Course

Introduction to Social & Cultural Anthropology

Faculty
Humanities & Social Sciences
Department
Anthropology
Course Code
ANTH 1100
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Online
Hybrid
Typically Offered
To be determined

Overview

Course Description
A survey and introduction to the foundations of study in Social and Cultural Anthropology: the study of human cultures both past and present. Students will be exposed to the holistic anthropological perspective and methods employed by anthropologists to study the diverse cultures of the world.
Course Content
  • Holism in anthropology
  • Ethnocentrism and cultural relativism
  • Historical development of the concept of culture
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Ethics in research involving human subjects
  • The importance of language in human perception and communication
  • Kinship
  • Economy
  • Modes of production
  • Modes of exchange
  • Sex, gender, and sexual expression
  • Reproduction
  • Critiques of biological and cultural determinism
  • Ethnicity
  • Nationalism
  • Violence
  • Environment, ecology, and culture

Additional themes such as language endangerment and revival or race and racism may be undertaken by individual instructors.

 

 

Methods Of Instruction

The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some or all of the following:

  • Lectures
  • Small group discussion
  • Large class discussion
  • Case study analysis
  • Films or videos

 

Means of Assessment

Assessment will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy.  The instructor will provide a written course outline containing specific criteria during the first week of classes. 

An example of a possible assessment scheme:

Reflection/Response Papers     30% (3x10%)

Research Paper                       25%

Midterm                                 20%

Final                                      25%

Total                                     100%

Students may conduct research with human participants as part of their coursework in this class.  Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving human subjects.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, successful students will be able to:

  1. Outline the major subfields of anthropology and the importance of social and cultural anthropology within the broader perspective on humanity offered by the discipline;
  2. Define key terms and concepts in social and cultural anthropology and claim experience in applying them to discussions of historical and contemporary research in the discipline;
  3. Discuss the core methods in social and cultural anthropology;
  4. Identify and reflect upon the ethical obligations of pursuing research involving human subjects both living and deceased and;
  5. Develop and deepen an appreciation for human diversity.
Textbook Materials

Texts will be updated periodically.  Typical examples are:

Bodley, John H. 2016. Tribes, States and the Global System. (Most recent edition).  New York: AltaMira Press.

Eller, Jack David. 2009.  Cultural Anthropology: Global Forces, Local Lives.  Routledge: New York.

Kenny, Michael G. and Smillie, Kirsten. 2015. Stories of Culture and Place: An Introduction to Anthropology.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Robbins, Richard H., Cummings, Maggie and McGarry, Karen. 2016. Sociocultural Anthropology: A Problem Based Approach.  Toronto: Nelson Education.

Stern, Pamela. 2015.  Reading Cultural Anthropology: An Ethnographic Introduction.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Requisites

Prerequisites

No prerequisite courses.

Corequisites

No corequisite courses.

Equivalencies

No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca

Institution Transfer Details for ANTH 1100
Alexander College (ALEX) ALEX SOCI 100 (3)
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO ANTH 220 (3)
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU ANTH 121 (3)
Coast Mountain College (CMTN) CMTN ANTH 102 (3)
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR ANTH 101 (3)
Coquitlam College (COQU) COQU ANTH 101 (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU ANTH 1100 (3)
Langara College (LANG) LANG ANTH 1120 (3)
Okanagan College (OC) OC ANTH 121 (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU SA 101 (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ANTH 1210 (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU ANTH 101 (3)
University Canada West (UCW) UCW ANTH 1XX (3)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO ANTH 100 (3)
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV ANTH 100 (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC ANTH 213 (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV ANTH 102 (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC ANTH 1XX (1.5)
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU ANTH 112 (3)

Course Offerings

Summer 2022

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
22723
Fri
09-May-2022
- 10-Aug-2022
09-May-2022
10-Aug-2022
Nuttall
Denise
Open
ANTH 1100 003 - This course can count as a relevant course in an Associate of Arts specialization in Intercultural and International Studies.

Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
34
1
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Fri
New Westminster - North Bldg.
N3408
12:30 - 15:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
23940
09-May-2022
- 10-Aug-2022
09-May-2022
10-Aug-2022
Nuttall
Denise
Waitlist
This course is online asynchronous. All course activities, including tests/quizzes/midterms, will be asynchronous. The only exception may be a final exam, during the final exam period. Otherwise students are not required to be online at any specific scheduled time.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
32
3
13
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
24204
09-May-2022
- 10-Aug-2022
09-May-2022
10-Aug-2022
Nuttall
Denise
Waitlist
This course is online asynchronous. All course activities, including tests/quizzes/midterms, will be asynchronous. The only exception may be a final exam, during the final exam period. Otherwise students are not required to be online at any specific scheduled time.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
30
5
13