SOC202 - Anthropology

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Subject Title

Subject Description
Students are exposed to the three fields of anthropology: archeology, linguistics and social anthropology. The first half of the subject deals with theories of evolution, our early ancestors, and techniques for exploring our cultural past and looking at the diversity of contemporary social and modern cultures. The second half introduces the contemporary societies and cultures around the world.

Credit Status
One General Education Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Explain why the study of anthropology is significant to individuals in their everyday lives and appreciate the relevance of the study of anthropology in a variety of other contexts (i.e. international development, conservation, urban planning, trade, etc.)

2. Develop an informed understanding of social organization and institutions, and of ongoing issues in relationships between individuals, groups and societies.

3. Distinguish between the three sub-disciplines of anthropology -- archaeology, social anthropology and linguistics -- and communicate an understanding (in written and oral forms) of how each approaches the study of humankind.

4. Give examples of and describe some fundamental research methods employed by anthropologists in carrying out their work, and demonstrate an appreciation of the applicability of these methods in other fields.

5. Summarize the history of the discipline of anthropology with reference to some of the figures important in its development.

6. Explain the general objectives of archaeology, the methods employed by archaeologists in their study of past societies and some of the fundamental issues (i.e. the origins of agriculture, the rise of cities, etc.) with which they are concerned.

7. Explain the general objectives of linguistic anthropology, and discuss the basic structure of human language, its role in social interaction and the process of language evolution.

8. Explain the general objectives of social anthropology, the methods employed by social anthropologists in their study of contemporary cultures and the value of ethnography as a product of such study.

9. Discuss the concept of evolution as it applies differently to all sub-fields of anthropology.

10. Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and correctly and reframe information, ideas and concepts, in written and spoken forms.

11. Demonstrate the ability to interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships.

12. Demonstrate the ability to collect, analyse and organize relevant and necessary information from a variety of sources.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

Week 1 Introduction: Overview of course. Discussion of main topics that will be studied. History of the field of Anthropology, sub-fields, and the role of the Anthropologist
Week 2 The Anthropologist: fieldwork and research methods. Applied Anthropology and contemporary issues and concerns in the field
Week 3 Anthropology - sub-fields of Biology and Archaeology
Week 4,5,6 The study of culture, language and communication
Week 7 The family and marriage
Mid-term test
Week 8,9 10 Political Organization, Economic Systems and Gender Relations
Week 11 Religion, Belief and Rituals
Week 12, 13 The impact of modernization and global issues such as ethnic resurgence, famine, genocide, Aboriginal rights, etc.
Week 14 Final Exam

Mode of Instruction
Each three hour session will be divided equally into lecture and discussion time. Students will be encouraged to participate in discussions of assigned readings associated with each week's lecture topic. Students will also be expected to submit one short take-home assignment and one independently researched assignment. Films may also be shown.

Prescribed Texts
Emily A. Schultz, Robert H. Lavenda and Roberta R. Dods. Cultural Anthropology. Oxford University Press,2012.  ISBN 13: 9780195442786

Reference Material
Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library APA Style Guide and Guide to Integrating Quotations (APA Style):

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Quizzes  15%
First assignment 15%
Progress test 25%
Short essay/ Case study 20%
Final examination 25%

Failed or missed assignments and tests will be graded as zero unless documentation of illness or exceptional circumstances is provided.

To be successful in this subject, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express themselves clearly in both written assignments and class discussions.

Students should keep all assignments (including drafts and outlines) and exercises until they receive their final grade. Students may appeal any final grade in a subject or any decision by the College, following the recommendation of.a Promotion Committee, with respect to the student's academic standing, continuation or status in a program, School, Faculty or the College. It is the policy of the College that a student who invokes this appeal process will be given a fair hearing.  For further information on appeals, please see Section 12 of the Academic Policy Handbook.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood