Anthropology 230-80, Lumpkin

William Paterson University

Fall 2010 Online

Understanding Culture ANTH 230-80

Welcome Letter

Welcome to Understanding Culture, ANTH 230-80 Fall 2010 Online session.  My name is Professor Kenneth Lumpkin; my email is and cell phone is 973-934-2207.   Feel free to contact me anytime with questions. This will be a very informative but fun course, hopefully.  We will learn about what culture is, as well as what it isn’t.  We will learn to look at the world through the lens of cultural anthrpology. We will do this through virtual classroom discussions, readings, blogs and by email and voicemail.  The texts are:

“Cultural Anthropology: A Problem Based Approach” , Robbins R.H.

“The Challenge of Human Diversity: Mirrors, Bridges & Chasms” Middleton. D.

“Valuing the Self, What We Can Learn From Other Cultures”, Lee, D.

NOTE: The key component to this online course is participation in the online chat sessions in the virtual classroom feature of Blackboard.  Each topic will be scheduled several times so everyone can fit it into their schedules.  Each session will also be recorded for the student’s review, should a student’s scheduling not permit him or her joining the chat session for a certain topic.

All of my online courses have been quite successful using the virtual classroom feature, and all students have thoroughly enjoyed it, though some have expressed their reservations at first…all have ended up appreciating it and also wondering why all online course instructors don’t use it.

This will be a full and enjoyable course.  I am looking forward to hearing from all of you!

Professor Kenneth Lumpkin

Department of Anthropology

973-934-2207 cell

529-451-7066 landline