SOC 341 Cultural Anthropology    Instructor: Bruce Terry
Section: 01  Room: NC 64         Day/Time: MWF 1:00-1:50pm
Office: Stotts (NC), Room 20A    Telephone: 304/485-7384 ext. 153
Office Hours: MW 2-4pm; TTh 1-2pm; 4-5pm; Th 9:15-11am;11:40-55am


Grunlan & Mayers, Cultural Anthropology
Hiebert, Anthropological Insights for Missionaries
Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (6th ed.)
Harvey, Writing with Sources

Course Description

This course will focus on a study of human culture and its variations around the world. The course will discuss the integrative patterning of worldview, values, and behavior, with a special emphasis on social structure, religion, language, and culture change. It will also contain material on the history and methodology of anthropology, as well as tools for recognizing and overcoming culture shock.

Course Objectives

  1. To acquaint the student with the dicipline of cultural anthropology.
  2. To develop an understanding of etic categories of culture so that the student can recognize different ways of thinking and doing things.
  3. To provide the student with the necessary tools to reduce culture shock when in another culture.
  4. To help the student understand the nature of culture change and the necessity for presenting a message, the gospel or otherwise, within a cultural context which will maximize its acceptance.

Attendance and Tardies

Attendance in class is mandatory; it will be part of the basis for the grade given. If you cannot attend for good reason, either notify me beforehand or as soon as possible afterward. This applies even if you have an excused absence. You will be expected to do all work of any classes missed, except for pop quizzes and daily homework. If you do not intend to attend regularly, kindly withdraw from the class now.

Do NOT miss class simply because you do not have an assignment finished. Do NOT miss class if you can possibly come; save any absences for sickness or death in the family. If you have an extended illness, please contact me to let me know.

Kindly try to be a class on time. If you are consistently tardy for no good reason, I reserve the right to count three tardies as an absence.

If you have to leave early, please inform me before class. Do not schedule extra work, doctor's appointments, etc. during class time if at all possible. If you are too frequent in leaving early, I reserve the right to count early departures as a partial absence, adversely affecting your grade.

Absences may be excused if you bring me documentation that you were ill, involved in an accident, on school business, or there was a death in the immediate family. More than three hours of unexcused absences will result in your being dropped from the course. You may pay a fine and petition to be reinstated. Additional unexcused absences will result in your being dropped without future reinstatement. No credit will be given for a course in which absences, both excused and unexcused, total more than 25% of the hours of the course (i.e., more than 12 class periods).

Office Hours

I will be in my office ten hours during the week as outlined above. If you have class conflicts with my office hours, you can schedule another time with me. Appointments during office hours will be given precedence over drop-ins, but if you need to see me about something and don't have an appointment, come on up to my office and I will try to squeeze you in. If you need help, please use my office hours. You may also see me both before and after class as time permits. I will be available for extended conferences after class hours if it does not interfere with another class or chapel. No appointment will usually be necessary to see me at this time. If I am not in my office at office hours after a class, check my last classroom to see if a student has detained me there. Please feel free to interrupt me in either situation.


Your grade for the class will be based on four major exams (including a comprehensive final exam), two typed papers, and attendance. The papers are on the following: 1) an eight to twelve-page research paper on a culture of the student's choosing; and 2) a four-page book report on Paul Hiebert's text Anthropological Insights for Missionaries. The pages are full pages, not counting the cover sheet (required) and bibliography (also required). One page is defined as 27 double-spaced typewritten lines (counting the title, but not your name or page numbers) with 1" margins. The typed papers should be written using the Turabian style guide. Exam questions can come from the lectures or assigned readings from either the textbooks or the Bible. The final exam will cover material from the whole course.

Class may be dismissed for Monday of Lectureship Week. Students will be expected to attend at least a one hour class for each hour missed and turn in a one-page report on the class attended. The reports will count as attendance grades.

Ten points will be given for attendance. One point will be deducted for each class hour missed, including those missed for illness. Each class is defined as containing one and one-half class hours. The only exception to this will be those who miss on official school business and have an official notice to this effect. Two grace hours will be given to allow for absences due to illness and excused absences for official school business. Note well: Grace days will be applied first to excused absences.

Additional readings/quizzes/essays/maps may be assigned.
The final grade will be based on your work in the following way:

          8-page research paper                             17%
          4-page book report                                 8%
          Attendance                                        10%
          Major Exams                                       45%
          Final Exam                                        20%

Your final grade will be A, B, C, D, or F. An A will be given for an average of 100-90, a B for 89-80, a C for 79-70, a D for 69-60, and an F for any average below 60.

All work is expected to be turned in on time. If for some reason you cannot make the due date, please ask my permission to turn the work in late. Either of the two typed papers turned in late will dock the paper grade by one-half letter (5%) per class period late.

Students who are absent on exam days with good reason may schedule a make-up exam within the next week. You must ask to take a make-up exam.

Students who score less than a 70 on a major exam may petition to retake the exam within a week after grades are returned on it. The highest grade on any retake exam will be 70. Once again, you must ask to retake an exam. There will be no retakes on the final exam. Study hard for it.


Plagiarism is the presentation of another person's work as your own, whether you mean to or not. Copying or paraphrasing passages from another writer's work without acknowledging that you've done so is plagiarism. Translating passages from another writer's work in another language without acknowledging that you've done so is plagiarism. Copying another writer's work without putting the material in quotation marks is plagiarism, even if credit is given. Allowing another writer to write any part of your essay is plagiarism.

Plagiarism is a serious crime. The maximum penalty at OVC is expulsion from the college.

Plagiarism is easy to avoid. Simply acknowledge the source of any words, phrases, or ideas that you use. If you're not sure how to quote or paraphrase a source or if you need help with the format of endnotes or bibliographies, check with me. While you can (and in fact should) seek the help and advice of friends, classmates, and tutors, be sure that your written work is completely your own.

Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

If you have a diagnosed disability and need special accommodations, please notify the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs before or immediately after your first scheduled class meeting. After your disability has been verified, your instructor will work with you and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs to insure that you have a fair opportunity to perform in the course.

MAJOR EXAM DATES:   Exam 1 -- Wednesday, February 2, 2000
                    Exam 2 -- Friday, February 25, 2000
                    Exam 3 -- Friday, March 31, 2000
                    Final Exam -- Monday, May 1, 2000
                                  1:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Course Plan

 1/12/00 -- Introduction to the Course
            homework: read Grunlan & Mayers, chapter 2
 1/14/00 -- Introduction to Anthropology

            homework: read Grunlan & Mayers, chapter 3
 1/17/00 -- History of Anthropology
            homework: TBA
 1/19/00 -- Material Culture
            homework: TBA
 1/21/00 -- Material Culture

            homework: read Grunlan & Mayers, chapter 6
 1/24/00 -- Economic Organization
            homework: read "Be Careful, Little Feet"
 1/26/00 -- Economic Organization
            homework: read Grunlan & Mayers, chapter 7
 1/28/00 -- Social Organization

            homework: read Grunlan & Mayers, chapter 8
 1/31/00 -- Social Organization
            homework: study for exam
 2/ 2/00 -- Major Exam
            homework: read Grunlan & Mayers, chapter 9
 2/ 4/00 -- Social Organization

            homework: read Grunlan & Mayers, chapter 10
 2/ 7/00 -- Social Organization
            homework: read Grunlan & Mayers, chapter 11
 2/ 9/00 -- Political Organization
            homework: TBA
 2/11/00 -- Health and Hygene

            homework: TBA
 2/14/00 -- Social Control
            homework: read Grunlan & Mayers, chapter 12
 2/16/00 -- Religion
            homework: TBA
 2/18/00 -- Religion

            homework: book report due
 2/21/00 -- Religion
            homework: TBA
 2/23/00 -- Art
            homework: TBA
 2/25/00 -- Major Exam

            homework: TBA
 2/28/00 -- Play
            homework: read Grunlan & Mayers, chapter 5
 3/ 1/00 -- Language
            homework: TBA
 3/ 3/00 -- Language


            homework: TBA
 3/13/00 -- Language
            homework: TBA
 3/15/00 -- Language
            homework: TBA
 3/17/00 -- Language

            homework: TBA
 3/20/00 -- Language
            homework: read Hiebert, chapter 5
 3/22/00 -- American Culture
            homework: read Grunlan & Mayers, chapter 4
 3/24/00 -- Transmission of Culture


            homework: research paper due
 3/27/00 -- Culture Change
            homework: TBA
 3/29/00 -- Culture Change
            homework: TBA
 3/31/00 -- Major Exam

            homework: TBA
 4/ 3/00 -- OVC Lectureship
            homework: TBA
 4/ 5/00 -- Worldview and Values
            homework: TBA
 4/ 7/00 -- Worldview and Values
Last Day to Drop a Class with a "W"--Stick with it to the end!

            homework: read Hiebert, chapter 3
 4/10/00 -- Culture Shock
            homework: read Hile article
 4/12/00 -- Culture Shock
            homework: read Hiebert, chapter 4
 4/14/00 -- Identification and Ethnocentrism

            homework: TBA
 4/17/00 -- Integration of Culture
            homework: TBA
 4/19/00 -- Role of Physical Environment
            homework: read Grunlan & Mayers, chapter 13
 4/21/00 -- Research Methods

            homework: read Grunlan & Mayers, chapter 14
 4/24/00 -- Cultural Relativity
            homework: read Grunlan & Mayers, chapter 15
 4/26/00 -- Anthropology and Theology
            homework: read Grunlan & Mayers, chapter 1
 4/28/00 -- Anthropology and Missions

WEEK SIXTEEN: Final Exam Week
            homework: study for final exam
 5/ 1/00 -- Final Exam (1:00 - 2:50 p.m.)

N. B.: Homework is listed before the class for which it is due!

Last updated January 21, 1999.
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