Anthropology I: Uncovering Human Mysteries v18

Enrollment Message:

This course is designed as an exploratory learning opportunity and may not meet a school’s requirements for credit or grade. Please check with school administration prior to enrollment if a student intends to take the course for credit or grade to insure that the school will award such upon successful completion.

The aim of anthropology is to use a broad approach to gain an understanding of the past, present, and future, as well as address the problems humans face in biological, social, and cultural life. This course will explore the evolution, similarity and diversity of mankind through time. It will look at how we have evolved from a biologically and culturally weak species to one that has the ability to cause catastrophic change or amazing innovation. Exciting online video journeys to different areas of the world will also be presented in this course. Prerequisites:None

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

  • Explain what culture is and how and why anthropologists, like scientists, study it.
  • Identify and analyze the role of language and language acquisition in culture.
  • Describe the various early primates and the theory of evolution.
  • Compare and contrast the way humans vary.
  • Evaluate subsistence culture and the social purposes food serves.
  • Interpret a variety of archaeological artifacts and their significance on societies.
  • Describe the importance of kinship and how it varies among societies.
  • Delineate among religious myths, practices, and moral codes.

Course Outline:

Unit 1: Studying Humans – What Anthropologists Do

Unit 2: Human Evolution – How We Got Here

Unit 3: Looking at Culture in Context

Unit 4: Culture and Language: Why Humans are Special

Unit 5: Environment and Culture

Midterm

Unit 6: Material Culture – How Humans Are Handy

Unit 7: Religion – What We Believe

Unit 8: Family Ties and Social Bonds – What Keeps Us Together

Unit 9: Information and Enculturation

Unit 10: Anthropology in Current Cultures

Final Exam

Resources Included: Online lesson instruction and activities, opportunities to engage with a certified, online instructor and classmates, when appropriate, and online assessments to measure student performance of course objectives and readiness for subsequent academic pursuits.

Additional Costs: None.

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/technical-requirements/ 

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at CustomerCare@michiganvirtual.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at customercare@michiganvirtual.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.

Additional Information: This course is designed as an exploratory learning opportunity and may not meet a school’s requirements for credit or grade. Please check with school administration prior to enrollment if a student intends to take the course for credit or grade to insure that the school will award such upon successful completion.

Details


School Level: High School
Standards: Common Core State Standards-ELA
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location: Brightspace LS
NCES Code: 04251
MDE Endorsement Code: CH - Anthropology
MMC Minimum Requirements: EDP/Career Interest Elective

When Offered: (20-21) Fall - 20 Week - Flex

Content Provider: Florida Virtual School
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus