Details for Cultural Anthropology

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC341
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Kevin Hovey



Awards offering Cultural Anthropology

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Apply anthropological insights, theories, concepts, categories and descriptions of types of culture to existing local and national culturally diverse situations;
  2. Research and write a basic ethnography in order to develop an ability to think critically about what culture means in various contexts;
  3. Analyse a specific cultural context and evaluate how a given culture impacts on your own worldview;
  4. Explain and demonstrate your respectful approach to individuals, families and communities from other cultures and worldviews that differ from your own.

Subject Content

  • Defining anthropology
  • The nature of the relationship between anthropology and culture
  • The purpose, scope and usefulness of ethnography in the study of culture and how to research and write one
  • Examining a number of themes in different cultural contexts; identity, change, status, cycles, economy, kinship, social organization, politics, language, religion, enculturalisation, acculturalisation, technology, collectivism and individualisation
  • The implication of these themes in terms of their anticipated professional practice

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (eLearning)
  • Intensives
  • Extensives

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Mini-Ethnographic Study (30%)
  • Authority and Power Case Studies A and B (30% each)
  • Forum Posts (10%)

Prescribed Text

  • Howell, B. & Paris, J. (2011). Introducing Cultural Anthropology: A Christian Perspective. Baker Academic.

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