Material Type:
Community College / Lower Division
Ohio Open Ed Collaborative
  • Beliefs
  • Culture
  • Idea Culture
  • Norms
  • Oss0212
  • Real Culture
  • Sociology
  • Values
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    Education Standards

    Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of culture.


    OER Text material

    Elements of Culture

    Chapter 3, subsection 3.2. This learning objective is addressed variously in the chapter. For example, under elements of culture, beliefs, values, idea culture, real culture, norms, etc. are addressed. Values are defined as a culture’s standard for discerning what is good and just in society. Values are deeply embedded and critical for transmitting and teaching a culture’s beliefs. Beliefs are the tenets or convictions that people hold to be true.

    Supplementary Material (Videos and Reading)

    Elements of Culture (Video)

    In this video, Debra Marshall discusses the elements culture starting with language, then norms, sanctions, values, and the role of language. She also discusses the elements of the Sapir Whorf Hypothesis.

    The 7 Elements of Culture (Video)

    First, the presenter defines culture, and delves into the seven elements of culture starting with social organization. Second is customs and traditions, then language, arts and literature, government, religion, and finally economic systems.

    Culture: Characteristics and Classifications of Culture

    In this article, Mondal notes that the most important characteristics of culture are that, culture is acquired, culture is social, culture is transmitted, culture fulfils some needs, culture is shared, culture is idealistic, and culture is organized. This article is also discusses material culture, non-material culture, and cultural lag.