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Anthropology 120

Introduction to Anthropology II

Credits: 3

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 4

Prerequisites: Anthropology 110

Corequisite: English 099

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

Course Description:

A further exploration of the comparative study of culture with emphasis on handling ethnographic data and institutional analysis. While the basic aim of the course remains the understanding and comparison of ethnographic studies, the focus is on the significance of religion, political organization, language, cultural change and the arts. Students are expected to demonstrate familiarity with the concepts of adaptation and evolution and the cross-cultural perspective developed in Anthropology 110.

Course Outline:

Week Chapter Title
Week 1 - 2 4 Language and Communication
Week 3 - 4 10 Social Stratification and Groupings
Week 5 - 6 11 Political Organization & The Maintenance of Order
Week 7 -8 12 Religion and the Supernatural
Week 9 -10 13 The Arts
Week 11 14 The Anthropology of Health
Week 12-13 15 Cultural Change and the Future of Humanity


Quizzes (multiple choice, short essay questions) 30%
Research Paper/Project 10%
Mid-term 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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