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Social Studies

Introduction to Cultural Awareness

This course will teach students, through anthropology, how to break down their own cultural norms and biases to better respect and understand different cultures around the world.
Blake Portnoy McCabe
113 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 11 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
90 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 5 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn what anthropology is and what anthropologists due.
Students will become familiar with their own cultural norms and cultural lens.
Students will learn how ethnography is done.
Students will explore norms of other cultures in an attempt to understand them from within their own viewpoint.
I am a course complete PhD student in Anthropology with a concentration in Political Anthropology. This is a course I am teaching a Junior College level this summer and have taken at a graduate level (this will be a much simpler version for the younger age group). I hold a Master's degree in Anthropology and a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology/Sociology. While I have a number of qualifications, I like to teach using more than just dry readings and lectures. There are political comics and Science Fiction shows that have discussed politics, which anthropologists have studied. I love using these, and other more unusual topic tools, to teach my courses. Of course, I am a total nerd and love Star Trek, so that helps in using Science Fiction in my courses.
Videos from YouTube, lectures, quizzes, short writing assignments, creative assignments that students can choose from
I will provide all materials and links. The students need access to regular Youtube. Some of the videos may not play in the kid's version of Youtube so I have embedded them in the Nearpod and I share screen them.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
completing videos and assignments
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
There will be discussions of race, war, and genocide as part of studying history in this course. We will also use Nearpod for this course, which requires students to be able to use their web browser (or the free app) at the same time as zoom. For videos, I usually share screen but can also enable student playing in the Nearpod. Videos embedded into the Nearpod do not link to youtube directly, though the videos often originate there, and prevents ads often found in youtube. Content is embedded directly into the Nearpods that I make. Nearpod is like an interactive google slides/power point with information on slides interspersed between open-ended questions, polls, and quiz-like activities.
Note: This is snippet of the multitude of sources used to create the content for this class
Nearpod Life Skills Teaching Tolerance
E. B. Tylor (Primitive Culture)
Laavanyan Ratnapalan (2008) E. B. Tylor and the Problem of Primitive Culture, History and Anthropology, 19:2, 131-142, DOI: 10.1080/02757200802320934
LARSEN, T. (2013). E.B. Tylor, religion and anthropology. The British Journal for the History of Science, 46(3), 467-485. doi:10.1017/S0007087412000039
Culture, Power, and the Discourse of Law. 2009. Merry, Sally Engle
BBC News
American Anthropological Association


Blake Portnoy McCabe
Lives in the United States
Anthropologist, Assistant Marching Band Director, Music Teacher, Cooking Enthusiast, Amateur Radio Operator
113 total reviews
159 completed classes

About Me

I teach Hebrew, Anthropology, Cooking, Israel Studies, Religious Studies, Music, Race and Ethnic studies, Political Studies, Social Studies, and many other courses.

I am an experienced Educator with 7+ years of teaching, student advisement and... 
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