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Program Change

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Fall 2008

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KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 ACADEMIC PROGRAM PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE: Sept. 3, 2008 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Sociology and Anthropology Chair, Peggy Walsh; 358-2503; mwalsh@keene.edu PROPOSAL SPONSOR: James Stemp, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, 8-2902, jstemp@keene.edu TITLE SUMMARY: Anthropology Minor PROPOSED ACTION: Underline proposed changes. Program addition Change in requirements Program redesign Program deletion Other: Course prerequisite changes *Please note that changes pertaining to admission requirements for a major require approval of the Senate Academic Standards Committee. EXISTING (OLD) DATA: 20 credits This minor introduces the student to anthropology, the comparative and holistic study of people. It explores the biological, social, and cultural aspects of our species in the past, present, and future. Anthropology attempts to integrate knowledge of human beings and their activities at the highest and most inclusive level. Anthropologists study the patterning of human behaviors, as well as the conditions under which they arise, persist, or disappear, in the belief that the knowledge gained from this perspective may be applied to the solution of problems of everyday life in different cultures. It provides global information and thinking skills critical to succeeding in the 21st century in business, research, teaching, advocacy, and public service. 2 • ISANTH 110 Cultural Anthropology • ANTH 111 Archaeology and Physical Anthropology • Select one of the following: o ANTH 212 World Ethnography o ANTH 315 Women, Gender, and Culture o ANTH 316 Cultures of Southeast Asia • ANTH 413 Anthropological Thought • One 300. or 400.level ANTH elective PROPOSED (NEW) PROGRAM: 20 credits This minor introduces the student to anthropology, the comparative and holistic study of people. It explores the biological, social, and cultural aspects of our species in the past, present, and future. Anthropology attempts to integrate knowledge of human beings and their activities at the highest and most inclusive level. Anthropologists study the patterning of human behaviors, as well as the conditions under which they arise, persist, or disappear, in the belief that the knowledge gained from this perspective may be applied to the solution of problems of everyday life in different cultures. It provides global information and thinking skills critical to succeeding in the 21st century in business, research, teaching, advocacy, and public service. • ISANTH 110 Cultural Anthropology • ISANTH 111 Archaeology and Physical Anthropology • Select one of the following: o ANTH 314 World Prehistory o ANTH 330 Ethnographic Research Methods • ANTH 413 Anthropological Thought • One 200.level or above ANTH elective PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND /OR LEARNING OUTCOMES: Program objectives and learning outcomes have not changed. Objective: Apply an Anthropological perspective to social and cultural phenomena. Learning Outcomes: • After completion of introductory anthropology courses, students will be able to define anthropology and 3 distinguish it from other disciplines in the social sciences. • Upon completion of introductory anthropology courses, students will demonstrate the ability to use anthropological concepts to understand important ways in which peoples and cultures in the world vary from each other and are similar. • Upon completion of the minor, students will be able to recognize the value of anthropology. • Upon completion of the minor, students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the fundamental ways in which cultures are similar and different from each other. • Upon completion of the minor, students will be able to demonstrate their awareness of basic theoretical explanations for cultural similarities and differences. • Upon completion of the minor, students will be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of how to do cultural anthropological research. Objective: Apply an Anthropological perspective to human evolution. Learning Outcomes: • After completion of the introductory anthropology courses, students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the biological and cultural changes and adaptations that occurred in Homo sapiens sapiens and their primate precursors to form humankind as it now exists. Objective: Examine one's own life and values using these perspectives. Learning Outcome: • Introductory and advanced students will demonstrate the ability to think reflexively about their particular worldview(s) from a variety of perspectives so they can better understand their orientation to the world. Objective: View social and cultural phenomena with an informed global and cross-cultural perspective. Learning Outcomes: • Students will be able to identify, interpret and compare diverse cultural beliefs and customs. • Students will be able to challenge ethnocentric notions and practices that lead to gross inequalities of opportunity and treatment in social life. • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of particular cultures, including non-Western cultures, as adaptive and meaningful systems. Objective: Understand the centrality of gender, race, class, and culture in different societies. Learning Outcomes: • Introductory students will demonstrate a recognition of the importance of global, multicultural, and gender-sensitive perspectives. • Students will be able to discuss the significance of race, class, gender, and culture as organizing concepts in anthropology. Objective: Understand and evaluate anthropological theory and research. Learning Outcomes: • Students will be able to apply theory to explicate cultural phenomena. RATIONALE: With the conversion to the 4-credit, ISP system at KSC, the ANTH 110 course was replaced with ISANTH 110. As well, last year, the Science School Curriculum Committee and Senate Curriculum Committee approved the deletion of ANTH 111 and the addition of ISANTH 111. As such, the Anthropology Minor program should be revised to indicate the new ISANTH 111 requirement. We have replaced ANTH 212, World Ethnography, with a choice of either ANTH 330, Ethnographic Research Methods, or ANTH 314, World Prehistory. This is in 4 acknowledgment of the fact that some students have a greater interest in the study of cultural anthropology while others are more drawn to archaeology. The addition of ANTH 330, Ethnographic Research Methods, as a new course and as a way to fulfill one requirement for the minor reflects our goal for students focusing on cultural anthropology to develop the ability to use ethnographic approaches to the acquisition of cultural knowledge. In addition to providing a foundation for further study in cultural anthropology, these methods are valuable skills applicable in a variety of career endeavors (e.g., education, marketing, public policy). With the advent of four credit courses last year, we attempted to blend ethnographic methods into the courses already offered but the results have been uneven. While we will continue to work at putting more emphasis on ethnography in those courses, by establishing this course, we will better ensure that students graduate with a good grounding in these research tools. ANTH 314 is already taught on a regular basis. We have revised the requirement for the one elective course to include 200 level elective courses in order to provide students with more flexibility in meeting minor requirements. Lastly, with the additions of the ISANTH 110 and 111 courses, the prerequisites listed for the following courses also need to be changed in the catalog: Change prerequisite from ANTH 110 to ISANTH 110: ANTH 212: World Ethnography ANTH 290: Topics in Anthropology ANTH 315: Gender and Culture ANTH 316: Cultures of Southeast Asia ANTH 390: Studies in Anthropology Change prerequisite from ANTH 111 to ISANTH 111: ANTH 314: World Prehistory ANTH 318: The Ancient Maya RESOURCES: No new resources are necessary to implement these changes. ADVISORY OPINIONS: No other departments or programs are affected by these changes.

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Senate Curriculum Committee

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English

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Keene State College

Anthropology Minor Program Proposal

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