Diane P. Levine
Professor of Anthropology
Chair, Department of Anthropological and Geographical Sciences


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Information about Spring 2014 Anthropology 102 On-Line

This course is an introduction to the anthropological study of human culture including the study of human society, language, religion, political and economic organization, with examples drawn from contemporary preliterate, peasant, and urban societies. For an idea of what readings, topics and assignments are involved in the class, you can look at the syllabus (from the Spring 2013 class) in the upper left hand corner of this page.
                                   Information about Spring 2014 Anthropology 161 On-Line

This course is an introduction to the study of language and linguistic anthropology, including the study of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, language acquisition and socialization, sign language, writing systems, and history of language. For an idea of what readings, topics and assignments are involved in the class, you can look at the syllabus (from the Spring 2013 class) in the upper left hand corner of this page.

  The Nature of On-Line Classes
This is important for all students to read no matter which course you are considering.
The computer and the Internet have had a profound influence on the way we live our lives. This includes education. The on-line educational experience can be a good one, but it can also end up being a diaster. Here are some things that you need to ponder before you decide whether or not you want to enroll in this course:
  • Many students enroll in on-line classes because they believe that it is an easy way to complete a class with a good grade. This is not always the case. In this on-line course you will probably end up putting in as much time, or even more time, than you would if you took a face-to-face course.
  • It is also imperative that you have access to a good computer with a reliable internet connection and that you are familiar and comfortable with using both. The instructor cannot give technical support!

However, there are many advantages to an on-line course.

  •  First, you can work at your own pace--within defined periods of time. You will have deadlines for completing each lesson, but how much time you take to do this will vary.
  • Secondly, you can sign onto the web site at any time, 24/7. Whether you are a morning person and like 8:00 a.m. classes or you prefer to study late at nigh, the choice is up to you. Some people who work nontraditional hours may want to do their course work at 3:00 a.m. in the morning. Or parents with young children may like to work during their child's nap. You control the day and time, except you have to meet the deadlines.
  • Finally, many students have different learning styles. Some thrive in a lecture environment and learn best when listening to an instructor and taking notes. Others learn best in a self-paced computer-learning environment. This class is a good fit for the latter kind of student.
The most important requirement of being successful in an on-line class is that you have to be self-disciplined, which many students find difficult. There will be no instructor looking over your shoulder pushing you along. In an on-line class it is very easy to get involved with other parts of your life and simply forget to do the week's work. This is why more students drop out of on-line classes than out of on-campus classes.
Enrollment in this class is very limited. Please do not take up a place in the class unless you are sure that you have the time and motivation to work in this environment. You may certainly drop out part way through the semester, but then you have taken up a place that could have been occupied by someone else who needs the class and could not get in.