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Week 8. Mar 25-29:
The Study of CultureHE&C 8e
read Lavenda textbook, Chapter 8
to do: Group Discussion 8 – Human Culture
to do: Quiz due on Blackboard on Thursday
to do: online media #8 - due no later than 5pm Fri

The Cultural Anthropology Research Assignment has been posted. It is due by end of day, Monday, April 8.


Anthropology Quote of the Week:

"It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct." -- Sigmund Freud

OM7 Online Media 8: Everything You Wanted To Know About Culture But
Were Afraid To A
sk Dr. Saba F. Sabdar, TEDxGuelphU
OM6 Online Media 6:
Watch this video of the archaeology of the Fremont Indians by Time Team America (PBS 2012)
OM5 Watch PBS Eons: The Two People We're All Related To
(PBS, YouTube, ~10 min, 2018)
OM3 Online Media 4: Watch PBS NOVA's"Becoming Human, Part III" (YouTube, ~52 min, 2014)
OM3 Online Media 3: Watch In Search of Human Origins (1999, 69 min, Discovery Channel)

Online Media 2: Evidence for Evolution from (YouTube 11:22)
due Feb 1


Online Media 1: Macat's "Introduction to Anthropology"
due Jan 25


Recommended websites and videos:


Evolution - General

Human Evolution

Human Variation


Domestication and Civilization


Blackboard Link

Online Media 8

Watch the following YouTube video and answer the questions as you watch:

Everything You Wanted To Know About Culture But
Were Afraid To Ask
, Dr. Saba F. Sabdar, TEDxGuelphU

1. How does Safdar define culture? Give some examples other than the ones used by Safdar.

2. What two types can we use to assess a culture, according to Greg Hofstede (2001)? What type do you think United States culture would best fit?

3. What can verbal abuse tell us about a culture?

4. How can humor reveal to us differences in cultural understanding? Why didn't the Dalai Lama get the joke?

5. What implications does this TED talk have regarding communication and cultural diversity?

E-mail your completed assignment
TO:, with the SUBJECT: ANTH8

Due Friday, Mar 29, 5pm

(Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link for email, or remove the automatic subject line heading "ANTH" if you do.

Online media assignments are graded on a pass (1)/fail (0) basis. See the Grades webpage for results.)


Note: I will give you 3 chances to get the subject heading correct and to not include attachments in your online media emails to me.

For example, when you sent the first online media assignment, you should have used a subject heading in the email of "ANTH1." If you wrote something else (like, for instance, "Online Media Questions 1" or "anth 1 hw"), or if you have included your assignment as an attachment, you have not paid attention to the details of the assignment instructions (details which make it crucially easier for me to organize your responses and read what you have written).

You can do this three times without penalty, but a fourth instance of not paying attention to the details will result in a 1-point reduction from your Online Media grade. For the vast majority of you who are doing it right, thank you for paying attention to the details!

- Regards, Prof Reymers

The online media assignments:

Each week, excepting exam weeks (see the course schedule) you will be reponsible for completing and submitting by email a weekly online media activity. This may entail doing a reading or watching a video made available online, or performing some other kind of activity. Instructions will be posted weekly right here on the webpage by Monday and will be due (by email) on Friday at 5pm of each week. You should e-mail your completed assignment to, with the a subject heading of "ANTH#" (with "#" being the number of that week's online activity, as noted above).

Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link to my email, or remove the automatic subject line heading, as activities with this subject line are automatically filtered into my email activities folder (and thus I will not see an email having to do with something else until the following week or later).


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Introduction to Anthropology Online - Spring 2019 - Prof. Kurt Reymers