Fall 2021 - SA 495 D100

Project Mapping Seminar (SA) (4)

Class Number: 6523

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 5036, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Suzanna Crage
    Office: AQ 5081
    Office Hours: We 12:30-13:30 on Zoom or Th 12:00-13:00 in AQ 5081
  • Prerequisites:

    72 units, SA 355 or SA 356W, and departmental consent.



Gain experience in designing projects. Imagine guiding questions, research the context, and craft a proposal. Students continuing on to complete an honours thesis develop their projects here, and complete research ethics if necessary.


This course is an opportunity to connect your studies in sociology and anthropology, and your related life experience, to real-world applications. You will choose a sociological or anthropological topic you are interested in, then learn how to plan, propose and manage a project that engages with it. You will develop questions to guide your project, do library research to understand what is already known, and craft a proposal. Successful students will leave with an understanding of how to conduct work in both academic and organizational settings, and an example of a research project proposal.

If you plan to complete an honours thesis, you will develop your thesis project here, find an advisor for the next term, and complete research ethics if necessary. If you plan to go to graduate school, you can plan a project to discuss in your application. You can also use this to develop your ability to plan projects in a different work or business setting.

Your project may focus on learning more about your topic by conducting academic or applied research, on designing tests of ways to apply existing research, or some other way of deepening knowledge or working to use it. We will talk about how to write proposals for different types of audiences, including academics, people in non-profit organizations or businesses, and funding organizations. You will choose which kind of audience to write your proposal for. The amount of time given to each will depend in part on student needs and interests.

You will learn about managing projects and applying for funding; we will talk about ethical research obligations in different contexts; you will spend time learning more about the topic you are focusing on for your proposal. You will also read each other’s ideas and drafts and provide feedback. In class, we will discuss what we have been reading and engage with guest lecturers; inside class and in online forums, we will workshop work and give feedback to each other.


  • Project idea 5%
  • Literature review 15%
  • Proposal draft 20%
  • Draft feedback 10%
  • Final propsosal 20%
  • Additional components 15%
  • In-class participation 15%


You will need to read and consider material before we meet, attend our class meetings, read the work of other students and provide constructive feedback, and prepare your own materials.

Grading: Where a final exam is scheduled and the student does not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, an N grade will be assigned. Unless otherwise specified on the course syllabus, all graded assignments for this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned. An N is considered as an F for the purposes of scholastic standing.

Grading System: The Undergraduate Course Grading System is as follows:

A+ (95-100) | A (90-94) | A- (85-89) | B+ (80-84) | B (75-79) | B- (70-74) | C+ (65-69) | C (60-64) | C- (55-59) | D (50-54) | F (0-49) | N*
*N standing to indicate the student did not complete course requirements

Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy: The Department of Sociology & Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T 20.01) and academic dishonesty and misconduct procedures (S10.01‐S10.04). Unless otherwise informed by your instructor in writing, in graded written assignments you must cite the sources you rely on and include a bibliography/list of references, following an instructor-approved citation style.  It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of SFU policies available on the SFU website.

Centre for Accessible Learning: Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.



Readings will be available through Canvas, the SFU Library, or otherwise online as noted.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.