Phil, I will remember that about our field starting with an "A". I'm sure that's why some students sign up, and their performance on tests sometimes actually matches that short attention span. Some surprise, however. Ask me about it in a few weeks. I have my first class this evening, teaching intro cultural to federal prisoners.
Dorothy, Re. "belief and value systems," you might find those pragmatic general ed students, looking for a course to keep them awake for lunch, might respond to some hot-button reference to "right vs wrong," and some tantalizingly controversial mention of all that being "relative." Start out with maudlin "culture wars" issues to get them participating, then move toward more interesting stuff on 'values in conflict' as the course wears on.
Unfortunately all those suggestions begin with letters somewhat late in the alphabet -- so how about "Beliefs & Values in Conflict"....
Re: Course Titles
Posted by: "Philip Stein" stein39@...
Date: Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:37 pm ((PST))
I don't know your audience. But over 90 percent of our students are
general ed students who have no idea what anthropology is. In the 1970s we
went to descriptive titles for all of the courses. So Physical
Anthropology became Human Biological Evolution. Remember, few students read
catalog desriptions. They look at a list of courses on a sheet their
counselor gave them to fulfill their gen ed requirements and check the
schedule for time, day, and title. With the short attention spans many of
our students have, let's be thankful our field starts with an A.
--- On Mon, 1/19/09, Dorothy Davis DDBRUNER <ddbruner@...> wrote:
From: Dorothy Davis DDBRUNER <ddbruner@...>
Subject: [SACC-L] Re: Course Titles
Date: Monday, January 19, 2009, 2:27 PM
We are resurrecting a course on " belief and value systems".
that is the present title of the course. Are any of you using a more
attention grabbing title for a course like this?
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