A comparative examination of such topics as ritual, cosmology, revitalization movements, magic, witchcraft, myth, and possession.
ANTH 352 Anthropology of Magic and Religion is a course previously offered on the Lancaster Campus and via the Palmetto College two-way video system. It is a course that fulfills requirements for the Anthropology subject area of the BLS degree and the B.A. in Anthropology from the Columbia campus. Previous versions of the course and its topic have been approved by the Lancaster campus administration, Palmetto College officials, and the USC Columbia Anthropology Department.
With the support of the Lancaster campus faculty, my colleagues and I at the USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center and the members of the Native American Studies Advisory Committee, are in the process of formalizing the addition of Native American Studies to the Subject and Cognate options for the BLS degree (we are also considering the proposal of a Cultural Studies track in the BLS). We have sufficient course offerings to support this subject area, and several Native American Studies courses have already been offered (and will be offered in the future) through the Palmetto Programs two-way video system. However, we currently have only one NAS course solely online NAS courses (I have a hybrid ANTH 209 course that has a Native American focus that I hope to transfer to all online in the near future). With the development of this ANTH 352 into an online course, with its inclusion of Native American belief traditions, both BLS students majoring or minoring in Anthropology and Native American Studies will have an additional course option. The course will also offer diversity to our course offerings in Anthropology. The NAS faculty and all those involved in the development of the USCL Native American Studies Center, courses, programming, and outreach are very excited about the possibility of offering a degree focus for students interested in Native American Studies. I have been asked for years by Native and non-Native students around the region if and when USC would be offering a degree in Native American Studies. I’ve explained that creating new degrees is a long and arduous process but that, hopefully, an opportunity to pursue Native American Studies in the USC system through Palmetto College would be more immediately forthcoming. The offering of this course (and subsequently additional English, Anthropology, Art, and Language courses focused on Native American culture and history) will be an effective step toward providing this unique area of study online.
Offering this ANTH 352 course online will provide greater access to students in the Palmetto College BLS program, many of whom work full-time and are limited by employment and family restraints. Traditional course time-slots are simply not an option for many nontraditional students. Additionally, students in rural South Carolina Native American communities, such as Aynor (Waccamaw), Salley (Beaver Creek), McColl (Pee Dee), etc., will now have access to a course on Native American culture.
The professor will meet with an instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence and discuss ways that material posted online for this course can incorporate features to allow access by students with disabilities.
From: CUTSINGER, JAMES
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 6:28 PM
To: CARRANO, JEAN
Subject: RE: ANTH 352 on – line course Palmetto College
Religious Studies is happy to support this on-line version of ANTH 352, cross-listed with us as RELG 360.
Is an actual "letter of consent/support" needed, or is this email sufficient?
From: CARRANO, JEAN
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 12:21 PM
To: CUTSINGER, JAMES
Subject: FW: ANTH 352 on – line course Palmetto College
Dr. Stephen Criswell from USC Lancaster has developed an online version of his ANTH 352 course. We are requesting
approval of this course to be taught online for Palmetto College. The Instructional Development committee requires a
statement from your department giving consent for ANTH 352 to be an online course, since it is cross‐listed with RELG
360. Please see the highlighted portion of the message below.
I have attached the proposed syllabus of ANTH 352. Dr. Criswell will be making some requested revisions to the syllabus
to meet approval. If you give permission, I will submit your letter of support to the INDEV committee. Thank you, Jean
It is recommended regarding accessibility for students with disabilities be added in the Justification section You can use these as a guide to formulate a statement appropriate for the course:
"The professor will meet with an instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence (or internal department instructional designer) and discuss ways that material posted online for this course can incorporate features to allow access by students with disabilities.”
Please call me at 777-0460 if you have any questions or need assistance.
Friday, September 30, 2016 at 2:41 pm EST
To: Jean Carrano
Reference: ANTH 352 on – line course Palmetto College
Jean, below are the comments on ANTH 352 from the INDEV Committee. ANTH 352 Does not yet meet the minimum requirements and further revision of the course proposal is needed.
If you have any questions, just let me know.
The course has been returned to you in Academic Programs Proposal System (APPS)
It would be best if you could get this all done by middle of October so that our InDEV committee can review the course at out next meeting on Friday, October 28, 2016.
Again, if you have questions, just ask.
Don Jordan, Chair InDEV 2016 – 2017
ANTH 352 Does not yet meet the minimum requirements and further revision of the course proposal is needed.
The proposer needs to address the following concerns:
The proposal needs to indicate that the course does in fact impact other units, particularly Religious studies. There must then also be a letter of consent/support from the Religion department to allow for the course to be cross-listed.
The Pass/Fail option needs to be addressed: either an explanation of the Pass/Fail option must be added to the grading statement or the course should be designated as only having a Standard letter grading.
Change Course Outcome to Learning Outcomes.
A statement that learning outcomes are equivalent to face to face courses should be added.
A statement on Rubrics, even if it to explain that rubrics will be found on Blackboard.
Expectations for response to student emails and the grading of assignments as well as a statement on turnaround time for graded assignments should be included.
A statement on how assignments will be secured is needed.
Minutes for the final exam should not be counted toward total learning minutes. With this in mind, the total learning minutes falls below the 6300 minute minimum. The proposer will have to adjust where those other minutes will be allocated.
There are ambiguities and inconsistencies with regard to the continuity of assignment titles and grade values. For example, “Responses to Readings” is referred to by different titles in the grading, in the course work description, and in the course schedule; furthermore, “Discussion Board Questions,” “Discussion Board Responses,” “Discussion Board Comments,” and “Individual Blog Post” are used in a confusing and inconsistent manner. These need to be either unified or clarified depending on what is intended, and the descriptions of the assignments, grading, and course schedule need to correlate.
A “Statement of Academic Integrity” with a reference link to the standard USC academic integrity policy should be given.
An “Identification of Provisions for Student-to-Instructor, Student-to-Student, and Student-to-Content Interactions” needs to be clarified as to how each type of interaction will be appropriately incorporated with the course.
I’ve reviewed your revised proposal. I think there are a few items that INDEV will still object to. In particular:
You might want to check with Don Jordan to be sure that I’ve not misinterpreted their comments.
Comments from the InDEV On-Line Courses Committee
USC Palmetto College
ANTH 352 contact: Jean Carrano
ANTH 352 – Summary of InDEV Committee Comments
December 2, 2016
Comments for ANTH 352
The syllabus needs number of response readings and discussion boards posts and peer responses.
·all the assignments are laid out in the weekly schedule; however they are confusing b/c “discussion board” is used to describe several assignments. Perhaps this could be clarify by giving more specific and consistent names to each assignment: such as, reading response, discussion post, discussion response / peer response.
The syllabus needs information about the required technology and technical skills (INDEV checklist #11)
A boiler plate comment for each is found below. These could be added with whatever relevant details are specific to the course.
A list of specific required technologies/software/programs to be used in the course:
Minimal technical skills are needed in this online course. All work in this course must be completed and submitted online. Therefore, students MUST have consistent and reliable access to a computer and the Internet. Before starting this course, students must feel comfortable doing the following. The minimal technical skills students should have include the ability to:
• organize and save electronic files,
• use email and attached files,
• check email and Blackboard daily, and
• download and upload documents.
per request of proponent (Jean Carrano)
The proposal needs to be revised to reflect the RELG 360 cross-listing. This is not a change, so should not create any troubles, but it needs to be coded into the proposal (under the Cross-Listing tab). On a related note, the cross-listing should NOT be included in the course description. When they are properly entered in ths system, it will appear as expected, but it's not part of the course description.
In the "Justification for Distributed Delivery Offering" section of the syllabus, the course is referred to as ANTH 362 (not 352).
I'll watch for this proposal to reappear and will process it asap once it returns to my queue.
Up0dated Course Description to remove the cross-listing (this will be added, automatically, as a note).
Per FS INDEV report minutes 4/12/17, change to course delivery only.