Teacher: Amanda Reed
Mat Fees: $25
Fall: 11 weeks: $260 or $250 if taking 2 or more classes
Winter: 10 weeks: $245 or $235 if taking 2 or more classes
Spring: 10 weeks: $245 or $235 if taking 2 or more classes
Homework: YES! Reading and some writing or projects depicting your learning. Plan on at least an hour a week.
This class will introduce students to the field of cultural anthropology(also called sociocultural anthropology). Anthropology is the study of human cultures, in all times and places, and in all their forms. While in this class, you will gain a sense of how anthropologists approach and study other cultures. You will learn how to “think like an anthropologist” through the critical examination of other cultures and more importantly through the examination of your own culture.
The material selected for this class presents information about cultural worlds that may be very different from your own, as well as information about cultural worlds that are very “close to home.” The purpose of juxtaposing these types of materials is to challenge you to think critically outside of your own cultural context. It is my hope that through learning how to apply an “anthropological lens”, students will begin to examine their own common sense assumptions about society and human nature, and in turn, come to approach cultural diversity with greater thoughtfulness and sensitivity.
My Culture Poster project: Following our lesson about the Concept of Culture and how it is defined by anthropologists, students will be asked to to create a poster about their own culture and present it to the class.
Participant Observation Project: One of the most widely used research methods in anthropology is participant observation. After we discuss this concept as a class, student will be asked to observe and participate in a cultural event in their community and write a reflective piece about their experience. An activity with a group or organization that is new and different to the student may stand in as the "cultural event."
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Altar: This project will coincide with our section about religion and spirituality. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Meso America holiday that honors and celebrates the lives of our dearly departed. We will learn what components go into creating an altar (offrenda) and students will be able to choose to either honor someone have known in their personal life, a pet, or a celebrity, author, or other historical figure they which they would like to honor.