Anth. 1001A - Carleton University

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
ANTH 1001A Introduction to Anthropology
Course Outline (Spring 2015)
Instructor: Dr. Liam Kilmurray
Email: [email protected]
Office: Loeb A713
Phone: 613 520 - 2600 ext. 2262
Office Hours: Tuesday 9:30 – 11:00
Class Times: 11:35 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.
Days: Tuesday & Thursday
Location: Tory Building 238
Course Web-site: Student accounts at CU Learn
Dates: May 05, 2015 - June 16, 2015
Course Description. Introduction to Anthropology ANTH 1001 [0.5 credit]
An examination of a range of anthropological approaches to the study of humankind and culture; may
include discussions of human evolution, the study of cultures and societies past and present, and the
study of language and symbolism.
Students in any Sociology and/or Anthropology program should consult that program section of this
Calendar. Precludes additional credit for ANTH 1000, ANTH 1003 [1.0], and HUMS 1005.
This course is intended to familiarize students with the field of social anthropology in particular, and the
four fields of anthropology in general. It aims to provide an understanding of the development of physical
anthropology, archaeology, linguistics and social anthropology, as well as their continuing relevance. In
addition, skills in writing, research and interpretation will be strongly emphasized. A critical approach to
the conventions of anthropology will be maintained throughout. The major themes of the course will
center on socio-cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, the evolution of social systems, technology,
and culture.
Course Requirements and Assignments
There is one mid-term examination on May 26st, 2015. This will be 1.5 hours in duration and will be
primarily in short answer format. The aim is to familiarise you with the exam process and the type of
material covered.
There is one term paper (see below), due by 11:35 a.m. on June 9th, 2015. The Term Paper must be 67 pages in length (this does not include your bibliography) - DOUBLE-SPACED in ‘NORMAL’ 12 PT FONT.
A required reading called ‘Essay assignment’ with bibliographic requirements and a list of suggested
topics will be posted on the course web-site.
The second (Final) examination is scheduled by the Registrar during the final examination period (TBA)
and will be announced in advance; it will be two or three hours in length, and will consist of essays and
shorter answers. The emphasis is on giving students an opportunity to demonstrate their fluency in
anthropological topics.
Course Requirements and Assignments
Weight (%)
Final Examination
May 26st
June 9th
Reading List
Required Readings
1. COURSE TEXT: Haviland, Kilmurray, Fedorak, Lee 2013. ‘Cultural Anthropology: 4th Canadian
edition’. Available at Carleton U bookstore.
2. Course Ethnography: Lee , Richard B. The Dobe Ju/’hoansi 2013.
3. Essay file (posted on CU learn).
4. Coppens, Yives 2013. Hominid evolution and the emergence of the genus Homo. (posted on CU learn).
Suggested Readings
A list of suggested readings will appear on the course website throughout the semester.
Lecture Outline Anth. 1001A
Legend: Ch. # = Course text book. R = Recommended.
Lecture Topic
May 5
Introduction: Anthropology & Anthropologists.
No Reading
May 7
The Concept of Culture. Anthropological Theory.
Ch. 1 & 2
May 12
Darwin, Evolution & Physical anthropology.
Ch. 3
May 14
The Emergence of Humanity.
Coppens (PDF)
May 19
Art, Language & Communication.
Ch. 4. R = Ch. 13
May 21
Research Methods in Anthropology.
Lee Ch.1 - 3
Mid-term Examination.
Reading Review
May 26
May 28
Making a Living: Economy & Society.
Ch. 5, R = Ch. 6. Lee Ch.4
June 2
Kinship & Descent.
Ch. 8 & 9. R = Lee Ch.5 & 6
June 4
Social Stratification, Politics, and Order.
Ch. 10. R = Ch. 11. R = Lee
June 9
Religion & Spirituality. ESSAY DUE.
Ch. 12. Lee Ch.9
June 11
The Ethnographic Enterprise.
Lee Ch. 12-14
June 16
Anthropology & Culture Today/Conclusion/Review.
Ch. 14 & 15
Submission of assignments
All assignments, except the exams, are due at the start of the class on the due date. Before this date,
assignments may be handed in to the instructor during office hours, or at the departmental office drop
box. Under no circumstances should assignments be slipped under office doors. Students must retain
a hard copy of all assignments. Emailed essays are NOT accepted. Late assignments will be deducted 3%
per day (this includes weekends). Late assignments will only be accepted without penalty if the student
has made a prior arrangement with the instructor or is able to provide a medical certificate or other
suitable documentation that states the DURATION of the illness/issue. Without documentation, no
assignment will be accepted two weeks past the deadline.
Written Assignment (term paper)
As well as the instructions below, there is a Mandatory file posted on the course web-site that
addresses the essay in greater detail. Students are required to have read this file.
1) The Final Date for the Submission of Term Papers without Penalty is June 9th, 2015 by 11:35 a.m.
Topics may be chosen in consultation with the instructor or from a list of topics to be distributed.
2) Bibliography: the internet is not a sufficient academic resource for your bibliography, but certain
sites may complement your text-based research. Your bibliography should contain 3 or 4 books,
and 2 or 3 scholarly journal articles, at a minimum.
3) All term papers must conform to the Departmental Style Sheet in format. Copies may be
found in a rack outside the main Department office door or on the Departmental Web-site.
Additional help with essays is available from the Writing Tutorial Service (215 Patterson Hall, 5206632).
4) Please staple essays at the upper left-hand corner. DO NOT USE ANY COVERS. If you do, you will
be required to remove them before submission.
5) NUMBER YOUR PAGES (the cover page is NOT page 1).
Academic Regulations, Accommodations, Plagiarism, Etc.
6) All students are reminded of the serious consequences (which may include expulsion from the
University) that follow from offences such as plagiarism and duplicate assignments. Senate
Regulations forbid the submission of work for grading in two separate courses without the written
permission of the instructors of both courses. Students are advised to consult the Undergraduate
Calendar for important dates such as course withdrawals.
Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
The Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities (PMC) provides services to students with
Learning Disabilities (LD), psychiatric/mental health disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), chronic medical conditions, and impairments
in mobility, hearing, and vision. If you have a disability requiring academic accommodations in this
course, please contact PMC at 613-520-6608 or [email protected] for a formal evaluation. If you are
already registered with the PMC, contact your PMC coordinator to send me your Letter of
Accommodation at the beginning of the term, and no later than two weeks before the first in-class
scheduled test or exam requiring accommodation (if applicable). After requesting accommodation
from PMC, meet with me to ensure accommodation arrangements are made. Please consult the PMC
website for the deadline to request accommodations for the formally-scheduled exam (if applicable).
- The deadlines for contacting the Paul Menton Centre regarding accommodation for final exams for
the June 2015 exam period is June 5, 2015.
For Religious Obligations:
Students requesting academic accommodation on the basis of religious obligation should make a
formal, written request to their instructors for alternate dates and/or means of satisfying academic
requirements. Such requests should be made during the first two weeks of class, or as soon as
possible after the need for accommodation is known to exist, but no later than two weeks before the
compulsory event.
Accommodation is to be worked out directly and on an individual basis between the student and the
instructor(s) involved. Instructors will make accommodations in a way that avoids academic
disadvantage to the student.
Students or instructors who have questions or want to confirm accommodation eligibility of a
religious event or practice may refer to the Equity Services website for a list of holy days and
Carleton's Academic Accommodation policies, or may contact an Equity Services Advisor in the
Equity Services Department for assistance.
For Pregnancy:
Pregnant students requiring academic accommodations are encouraged to contact an Equity Advisor
in Equity Services to complete a letter of accommodation. The student must then make an
appointment to discuss her needs with the instructor at least two weeks prior to the first academic
event in which it is anticipated the accommodation will be required.
Plagiarism is the passing off of someone else's work as your own and is a serious academic offence.
For the details of what constitutes plagiarism, the potential penalties and the procedures refer to the
section on Instructional Offences in the Undergraduate Calendar.
What are the Penalties for Plagiarism?
A student found to have plagiarized an assignment may be subject to one of several penalties
including: expulsion; suspension from all studies at Carleton; suspension from full-time studies;
and/or a reprimand; a refusal of permission to continue or to register in a specific degree program;
academic probation; award of an FNS, Fail, or an ABS.
What are the Procedures?
All allegations of plagiarism are reported to the faculty of Dean of FASS and Management.
Documentation is prepared by instructors and/or departmental chairs.
The Dean writes to the student and the University Ombudsperson about the alleged plagiarism.
The Dean reviews the allegation. If it is not resolved at this level then it is referred to a tribunal
appointed by the Senate.
Plagiarism and cheating at the graduate level are viewed as being particularly serious and the
sanctions imposed are accordingly severe. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with
and follow the Carleton University Student Academic Integrity Policy (See The Policy is strictly enforced and
is binding on all students. Plagiarism and cheating – presenting another’s ideas, arguments, words or
images as your own, using unauthorized material, misrepresentation, fabricating or misrepresenting
research data, unauthorized co-operation or collaboration or completing work for another student –
weaken the quality of the graduate degree. Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.
Students who infringe the Policy may be subject to one of several penalties including: expulsion;
suspension from all studies at Carleton; suspension from full-time studies; a refusal of permission to
continue or to register in a specific degree program; academic probation; or a grade of Failure in the
Assistance for Students:
Student Academic Success Centre (SASC):
Writing Tutorial Services:
Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS):
Important Information:
- Students must always retain a hard copy of all work that is submitted.
- All final grades are subject to the Dean’s approval.
- Please note that you will be able to link your CONNECT (MyCarleton) account to other non-CONNECT
accounts and receive emails from us. However, for us to respond to your emails, we need to see your full
name, CU ID, and the email must be written from your valid CONNECT address. Therefore, it would be
easier to respond to your inquiries if you would send all email from your connect account. If you do not
have or have yet to activate this account, you may wish to do so by visiting
Grades: Grades are assigned according to the Undergraduate Calendar. All assigned grades must be
considered provisional until approved by the Dean’s Office and released by the University. In accordance
with the Carleton University Calendar, the letter grades assigned in this course will have the following
percentage equivalents:
A+ = 90-100
A = 85-89
A - = 80-84
F = Below 50
B+ = 77-79
C+ = 67-69
B = 73-76
C = 63-66
B - = 70-72
C - = 60-62
WDN = Withdrawn from the course
D+ = 57-59
D = 53-56
D - = 50-52
ABS = Student absent from final exam. DEF = Deferred. FND = (Failed, not Deferred) = Student can’t pass
the course even with 100% on final exam.
For Religious
For Pregnancy
To be worked out on individual basis with instructor. Consult Equity
Services Web-site or an Equity Advisor (ext. 5622) for Policy and list of
Holy Days (
Contact Equity Services (ext. 5622) to obtain letters of accommodation