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Summer 2016 Syllabus for ANTH-D002.-61Z
ANTH-D002.-61Z - Arianne Ishaya
Call Number: 00036
Term: Summer 2012
4 units
De Anza College Online Education Center • LC 107 • Phone: 408-864-8969 • FAX: 408-864-8245 •
The anthropological approach to the study of human behavior from a cross-cultural, comparative perspective. An exploration into the languages, economics, sociopolitical systems, religions, and world views of diverse world cultures. An assessment of the dynamics of culture change and the future prospects for humanity.
Instructor Information: Arianne Ishaya
INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION: Arianne Ishaya has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from U.C.L.A., and has done extensive research in the form of community studies in Canada and the USA. She has had 22 years teaching experience in cultural anthropology. Her international experience includes living and teaching in the Middle East (Lebanon, Iran), Europe (Switzerland) and North America (Canada, USA). She has taught this course at De Anza since 1989. In 2010 Arianne published two community studies. "New Lamps for Old" was the ethnography of Assyrian Settlement in North Battleford Canada; "Familiar Faces in Unfamiliar Places" was the history of the settlement of Assyrians in Turlock, California. For further information check out her website:

Phone: (408) 864-8999 X3690
Office Location: MLC-210 (Distance Learning Center)
Office Hours: Mondays, 12:15-1:15 PM
1. Complete the Online Orientation and submit the Student Information Form by 12 noon on Saturday, July 7 (Online Orientation may be found at Pre-registered students who do not complete the online orientation by the deadline date will be dropped to make room for students on the wait list.
2. Be prepared to spend a minimum of 24 hours per week using and studying course materials.
3. View the video-streamed lectures on the Catalyst Website, or check out the DVDs at the Open Media Lab.
3. View the 22 videos on the Anthropology Resource Center (The link is on the Anth 2 Catalyst Server.) Note: you will not be able to log in to Catalyst until the first day of the quarter.
4. Take the three scheduled examinations.
5. Please note: students must take the initiative to drop the course if they do not want to continue with it. This is to avoid getting an F on their record. Do not expect the instructor to make the decision for you.

De Anza College Distance Learning Center Information:
Phone: (408) 864-8969
FAXES: (408) 864-5546; (408) 864-8245
Service Hours: July 2 – August 9 Monday-Thursday: 8:30 AM-6:00 PM; CLOSED Fridays and weekends.

Note to Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic accommodations or services in this course, provide (name of Instructor) with a Test Accommodation Verification Form (also known as a TAV form) from Disability Support Services (DSS) or the Educational Diagnostic Center (EDC). Students are expected to give five days notice of the need for accommodations. Students with disabilities can obtain a TAV form from their DSS counselor (864-8753 DSS main number) or EDC advisor (864-8839 EDC main number).

Prerequisites: Eligibility for EWRT 1A or ESL 5 advised.
After completing the readings and watching the video programs, you should be able to:
1. Recognize underlying similarities as well as the wide range and variability of human cultures.
2. Demonstrate a broad cross-cultural background against which to view your own culture, as well as contemporary social problems.
3. Understand the relationship between culture and the individual.
4. Appreciate the duration of total human history and prehistory.
5. Recognize and appreciate that there are a number of valid "cultural solutions" to living on the earth.

If you have any problems navigating the Catalyst Server, There are a few things you can do:
1. Consult the Catalyst Student Guide on the Catalyst website.
2. Click on the help button. Fill out the suggested form, and submit. You will be able to get email support to your personal navigation problems.
Available at the De Anza bookstore:
1.Haviland, William; Harald Prins; Dana Walrath; B. Mcbridge. Cultural Anthropology, (Loose Leaf) 13th ed. Wadsworth Thomson Learning Publishers ISBN: 9781111488833 (required).
2.Anthropology Resource Center card free with the purchase of Haviland's Textbook 13th. edition. Please note: The ISBN above is bundled with the textbook and is only available at the De Anza bookstore or at the publisher. No other retailer has this bundle. If you have purchased a used textbook elsewhere, you will need to purchase the access code to the resource center separately at the De Anza Bookstore cashier's desk. Or, go to and purchase the access code with the following ISBN: 0495394548. (Cost: $17.00)
3. Three Scantrons; the half page length kind.
4. A #2 pencil.
Media Availability
Video Components & Availability
1. Fourteen 5 minutes video exercises plus the accompanying discussion questions on the Online Anthropology Resource Center
2. 16 topical lectures video-streamed on the Catalyst website.

Note: you will not be able to log in to Catalyst until the first day of the quarter.
If you have any problems navigating the Catalyst Server,
There are a few things you can do:
1. Consult the Catalyst Student Guide on the Catalyst website.
2. Click on the help button. Fill out the suggested form, and submit. You will be able to get email support to your personal navigation problems.
Written Assignments
Study each week's assignments:
The primary course content comes from the readings. The videotape programs are intended to emphasize and illustrate the reading material. You are tested on information from the readings in the textbook. 

Note: The very first video-streamed lecture titled "Orientation and First Lesson" is a must to watch as it provides the students with the information on how to access the different links to the course on the Anth 2 Catalyst Server.

Work on the lessons in the following order:
a. Watch the video-streamed topical lecture(s) for the corresponding chapter(s). Read the assigned chapters in the text.
b. Briefly review the major concepts in the chapter and then take the MC tutorial quiz (Self Test) on the Companion Website to the text. (the link is available on the Anth 2 Catalyst Website.) You do not need to email the answers to the instructor. You can check the correct answers yourself at the end of the quiz.
d. Now watch the assigned video exercises on the Anthropology Resource Center Website and answer the corresponding discussion questions.

A total of 55 points are gained through homework. The homework consists of answers to the discussion questions on the video exercises found on the Anthropology Resource Center link. Answer the questions on a word document; then copy and paste them onto the anth 2 Catalsyst link for homework. Please post your answers to the video exercises on the Catalyst server. Do not email them to the faculty email address. Due dates for the first set are on the date of the second test (July 24); second set on the last test (August 7).

Please Note: Late assignments are not accepted.
Extra Credit
You have the option of earning 15 extra credit points by doing the following exercises:
From the Anthropology Resource Center click on Cultural Anthropology and click on "Interactive Anthropology". Respond to the Question "What is Going On?" for each of the 7 countries. Post your responses to the instructor on the Catalyst server, the extra credit link. The due date for this set is on the date of the first test.

From the Cultural Anthropology site in the Anthropology Resource Center link, click on "Meet the Scientists". Read the short interviews and answer the critical questions on each of the 4 anthropologists. The due date for this set is on the date of the final test.
Final Grade
You may access your final grades through "My Portal" at
Additional Information
Please Note:If you do not intend to continue with the course please take the initiative to drop by the drop dates indicated on Catalyst.
Testing / Grading
All tests are composed of 68 multiple choice and true/false questions for a value of 65 each(The 3 additional questions are bonus questions on each test.) The total points for all tests are 195. To these are added 55 points from homework for a course total grade of 250 points (3 tests plus the homework). Test questions are selected from a test bank that accompanies the textbook.

Exam #1: Tuesday, July 10; 6:00–7:30 PM; Room Admin-101
(Exam #1 covers chapters 1-7.)

Exam #2: Tuesday, July 24; 6:00-7:30 PM; Room Admin-101
(Exam #2 covers chapters 8-12.)

Exam #3: Tuesday, August 7; 6:00-7:30 PM; Room Admin-101
(Exam #3 covers chapters 13-16.)

Please Note: Mark your calendar for the dates of the tests, to make sure you do not schedule any other activity during the test time slot, as no make-up testing is available.

Exam Scores: Exam scores are available to students on the Anth 2 Catalyst server 3 days after each test.
Please Note: The score you get on your test indicates the number of correct answers out of a total of 68 questions. Compute your percentage point by dividing your score by 65 (not 68; since you get 3 bonus questions on each test). Then check that result against the scale below to get your letter grade.
Alternate Exams
Contact the instructor.
A+ 250-240.......................100-96
A 239-224........................95-90
A- 223-213........................89-86
B+ 212-197........................85-80
B 196-189........................79-76
B- 188-176........................75-71
C+ 175-164........................70-66
C 163-151........................65-61
C- 150-139........................60-56
D+ 138-126........................55-51
D 125-113........................50-46
F 112-0 .........................45-0
You may access your final grades on the De Anza College website [] under "My Portal".
Policy on Copying and Cheating:Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade in the course and will be reported to college authorities.
Catalyst Information
This course utilizes Catalyst, De Anza's Online Learning Community. Please view the Catalyst website at to login. Please note that you will be unable to login until the first day of class. Be sure you are using your correct username and password - do not use your social security number or international "99" number. If you need help logging in or finding your student ID, please view the short instructional video at: Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website.
De Anza College Bookstore Contact Information
Phone: 408-864-8455
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To use the article or research databases from an off campus computer, log in with your 14 digit library number or eight digit student id number. These instructions are repeated on the first page of the library website along with descriptions of all the online resources provided.

Online Education
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Last Updated: 1/27/16