Exploring The Arts Through Cultural Anthropology
What you'll learn
- examples of the use of visual art in other cultures
- how to distinguish between myths, legends, and tales
- examples of the functions of music and dance in a society
- different ways to describe theater around the world
- software to open PDFs, if you want to complete worksheets on your computer (instead of printing them out)
- a printer, paper, and a pen or pencil, if you want to print out PDF worksheets and write on them
Are you interested in Art? Tattoos? Graffiti? Theater? Music? What about ancient cave drawings? Take this course to find out more about The Arts around the world!
This is an introductory Cultural Anthropology course focusing on The Arts. In Unit 1, you will learn about the field of Anthropology in general, how to understand other cultures, and why art is an important topic. In Unit 2, you will learn about what art is, art and culture, and the functions of art. In Unit 3, you will learn about the visual arts, rock art, body art, and graffiti. In Unit 4, you will learn about verbal art, including myths, legends, and tales. In Unit 5, you will learn about music, including why we have music, the creation of music, and the function of music. You'll also learn about dance, and dance in culture and the functions of dance. In Unit 6, you'll learn about Theater, including theater and media, performers, content, and audience role. In Unit 7, you will be given a summary of everything you learned about The Arts.
The introductory, concluding, and activity lectures are talking head videos, and the rest are narrated slideshows. These are not PowerPoint lectures. The slideshows are made up mostly of images that complement the lecture, so there is very little text on the screen.
Each Unit has a short quiz, and an activity that includes a worksheet to be completed. These activities should take you about 10-15 minutes to complete. The last Unit has an optional activity, where you can go out "in the field" and be like an Anthropologist!
This course is part of a series of Anthropology courses, called Anthropology 4U: The 4 fields of Anthropology, For Everyone. The courses can be taken in any order, and you don't need to know anything about Anthropology to take these courses.
Who this course is for:
- someone who knows nothing (or only a little) about Anthropology, and wants to learn
- someone who is taking a college Anthropology class and wants more information
- someone who is taking a college Anthropology class and wants help understanding concepts discussed in class
Hi! I'm Keirsten and I'm an Anthropologist. I have 2 Master's degrees in Anthropology, and I've worked as a Medical Anthropologist for the Cleveland Clinic, the #2 hospital in the world. I teach online courses in all 4 fields of Anthropology through my small business, "Anthropology 4U." I am living with a progressive neuromuscular disease, and so I now use a wheelchair to get around, a feeding tube to eat and drink, and a ventilator to breathe. All this does not stop me from teaching!
I am a single mom with two adult children, a boy (age 20) and a girl (age 25). In my free time, I like to read and paint with watercolors and acrylics. I also enjoy "hiking" in my wheelchair in the Dishman Hills Natural Area near my home in Spokane Valley, Washington.
I earned a Master's Degree in Medical Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, which is ranked #42 in the USA. I also have a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary History & Anthropology, as well as a B.A. in Anthropology from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington.
I have worked as a professional Medical Anthropologist for the Cleveland Clinic medical center, which is ranked the #2 hospital in the world. I also have worked for Archaeological & Historical Services, a respected Archaeology research company in Washington state.
My teaching experience includes 3 years as a frequent guest lecturer at Eastern Washington University. I have taught workshops in Forensic Anthropology through the Future Connections Program in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Gear Up Education Grant in Cheney, Washington. I have also taught Archaeology workshops through the Spokane Public Schools' Tessera Program. In addition, I have 5 years of experience as a Teaching Assistant for the Departments of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University and Eastern Washington University.
I have presented research at several professional conferences. For example, I studied disease and poverty in Nairobi, Kenya, and then presented my research, titled "The Intersection of Disease and Poverty in Slum Communities Around Nairobi, Kenya" at the 10th Annual Eastern Washington University Research and Creative Works Symposium in Cheney, Washington. As another example, I presented research as a contributing author on behalf of my research team at the Cleveland Clinic. The title was, "Preparing for a Genomic Future: Assessing the Educational Needs of Professionals in Clinical Genetics" and it was presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG) in Bethesda, Maryland.
I have several published articles in professional journals, including the following:
2018: Contributing Author for Thematic Feature Interview Forum: Space and the Outer Limits of Archaeology. International Journal of Student Research in Archaeology 4:19-27.
2015: Access to Resources in Astrobiology: A Consideration for Astrobiology Outreach. Astrosociological Insights 4(1):19-20.
2008: The Spanish Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: The Spokane Experience. Master's Thesis, Eastern Washington University.
2007: Contributing Author for Channeled Scabland Archaeology: Investigations at the Cattle Guard Site, Department of Geography and Anthropology, Eastern Washington University Report Series No. 6.
2005: Malaria in Africa: Is America Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem. Journal of Northwest Anthropology, 39(2): 189-194.
2005: Perceptions of Malaria among Western Populations and the Wandamba of Eastern Africa: A Cross-Cultural Comparison. Lambda Alpha Journal 35: 29-36.