ANTH 101 - Cultural and Social Anthropology I

An introduction to the theories, methods and techniques of archaeology, human and primate evolution and taxonomy, human genetics, biological and physical anthropology and primate behavior. The idea of 'culture' will be discussed, as well as the emergence and evolution of civilization. 


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks: 15




Non-Course Prerequisites:




Course Content:
- Introduction to the Course - Why Study Anthropology?
- What is Anthropology?
- What is Culture
- Reader Module - The History of Archaeology and Biological Anthropology
- Applying Anthropology
- Reader Module - Canadian Culture Resource Management
- Reader Module - Forensic Anthropology
- Studying the Past
- Reader Module - Evolutionary Thoughts
- Evolution and Genetics
- Human Variation and Adaptation
- Reader Module - The World of Primates
- The Primates
- Reader Module - Early Hominins
- Early Hominins
- Reader Module - Princess Point: Secondary Agricultural Origins in Ontario
- Archaic Human
- Origins and Spread of Modern Humans
- Reader Module - Sociopolitical Complexity and the Post-Classic Maya
- The First Farmers
- Reader Module -  A Biosocial Approach to Medical Anthropology
- The First Cities and States
- Introduction to Method and Theory in Cultural Anthropology


Learning Outcomes:
This course is intended as a general introduction to the study of social and cultural anthropology. By the end of this semester the students will be able to:
- Depict the basic concepts and theoretical orientations of different sub-fields of anthropology including Archaeology and Biological anthropology;
- Demonstrate the relationship between different sub-fields of anthropology;
- Explain motives for applying and practicing anthropology; and
-Discuss the concept of human evolution and the impacts of genetics and ecological changes on human variation.


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Additional Course Comments:
- Classes will primarily follow a lecture format, interspersed with group/class discussion, small group activities, and occasional videos.
- This course intends to improve students' ability to read critically, to evaluate and analyze the available perspectives on human cultures and life situations, and to apply them to their own social experiences. As part of the learning procedure, and a component of completing the assignment, the students are required to be involved in peer group discussions, classroom discussions and reviews and minute papers. Therefore, participation consists of attendance, as well as completing the readings before the assigned date, being prepared to give a brief summary of the reading, and being able to offer some sort of evaluation of it (minute papers). To this end, students should prepare careful notes on the reading before coming to class.
- Note: 1% will be deducted from the overall 10% of class participation mark for reach session that a student may miss.
- This schedule is tentative. It is subject to change under particular scholarly conditions.
- To ensure a positive and stimulating learning environment for both yourself and your fellow students please avoid the following:
    Unexpected absences: It will have a very negative effect on your overall conduct. Please remember that the instructor will not be responsible for the provision of the information and the materials (such as classroom notes, handouts, etc.) that you may miss as a result of having been absent.
    Anything that may distract the students, for example, late attendance, talking during lectures or while others are talking, or your cell phone operating during the class time.
    Making offensive remarks (e.g., use of sexist, racist, or stereotyping language).
    Not respecting the opinion of others - even if you may disagree with them.


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.