Title: Cultural Anthropology

New Course Title: Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

Abbreviated Title (for Master Schedule), Maximum 20 spaces

Sociocultural Anth_

Course Description for Catalog (limit to four sentences):

An introduction to the central ideas, methods, and debates that make up the anthropological study of human thought and behavior. Survey of dynamic ways of life in many different societies; outline of the ways anthropologists have tried to understand culture. We will examine how cultural anthropologists do what they do; the problems they encounter, and the tools and techniques they use for research and analysis.


2.      Course Change: ANH 1103: INTRODUCTION TO ARCHEOLOLGY

Department: Social Work, Sociology, and Anthropology

Purpose and nature of change: Update catalog description to better reflect contemporary course content.

Course Title: Introduction to Archaeology

Course Description for Catalog (limit to four sentences):

Archaeology is the study of culture and society through their material remains. This course explores how archaeologists investigate, interpret, preserve, and ultimately, learn from the past. Reviews  human cultural history from the time of the first people to the present, addressing not only artifacts and remains, but  the origins of food production, social hierarchies, gender roles, religion, and civilization.


3.      Course Change: ANH 3311: ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH

Department: Social Work, Sociology, Anthropology

Purpose and nature of change: Change of course description to better reflect updated content of course. Obtain “W” credit to reflect course assignments.

Course Title: Ethnographic Research

Course Description for Catalog (limit to four sentences):

Ethnographic research relies on up-close, personal experience and participation, rather than surveys and experiments. This course prepares students to conduct all aspects of independent ethnographic research, including data collection, analysis, and writeup. Through hands-on experience, students will be comprehensively trained to address ethical concerns, secure funding, select appropriate fieldwork methods, conduct life history interviews, and produce professional scholarly reports.


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