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 theories o Demonstrate critical thinking skills o 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: