ANTHROPOLOGY 198A/Fall Semester 1996

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Dr. Charles F. Urbanowicz
Professor of Anthropology
Butte Hall 317: Office Hours: Mon & Wed 9-10 and 2:30-4pm
(916) 898-6220 or (916) 898-6192 (Dept.)
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0400

NOTE: this document is configured forNETSCAPE 3.x. ALSO PLEASE NOTE: since this is an "experimental" course, new experimental information (such as URLs and articles and the like) might be added to this location throughout the semester; for instance, for a new "survey" on the web, click here.

ANTHROPOLOGY, CYBERSPACE, AND THE INTERNET (ANTH 198A) will deal with an introduction to Cyberspace and how students (particularly Anthropology students) can find "information" through the Internet by using the World Wide Web. Prerequisites: None. There is a $5.00 material fee/student.

Course Objectives:   Discussion and evaluation of the Internet and what has been called "Cyberspace" and the "Information Superhighway" which is upon us. Students will work on MacIntosh computers and will learn about getting their own campus computer accounts, using e-mail for out-of-class discussions, working with the World Wide Web, and learning more about the power (and limitations) of the WWW and how to find the "information" out there!

ANTH 198A-1 [TRACS #16458] will meet Monday in TEHAMA 105 from 8-8:50am.
ANTH 198A-2 [TRACS #16834] will meet Wednesday in TEHAMA 105 from 8-8:50am.
ANTH 198A-3 [TRACS #16433] will meet Friday in TEHAMA 105 from 8-8:50am.

COURSE OUTLINE & RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Note, there is no required text.

 Students will be given assignments that emphasize the use of electronic resources for the social sciences, especially Anthropology. A Macintosh formatted disk should be brought to class each session in order that research/discussions begun in class can be taken away with the student. ASSIGNMENT #1} If you have an e-mail account, send me a message; if you don't have an e-mail account: get one and send me a message.


COMPUTER ACCESS: Computers will be available in Tehama 105 during class; other computer labs are available on campus throughout the semester (please consult Getting Wired) ; if students have a computer (and modem) at home/residence, they may access the University's modem pool to continue their research interests and assignments and e-mail discussions.

GRADES:   This is a credit/no credit course.

GIVEN THE DYNAMIC aspects of the World Wide Web
(and the varied background of all participants, and the fact that much exists on the Web right now, there is no text required for this course; but you might be interested in some of these titles for your own future reference):

Edita Au et al., 1996, Java Programming Basics [with CD-Rom] (MIS: Press).
Mark Brown et al., 1996, Using HTML [with CD-Rom] (QUE).
John December and Neil Randall, 1994, The World Wide Web Unleashed (SAMS Publishing).
Shelly Brisbin and Jason Snell, 1996, MacUser Internet Road Map (Ziff-Davis).
Warren Ernst, 1995, Using Netscape (Que Corporation).
Kristin Evan [Editor], 1996, Official Internet Yellow Pages (Summer/Fall 1996 Edition) (New Riders).
Laura Lemay, 1995, Teach Yourself More Web Publishing With HTML In A Week (Sams Net).
Laura Lemay et al., 1996, Teach Yourself Java For Macintosh in 21 days [with CD-Rom] (Hayden Books).
Suleiman Lalani and Kris Jamsa, 1996, Java Programmer's Library.
Paul McFedries, 1996, The Complete Idiot's Guide To Creating An HTML Web Page (QUE).
John Pivovarnick, 1996, The Complete Idiot's Guide To The Mac (Alpha Books).
David Pogue and Joseph Schorr, 1996, Macworld Mac & Power Mac Secrets (3rd edition) (IDG Books).
Keiko Pitter et al., 1995, Every Student's Guide To The Internet (McGraw-Hill).
Edward J. Reneham, Jr., 1996, 1001 Really Cools Web Sites [with CD-Rom].
Chris Shipley and Matthew Fish, 1996, How The World Wide Web Works.
Todd Stauffer, 1996, HTML By Example (QUE).
Clifford Stoll, 1995, Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts On The Information Highway (Doubleday).
Bard Williams, 1996, The World Wide Web For Teachers (IDG).
Robin Williams, 1995, The Little Mac Book (Peachpit Press).

Althought I have yet to read them, the following look interesting:
Anon, 1996, Netspy (Wolff New media/Random House).
Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon, 1996, Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origin Of The Internet (Simon and Schuster).
Don Tapscott, 1996, The Digital Economy (McGraw-Hill).

SUGGESTION: you might want to consider reading as much as you can and "playing" on the World Wide Web as much as you can. It is not going to go away. Although someone has suggested that reading Wired magazine every month gives them a headache, you might consider it (Wired, not a headache!) as well as something like Internet World and MacUser. You will note that various "quotes" are offered below and let me share some words from the most recent Wired (September 1996; 4.09, page 210) and the words of Ann Winbland, venture capatilist:

"If you don't work 12 hours a day, you're behind.
Either you are committed or you're not."
(Ann Winbland)

NOTE: we all have "other" lives to lead and I certainly don't want anyone spending 12 hours a day on this course (or any course!); have a life and take a break every-now-and-then, and let's begin to surf and share ideas! As with all teaching, this is a learning experience for me as well!

SOME PONDERING POINTS to consider for each week/the semester:

"I prefer the errors of enthusiasm
to the indifference of wisdom."
Anatole France (1844-1924)

"Software can never replace greyware."

this following statement from the Italian Poet
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
is definitely NOT
how I view this class:
"Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'entrate [All hope abandon, ye who enter here.]"

WEEK 1: Monday, Wednesday, or Friday beginning August 26, 1996
Introduction and Overview to the Course and the value of an initial "Road Map"]
A. What is the "World Wide Web" and Cyberspace and what is a search engine" such as Alta Vista?
B. What is the Internet/Information Superhighway?
C. Where might it be going? And where did it come from?
D. Anthropology on "the Web!" And other disciplines on the web.....
E. Assignment for next week and discussion of "literacy" about the WWW.

1. e-mail accounts
2. Internet & Unix accounts on campus.
3. The "Future" of e-mail?
4. Beginning to "surf" the WEB with "engines" such as Alta Vista and Yahoo and Web Crawler and Impresso!
5. Bring back what you find in #4 next week.

F. Distribution of this Syllabus and words about HTML, Lycos, WWW, as well as Yahoo and....
G. Brian Schwimmer's 1996 article in Current Anthropology (June 1996, pages 561-568) and the "linkable" version on the WWW @
H. Facilities on campus and MODEM access.
I. Implication of Cyberspace.
J. Other Colleges and Universities in Cyberspace!
K. K-12 schools in Cyberspace!!
L. Electronic exhibits in Cyberspace!!!

"Any sufficiently advanced technology
is indistinguishable from magic."
Arthur C. Clarke

WEEK 2: Monday, Wednesday, or Friday the week of September 2, 1996
NOTE: Because of "Labor Day" Monday Holiday, extra time will be incorporated to accomodate the Monday class.
A. Facilities on campus
B. Free on-going workshops on campus for all students!
C. Wonders of e-mail!
D. Discussion groups and Deja News!
E. Implication (and some discussion) of Cyberspace.

1. Have you heard of Clifford Stoll?
2. Ever heard of Marshall Macluhan?
3. Ever hear of Nicholas Negroponte?

F. Electronic Publishing!
G. And books available electronically, from Chaucer to .....!
H. As well as Charles Darwin, by clicking here.
I. And
Webmaster Magazine!

"Homo sum: humani nil a me alienum puto."
Terrence (190 - 159 B.C.)

WEEK 3: Monday, Wednesday, or Friday the week of September 9, 1996
More specifics for Anthropologists on "the Web" and:
A. The first Fall 1995 ANTH 13 Syllabus by Urbanowicz.
B. Spring 1996 ANTH 13 Syllabus by Urbanowicz.
C. Eventual Fall 1996 Generic Syllabus by Urbanowicz.
D. Home Pages at this University: Behavioral and Social Sciences and others.

1. What is a Syllabus? What is copyright?
2. What are proprietary rights?
3. What are/were intellectual rights in the age of Cyberspace?
4. Look at other syllabi on the Web, such as....
5. Explore locations such as "The World Lecture Hall" in Texas.
6. How does one "create" a course to teach over the Internet?

E. Anthropology "Skull" module by Professor Turhon Murad.

"What we know is a drop.
What we don't know is an ocean."
Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727)

WEEK 4: Monday, Wednesday, or Friday the week of September 16, 1996
A. Where have we gone so far? From Marshall MacLuhan to Hot Wired!
B. An Idea is not Information: newspapers such as The New York Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal and...
C. Information Overload? Magazines and Reference Works and more Magazines and even MORE Magazines...!
D. More Information!
E. And yet more: a somewhat comprehensive list can be found by clicking here!

"The spider's touch, how exquisitely fine!
Feels at each thread, and lives along the line."
Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

WEEKS 5-6: Monday, Wednesday, or Friday the weeks of Sep. 23, & 30, 1996
A. The World Wide Web and what It Is.
B. Perhaps More Importantly, What It Is Not.
C. How to "surf" the Web
D. What is a "Search Engine" (continued) and C|Net Com.
E. WWW "maps" of locations: Country and Tourist destinations.

"Whatever resolves uncertainty is information.
Power will accrue to the man [or woman!]
who can handle information."
R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)

"Knowledge is power."
Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

WEEK 7: Monday, Wednesday, or Friday the week of October 7, 1996.
Review of:
A. Networks
B. The Internet (and the Internet Society)
C. The Local Scene
D. Usenet
E. Urbanowicz out-of-town on Friday 11 October 1996: attending Phi Eta Sigma meeting in Texas (at Texas A&M).

"What does it mean to compose?
It is the power to associate."
Eugène Delacroix (1799-1863)

WEEK 8: Monday, Wednesday, or Friday the week of October 14, 1996.
(Discussion of all Assignments to date) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

"This day we fashion Destiny,
our Web of Fate we spin."
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)

WEEK 9-11: Monday, Wednesday, or Friday the weeks of Oct. 21, Oct. 28, and Nov. 4, 1996
Specifics of the WWW.
B. How-to-do
C. Resources available to consider (Technology and Learning Program and....).
D. Your Own Web Page? (Check out ECT listings as well as....).
E. How Easy Is It?

1. Campaign'96
2. The White House
3. Voter-Registration
4. More Voter Registration!
5. Election results

"Think boldly,
don't be afraid of making mistakes,
don't miss small details,
keep your eyes open
and be modest in everything
except your aims."
Albert Szent-Geörgyi (1893-1986)
1937 Nobel Prize winner, Physiology/Medicine

WEEK 12: Monday, Wednesday, or Friday the week of November 11, 1996
A. Web page construction/discussion continued.
B. Assignment due.

"No es lo mismo hablar de toros,
que estar en el redondel."
[It is not the same to talk of bulls, as to be in the bull ring..]
(Anonymous Spanish Proverb)

WEEK 13: Monday, Wednesday, or Friday the week of November 18, 1996
A. Winding down and into the Holiday Season.
B. Information on the Web re....?
C. Urbanowicz (and others) in San Francisco at the American Anthropological Association Meetings.

WEEK 14: November 25-29: Thanksgiving Vacation!

"Power does not corrupt.
Fear corrupts,
perhaps the fear of a loss of power."
John Steinbeck (1902-1968)
1962 Nobel Prize Winner

WEEKS 15 & 16: Weeks of December 2 and December 9, 1996
A. What have we learned? How does one get a job? How does one learn more??
B. Research and Continued Sharing Information/Ideas
C. Educational Implications: Museums and K-12 Education and Higher Education and ....!

"And with the guts of the last priest
Let us strangle the last king!"
Denis Diderot (1713-1784)

WEEK 17: December 16-20: Final Exam Week
The End/The Beginning!

"The computer is a great invention.
There are as many mistakes as ever
but now its nobody's fault."

"Growth is the only evidence of life."
John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890)

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"Gambling or Gaming: Which Is It?" by Dr. Charles F. Urbanowicz (Spring 1996 presentation)

"Newspapers and the 'Net" by Dr. Eileen G. Cotton (Spring 1996 presentation)

ECON 198A ECONOMICS ON THE INTERNET by Dr. Fredericka Shockley (Spring 1996 course)

Various California State University, Chico Syllabi


1. An understanding of the phenomenon of culture as that which differentiates human life from other life forms; an understanding of the roles of human biology and cultural processes in human behavior and human evolution.

2. A positive appreciation of the diversity of contemporary and past human cultures and an awareness of the value of anthropological perspectives and knowledge in contemporary society.

3. A knowledge of the substantive data pertinent to the several sub disciplines of anthropology and familiarity with major issues relevant to each.

4. Familiarity with the forms of anthropological literature and basic data sources and knowledge of how to access such information.

5. Knowledge of the methodology appropriate to the sub-disciplines of anthropology and the capacity to apply appropriate methods when conducting anthropological research.

6. The ability to present and communicate in anthropologically appropriate ways anthropological knowledge and the results of anthropological research.

7. Knowledge of the history of anthropological thought.

About Professor Charles F. Urbanowicz

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(1) ©PLEASE NOTE: This Syllabus for ANTH 198A (ANTHROPOLOGY, CYBERSPACE, AND THE INTERNET) was originally created by Dr. Charles F. Urbanowicz, Professor, Department of Anthropology, on April 19, 1996, and modifed by Urbanowicz and Ms. Nanci Ellis, Webmaster, Department of Anthropology, on August 20, 1996. Urbanowicz may be contacted by e-mail by clicking here and Ellis may be contacted by e-mail by clicking here. [Please click here to return to beginning of the page.]

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