Cultural Anthropology Class – Fall 2016

WE ARE BACK!!

It’s the beginning of another academic year here at East Carolina University and I am delighted to get the semester started. One of the classes that I teach during the fall semester is an undergraduate course – Cultural Anthropology. On the very first day of class, the large lecture hall (Rm 265) was filled to capacity. This was the FIRST time that this lecture hall was filled to capacity for my Cultural Anthropology course. Quite naturally, I LIKED IT – the bigger, the better!

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

What I REALLY try to emphasize in this Cultural Anthropology class is for ALL my students to take more of an effort in gaining a “Cultural Relativistic” perspective of other people and their culture as well as to discover how Cultural Anthropology can help their major AND become more employable when they graduate from ECU.

Yet, I was caught by a big surprise during the first week of the semester. I became very sick suddenly and was hospitalized for dehydration during the first week. I therefore had to miss a couple of days. Fortunately, I recovered quickly because of the great treatment from my primary physician and the medical professionals at Vidant Health hospital.

So what a way to START THE SEMESTER!!

I want to thank my Cultural Anthropology class for their patience and understanding and NOW we are Officially BACK in stride lecturing about Cultural Anthropology.

Here are few photos of my Cultural Anthropology students as well as a few Selfies!

Cultural Anthro class 1

Cultural Anthro class 1

Cultural Anthro class 2

Cultural Anthro class 2

Cultural Anthro Selfie 1

Cultural Anthro Selfie 1

Cultural Anthro Selfie 3

Cultural Anthro Selfie 3

Cultural Anthro Selfie 2

Cultural Anthro Selfie 2

 

SPRING 2016 Semester – Teaching an Honors College Seminar Course & 2 Other Courses

It’s hard to believe, but it’s February 2016 already and I haven’t had enough time to update this Course Happenings Blog until now! As you can guess, it has been another busy and amazing Spring semester in which I have very little time just to think about what I’m doing.

Fortunately, this Spring semester I have made the time to RE-ENERGIZE my thought processes and allocated QUALITY time to my courses. Well, this semester I am teaching my first Honors College seminar course and it has been fantastic and exhilarating! The title of my Honors course is:

Breaking the Boundaries of Race in America: Developing Race Relations Solutions for East Carolina University

This Honors seminar course has been a complete pleasure to teach and work with the seven honor students who are taking my class. All of my students have already challenged themselves and others on a number of culturally sensitive race relations issues and now we are in the stage of the class focusing upon SOLUTIONS for race relations issues!! Who would have figured that I would be teaching this type of class at ECU, but I finally am accomplishing this major objective of my teaching career. That is, teach meaningful and thought-provoking classes in which students can be the leaders and the change agents of society.

By the way, here is the course description of the class:

Why is the United States still having major race relations problems in 2016? Do you want to continue to sit along the sidelines or help solve this issue in our country particularly here at ECU? This course aims to examine, discuss, and debate the major concepts and frameworks associated with race relations in America. Students will not only gather background information on this issue through traditional research methods but also gather data by listening to key administrators at ECU and other NC state universities. After students gather this data, they will present their own race relations solutions to the Chancellor’s Office at East Carolina University.

So here are the three courses that I am teaching this Spring Semester:

HNRS 2013 Breaking the Boundaries of Race in America: Developing Race Relations Solutions for East Carolina University
ANTH 3252 Medical Anthropology
MPH 6008 Ethnic Health & Health Disparities

Of course, I enjoy teaching my undergraduate Medical Anthropology class and my graduate course – Ethnic Health & Health Disparities. Both of these courses are entirely online and students prefer both of them taught in this format as opposed to face-to-face in a lecture hall. In fact, both of my online courses continue to increase in enrollment each year that I teach them.

So if you are interested in any of my Spring 2016 courses and have any follow-up questions, send me an email at: baileye@ecu.edu. That’s what’s happening in my “Course Happenings” course activities at East Carolina University for the spring 2016!

Cultural Anthropology Class – Fall 2015 – THANKS FOR A GREAT CLASS!

Class Selfie 1

Class Selfie 1

Cultural Anth 2

Cultural Anth 2

Cultural Anth 1

Cultural Anth 1

Well, it is start of a New Year 2016 and I am preparing for all my classes for the Spring 2016. However, I want to acknowledge the completion of my Cultural Anthropology class during the fall.

This was a larger Cultural Anthropology class that I normally teach and I thoroughly enjoyed all the students. Even though it was a little challenging to keep everyone involved, I managed to add more class exercises and fun activity that kept the class more relevant and practical for all students.

So here is my THANKS and APPRECIATION for an outstanding Cultural Anthropology class! Check out my class photo and class selfie! Yes, they gave me permission to take their picture.

Fall 2015 – Global Public Health class

One of the best things about the fall semester is that I get to teach a different type of class – an online Global Public Health class for graduate students. My online Global Public Health (MPH 6007) course is apart of my Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) Graduate Certificate online program and it is designed to get our graduate students to think outside the general framework and structure of our typical public health course. That’s probably why I truly get overly excited about teaching this class each fall semester.

Additionally, what makes this class so special is that there is always new global public health issues in the news each year and particularly this time of the year so I can usually include these global public health events into my lectures. This also allows students to see how important this class is to them and brings the practical basis of this course directly to them.

What’s particularly special about this global public health class is that I use my podcast and webcast lectures the best way that I can to HIGHLIGHT the key issues from the weekly material. Moreover, the online videos that I use throughout the semester provides students with a better understanding of the specific global public health issue.

Thus far in the semester, all the students have been very much involved in the lecture material and are truly engaged in the weekly discussion board sessions. As each week goes by, I can tell that the students’ perspectives are changing and they very much are embracing a more broad approach to global public health!

That’s why the course objectives are so important for this class. They are:
1. Identify and assess the major components of medical anthropology and public health as they relate to global public health issues.
2. Identify and discuss the major global public health concerns of specific populations from one country to another.
3. Apply principles and strategies derived from medical anthropology and public health toward planning, implementing and evaluating global public health intervention programs.

Fall 2015 – Cultural Anthropology class

Here is the rest of the class conducting observation.

Here is the rest of the class conducting observation.

Here is the class conducting observation fieldwork

Here is the class conducting observation fieldwork

We are well underway in the Fall semester and my Cultural Anthropology class has been a delight this semester already. Now that it’s October, I have already given the class their first exam and a majority performed well on it. This class is a bit different than previous classes because I am located in a larger lecture hall and I have more students (60) in this class. In fact, I prefer larger classes. With larger classes, they tend to be more diverse so it allows me to experiment with so much more lecture material.

For example with this larger class, I like to add more class exercises in which students have to think differently about the cultural anthropological topics. Early in the semester, I took the class outside to do observational fieldwork of student behavior. Check out a couple of pictures from our visit outside. Even though I had told them that we were going to go outside, they were a bit surprised when I told them that we were going outside. Overall, it was a fun class exercise!

Now that I have been teaching this Cultural Anthropology class for the past 30 years, I still know how to meet the course objectives which 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.

Global Cultures class – Fantastic first Experience!

Global Cultures class

Global Cultures class

Global Cultures class

Global Cultures class

Global Cultures class

Global Cultures class

Well, I accomplished it! I created and completed the teaching of a brand new introductory course entitled, “Understanding and Appreciating Our Global World: A Multicultural Perspective,” or in otherwords – Global Cultures.

This is a course that I felt our university and students desperately needed and in fact they do! The students in this very first class did an excellent job in staying with the content of my course and participating on all the different exercise issues related to global cultures. By the end of the semester, we learned about 25 countries!!

We learned about each country’s history, sociodemographics, cultural patterns, and their individual language greeting phrases. Of course, it was a bit challenging for students at the beginning of the course, but eventually they opened-up and expressed a wide array of perceptions.

Check out the class photos! They were a special group of Global Cultures students – THE FIRST!

Co-Mentoring Honor Students Internship Project – “Let’s Talk About Race”

Our Group Selfie

Our Group Selfie

Dr. Fraley, Matt, Zoe and myself

Dr. Fraley, Matt, Zoe and myself

A few nights ago, I had the pleasure to attend the ECU Honors College 2015 Honors 3100 & EC Scholar Internship Showcase event. Zoe Hinton & Matt Early – the two Honor students that I co-mentored with Dr. Todd Fraley presented their internship project entitled, “Let’s Talk About Race.” I was very proud of their motivation and passion for this issue because not too many students would have the courage to address this topic particularly nowadays. During the event, I was given an opportunity as their Co-Mentor to speak to the crowd to let them know how important their internship is to the entire ECU community.

Check out a few photos including our group Selfie!

Helping Student Complete Video Project on Health

Torre and Dr. Bailey Selfie

Torre and Dr. Bailey Selfie

Torre and Dr. Bailey after class.

Torre and Dr. Bailey after my class.

As a professor at ECU, I often get requests from a number of students to assist them with their individual projects. This spring semester, I received a request from junior Torre Blake – a junior in the School of Communications and a journalism major — to help her complete a video project on health.

The title of her video project on health was, “Is the Freshman 15 Real?” This topic is very important to all students particularly for the incoming Freshman because this health question is backed up with verifiable data across the country. In fact, this issue of Freshman gaining weight is nothing new because as I had stated in my interview, when I was a freshman in college back in the 70s (Miami University, Ohio), gaining weight was not unusual for first time college students. Yet today in 2015 is an epidemic and truly a significant public health issues for universities today.

Torre interviewed me in my office and took some shots of me lecturing in my class. After getting a chance to view her draft of the video project, I was very impressed. She put together an excellent video news health segment that you normally see on a TV newscast. I am sure one day, we will see Torre on TV being a journalist and TV news health reporter.

I was very pleased to be apart of her video project on health. Congrats to Torre!! Of course, I had to document her video project with a photo and a Selfie!

Teaching 3 Courses for Spring 2015 – Global Cultures (ANTH 1200), Medical Anth (ANTH 3252) and Health Disparities (MPH 6008)

Well, it is 2015 and I am finally catching up with my updates for my “Course Happenings” activities for the year. To illustrate how busy I have been since the start of Spring 2015, it is spring break now (March) and I finally have a chance to update my “Course Happenings” Blog! Where has the time gone!

In any case, I am teaching three courses for the Spring semester. They are:

ANTH 1200 Understanding and Appreciating Our Global World: A Multicultural Perspective
ANTH 3252 Medical Anthropology
MPH 6008 Ethnic Health and Health Disparities

Quite naturally, I am excited with teaching all three courses!! Each course and the students involved with each course brings a whole new level of excitement each time that I teach the course. In particular, the undergraduate course – Medical Anthropology and the graduate course – Ethnic Health & Health Disparities – are both online courses! They are a joy to teach because I get a number of outstanding students in both classes. This semester, both of these classes have already illustrated that students are so focused and committed to each course assignment, discussion and testing that it’s been delightful to get to the next course topic due to the fact that the students are eager and ready for it!

As for my Global Cultures (ANTH 1200), this is the very first time that I am teaching this class! I developed this class this past summer and couldn’t wait to put this class in motion. This class is a traditional face-to-face class in which I take the students on a journey around the world focusing on the “cultural metaphors” and “cultural themes” of over 25 countries. I specifically designed this course like a traveler’s journey around the world in which he/she becomes familiar with each country from the country’s perspective – not from an “outsider’s perspective.” Thus, by the end, I hope that students get a better understanding and appreciation of each country as we travel from one nation to another during our 15 weeks with this course. It’s a lot to cover yet that’s the fun and uniqueness of this course!!

So if you are interested in any of my Spring 2015 courses and have any follow-up questions, send me an email at: baileye@ecu.edu. That’s what happening in my “Course Happenings” course activities at East Carolina University for the spring 2015!

Cultural Anthropology Class – Final Day

Here is my Cultural Anthro class.

Here is my Cultural Anthro class.

My Cultural Anthro class.

My Cultural Anthro class.

It’s truly a joy to go through another semester teaching college courses particularly this Cultural Anthropology course! As usual, I had another enjoyable time with all the students in this Cultural Anthropology class. There were times in which we had very lively discussions and feedback on a wide array of cultural anthropological issues and there were also times in which the class was very quiet.

The challenge to present cultural anthropology to students today is always different each semester. For this class, I tried a number of strategies to get students to open up and talk about some of these sensitive issues and I believe it worked. In fact, there were a number of students who truly excelled in our class discussions and became the top leaders in the class. That’s what I truly enjoy experiencing in this class — Students stepping up and becoming leaders!! It’s a great feeling!

Here are a few photos of my outstanding Cultural Anthropology class!

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