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Edmonds Community College    
  Jan 18, 2018
2017-2018 Academic Catalog
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ANTH& 100 - Survey of Anthropology: CD

5.0 Credits
Anthropology draws from natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities to think critically about what it means to be human. We focus on diverse answers that humans have produced to fundamental questions. Who are we? Where did we come from? Where do we go from here?
Course-level Learning Objectives (CLOs)
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define anthropology and each of its primary subfields: biological, cultural, linguistic and archaeological.
  2. Explain the theory of evolution and its primary principles.
  3. Describe human relationships with animals, plants and natural resources as part of an ecosystem.
  4. Define traditional ecological knowledge and its role in culture and adaptation.
  5. Identify the fossil, genetic and artifactual evidence for human evolution and migration.
  6. Outline the history of human evolution and migrations out of Africa.
  7. Define culture and explain its importance as an adaptive tool in human societies.
  8. Describe the significance of agriculture, cities, industry and globalization in cultural evolution.
  9. Explain the role of language, religion and social systems in human culture.
  10. Outline anthropological methods, including scientific method and participant observation.
  11. Define ethnocentrism and cultural relativism and describe the ways that each can impede our understanding of other humans.
  12. Identify ways that anthropological methods and knowledge can be applied to help solve contemporary problems.

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