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For the Love of Teaching
I became a teacher to encourage people to learn. This
seems like such a simple reason for wanting to teach, however it is
true. I was very lucky to have been raised by teacher who shaped my
world view from a young age about the power of knowledge. As I have
grown as a person, I feel the need to pass on this gift of knowledge to
others while at the same time learning from my students.
Ideas about anthropology in theory and how I view culture
has made me who I am. Learning about the different methods that
anthropologist put into practice has provided me with a fundamental
philosophy for how I approach the classroom.
I look at my experience with my students as an opportunity
to share our cultures and stories throughout the semester. I feel that
bringing in real world experiences make what we learn more
applicable. I strive to have my classroom be a relaxed environment. I
want my students to feel like they can discuss the material freely
without judgment.
Table of Contents:
Pg. 1 My Philosophy & CLOs
Pg. 2 C.D. & Grades
Pg. 3 Useful Info. & Attendance
Pg. 4 Tentative Schedule
Pg. 5, 6 & 7 CLOs, G.C.R & Calander
Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
After taking this course:
1. You will demonstrate an ability to write
effectively about anthropological science.
2. You will demonstrate quantitative skills
through the analysis of anthropological
data.
3. You will demonstrate critical thinking
skills through the ability to analyze
scholarly research on anthropological
science topics.
4. You will demonstrate information literacy
through literature research and proper
citation of scholarly research on
anthropological science topics.
"The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe
for human differences".
Ruth Benedict
Instructor: Kenneth Feldmeier
Contact: feldmekj@lavc.edu
Class: Wed. 2-6 pm
Ofce Hours: Wed. 1pm-2pm
Class Website: feldmekj.weebly.com
Credit Hours: 4
Course Description:
This course provides an introduction to the
scientific approach to the study of humans with a
focus on physiological and cultural adaptation. This
course provides an overview of scientific
approaches to the study of Anthropology including
but not limited to cultural theory, scientific
methods, bicultural evolution, human genetics, and
primate behavior. Modern human variation and
adaptations are reviewed from a science-based
perspective.
Anthropolgy
Grades:
Grading:
In keeping with CCH policy, grading is designated as follows:
92.5 - 100 =A 90 92.49 = A-
87.5 89.99 =B+ 82.5 87.49 =B 80 82.49 =B-
77.5 79.99 =C+ 72.5 77.49 =C 70 72.49 =C-
67.5 69.99 =D+ 62.5 67.49 =D 60 62.49 =D-
Below a 60 = F
Definitions of Letter Grades:
A: Performance of the student is at the highest level and
demonstrates full and uncompromised commitment and effort.
B: Performance of the student is at a high level and demonstrates
consistent and effective achievement in meeting course
requirements.
C: Performance by the student has been adequate to meet the basic
requirements of the course.
D: Performance by the student has been sub-par to basic
requirements, though meets minimum standards.
F: Performance of the student has been such that the minimum
course requirements have not been met.
Evaluation:
Mid term take home paper (20% of
grade)
Exam 2 (20% of grade)
Final Exam (25% of grade)
Class Presentations, Homework &
Classwork: (25% of grade)
Class Participation: Includes
attendance (10% of grade)
All due dates are firm unless discussed with
the instructor.
Attendance Policy
ATTENDANCE POLICY
Attendance is critical to learning, academic success, and
support for other students particularly during production
shoots. Regular and prompt attendance at all Columbia
College Hollywood classes is required. Instructors are not
obligated to assign extra work or prepare additional
examinations for classes missed.
Class attendance policies are determined by each instructor
and must be included in the course syllabus distributed the
first class session. The College recommends as a minimal
policy that students who are absent 20% of the course will
be failed.
What constitutes an excused absence is a matter between
the student and instructor although The College expects
leniency for documented illness and hospitalization,
bereavement, personal emergency, military service, and
observance of a religious holiday.
Students who do not attend the first two class meetings of a
course in which they are registered may be administratively
dropped.
If a student wishes to contest the instructors application of
the attendance policy he/she may petition the Dean of the
College. The Dean will conduct an investigation and
respond to the petition as quickly as possible. Students who
have filed such a petition may attend class sessions while
the matter is under review.
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Useful Information
Class Text:
Purchase of the following text is not required
and will not be provided in class but some
copies will be available in CCH library or on
amazon.com in used, inexpensive editions.
Stein and Rowe, Physical Anthropology, 10
th
edition
(ISBN 978-0-07-340531-5)
The book is available in the Los Angeles Valley College
bookstore and library. An e-textbook version is also
available through Course Smart (http://
www.coursesmart.com/0077298535).
Cheating and Plagiarism:
As with any academic institution, Columbia College Hollywood considers
cheating on exams, assignments, and projects, as well as plagiarism, and
knowingly furnishing false information as unacceptable behavior on the part
of a student. This behavior is punished severely. Refer to your Scholastic
Catalog for the CCH Policy on Academic Honesty.
Cheating is defined as the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain or aiding
another to obtain academic credit for work by use of any dishonest,
deceptive, or fraudulent means. Note: Use of a script written for one class or
footage shot for one class for academic credit in another class is considered
cheating unless you receive approval for such use from your instructor.
Plagiarism comes from the Latin word for to kidnap. It means you are
stealing someone elses words, thoughts, and/or conclusions. To avoid
plagiarism, be sure to reference with source any words or materials you take
from the published or otherwise disseminated work of another person or
persons.
If you are unschooled in or confused about how to source your work, the
Librarian is available to answer your questions.
Electronic Devices:
Cellphones, Laptops & Tablets are allowed during my class. I expect that cellphones will be
placed on silent. However, I large part of this class will be based online. I expect my
students to be able to use the internet as a tool to aid in our learning.
Course Learning Outcome Rubric
CLOs
A B
C
D F
CLO 1:
You will
demonstrate an
ability to write
effectively about
anthropological
science.
Shows an
excellent
understanding of
the topic.
Clearly and
precisely
addresses the
topic.
The paper is
logically
organized with a
clear thesis and
excellent
supporting
arguments.
Few to no
grammatical or
spelling errors.
Proper citations.
Demonstrates a
good
understanding of
the topic.
Clearly addresses
the topic.
Has a clear
introduction, body,
and conclusion.
The paper is well
organized with a
clear thesis and
good supporting
arguments.
Some to no
grammatical or
spelling errors.
Proper citations.
Demonstrates a
moderate
understanding of
the topic.
Has an
introduction,
body, and
conclusion, that
are somewhat
clear.
The paper is
somewhat
organized with a
thesis and some
supporting
arguments.
Several
grammatical or
spelling errors.
Demonstrates a poor
understanding of the
topic.
Has an introduction,
body, and conclusion
that are structurally
incomplete.
The paper is poorly
organized with a vague
thesis and few
supporting arguments.
Numerous grammatical
or spelling errors.
Improper citations.
Demonstrates a very
poor understanding of
the topic.
Has no clear
introduction, body or
conclusion.
The paper is
disorganized with no
thesis and no supporting
arguments.
Numerous grammatical
or spelling errors.
Improper citations.
CLO 2:
You will
demonstrate
quantitative
skills through the
analysis of
anthropological
data.
Demonstrates an
excellent ability to
accurately analyze
quantitative data and
apply it to a
hypothesis or a
thesis.
Demonstrates a
reasonable ability to
accurately analyze
quantitative data and
apply it to a
hypothesis or a
thesis.
Demonstrates a mostly
accurate ability to
analyze quantitative
data and somewhat of
an understanding of
how to apply it to a
hypothesis or a thesis.
Demonstrates a
marginal ability to
analyze quantitative
data and little
understanding of how
to apply it to a
hypothesis or thesis.
Demonstrates a poor
ability to analyze
quantitative data and
little understanding of
how to apply it to a
hypothesis or thesis.
CLO 3:
You will
demonstrate critical
thinking skills
through the ability to
analyze scholarly
research on
anthropological
science topics
Demonstrates an
excellent ability to
creatively discuss
and integrate various
sources into an
original thesis.
Demonstrates some
ability to creatively
discuss and integrate
various sources into
an original thesis.
Demonstrates a marginal
ability to creatively discuss
and integrate various
sources into an original
thesis.
Demonstrates a poor
ability to creatively
discuss and integrate
various sources into an
original thesis.
Does not include any
academic sources that
are relevant to the
research topic.
Does not cite sources.
Researches and
identies mostly
inappropriate academic
sources that are relevant
to the research topic.
Does not cite sources
according to an
established style.
Researches and
identies marginal
academic sources
that may or may
not be relevant to
the research topic.
Improperly cites
sources according
to an established
style.
Researches and
identies a mix of
sound and marginal
academic sources
that are relevant to
the research topic.
Properly cites
sources according
to an established
style with a few
errors.
Researches and
identies sound
academic sources
that are relevant to
the research topic.
Properly cites
sources according
to an established
style.
CLO 4:
You will
demonstrate
information literacy
through literature
searches and proper
citation of scholarly
research on
anthropological
science topics.
Demonstrates an
ability to creatively
discuss and integrate
various sources into
an original thesis
Assignments
All assignments will be graded upon clarity and ability
to explain the assigned topic. The assignments for this
course will be a mix of class presentations, classwork,
and one take home essay.
General Course Rubric:
You can expect the following grades based on the criteria below:
A
B
C
F
You demonstrate an excellent
understanding of the course
objectives and course materials
based on exam scores, assignment
scores, and class discussions.
Comprehension
You show strong participate in class discussions.
You demonstrate that you have read the
assigned materials before the class session.
You turn in all assignments and presentations as
scheduled.
Participation
You demonstrate a good
understanding of the course
objectives and course materials
based on exam scores, assignment
scores, and class discussion.
D
You demonstrate a moderate
understanding of the course
objectives and course materials
based on exam scores, assignment
scores, and class discussions.
You demonstrate a poor
understanding of the course
objectives and course materials
based on exam scores,
assignment scores, and class
discussions.
You demonstrate a very poor
understanding of the course
objectives and course materials
based on exam scores,
assignment scores, and class
discussions.
You have cheated or plagiarized
in some form.
You participate in class discussions.
You usually demonstrate that you have read the
assigned materials before the class session.
You turn in most assignments and presentations
as scheduled.
You sometimes participate in class discussions.
You often demonstrate that you have read the
assigned materials before the class session.
You turn in some assignments and presentations
as scheduled.
You don't often participate in class discussions.
You rarely demonstrate that you have read the
assigned materials before the class session.
You turn in few assignments and presentations
as scheduled.
You rarely participate in class discussions.
You do not demonstrate that you have read the
assigned materials before the class session.
You do not turn in all assignments and
presentations as scheduled.
3 Population Genetics &
Microevolution
-Origin of Species & Macroevolution
4
Taxonomy: Peoples Place
in Nature
5
The Living Primates
6
Compar at i ve Anat omy &
Behavior
Locomotion
Mid term essay due
7
Fossils
Evolution of Early Primates
8
Primate Behavior
9 Human behavior
10
Human Variation
11
Human Variation & Race
12 Catch up and nal exam
Week Topic Reading: To be announced
1
Introducing Anthropology and
the Scientific Method
-Genetics
2
Evolutionary Theory; Darwin
and Beyond
Tentative Class Calendar
All readings will be announced
week to week