Spring 2001: World Cultural Comparisons 9:30-10:50 Tues SST 220 B Thurs SST 155-Lab

Anthropology 174AW: 60350 Douglas R. White Office Hours T,Th 11-12 SSPA 4170 (949) 824 5893

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Introduction to ethnology/ethnography, comparative research and theory, culminating in processes of discovery and hypothesis testing using world cultural databases to which students have access in the lab and on CD ROM. This year's class features the use of Spss, the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences. Term paper project will be based on research using the cross-cultural database. Materials needed for the project will be provided, but students need to find references relevant to their topic (from review articles provided) in the cross-cultural literature in the library.

Writing assignments and oral presentations for the class: a 1-2 page proposal, a preliminary study for the term project (8-10 pp. plus appendices), an oral presentation of the final project using transparencies, powerpoint or a web page to show results, and a term paper (12-15 pp. plus appendices), all to be provided on disk as part of the assignment.

Class Objectives: During the first two weeks you should become familiar with the cross-cultural data resources (maps for distributions of variables, codes and codebook, guides to the variables in the codes) and how to use Spss to access data and show relationships between variables. Early readings will provide an overview and review of literatures useful for your term projects in finding previous studies on possible topics for your research. Your goals early on should be to master use of Spss for variables and selective recoding, correlations and cross-tabs, and learning how to test hypotheses. During the quarter you need to learn how to come up with hypotheses and how to test them with Spss using the cross-cultural database. You need to think about how these relate to general theories about culture and society that will be discussed in class, and learn how to write up and present your materials in class and for the term project. Ample feedback is provided by the instructor. The general goal here is to learn how to put social science theories to the test empirically using a sample of case studies, whether you deal with biology, economics, religion, expressive culture, social organization, politics or the like. There are no disciplinary or statistical prerequites and you may focus your research on any subject for which there are adequate data in the datasets provided (but the database will be worldwide in scope). The writing goals are to learn fairly simple strategies for writing up results of empirical research using tables showing relationships among variables.


An extraordinarily useful reference if you can get it: Towards Explaining Human Culture: A criticial review of the findings of worldwide cross-cultural research. David Levinson

The Management of Conflict. Marc Howard Ross. Barnes&Noble Price: $18.00 new, $13.50 used. Available: Ships in 1-2 weeks (There may be copies in the bookstore)

DISREGARD: OUT OF PRINT The Politics of Reproductive Ritual Karen E. Paige Jeffrey M. Paige. Barnes&Noble Price: $16.95 In Stock: 24 hours (Same Day). Not in the bookstore: order off the web from Barnes and Noble.

Order CD ROM with the computer lab database for home use
UCI Electronic Educational Environment
Home pages for students in the class

packet 1 provided in Class, tues week 1: Cost $4 (to refund anthro department for xeroxing)

Provided by University Reader Service in Class, Tues Jan 12th:

Week 1: Introduction reading packet 1