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SS381 COURSE DETAILS


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SS381 (Version: 2020 2) COURSE DETAILS


COURSE TITLE EFF YEAR EFF TERM DEPARTMENT CREDIT HOURS
SS381 CULTURAL/POLIT ANTHROPOLOGY 2020 2 Social Sciences 3.0 (BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
SCOPE
SS381 focuses on people and explores how a group's cultural patterns shape behaviors, identity, and social and political structures. By its holistic nature, a goal of anthropology is to understand human nature, social interactions and explore the origins of modern political organizations. The discipline explores cultural variation within and among societies, regarding many issues including race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and nationality. Students also examine the sub-discipline of applied anthropology which seeks to solve contemporary social and political problems such as ethnic conflict.
LESSONS: 30 @ 75 min (2.000 Att/wk) LABS: 0 @ 0 min
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
At the discretion of the current course director.

SS381 COURSE REQUISITES


TYPE COURSE EFF YEAR EFF TERM TRACK RED BOOK FLG
CO REQUISITE  
  SS366 1983 1 1 Y
PRE REQUISITE  
  SS307 2018 1 1 Y
  SS357 2019 2 2 Y

SS381 (Version 2020-2) COURSE OFFERINGS


AYT #SECT/SIZE CPBLTY ENRLD WAIT SEATS CLOSED CRSE DIRECTOR DETAILS
2024 - 1 1 18 18 5 0 13 Y Hours

2025 - 1 1 18 18 4 0 14 N DR BEITLER Hours

2025 - 2 0 18 0 0 2 0 Y DR BEITLER Hours

2026 - 1 0 18 0 0 0 0 N Hours

2026 - 2 0 18 0 0 0 0 Y Hours


SS381 (Version: 2019 2) COURSE DETAILS (ARCHIVED)


COURSE TITLE EFF YEAR EFF TERM DEPARTMENT CREDIT HOURS
SS381 CULTURAL/POLIT ANTHROPOLOGY 2019 2 Social Sciences 3.0 (BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
SCOPE
The overall course goal is to provide a rich and interesting introduction to the field of anthropology. Anthropology is a holistic discipline encompassing elements of political science, economics, sociology, linguistics, and psychology. Emphasizing that one's culture is a "learned" condition, students explore the concept of cultural relativism and gain an appreciation for the diversity of human cultures and the interrelation of social, political and economic organizations. Students also examine the sub-discipline of Applied Anthropology which seeks to solve contemporary social/political problems such as ethnic conflict. A highlight of this course, students actively conduct anthropological fieldwork within the West Point community. Students develop their personal abilities to recognize their own personal biases and therefore better understand, interact and communicate with peoples from other cultural backgrounds. This is a crucial skill for future Army officers in the 21st century as recent deployment patterns have shown soldiers operating in non-traditional situations.
LESSONS: 30 @ 75 min (2.000 Att/wk) LABS: 0 @ 0 min
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Fieldwork reports, including a 10-12 page final report including an annotated bibliography, conceptual paper, and fieldwork observations and conclusions; compensatory time provided for additional field research.

SS381 COURSE REQUISITES


TYPE COURSE EFF YEAR EFF TERM TRACK RED BOOK FLG
CO REQUISITE  
  SS366 1983 1 1 Y
PRE REQUISITE  
  SS307 2018 1 1 Y
  SS307 2018 1 2 Y

SS381 (Version: 2018 2) COURSE DETAILS (ARCHIVED)


COURSE TITLE EFF YEAR EFF TERM DEPARTMENT CREDIT HOURS
SS381 CULTURAL/POLIT ANTHROPOLOGY 2018 2 Social Sciences 3.0 (BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
SCOPE
The overall course goal is to provide a rich and interesting introduction to the field of anthropology. Anthropology is a holistic discipline encompassing elements of political science, economics, sociology, linguistics, and psychology. Emphasizing that one's culture is a "learned" condition, students explore the concept of cultural relativism and gain an appreciation for the diversity of human cultures and the interrelation of social, political and economic organizations. Students also examine the sub-discipline of Applied Anthropology which seeks to solve contemporary social/political problems such as ethnic conflict. A highlight of this course, students actively conduct anthropological fieldwork within the West Point community. Students develop their personal abilities to recognize their own personal biases and therefore better understand, interact and communicate with peoples from other cultural backgrounds. This is a crucial skill for future Army officers in the 21st century as recent deployment patterns have shown soldiers operating in non-traditional situations.
LESSONS: 40 @ 55 min (2.500 Att/wk) LABS: 0 @ 0 min
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Fieldwork reports, including a 10-12 page final report including an annotated bibliography, conceptual paper, and fieldwork observations and conclusions; compensatory time provided for additional field research.

SS381 COURSE REQUISITES


TYPE COURSE EFF YEAR EFF TERM TRACK RED BOOK FLG
CO REQUISITE  
  SS366 1983 1 1 Y
PRE REQUISITE  
  SS307 2018 1 1 Y
  SS307 2018 1 2 Y

SS381 (Version: 2005 1) COURSE DETAILS (ARCHIVED)


COURSE TITLE EFF YEAR EFF TERM DEPARTMENT CREDIT HOURS
SS381 CULTURAL/POLIT ANTHROPOLOGY 2005 1 Social Sciences 3.0 (BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
SCOPE
The overall course goal is to provide a rich and interesting introduction to the field of anthropology. Anthropology is a holistic discipline encompassing elements of political science, economics, sociology, linguistics, and psychology. Emphasizing that one's culture is a "learned" condition, students explore the concept of cultural relativism and gain an appreciation for the diversity of human cultures and the interrelation of social, political and economic organizations. Students also examine the sub-discipline of Applied Anthropology which seeks to solve contemporary social/political problems such as ethnic conflict. A highlight of this course, students actively conduct anthropological fieldwork within the West Point community. Students develop their personal abilities to recognize their own personal biases and therefore better understand, interact and communicate with peoples from other cultural backgrounds. This is a crucial skill for future Army officers in the 21st century as recent deployment patterns have shown soldiers operating in non-traditional situations.
LESSONS: 40 @ 55 min (2.500 Att/wk) LABS: 0 @ 0 min
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Fieldwork reports, including a 10-12 page final report including an annotated bibliography, conceptual paper, and fieldwork observations and conclusions; compensatory time provided for additional field research.

SS381 COURSE REQUISITES


TYPE COURSE EFF YEAR EFF TERM TRACK RED BOOK FLG
CO REQUISITE  
  SS307 2004 1 1 Y
  SS366 1983 1 1 Y
  SS357 2004 1 2 Y
  SS366 2005 1 2 Y
PRE REQUISITE  
  SS202 2009 1 1 Y
  SS252 1979 1 2 Y

SS381 (Version: 2004 1) COURSE DETAILS (ARCHIVED)


COURSE TITLE EFF YEAR EFF TERM DEPARTMENT CREDIT HOURS
SS381 CULTURAL/POLIT ANTHROPOLOGY 2004 1 Social Sciences 3.0 (BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
SCOPE
The overall course goal is to provide a rich and interesting introduction to the field of anthropology. Anthropology is a holistic discipline encompassing elements of political science, economics, sociology, linguistics, and psychology. Emphasizing that one's culture is a "learned" condition, students explore the concept of cultural relativism and gain an appreciation for the diversity of human cultures and the interrelation of social, political and economic organizations. Students also examine the sub-discipline of Applied Anthropology which seeks to solve contemporary social/political problems such as ethnic conflict. A highlight of this course, students actively conduct anthropological fieldwork within the West Point and Hudson Valley community focusing on cultures and sub-cultures thriving within the greater American society. Students develop their personal abilities to recognize their own personal biases and therefore better understand, interact and communicate with peoples from other cultural backgrounds. This is a crucial skill for future Army officers in the 21st century as recent deployment patterns have shown soldiers operating in non-traditional situations.
LESSONS: 40 @ 55 min (2.500 Att/wk) LABS: 0 @ 0 min
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Fieldwork reports, including a 10-12 page final report including an annotated bibliography, conceptual paper, and fieldwork observations and conclusions; compensatory time provided for additional field research.

SS381 COURSE REQUISITES


TYPE COURSE EFF YEAR EFF TERM TRACK RED BOOK FLG
CO REQUISITE  
  SS360 1975 1 1 Y
  SS366 1983 1 1 Y
PRE REQUISITE  
  SS307 1979 1 1 Y
  SS357 1979 1 2 Y

SS381 (Version: 1983 1) COURSE DETAILS (ARCHIVED)


COURSE TITLE EFF YEAR EFF TERM DEPARTMENT CREDIT HOURS
SS381 CULTURAL/POLIT ANTHROPOLOGY 1983 1 Social Sciences 3.0 (BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
SCOPE
Anthropology, literally the study of Man, is a rich and diverse branch of the social sciences that seeks to understand man in his social setting. This course explores the influence of culture on man's behavior and social organization. The student will be introduced to very different cultures. Ample opportunity is given to contemplate what it means to be a man or woman in a different (even "exotic") setting. A number of the subjects covered are not only intellectually stimulating, but also very useful for those who may find themselves living in non-Western cultures (e.g., there will be lectures on conflict resolution, the practice of religion, social etiquette and taboos). The course readings are carefully chosen to provide a rich and interesting introduction to anthropology. A highlight of the course is the opportunity to conduct fieldwork at West Point. Recent efforts have dealt with cadet rituals, rites of passage, and tribalism at West Point.
LESSONS: 40 @ 55 min (2.500 Att/wk) LABS: 0 @ 0 min
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
A 15 page writing requirement including an annotated bibliography, a conceptual paper, and a report on fieldwork; compensatory time provided.

SS381 COURSE REQUISITES


TYPE COURSE EFF YEAR EFF TERM TRACK RED BOOK FLG
CO REQUISITE  
  SS368 1989 2 1 Y
  SS360 1975 1 2 Y
  SS366 1983 1 2 Y
PRE REQUISITE  
  SS307 1979 1 1 Y
  SS357 1979 1 2 Y