Integrates theory and findings, with emphasis on historical, contemporary, and future issues within the four subfields of anthropology.

Ver 1.0a - incomplete in places; updates are forthcoming

Semester: Fall 2003
Section: 14:20 - 15:35; dBC#29
Instructor: R. D. Riner
Office: ANT 498C
Phone: 523-6583, 779-0654
Office hours: before and after class, and by appointment

Course Prerequisites: major, senior standing
Disribution Block:  
Thematic Foci:  
Essential Skills:  

Student Learning Expectations/Outcomes for this Course:

      A central purpose of anthropology is to account for human biological unity and cultural diversity -- past, present and future. This course intends to foster a reintegration of the four subdisciplines, the minor and Liberal Studies requirement, and to prepare students to apply this perspective in the next step in their career following graduation.

Course structure/ approach:

      The coure is organized in panels, debates and workshops with some supplemental lecturing.

Texts (required):

Endicott, Kirk M. and Robert L. Welsch
2003 Taking Sides: Clashing and Contraversial Issues in Anthropology.
(2nd edition); Guildford, CT: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin



Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes: (expansion perding)

Objectives: students develop a reflexive perspective on the liberal studies education and the discipline of anthropology. Much of this will be accomplished by students presenting and arguing current issues in five disciplinary domains, presenting and defending ideas to one another and to lay audiences.

     * Methods of Assessment (expansion pending)

* Participation which presumes preparation and attendance;

* Panal/Debate Sessions (4., 7., 10.,12., 13., 14., 18., 20., 22., 24., and 26.): completion of either "Taking Sides Analysis Report" 5 long forms, one per each 'Part' of text, and 17 short forms, and class evaluation form for each 'Panel';

* completion of professionalism assignments including graduation papers, personal curriculum assessment, preparation of a curriculum vita, practice resume(s), letters of application, etc.; and

* integrative 'culminating assignment', to be specified.



      The course will be conducted according to all pertinent NAU regulations, including the following:

      No extra work can be considered toward the final grade.

      The responsibility for making-up a missed exam is wholly with the student, the format to be specified by the instructor and the time to be scheduled at the mutual convenience of instructor and student; the request to make-up any unexcused and missed exam must be accompanied by the appropriate University form(s).

      Cheating, including plagiarism in any assignments, will be dealt with according to University policies.

      Due to time restrictions it is impossible to review the exams in class; students interested in reviewing the exams are encouraged to make an appointment with the graduate assistant or the instructor to do this.

      If you come to a discussion period and demonstrate that you are unprepared, have not read the assignment, not seen any assigned films and not attempted to answer any assigned questions - I reserve the right to dismiss you and count you absent.

      Instructor will not, and cannot, permit a student to ADD or DROP the class in exception to current University policies and deadlines:

Sa  9 AUG $50 payment fee for students registered and not paid as of 8/8
Sa 23 AUG $50 late payment fee for students registered beginning 8/9 and not paid as of 8/24;
$50 late registration fee for all new registrants
M 25 AUG First day of instruction, Fall 2003
F 29 AUG Last day for payment without cancellation of classes (fee delete)
M   8 SEP Last day to add;
               to change audit to credit or credit to audit;
               to file or grade replacement; and
               to file for grade replacement.
T   9 SEP Petition and $25 late add fee in effect
M 15 SEP Administrative drop deadline and 21st day enrollment count
F  19 SEP Last day to drop/delete
S  21 SEP Drop with a "W" in effect
F 26 SEP Last day to file for A-Pass/Fail
Sa 27 SEP Graduation application deadline to Registrar's Office for inclusion in Fall program
(contact your college for their specific deadline dates).
F  24 OCT Last day to drop with a "W"
S  26 OCT Petition and $25 fee to withdraw from class in effect
W   26 NOV Last day to officially withdraw from the University


      Students who speak English as a second language are encouraged to tape-record the lectures during class and take their notes from the tape after class. (Note: lectures are covered by U.S. Copyright law and may be used only for personal study purposes.)

      The instructor reserves the right to make announced changes in the calendar and conduct of the course to accommodate unforseen contingencies of the semester.

      This syllabus is tentative and subject to change without prior notice at the discretion of the instructor. No warranty is either stated nor implied by this document or the instructor. Course performance is the sole responsibility of the individual student, as is adherence to the dates, prerequisites, and other particulars published in the University Undergraduate Catalogue 2001-2003 and Fall 2003 class schedule. Continued enrollment in this class constitutes agreement with the above, and below, noted University and course requirements and specifications.




      All members of the academic community, whether faculty, students, or administrators, have an obligation to preserve an atmosphere conducive to the freedom to learn and to teach. The expression of dissent and the attempt to produce change, therefore, may not be carried out in ways that injure individuals, disrupt their classes, or otherwise interfere with the ability to teach. Faculty have a particular obligation to maintain classrooms in which the behavior of students does not interfere with the ability of the students to learn or of the faculty member to teach. It is the responsibility of the faculty to determine the standards of acceptable behavior consistent with preserving an atmosphere appropriate for learning. Students who violate these standards will be warned that their behavior is becoming disruptive. Sanctions, up to and including removal from the class, may be imposed for continued violations.


      The university takes an extremely serious view of violations of academic integrity. As members of the academic community , NAU's administration, faculty, staff, and students are dedicated to promoting an atmosphere of honesty and are committed to maintaining the academic integrity essential to the education process. Inherent in this commitment is the belief that academic dishonesty in all forms violates the basic principles of integrity and impedes learning. Students are therefore responsible for conducting themselves in an academically honest manner.
      Individual students and faculty members are responsible for identifying instances of academic dishonesty. Faculty members then recommend penalties to the department chair or college dean in keeping with the severity of the violation. The complete policy on academic integrity is in Appendix F of NAU's Student Handbook.


      If you have a learning and/or disabilities/physical handicaps, you are encouraged to make arrangements for class assignments/exams so your academic performance will not suffer due to the disability and/or handicap. If you have any questions, you should talk with your instructor or contact Disabled Student Services, Counseling and Testing Center, 523-2261.
      It is your responsibility to register with the Counseling and Testing Center. Applications should be made at least eight weeks before the start of the semester.
      If the Counseling and Testing Center verifies your eligibility for special services, you should consult your instructor during the first [3 days] week in the semester so appropriate arrangements can be made. Concerns related to non-compliance in the students with disabilities area should be direct to the Disabled Students Coordinator in the Counseling and Testing Center.


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      You may obtain a copy of this policy from the college dean's office. If you have concerns about this policy, it is important that you contact the departmental chair (523-3180), dean's office (523-2672), the Office of Student Life (523-5181), the academic ombudsperson (523-9368), or NAU's Office of Affirmative Action (523-3312).


      Any study involving observation of or interaction with human subjects that originates at NAU, including a class project, report, or research paper, must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research and Research-Related Activities.
      The IRB meets once per month. Proposals must be submitted for review at least fifteen working days prior to the monthly meeting. You should consult with your course instructor early in the semester to ascertain if your projects need to be reviewed by the IRB and/or to secure information on appropriate forms and procedures for IRB review. Your instructor and department chair or college dean must sign the application for approval by the IRB. The IRB categorizes projects into three levels depending on the nature of the project: exempt from further review, expedited review, or full board review. If the IRB certifies that a project is exempt from further review, do not resubmit the project for continuing IRB review as long as there are no modifications in the exempted procedures.
      A copy of the IRB Policy and Procedures Manual is available in each department's administrative office. If you have any questions, contact Carry Conover, Office of Contracts and Grants, 523-4889.


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