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College of Liberal Arts

De La Salle University – Manila

Syllabus

Department : Behavioral Science Room: M408


Course Code : INTHROP A53
Course Title : Introduction to Anthropology
Schedule : TH, 1430 – 1600
Instructor : Ms. Alicia B. Manlagnit, MHSS, MA

Contact details : 524-46-11 local 550; alicia.manlagnit@dlsu.edu.ph

Consultation days and time : TH, 0915 – 1045; 1400 – 1430

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course (INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY) introduces the students to the


basic concepts, perspectives, methods, subject interests and uses of Anthropology, one of the
social sciences disciplines. This course traces the beginnings and development of human
societies. It discusses the variations among existing cultures, particularly concerning such
aspects as marriage and family life, economic system, political organization, religion, language
and other spheres of life. The course also offers a basic understanding of the theoretical
orientations and research methods used by anthropologists in their study of culture.

LEARNING OUTCOME:

CLA ELGAs LEARNING OUTCOME


On completion of the course, the students are expected to:

Competent professional

Critical and creative


knowledge producer
Using anthropological knowledge and skills,
Diversity-sensitive
produce a holistic analysis
communicator
of a real life Philippine situation
Socially responsive and with a particular focus on how people deal
collaborative citizen with the challenges facing humanity.

Morally principled and


faith-inspired leader
FINAL COURSE OUTPUT:
As evidence of attaining the above learning outcome, students are required to do and present the
following final output on the indicated date of the term.

LEARNING OUTCOME REQUIRED OUTPUT DUE DATE

A creative
oral group presentation
of the holistic analysis
of a chosen
Philippine life situation
(e.g., people’s displacement due
to natural disaster and conflict,
management of health problems
among the different ethnic
groups, providing care for the
vulnerable(s), dealing with
limited resources in the
Using community, etc.)
anthropological knowledge 13th week
and skills, This analysis should
produce a holistic analysis demonstrate students’
of a real life Philippine situation competency and ethics in
with a particular focus using anthropological skills
on how people deal as well as highlight their
with the challenges facing humanity broad appreciation of the
uniqueness of their own
culture and the diversity of
other cultures.

On the day of the presentation,


an individual two-page essay
(detailing the contributions made
and insights gained) should also
be submitted by all the members
of the group.

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RUBRIC FOR ASSESSMENT (Group presentation):

Exemplary Satisfactory Developing Beginning


CRITERIA/QUALITIES 4.0 3.0 2.0 1.0

Content (50%)
The phenomenon is thoroughly
Presentation Presentation Presentation Presentation
described using adequate evidence;
manifests all the manifests most of manifests some of manifests little of
desired qualities the desired the desired the desired
Main points of the analysis are
qualities qualities qualities
thoroughly presented and discussed;

Analysis is holistic and makes use of the


four-field approach;

Competency and ethics in using


anthropological skills are demonstrated;

Broad appreciation of the uniqueness of


their own culture and the diversity of
other cultures is highlighted.

Participation (group members)


(20%)
Did everyone in the group contribute in Full participation Most of the group Less than half of Only one or two
the preparation and presentation? of all the group members the group members presented and
members. participated in the participated in the discussed the topic.
presentation of the presentation of the
topic. topic.
Are all the group members prepared in Shows mastery Shows gaps in the Partially prepared. Not prepared.
presenting the analysis? of the topic. presentation of the
topic.

Creativity (30%)
Did the students utilize appropriate Innovative use of Uses appropriate Minimal use of No resources used
resources in the data collection, analysis appropriate resources. appropriate (e.g., just reading
and presentation? resources. resources. the report).

Did the students use extensive and Innovative use of Uses appropriate Minimal use of No references used
reliable references? appropriate references. appropriate or cited.
references. references.

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OTHER REQUIREMENTS AND ASSESSMENTS:
Aside from the final output, the students will be assessed at other times during the term by the
following requirements:

Individual outputs: (Context of inquiry exercises; film analysis; Short ethnography)

Group outputs: (Context of inquiry exercise; Short skit/play; Group presentation;


Simulation of archaeological excavation and analysis; Fossil set analysis)

Tests

GRADING SYSTEM:

Class requirements/activities Percentage


(%)

Individual outputs (IOs) 30


(context of inquiry activities; individual assignments)

Group outputs (GOs) 30


(group/class exercises; group assignments)

Tests (T1, T2, T3) 30


(Introduction; Biological anthropology; Archaeology;
Ethnology; Concept/realities of culture)

Class participation (CP) 10

TOTAL 100

96 - 100 4.0
90 - 95 3.5
84 - 89 3.0
78 - 83 2.5
72 - 77 2.0
66 - 71 1.5
60 - 65 1.0
0 - 59 0.0

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LEARNING PLAN:

LEARNING TOPICS SESSION ACTIVITIES


OUTCOME NO.

Orientation/Introductions [ELGAs] 1st session Orientation;


Introductions

Class activities:
Concerns, relevance and
applications of anthropology [Context of inquiry;
Lecture discussion;
Game; Short skit/play;
Concerns of anthropology Test]
Produce a
Characteristics of the discipline;
holistic analysis
Assignment:
of a real life
Relationships with other social 2nd – 5th (2-3 hours/week)
Philippine
science disciplines; sessions
situation with a
[Readings and
particular focus
Sub-fields of anthropology (2 weeks) Film, as materials for
on how people
class discussions]
deal with the
Relevance and applications of
challenges facing
anthropology
humanity using
Fourth hour activity:
anthropological
(2 hours)
knowledge and
skills.
[Group work:
preparation for short
skit/play]

Class activities:

Biological dimension of human 6th – 11th [Context of inquiry;


behavior and culture sessions Lecture discussion;
Game; Test]
(3 weeks)
Genetics and evolution Assignment:
(2-3 hours/week)
Primate evolution [Readings and film, as
materials for class
discussions]
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The emergence of modern humans Fourth hour activity:
(3 hours)

Modern humans and cultural [Group work: Fossil set


evolution analysis (using
materials in the IMS-
Library)]

Class activities:
[ETHNOLOGY]
Produce a
holistic analysis Doing research in anthropology 12th – 21st [Context of inquiry;
of a real life sessions Lecture discussion;
Philippine Garbology; Test]
situation with a - Characteristics of the research (1 week)
particular focus process in the social sciences Class activities:
on how people - Theory and evidence in [ARCHAEOLOGY]
deal with the anthropology
challenges facing [Context of inquiry;
humanity using - Ethics in doing research in Lecture discussion;
anthropological anthropology Analysis of past
knowledge and cultures; Simulation of
skills. archaeological
excavation and
Ethnographic research and other (2 weeks) analysis; Relating
approaches in studying concepts; Test]
contemporary cultures
Assignment:
(2-3 hours/week)

[Readings and film, as


materials for class
Discovering the past through (2 weeks) discussions]
archaeology
[short paper:
Archaeology of the
future]

Fourth hour activity:


(3-5 hours)

[Museum visits:
ethnological and
archaeological
museums]

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Class activities:
Concept of/Realities about culture
and cultural variations
22nd – 25th [Context of inquiry;
Concept of culture sessions Lecture discussion;
Definitions and basic features Game; Group
reporting; Test]
Components (2 weeks)
Types and structure Assignment:
(4-5 hours)
Attitudes affecting the study of
culture [Readings and film, as
Variations in cultural systems materials for class
discussions]
Cultural variations
Culture change Fourth hour activity:
(2 hours)

[Group work:
preparation for
reporting]

26th Group presentations;


Final output presentations and
session Synthesis
Synthesis

REFERENCES:

Ember, C., M. Ember, & P. Peregrine. (2009). Human evolution and culture: Highlights
of anthropology. (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
(major reference)

Ferraro, G. (2012). Cultural Anthropology: An applied perspective. Australia:


Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

Go, M. C. (2018). Appraising forensic anthropology in the Philippines: Current status and
future directions. Forensic Science International, 288: 329. e1-329-e9.

Harris, M. (1968). The rise of anthropological theory: a history of theories of culture.


New York: Harper & Row. (classic reading material)

Hoffmann-Dilloway, E. (2018). Linguistic anthropology in 2017: It could be otherwise.


American anthropologist, Vol. 120. Issue 2, pp. 278-290.

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Jurmain, R. (2012). Physical anthropology: an introduction. Australia: Wadsworth
Cengage Learning.

Kelly, R. L., & Thomas, D. H. (2013). Archaeology. Australia: Wadsworth Cengage


Learning.

Kottak, C. P. (2013). Anthropology: Appreciating human diversity. New York: McGraw-


Hill.

Manners, R. A., & Kaplan, D. (2017). Anthropological Theory. London: Routledge.


Peoples, J. & G. Bailey (2012). Humanity: An introduction to cultural anthropology.
Australia: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

Sutton, M. (2013). Archaeology: the science of the human past. Boston: Pearson.

CLASS POLICIES:

1. Students are encouraged to attend class regularly and to participate in class discussions
and other activities. Coming to class late is discouraged. Students are also expected to
devote 3 hours per week for course tasks/assignments (beyond the contact hours) and at
least an hour per week for the fourth hour activities. Please refer to the learning plan for
the schedule of these other course activities.
2. No paper or written outputs will be accepted from a student who fails to participate or
join an activity in which it is required. Late submissions are not honored.

3. No make-up context of inquiry or class exercise will be given. No make-up quizzes will
be given, except for officially excused absences. Use of cell phones, IPods, PSPs and
similar gadgets is NOT allowed during class.

4. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate consultations with the professor following
the above mentioned contact details and consultation hours.

5. Students automatically get a grade of 0.0 for the course for the following offenses:
cheating of any kind (e.g., in exams, plagiarism in writing and other forms) and absences
in excess of the required limit.

Approved by:

DR. MYLA M. ARCINAS


Chair, Behavioral Sciences Department

DR. JAZMIN B. LLANA


Dean, College of Liberal Arts