Tami Cheshire

Anthropology Department

Behavioral & Social Sciences

Sacramento City College


Hello & Welcome!

This page was created to provide you with information and resources about me and the many courses I teach.

About Me-


Adjunct Faculty


Anthropology 310, 330, 332, 334 and Social Science 335 & 336 in the Los Rios District 


Don't have one, but I have a mail box: Sac City Campus - BSS office, 2nd floor Rodda North

Office Hours:

You can reach me anytime via e-mail or by my home phone - both listed below.

E-mail address:


Home Phone:

(916)925-4217 (I prefer that you call me at home)

Mailing Address:

Behavioral & Social Sciences Division, 3835 Freeport Blvd.,
Sacramento City College, Sacramento, CA. 95822

Now for the primary reason you have come to this page...or at least I think it is the primary reason :)

 Anthropology 2 Online -

Just because this is an online course, doesn't mean that we cover different content. The content of the course listed in the catalog is the same, it is just advisable for you to have internet, e-mail and word processing skills.

Cultural Anthropology
Prerequisites: None
Aceptable for credit: CSU, UCD
Hours: Fifty-four hours lecture
Advisory: Online course - must have internet, e-mail and word processing experience.

This course is an introduction to the varieties of customs and forms of social life of human beings, in both western and non-western peoples, with the aim of understanding the structure of societies.

Also analyzed are multicultural customs and their usefulness in the societies in which they occur and how culture is flexible and adaptive in a variety of settings. (Catalog)

Topics: subsistence methods, belief and religious systems, linguistics, trade & economic systems, arts, kinship systems, marriage & family systems, changes due to internal & external forces. Anthropological concepts will be stressed: human culture and language, cultural relativism, holism, ethnocentrism, cross-cultural comparisons, fieldwork & theory.

I have certain expected outcomes for the course:

Understand the significance of cultural anthropology as a holistic discipline by completing the
readings, participating in the discussions and watching the videos.

Recognize anthropological terms.

Utilize anthropological theories and research methods to complete assignments, research projects
and papers.

Develop a understanding and appreciation for diverse cultures, including rituals, beliefs, and
traditions without ethnocentric judgment.

See the 'cultural anthropologist' in yourself by recognizing the connection that can be formed
between anthropology and other disciplines to enhance research.

Involvement in your community.

Learn and/or enhance computer skills.

The text required for the course is:

 Cultural Anthropology:
An Applied Perspective
by Gary Ferraro, current edition


You must have access to a computer throughout the semester. It can be one you have at home or at a friends house or one at a lab...but make sure you have access. It is advisable to have access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The system requirements for the computer are as follows:

 Pentium Processor or better

 Internet Access 

 Windows or Mac OS system 10 or better

 E-mail account either with the college or outside provider


 Adobe Acrobat Reader

WINZIP or some program that can unzip files

This class will operate on the foundation that all people and cultures hold equal value on the planet, and should not be targets of discrimination. Showing respect is the first step to understanding. Respect in person and respect online are our goals.

Communication is the key to all cooperative learning. Sounds like a quote from some famous person doesn't it? Well I think that someone said it once, but I don't remember who or how exactly they said it, but I wholeheartedly concur. Most of the communication between us - you and I and other students, will take place on the computer, in the Discussion Board Area. My role in this medium is more of a 'guide or resource' rather than a 'distributor of information' (taken from: Are Online Courses Right For You?).

Learning in this medium is more interactive, "here, you'll be responsible for initiating
more contact, for being persistent and vocal when you don't understand something" (taken from: Are Online Courses Right For Your?). It is my job to help you learn. A word of advice from someone who has taken many online courses, be timely and direct in asking your questions and in expressing issues and confusion. You will save both of us time and energy =)

My philosophy is: there is never a wrong question. So, ask away! I'll do my best to answer.


Q: I am not comfortable on the computer / working with word processors. Despite this, I am still interested in taking an online class. What do you recommend? Is this a good place to learn how to be on the computer?

A: If you have any phobias of the computer or of wordprocessing, I highly recommend you consider taking a face to face class. If you want to work to overcome those phobias, you're welcome to jump right in ;-) But, you need to consider that you are at a distinct disadvantage. If you are only taking the course to get experience in wordprocessing and e-mail, I recommend you take other courses where that is the primary focus.

Q: This would be my first online class. How can I know if this is right for me?

A: If you are truly interested in taking this class, you need to go to two links:
'Are Online Courses Right For You?'
and 'Succeeding in Distance Learning Courses'.
Take the survey/quiz after you read about online classes.How did you do? Will you be able to handle this course?

Q: Are there any special rules for being in an online class? How is it different from a traditional classroom setting?

A: There is a phenomena called netiquette that is practiced by those who go online. Please go to the following address http://www.albion.com/netiquette/book/index.htmlto find out more about netiquette.

Q: How can I make sure that people understand what I am saying online?

A: Online, people use emoticons or smileys to communicate their emotions. We will be expressing our emotions online throughout the semester because I won't be able to see your face, so you'll have to use emoticons. You can go to this website to learn more and to find your favorite smileys. http://www.muller-godschalk.com/emoticon.html

Q: How do you compensate for the lack of a classroom environment in an online class?

A: The Discussion Boards are used to replace the interaction you would receive in a traditional classroom. Students post answers to my questions and comments towards each other. Your Discussion Board success will depend heavily upon your ability to communicate in this medium. Your ability to communicate successfully on the boards is necessary in order to pass this class.

Q: How strict is an online class? Can I just do all the work at the beginning and be done for the semester?

A: An online class is as strict and timely as a traditional class. THIS IS NOT A CORRESPONDENCE COURSE. The class has weekly deadlines and you should expect to spent 7-10 hours a week on your work, maybe a little more. You will be able to work about 1 week ahead on many assignments, but not all.

Q: Are online classes easier? Do they have more work than a traditional class?

A: Many of my students have said that this class has a lot of work, but they have also learned a lot. There are many advantages to online classes (being able to work at 1:00 or 3:00am when the kids are in bed, not paying for parking, doing classwork in your pajamas). But it is a trade off, and often that trade comes in extra work and being more responisible for comunicating your ideas, needs and questions. Regardless, you are guaranteed to learn alot about anthropology if you take this class.

Now for the orientation days and times -

!!!! IMPORTANT !!!!









Monday August 23, 2010

 Learning Resource Center Lab 141


Wednesday August 25, 2010

 Learning Resource Center Lab 141


Please contact me at cheshitc@scc.losrios.edu or by phone at 925-4217.

Tamara Cheshire

Date Last Modified: 8/10/2009