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Introduction to Social & Cultural Anthropology

Course Code: ANTH 1100
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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



modes of production

modes of exchange

sex, gender and sexual expression


critiques of biological and cultural determinism




environment, ecology and culture

additional themes such as language endangerment and revival and race and racism may be undertaken by individual instructors

Methods of Instruction


Small Group Discussion

Large Class Discussion

Case Study Analysis


Response Papers

Research Papers

Means of Assessment

Assessment will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy.  The instructor will provide a written course outline with section 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 resarch 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.

5.  Develop and deepen an appreciation for human diversity.

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.