Throughout this course, you have learned and considered several aspects of what comprises culture. Likewise, you have also learned and explored the varied and sometimes competing theories, perspectives, methods, models, and terminology that make up cultural anthropology. You have absorbed content through text and videos, tested your knowledge of key concepts and terminology, and reviewed sample case study analyses. You have already selected a film and completed a rough draft for this final case study; now it is time to tie these pieces together into a holistic case study analysis.
Your success with this assignment will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:o Define and explain fundamental anthropological terms, concepts, and theorieso Demonstrate critical thinking skillso Demonstrate communication skills
The project is divided into two milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to incorporate feedback and ensure quality final submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Module Three and Module Five. The final submission will be submitted in Module Seven
Anthropologists will often conduct research to objectively evaluate cultural practices. This assignment affords you the opportunity to assume the role of an anthropologist. Instead of observing real people in the field, you will observe the actions and practices of the characters in your chosen film. As you watch your film, you will want to deconstruct the cultural practices you observe.
Be sure to take into consideration the major themes of the course as you work through analyses: enculturation, language, artistic expression, economies, marriage/family/kinship, political systems, religious systems, and globalization. If you need help identifying a theme, please connect with your instructor. Within these major themes, also keep in mind the following:
Your selected film may not address every one of these themes, but try to include as many of them in your analysis as possible.
An important component to this paper is the incorporation of scholarly sources. This paper must include at least two outside scholarly sources, which you can search for using the Anthropology Research Guide offered through the Shapiro Library. Credible resources include journal articles, essays published through peer-reviewed print or online sources (such as National Geographic or any magazine, journal, or website affiliated with an anthropological association), or published books (single author, multiple author, bound essay collections, or anthologies). Throughout your college career, you will need to utilize scholarly sources to support your claims. When using these sources, be sure to include short, direct quotations, paraphrases, or summaries as needed. Only use APA intext citation and do not plagiarize under any circumstances. Review APA in-text citation and reference citation formats in the APA Appendix section of your eLearning Resource.