Category Archives: Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology Class – Fall 2014

Cultural Anthro Class

Cultural Anthro Class

Cultural Anthro Class

Cultural Anthro Class

It’s another fall season and I am delighted to be teaching Cultural Anthropology again. Let me see, I believe it’s been almost 26 years since I first started teaching Cultural Anthropology and anthropology courses at the university level and it’s always different each year.

This fall Cultural Anthropology course is another fantastic class in which I am very excited to share the concepts, theories, and practical applications of cultural anthropology with a new set of diverse students at East Carolina University. As a reminder, the course objectives of my Cultural Anthropology class are:

1. To provide a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of Cultural Anthropology – its fundamental principles and key concepts.

2. To encourage awareness of cultural and human diversity.

3. To help all students make sense of our increasingly interconnected world and to find their particular place in it.

4. To help students to find out how they can make a difference in our local and global communities.

As a surprise to my class in September, I took them outside and we conducted an applied cultural anthropology exercise – we did FIELDWORK and we OBSERVED ECU student behavior. Check out a couple of photos:

Cultural Anthropology – Fall 2013 Class – Last Lecture Day & Rites of Passage Message

Here is the entire class in this photo. Great class!

Here is the entire class in this photo. Great class!

Here is another photo of my fantastic class.

Here is another photo of my fantastic class.

Here is another photo of my Cultural Anthropology class.

Here is another photo of my Cultural Anthropology class.

Well, it was another exciting and challenging Cultural Anthropology class during this fall semester of 2013! I can’t believe that it’s over yet it still feels like yesterday when I started teaching this class. I have to be honest about this class. It took a little longer for them to open up about some of the topical issues in the course, but they eventually shared alot of relevant, personal, and deep-thinking engaging dialogue to the course lectures.

Now that I have truly re-focused this Cultural Anthropology class on material and topics that all students can relate to, it has allowed many students to begin to think of culture in a whole new way. That is, in a manner in which “culture” is something that all students are emersed into whether they are aware of it or not. Fortunately, in this class, students recognized that not only do they have their own distinct cultural patterns, they recognized the importance of other populations having their “own” distinct cultural patterns as well. Students also recognized that they can “learn” from other cultures on a number of issues that we discussed throughout the semester.

Throughout the semester, we did several fun activities such as going outside and observing ECU cultural events and groups. We had several in-class group exercises on topics that were most relevant to student life. Finally, we had special guest speakers who surprised the class with a very special performance and message!

Again, I had another WONDERFUL and ENGAGING Cultural Anthropology class this semester. I learned alot from them and I hope that learned alot from me!

Here are few photos of my outstanding Cultural Anthropology class.

Cultural Anthropology Class – Last Lecture Day

Cultural Anthro Class – Photo 4

Cultural Anthro Class – Photo 3

Cultural Anthro Class Photo 2

Cultural Anthro Class – Photo 1

Well, it’s another great semester of Cultural Anthropology coming to an end. I had a wonderful time trying to present my lectures to this class in an innovative and straight-foward way. I was particularly delighted that this class REALLY interacted and engaged regularly with all of the lecture material and the class exercises.

In fact, this Cultural Anthropology class was one of the best introductory cultural anthropology classes that I have had since teaching at ECU. There were a number of students who added a wealth of new information to our lecture discussions as well as our special class exercises. The entire class was also receptive to our special guest lecturers at the end of the semester.

Here are few photos of my outstanding, receptive, and engaging Cultural Anthropology class.

Taking Class Outside for Fieldwork Observation

Cultural Anthropology Class conducting fieldwork.

On this October lecture day, I decided to take the class outside to conduct a brief fieldwork exercise in observing student behavior. Our cultural anthropology topic primarily focused upon economic issues and the concepts of economizing and maximizing.

In this observation area, we were located in front of the student bookstore where alot of student activity and meetings occur on a daily basis. For this exercise, the class observed a wide variety of activities from various student groups and organizations.

Overall, it was a fun activity not only to observe student behavior but most importantly to just get out of the classroom and enjoy the beautiful October day.

Fall 2012 Courses – Cultural Anthropology and Global Public Health

We are back! I want to welcome all the new and returning students at East Carolina University! During this fall 2012 semester, I teach one undergraduate course and one graduate course. The courses are:

ANTH 2200 – Cultural Anthropology

MPH 6007 – Global Public Health (DE)

Each year presents a new set of challenges for me in my courses and I am looking forward to everyone’s participation. Whether the course is face-to-face or online, I try to bring my style of teaching to the class in which all of us can learn from each other.

So are you ready for some work and fun? Let’s get started.

Fall 2011 – Cultural Anthropology Class

Cultural Anthropology Class - Fall 2011

Cultural Anthropology class - Fall 2011

It’s another fall semester and another opportunity for me to teach cultural anthropology. Cultural anthropology is a course that I truly enjoy teaching because it is not only a chance to highlight the significance of culture in our lives but it is also a chance for me to see how students recognize its significance in their lives.

My Cultural Anthropology course has three major objectives. They are:
1. To provide a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of Cultural Anthropology – its fundamental principles and key concepts.
2. To encourage awareness of cultural and human diversity.
3. To help all students make sense of our increasingly interconnected world and to find their particular place in it.

This course also provides students to achieve three major basic science goals. They are:
1. Students will learn the subject matter of at least one discipline in the Basic Social Science.
2. Students will learn the research methodology, principles and concepts required to understand and conduct undergraduate-level research in a Basic Social Science.
3. Students will learn about the discipline’s contribution to general knowledge.

In this cultural anthropology class, I try to teach it in a completely different way than your typical college course. Although we have your typical lectures, the lectures are designed to focus on the practical aspects of culture and how it relates to a student’s life. In addition, I take students out-of-the-classroom so that we can use different aspects of cultural anthropology such as fieldwork to investigate various aspects of university culture and human culture.

Here are a couple of photos of my Cultural Anthropology class. I know they are ready to take a new approach in learning about culture and I look forward to making this class as exciting and entertaining as possible once again!

Cultural Anthropology Course — Observing ECU Student Fun!

ECU Student Having Fun

In my Cultural Anthropology course – ANTH 2200, we normally go outside on a regular basis to have classes. The major reason that I have always taken my classes outside is to get all of my students an opportunity to get out of the building and experience anthropology in a different setting. On this day, I took my class outside on the main mall area of ECU campus to conduct some OBSERVATION of ECU students.

Well, attached are a couple of photos of ECU students having fun between classes. They realized that my class was observing them and did not mind. In fact, they enjoyed it.

This is what Cultural Anthropology is all about — conducting fieldwork, observing people’s behavior and learning about various cultural patterns even among other students.

Fall 2010 Teaching Two Classes – Cultural Anthropology and Global Public Health


The start of the Fall 2010 semester is in full swing and the excitement of another academic year at East Carolina University is upon us! It’s always exciting to see the new set of students and the returning students come back to ECU. They are filled with energy, enthusiam, optimism, and uncertainty — all of which is natural when we all start a new phase of our lives.

This fall semester, I am teaching my regular rotation of two classes — Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 2200) – an undergraduate course AND Global Public Health (MPH 6007) – a graduate course. With regards to my Cultural Anthropology course, I always enjoy teaching this course because we can discuss so many cultural topics that hopefully relates to many of the students in some form or fashion. This is also a course that I have been teaching for over 23 years at various universities and each semester I fine-tuned it to meet the interests of the current students taking this course. One thing for sure about this course over the years, students are ready to learn so much about the world yet need encouragement, motivation and innovative teaching to inspire them to take that chance.

As for my Global Public Health course (MPH 6007), I have been teaching this course online for the past 3 years! I thoroughly enjoy producing this course online because it allows me to create new ways of lecturing via podcasts/webcasts as well as in developing innovative ways for students to interact with each other online. The course topics of this Global Public Health course are always very timely and connect all of us with the world health issues throughout the entire semester. Each year, I get more students who have been waiting all of their academic career to learn about other country’s public health issues. We need to recognize the IMPORTANCE of global health issues to each graduate student that we train here at ECU and universities in the United States. Our students want it and they deserve it.

Finally, I am also starting our Ethnic and Rural Health (ERHD) Graduate Certificate Online Program this fall semester. It’s an exciting start and we feel that it will make a significant impact in the graduate training of future public health and medical professionals in the U.S. and around the world.

Yes… I am Back and ready to Go!

Cultural Anthropology – ANTH 2200

Today was the start of my Cultural Anthropology 2200 course for the Fall 2009 semester.This is a course that I have taught for over 20 years and it is always exciting at the beginning of the semester primarily because I get another opportunity to talk about culture and how important it is to all of us!

The major course objectives for this Cultural Anthropology course are:
1. To provide a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of Cultural Anthropology — its fundamental principles and key concepts.

2. To encourage awareness of cultural and human diversity.

3. To help all students make sense of our increasingly interconnected world and to find their particular place in it.

In this course, we cover the entire field of cultural anthropology and actually connect with so many other disciplines outside the field. This is where I attempt to make cultural anthropology relate to everyone who takes this course regardless of their major or expertise.

Here are a few major topics that we talk about in this course:
1. The Characteristics of Culture
2. Language and Communication
3. Becoming Human
4. Social Identity, Personality and Gender
5. Groupings by Gender, Age, Common Interest and Class
6. Politics, Power and Violence
7. The Arts
8. Global Challenges

We will discuss specific cultural sketches on particular groups throughout the world. This type of investigation will allow us to not only see people and cultures of the world who are different but more importantly how similar they really are when you analyze them anthropologically.

In this course, I also take advantage of the ECU blackboard system so there will be assignments in which students will have to respond using the discussion board system.

Finally, since cultural anthropology is really about understanding all types of cultures (present and past), we will conduct informal cultural anthropological fieldwork outside our classroom when the weather permits. Therefore, some classes will be held outside so that we can observe cultural activity on ECU’s campus!

Well, that’s it for now. Here we go again on another fun and enlightening semester of cultural anthropology!