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Culture and Personality
(Psychological Anthropology)

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Saturday, 28 November 2015, 14:30 (02:30 PM) CST, day 332 of 2015
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-001 LEC, 11:00 A.M. - 12:15 P.M., Tu, Th (01/20/2015 - 05/08/2015), Cina  214, Roufs, Tim, 3 credits 

Schedule may change as events of the semester require


Meet Your Professor
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Office Hours

Fall 2015
Tuesday / Thursday 1:00-1:45
and by appointment


Spring 2016
Monday / Wednesday 2:00-2:45
and by appointment


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In a nutshell, ANTH 4616 Culture and Personality consists of three main segments:

  I Orientation and Background (slides)  
      Basic Concepts  
      Methods and Techniques  
   II Explorations  
      Comparative / Cross-Cultural  
      Ethnographic Case Studies from the Real World: Real People . . . Real Places from Around the Globe  
  III Student Presentations on Term Research Project

Go to your Moodle Folder and have a look . . .


Moodle top of page 1

The "Section Links" (see arrow, right-hand sided) are handy to jump to the current week.
You can also do that on the "Navigation Panel" (see arrow, left-hand sided)

Click on the little symbol circled in the upper righthand corner of "Block 1" to maximize content size on your screen.

Click on "Grades" in the upper lefthand corner of "Block 1" (circled above)
and your Moodle Gradebook (below) will list all of the course requirements, options, and due dates . . .
(subject to minor changes as new discoveries and announcements warrant

Moodle Gradebook

Only the materials in the center panel are required.
The items and materials in the sidebars are extra materials for you to use or not,
as you see fit

Main Panel has Required Materials.  Sidebars are Optional

You will find basic course information in “Block One”
(at the very top of the Main Panel of your Moodle folder).

Have a look at the basic layout for the materials that appear in each week’s Moodle “Block.” 
You will find that information in “Block One” (at the very top of your Moodle folder).

Your Typical Week in Culture and Personality. . . .

Moodle Typical Week

Textbook Information

general textbook information

Rethinking Psychological Anthropology, Second Edition, by Philip K. Bock.

Textbook for the course

general textbook information

Rethinking Psychological Anthropology: Continuity and Change in the Study of Human Action, Second Edition (1999), by Philip Bock, which is available online new for $28.10 (+ s/h, but currently with "free" shipping from on orders over $35.00), or used from $3.99 (plus standard-rate s/h). Personally, I would buy a used copy.]
(03 January 2015)

More information on the text for Culture and Personality can be found at <>.


 Writers' Workship

UMD offers free writing support from graduate student or faculty writing consultants to all members of the campus community at the Writers’ Workshop. The consultants will work with you on any writing project at any stage in the writing process.

To make an appointment, visit <> or stop by the Workshop’s front desk; walk-ins are also welcome if a consultant is available. The Workshop is located in the Learning Commons on the second floor of the Kathryn A. Martin Library. Look for the wall covered with quotations about writing. 

Students in this class have permission to see a Writers’ Workshop consultant for all take-home exams.

Credit Options at UMD
Credit by Examination

Grades / Grading / Academic Policies
Culture and Personality

This course is governed by the . . .

University of Minnesota Duluth Student Academic Integrity Policy

UMD Office of Student and Community Standards

"Academic dishonesty tarnishes UMD's reputation and discredits the accomplishments of students. UMD is committed to providing students every possible opportunity to grow in mind and spirit. This pledge can only be redeemed in an environment of trust, honesty, and fairness. As a result, academic dishonesty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community. In keeping with this ideal, this course will adhere to UMD's Student Academic Integrity Policy, which can be found at []. This policy sanctions students engaging in academic dishonesty with penalties up to and including expulsion from the university for repeat offenders." — UMD Educational Policy Committee, Jill Jensen, Chair (08/16/2007)

and the UMD Student Conduct Code

and the

Student Conduct Code Statement (students' rights)

The instructor will enforce and students are expected to follow the University's Student Conduct Code []. Appropriate classroom conduct promotes an environment of academic achievement and integrity. Disruptive classroom behavior that substantially or repeatedly interrupts either the instructor's ability to teach, or student learning, is prohibited. Disruptive behavior includes inappropriate use of technology in the classroom. Examples include ringing cell phones, text-messaging, watching videos, playing computer games, doing email, or surfing the Internet on your computer instead of note-taking or other instructor-sanctioned activities." — UMD Educational Policy Committee, Jill Jensen, Chair (08/16/2007)

Instructor and Student Responsibilities Policy


A Note on Extra Credit Papers

Failure to comply with the above codes and standards when submitting an Extra Credit paper will result in a penalty commensurate with the lapse, up to and including an F final grade for the course, and, at a minimum, a reduction in total points no fewer than the points available for the Extra Credit project. The penalty will not simply be a zero for the project, and the incident will be reported to the UMD Academic Integrity Officer in the Office of Student and Community Standards.


A Note on "Cutting and Pasting" without the Use of Quotation Marks
(EVEN IF you have a citation to the source somewhere in your paper)

If you use others' words and/or works you MUST so indicate that with the use of quotation marks. Failure to use quotation marks to indicate that the materials are not of your authorship constitutes plagiarism—even if you have a citation to the source elsewhere in your paper/work.

Patterned failure to so indicate that the materials are not of your own authorship will result in an F grade for the course.

Other instances of improper attribution will result in a 0 (zero) for the assignment (or a reduction in points equal to the value of an Extra Credit paper), and a reduction of one grade in the final grade of the course.

All incidents will be reported to the UMD Academic Integrity Officer in the Office of Student and Community Standards as is required by University Policy.

and the

other pertinent policies as determined by the University of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Duluth, The UMD College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Sociology-Anthropology . . .

Teaching & Learning: Instructor and Student Responsibilities:


"UMD is committed to providing a positive, safe, and inclusive place for all who study and work here.  Instructors and students have mutual responsibility to insure that the environment in all of these settings supports teaching and learning, is respectful of the rights and freedoms of all members, and promotes a civil and open exchange of ideas. To reference the full policy please see:"


Final Exams:


"All 1xxx-5xxx courses offered for undergraduate credit should include a final graded component or end of term evaluation that assesses the level of student achievement of one or more course objectives. All final graded components are to be administered or due at the time and place according to the final exam schedule and not during the last week of class. To reference the full policy please see:"

Excused Absences:


"Students are expected to attend all scheduled class meetings.  It is the responsibility of students to plan their schedules to avoid excessive conflict with course requirements. However, there are legitimate and verifiable circumstances that lead to excused student absence from the classroom.  These are subpoenas, jury duty, military duty, religious observances, illness, bereavement for immediate family, and NCAA varsity intercollegiate athletics.  For complete information, please see:"

Appropriate Student Use of Class Notes and Course Materials:


"Taking notes is a means of recording information but more importantly of personally absorbing and integrating the educational experience. However, broadly disseminating class notes beyond the classroom community or accepting compensation for taking and distributing classroom notes undermines instructor interests in their intellectual work product while not substantially furthering instructor and student interests in effective learning. For additional information, please see:"

Students with Disabilities

It is the policy and practice of the University of Minnesota Duluth to create inclusive learning environments for all students, including students with disabilities.  If there are aspects of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or your ability to meet course requirements – such as time limited exams, inaccessible web content, or the use of non-captioned videos – please notify the instructor as soon as possible.  You are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Resources to discuss and arrange reasonable accommodations.  Please call 218-726-6130 or visit the DR website at for more information.

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