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Anthropology 110

Introductory Anthropology I

Credits: 3

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 4

Prerequisites: C+ in English 098

Corequisite: English 099

Texts: Cultural Anthropology (4th Canadian Edition), Haviland et el; Peoples of the Past and Present, Chodkiewicz, Ed.

Course Description:

An introduction to the comparative study of culture. This course focuses on the concepts of adaptation and evolution and the ethnographic method. A basic framework that includes habitat, technology, social organization, economy, political structure and religion/ideology is developed for understanding and comparing ethnographic cases. A brief overview of the physical evolution of humans is included in week eight of the semester.

Course Outline:

Week Chapter Title
Week 1 1 The Nature of Anthropology
Week 2 - 3 2 The Nature of Culture
Week 4 - 5 5 Making a Living
Week 6 - 7 6 Economic Systems
Week 8 3 The Beginnings of Human Culture
Week 9 7 Sex & Marriage
Week 10 -11 8 Family & Household
Week 12 - 13 9 Kinship & Descent


Quizzes (multiple choice, short essay questions) 30%
Research Paper/Project 10%
Midterm Exam (essay questions) 20%
Final Exam (essay questions) 30%
Discussion/class participation 10%


Ron Stuart, B.A. (McGill), M.A. (British Columbia)
Larry van der Est. B.A. (Victoria), M.A. (British Columbia)

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