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Re: [SACC-L] Culture Lecture Ideas

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  • Nikki Ives
    Some activities I do in my classes are: Talk about culture and nature - with pictures/discussion about how you eat and what happens once that food is
    Message 1 of 4 , Feb 22, 2011
      Some activities I do in my classes are:

      Talk about "culture and nature" - with pictures/discussion about how you eat and
      what happens once that food is digested varies from culture to culture (eating
      w/ a fork/chopsticks/hands; different types of toilets; different ways of using
      the toilet, etc.)

      Discuss and demonstrate different gestures (sign for OK in U.S. means money in
      Japan; thumbs up in many places means OK - but in some parts of the Middle East
      means F.U., etc...).

      Cultural and historical origins of shaking hands and bowing and how gestures of
      friendship vary - for example in many parts of Africa and the Middle East men
      hold hands - never would happen here in the U.S. and parts of Europe! I think
      there is a news clip out there with George Bush holding hands with someone from
      Saudi Arabia - and the clip is making fun of him - can lead to a great
      discussion on cultural differences/sensitivity.

      Discuss and demonstrate different animal sounds - I use U.S. and Japan but I'm
      sure you could find more online somewhere.

      I know these may sound juvenile but my students can't seem to get enough when we
      go over these on our unit on culture!

      Nicole Ives
      Prince George's Community College
      Largo, MD

      From: Rebecca Stein <rls@...>
      To: SACC-L <SACC-L@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Mon, February 21, 2011 10:12:11 PM
      Subject: [SACC-L] Culture Lecture Ideas

      Hello, all. This semester I am teaching a new class at our college -
      Social Science 1: Introduction to the Social Sciences. I am actually
      co-teaching with a sociologist and the class is part of a first-year
      experience program designed for first semester students whose English
      placement puts them one level below college English.

      So far we've discussed the different social sciences, methodology and some
      basic things like that and have tried to make it very activities-based. In
      a couple of weeks I am slated to do a unit on culture (around 4 hours
      worth). To be honest, I haven't done an intro cultural anthro class in
      well over a decade and back then didn't do much on the activity front. I
      thought I'd see if any SACC-ers had suggestions! How do you teach the
      culture concept? What kinds of activities do you use? I'd love to hear
      from Mel (cultural geography perspective) and anyone else whose done culture
      from a non-Anthro discipline since this is a social science intro. And keep
      in mind this a group of students who based on their English placement would
      be advised not to take a regular anthro course.



      PS (I'll be emailing out a reminder about sending in your abstracts for the
      SACC conference in Omaha soon as the deadline gets closer, but since I'm
      already emailing, I thought I'd mention it here too.)

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