ERIC Number: ED180854
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Anthropology: Focus Upon Ethnic Studies.
New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of General Education Curriculum Development.
This course syllabus is designed to serve as the basis for a one-semester, 12th grade anthropology course or a one-year, 12th grade ethnic studies course. As such it can be used as the culminating course in a kindergarten-grade 12 sequence. The ethnic studies component is based on data collected by an Italo-American Curriculum Studies Project and focuses on Italian-Americans in Brooklyn and their ancestral communities in Southern Italy and Sicily. The course is organized around nine topics: the nature of anthropology, environment and technology, the economic system, courtship and marriage, social organization: family and community, social organization: systems of stratification, governing and the social order, ideology (including religion, ritual, magic, and superstition), and culture change. For each topic the syllabus presents approximately seven major ideas with suggestions for study questions and cases to analyze. For example, an idea in economics is that the market exchange system is necessary when a highly productive technology with high labor specialization creates surplus production. A related study question is why advanced agricultural and industrial societies require a market exchange system. Case studies to analyze include international trade fairs in Tokyo or Berlin. The syllabus presents content on modern as well as primitive societies so that students will understand the breadth of scope that anthropology encompasses. (AV)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Community Role, Comparative Analysis, Course Content, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Economics, Environmental Influences, Ethnic Studies, Family Structure, Global Approach, Governance, Grade 12, Human Living, Marriage, Religion, Secondary Education, Social Stratification, Social Studies, State Curriculum Guides, Teaching Guides, Technology
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Ethnic Heritage Studies Branch.
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of General Education Curriculum Development.