HST010: Anthropology (Elective)

This list is representative of the materials provided or used in this course. Keep in mind that the actual materials used may vary, depending on the school in which you are enrolled, and whether you are taking the course as Independent Study.

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Scope & Sequence : Scope & Sequence documents describe what is covered in a course (the scope) and also the order in which topics are covered (the sequence). These documents list instructional objectives and skills to be mastered. K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

Course Overview

This course presents a behavioral science that focuses on the study of humanity and culture. Students learn the foundations of the five main branches of anthropology including physical, social, linguistic, archeological, and cultural. They are provided the opportunity to apply their observational skills to the real-life study of cultures in the United States and around the world.

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Course Length

One Semester

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HST103: World History (or equivalent) recommended as a prerequisite or co-requisite, but not required

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Course Outline

Anthropology, Unit 1: Introduction to Anthropology

The focus of the lessons in this unit is to introduce the subject of anthropology to students. The students develop a wide range of knowledge skills that can be applied to all branches of anthropology.

  • Overview of Anthropology
  • Discuss: Getting to Know You
  • Branches of Anthropology
  • Categories of Knowledge
  • The Social Sciences
  • History of Anthropology
  • Anthropological Research

Anthropology, Unit 2: Physical Anthropology

Students learn that physical anthropology is the study of human physical characteristics. They see how scientists use fossilized remains to study the origin and development of humans. Students read journal excerpts of the Lewis and Clark Expedition—one of the first anthropological studies in the history of the United States.

  • Physical Anthropology
  • History of Humans
  • Race and Ancestry
  • Discuss: Race and Ancestry
  • Lewis and Clark

Anthropology, Unit 3: Cultural Anthropology

Students are introduced to the origins and elements of cultural anthropology. Students learn that the main characteristics of some cultures my include labor division, rules for marriage, family structure, and ideology. Students study characteristics of the African American and Asian American cultures via federal websites such as the Census Bureau and the National Park Service.

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Learning a Culture
  • Discuss: Your Culture
  • African American Culture
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • Asian Culture
  • Asian Americans

Anthropology, Unit 4: Linguistic Anthropology

Language can be a means through which a culture is shared and transmitted. Students study the elements of a language. Students also see the relationship of specific languages to their cultures.

  • Language
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Foreign Languages in the United States
  • Discuss: Speaking Two Languages
  • Language and Linguistic

Anthropology, Unit 5: Social Anthropology

The social institutions of a society are created to address and satisfy the social and personal needs of the people and the groups within a society. These institutions reflect the values and standards of behavior that have been established. Students read about social relationships and social institutions.

  • Social Institutions
  • Discuss: Social Institutions
  • Social Identity and Behavior
  • Families and Kinship
  • American Indians

Anthropology, Unit 6: Archaeology

Archaeology is a study of the tools, artwork, structures, and other artifacts left behind by the people of earlier civilizations. Students explore the history of archaeology and examine the branches of archaeology.

  • Archaeology
  • Gathering Information
  • Public Archaeology in the United States
  • Discuss: Government Spending on Archaeological Sites
  • Mound Builders
  • More Indian Mounds
  • Fossils and Dinosaurs
  • Dinosaur National Monument

Anthropology, Units 7-16: Field Study

The lessons in these units give the student the opportunity to do a field observation in ten countries. These countries are divided geographically in the following areas: Africa, Asia, Europe, Pacific Rim, and South America.

  • Afghanistan, Parts 1 and 2
  • Bulgaria, Parts 1 and 2
  • Columbia, Parts 1 and 2
  • Indonesia, Parts 1 and 2
  • Kenya, Parts 1 and 2
  • Libya, Parts 1 and 2
  • Philippines, Parts 1 and 2
  • Syria, Parts 1 and 2
  • Turkey, Parts 1 and 2
  • Venezuela, Parts 1 and 2
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Lesson Scheduling

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K12 Scope & Sequence documents for each course include:

  • Course Overview (as seen above)
  • Course Outline
  • Lesson Time and Scheduling