1 TROY UNIVERSITY etroy ANT_2200_XTIA 15/T2 Term Anthropology COURSE SYLLABUS Term to INSTRUCTOR EDUCATION: Brad R., Ph.D. Anthropologist 138 Pine Lane Circle Jackson, MS Phone: (601) NOTE: For course syllabus posted prior to the beginning of the term, the instructor reserves the right to make minor changes prior to or during the term. The instructor will notify students, via or Blackboard announcement, when changes are made in the requirements and/or grading of the course. INSTRUCTOR EDUCATION: Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Alabama 2008 M.A., Anthropology, University of Alabama 2005 B.A., Anthropology, magna cum laude, Mississippi State University 1999 LATE REGISTRATION: Students who register during the first week of the term, during late registration, will already be one week behind. Students who fall into this category are expected to catch up with all of Week #1 and Week #2's work by the end of Week #2. No exceptions, since two weeks constitutes a significant percentage of the term's lessons. Students who do not feel they can meet this deadline should not enroll in the class. If they have registered, they should see their registrar, academic adviser, CTAM/eArmyU representative, or Military Education officer to discuss their options. Also note that late registration may mean you do not receive your book in time to make up the work you missed in Week #1. Not having your book on the first day of class is not an excuse for late work after the deadlines in the Schedule.
2 ELECTRONIC OFFICE HOURS: My official office hours are from 9:00am to 12:00pm Tuesday through Friday. I can be reached by or phone anytime (weekdays, nights, or weekends). Troy instructors are required to respond to student messages within 24 to 48 hours. PREREQUISITES: None. ENTRANCE COMPETENCIES: None. STUDENT EXPECTATION STATEMENT: Students are expected to log onto Blackboard at least every other day to check for announcements, assignments and to participate on a regular basis in Discussion Board topics (see Course Requirements section of this syllabus for more information). CATALOG DESCRIPTION: An examination of human physical and cultural development using evidence from archaeology, paleontology, genetics, ecology, cultural anthropology and linguistics, with emphasis on the historical, structural, and symbolic aspects of human culture. This course is a prerequisite for all 3300 and 4400 level courses in anthropology. This course does not count toward the 36 hours major. PURPOSE (COURSE OBJECTIVES): This course will provide an overview of the discipline of Anthropology. It is expected that after successful completion of the course students will be aware of the methods and theories of Anthropology and be able to intelligently discuss major concepts and opinions presented in class. Students should be able to identify and evaluate basic anthropological concepts such as kinship systems, marriage, family organization, social organization and interaction, religious systems, political systems, subsistence practices, and world views. Examples are drawn from cultures throughout the world. Additionally, this course will: 1. Discuss the unique quality of the discipline of Anthropology with respect to others in the social sciences; 2. Present a holistic perspective about key issues of social structure/stratification and individual/society relationships; 3. Illustrate application of knowledge in the discipline to human concerns, drawing examples from geographically diverse settings; 4. Illustrate the application of scientific, comparative, and interpretive methods; Conduct critical evaluations of descriptive accounts of social phenomena in their physical settings.
3 STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: 1. Understand and discuss the unique qualities of the discipline of Anthropology with respect to other disciplines in the social sciences. 2. Understand and discuss, from a holistic perspective, key issues of social structure/stratification and the relationship between the individual and society. 3. Apply the knowledge gained from this course to human concerns from diverse geographical settings. 4. Apply the scientific, comparative, and interpretive methods of Anthropology to observed social conditions. 5. Critically evaluate descriptive accounts of social phenomena in their physical settings TEXTBOOK(S) AND/OR OTHER MATERIALS NEEDED: Title: Author: Edition: Publisher: Anthropology: The Human Challenge Haviland, Prins, Walrath, McBride 14th Cengage Learning 10 digit ISBN: X 13 digit ISBN: Textbook is: Required Students should have their text the first week of class. Not having your book will not be an acceptable excuse for late work. Students who add this course late should refer to the Late Registration section for further guidance. The textbook provider for the etroy of Troy University is MBS Direct. The web site for textbook purchases is
4 ADDITIONAL READING: Required: None Recommended: See syllabus and the Blackboard course RESEARCH COMPONENT: None. THREE USEFUL WEBSITES FOR THIS COURSE: See the Web Links section in the Blackboard course. etroy COURSES AT TROY UNIVERSITY: All etroy courses at Troy University utilize Blackboard Learning Management System. In every etroy course, students should read all information presented in the Blackboard course site and should periodically check for updates at least every 48 hours. SITE MAP FOR YOUR BLACKBOARD COURSE SITE: To obtain a site map to enable the student to navigate through the Blackboard course site, please go to the Blackboard course site and click on the Start Here button found on the left side of the computer screen. TROY All Students Effective July 1, 2005, all students were required to obtain and use the TROY address that is automatically assigned to them as TROY students. All official correspondence (including bills, statements, s from instructors and grades, etc.) will be sent ONLY to the troy.edu address. All students are responsible for ensuring that the correct address is listed in Blackboard by the beginning of Week #1. is the only way the instructor can, at least initially, communicate with you. It is your responsibility to make sure a valid address is provided. Failure on your part to do so can result in your missing important information that could affect your grade. Your troy.edu address is the same as your Web Express user ID following Students are responsible for the information that is sent to their TROY account. You can get to your account by logging onto the course and clicking link. You will be able to forward your Troy to your earmy . You must first access your Troy account through the Troy link found on the website. After you log in to your Troy account, click on options on the left hand side of the page. Then click on forwarding. This will enable you to set up the address to forward your to. COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Upon Enrollment: Students should go to the Student Introduction Discussion Board forum and introduce themselves. Class Discussions: Participation in Class Discussion topics in not an option. Class Discussion topics will be posted weekly and participation in these discussions will account for 20% of your final grade. You can earn up to 11 points per week in the Class Discussions. It is very important to not miss even a single week of Class Discussion as this could be the difference between an A and a B for missing just one week of the nine.
5 Exams: Three exams will be given in this course during the 3 rd, 6 th, and 9 th week of the course. Each exam will count 20% of your final grade. See Course Schedule at the end of this document for exam dates. Exams are accessed under the Exams button in Blackboard. The exams are timed and failure to complete the exam within the two-hour time will affect your grade. This course requires one proctored exam. The dates of this exam are [12/07 to 12/13]. Students will be responsible for working with etroy Undergraduate Testing to arrange for a proctor. All necessary instructions and information can be found by clicking the Proctor Info tab at the top of your Blackboard screen or in the proctored exam flipbook: tored.html. You may use your textbook during Exam 3 PROCTORED but no other materials. Writing Assignment: Each student will write a paper in their own words, on an anthropological topic of their choice. The paper must be a minimum of three full pages of double-spaced, 12pt font text, to be turned in through the link provided in the Assignment area. The paper should be submitted in a common format such as MWord. The paper should discuss an aspect of anthropology such as culture, evolution, linguistics, physical anthropology, or archaeology, etc. Detailed instructions are included under the Assignments button in the Blackboard course. This assignment will count 20% toward your final grade, and is due Dec 6, STUDENT/FACULTY INTERACTION: Interaction between the student and the instructor will take place via Blackboard Class Discussion forums, comments on written assignments, , and telephone. The student will participate in this course by following the guidelines of this syllabus and any additional information provided by the instructor, the etroy center at Troy University, or Troy University itself. The student is expected to remain in regular contact with the instructor and class via or other communications means, by participating in the discussion forums, submitting assignments and taking exams, all in a timely fashion. Remember, the student is responsible for any information or announcement presented through Blackboard. Any questions about assignments or problems with Blackboard should be reported to the instructor as soon as possible. ATTENDANCE POLICY: In addition to interaction via Blackboard and contact, students are required to contact the instructor via or telephone by the first day of the term for an initial briefing. Although physical class meetings are not part of this course, participation in all interactive, learning activities is required. MAKE-UP WORK POLICY: Missing any part of this schedule may prevent completion of the course. If you foresee difficulty of any type (i.e., an illness, employment change, etc.) which may prevent completion of this course, notify the instructor as soon as possible. Failure to do so will result in failure for an assignment and/or failure of the course. See Attendance above. If I have not heard from you by the deadline dates for assignments, exams, or forums, no make-up work will be allowed (unless extraordinary circumstances existed, such as hospitalization). Requests for
6 extensions must be made in advance and accompanied by appropriate written documentation if the excuse is acceptable to the instructor. "Computer problems" are not an acceptable excuse. Do not wait until the last minute to take tests or complete assignments, since internet connection problems or computer problems may occur in the online classroom. INCOMPLETE GRADE POLICY: Missing any part of the Course Schedule may prevent completion of the course. If adverse circumstances will prevent the student from completing the course by the end of the term, the student should complete a request for an incomplete grade. Note: A grade of incomplete or INC is not automatically assigned to students, but rather must be requested by the student by submitting a Petition for and Work to Remove an Incomplete Grade Form. Requests for an incomplete grade must be made on or before the date of the final assignment or exam of the term. A grade of INC does not replace an F and will not be awarded for excessive absences. An INC will only be awarded to students presenting a valid case for their inability to complete coursework by the conclusion of the term. It is ultimately the instructor s decision to grant or deny a request for an incomplete grade, subject to the policy rules below. Policy/Rules for granting an Incomplete (INC): An incomplete cannot be issued without a request from the student. To qualify for an incomplete, the student must: a. have completed over 50% of the course material and have a documented reason for requesting the incomplete (50% means all assignments/exams up to and including the midterm point, exam, and/or assignments). b. be passing the course at the time of their request. If both of the above criteria are not met an incomplete cannot be granted. An INC is not a substitute for an F. If a student has earned an F by not submitting all the work or by receiving an overall F average, then the F stands. METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: This is an etroy class. It is not a correspondence course in which students may work at their own pace. Each week there will be assignments, on-line discussions, and/or exams with due dates. Refer to the schedule at the end of this syllabus and under the Course Schedule button in Blackboard for more information. METHOD OF EVALUATION: Assignment Weight Due Date Exam 1 20 Percent 11/01/15 Exam 2 20 Percent 11/22/15 Exam 3 (proctored) 20 Percent 12/13/15 Class Discussion forums 20 Percent Throughout course Writing Assignment 20 Percent 12/06/15
7 ASSIGNMENT OF GRADES: All grades will be posted in the student grade book in Blackboard and will be assigned according to the following or similar scale: A % B 80 89% C 70 79% D 60 69% F 59% and below Postings: FA: I post grades in Blackboard, in the Gradebook. FA indicates the student failed due to attendance. This grade will be given to any student who disappears from the course for three or more weeks. See the Attendance section of this syllabus for additional information. SUBMITTING ASSIGNMENTS: The writing assignment should be submitted as a Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, or compatible document attached to an . The assignment should be a minimum of three full pages of text, typed, using 12pt. font, double-spaced, with one inch margins on all sides. Failure to comply will result in point deductions. All assignments are due NO LATER than midnight, at the end of Sunday night, on the due date (note: Blackboard and your instructor operate in the U.S. Central time zone). Please make sure that your name is a part of the file name. For example, save your file as JohnSmith_ANT2200 paper. Also, make sure that your name and address is included in the document. EXAMINATION SCHEDULE & INSTRUCTIONS: The exams will consist of true-false, fill-in-the-blank, and multiple-choice questions. Never double-click when working within a Blackboard exam. Only click once to open the exam; only click once to move from question to question. Just click once and then be patient as the computer opens the exam or moves to the next question, which can take some time. It is also important to not click Save after every question. The exams will be available for one week before the due date. However once an exam is opened it must be taken and completed within two hours. See the Course Schedule at the end of this syllabus and under the Course Schedule button in Blackboard for the dates when the exams will be due. The exams will be delivered on-line via Blackboard. They will be found in the Exams button. You must complete the exam in two hours once you open it. Make a note of what time you start the exam so you do not run over the time limit. You cannot go back to a question once you have answered it. Points will be deducted if the student overruns the time limit for the exam. You will have two hours to complete each of the three main exams. This course requires one PROCTORED EXAM. This exam must be completed between the dates of December 7-13, Students will be responsible for working with etroy
8 Undergraduate Testing to arrange for a proctor. All necessary instructions and information can be found under the Proctor Info button in Blackboard at the top of your screen, and at: tored.html All questions about proctoring are answered in the booklet at the above web link. TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS: Students must have: A TROY account that you can access on a regular basis (see "TROY " above) software capable of sending and receiving attached files. Access to the Internet with a 56.9 kb modem or better. A personal computer capable of running Netscape Navigator 7.0 or above, Internet Explorer 6.0 or above, or current versions of Mozilla Firefox. Students who use older versions will have compatibility problems with Blackboard. Internet Explorer is recommended. Microsoft WORD or compatible software, such as OpenOffice. < Virus protection software, installed and active, to prevent the spread of viruses via the Internet and . It should be continually updated! Internet Access: This is an on-line class. Students must have access to a working computer and access to the internet. Students can use the TROY computer lab, a public library, etc., to insure they have access. Not having a computer or computer crashes are not acceptable excuses for late work. TECHNICAL SUPPORT INFORMATION: If you experience technical problems, you should contact the Blackboard Online Support Center. You can do this in two ways. First if you can log onto the course simply look at the tabs at the top of the page. You will see one entitled, Tech Support. If you click on this tab, you will see the information below. You can click on the Blackboard Support Center link and receive assistance. If you cannot log onto the course, simply contact the center by calling toll free the number listed below. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Blackboard Support Center Blackboard Online Support Center for Troy University provides Customer Care Technicians who are available to support you 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Call for live assistance If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your coursework or with features in Blackboard that are generating errors, please click the link below. Blackboard Support Center:
9 NON-HARASSMENT, HOSTILE WORK/CLASS ENVIRONMENT: Troy University expects students to treat fellow students, their instructors, other TROY faculty, and staff as adults and with respect. No form of hostile environment or harassment will be tolerated by any student or employee. ADAPTIVE NEEDS (ADA AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT) Troy University recognizes the importance of equal access for all students. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the University and its Adaptive Needs Program seeks to ensure that admission, academic programs, support services, student activities, and campus facilities are accessible to and usable by students who document a qualifying disability with the University. Reasonable accommodations are available to students who: are otherwise qualified for admission to the University identify themselves to appropriate University personnel provide acceptable and qualifying documentation to the University. Each student must provide recent documentation of his or her disability in order to participate in the Adaptive Needs Program. Please visit the Adaptive Needs Website: to complete the necessary procedure and forms. This should be accomplished before the beginning of class. HONESTY AND PLAGIARISM: The awarding of a university degree attests that an individual has demonstrated mastery of a significant body of knowledge and skills of substantive value to society. Any type of dishonesty in securing those credentials therefore invites serious sanctions, up to and including suspension and expulsion (see Standard of Conduct in each TROY Catalog). Examples of dishonesty include actual or attempted cheating, plagiarism*, or knowingly furnishing false information to any university employee. *Plagiarism is defined as copying any part of someone else s intellectual work their ideas and/or words, published or unpublished, including that of other students, and portraying it as one s own. Plagiarism also includes submitting anything for credit in one course that has already been submitted for credit in another course. Proper quoting, using strict APA formatting, is required, as described by the instructor. All students are required to read the material presented at: Students must properly cite any quoted material. No term paper, business plan, term project, case analysis, or assignment may have more than 20% of its content quoted from another source. Students who need assistance in learning to paraphrase should ask the instructor for guidance and consult the links at the Troy Writing Center. This university employs plagiarism-detection software, through which all written student assignments are processed for comparison with material published in traditional sources (books, journals, magazines), on the internet (to include essays for sale), and papers turned in by students in the same and other classes in this and all previous terms. The penalty for plagiarism may range from zero credit on the assignment, to zero in the course, to expulsion from the university with appropriate notation in the student s permanent file.
10 LIBRARY SUPPORT: The Libraries of Troy University provide access to materials and services that support the academic programs. The address of the Library Web site is This site provides access to the resources of all Campus and Regional Libraries, as well as to resources such as the Library s Catalog and Databases. Additionally, the Library can also be accessed by choosing the Library link from the University s home page, or through the elibrary tab within Blackboard. FACULTY EVALUATION: In the eighth week of each term, students will be notified of the requirement to fill out a course evaluation form. These evaluations are completely anonymous and are on-line. Further information will be posted in the Announcements section in Blackboard. HOW TO LEARN ONLINE: Troy University etroy is designed to serve any student, anywhere in the world, who has access to the Internet. All etroy courses are delivered through the Blackboard Learning System. Blackboard helps to better simulate the traditional classroom experience with features such as Virtual Chat, Discussion Boards, and other presentation and organizational forums. In order to be successful, you should be organized and well-motivated. You should make sure you log in to our course on Blackboard several times each week. Check all Announcements that have been posted. Start early in the week to complete the weekly assignment. You should also go to the Discussion Board early in the week and view the topic and question/s for the group discussion exercise. Make your initial posting and participate in the discussion. Begin reviewing for the exams early in the term. Do not wait until the last minute and cram for these exams. You should review the material frequently, so you will be prepared to take the exams. etroy CONTACT: Whether you re experienced at taking online courses or new to distance learning, we re here to help you succeed in your online education. If you have general questions about etroy programs, courses, policies, services or other university-wide topics, please visit the etroy web call , or to
11 COURSE SCHEDULE: _XTIA Introduction to Anthropology Term Term 2, 2015 START DATE END DATE Week 1 Read Chapters 1 3 Discussion Board Topic I (Student Introductions) Week 2 Read Chapters 4 6 Discussion Board Topic II (What is Anthropology and what do anthropologists study?) Week 3 Read Chapter 7 9 Discussion Board Topic III (How long have humans existed and what defines being human?) Exam 1 (Chapter 1-9) must be completed no later than midnight (CST) Week 4 Read Chapters Discussion Board Topic IV (Domestication what is it and why do societies do it? How did domestication change human societies?) Week 5 Read Chapters Discussion Board Topic V (What is CULTURE and why is the concept important to anthropology? Explain the characteristics of culture.) Week 6 Read Chapters Discussion Board Topic VI (Why is language so important to anthropologists?) Exam 2 (Chapters 10 16) must be completed no later than midnight (CST) Week 7 Read Chapters Discussion Board Topic VII (What is social structure? How does it relate to subsistence, kinship, and economic systems?) 10/12/15 10/18/15 10/19/15 10/25/15 10/26/15 11/01/15 11/02/15 11/08/15 11/09/15 11/15/15 11/16/15 11/22/15 11/23/15 11/29/15 Week 8 Read Chapters Discussion Board Topic VIII (What do anthropologists mean by political organization? What are the forms and dimensions of political organization worldwide through time?) Writing Assignment due midnight, Sunday night (CST) Week 9 Read Chapters Discussion Board Topic IX (What is Applied Anthropology and how can it help solve the world s problems? What is something you will retain from this course?) Exam 3 (Chapters 17-26) is a proctored exam and must be completed no later than midnight (CST) /30/15 12/06/15 12/07/15 12/13/15