Spring 2021 - ARCH 322 E100

Special Topics in Biological Anthropology I (3)

Great Ape Societies

Class Number: 4714

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 131.



Select topics relating to biological anthropology. Variable units: 3, 4, 5.


This course is a combination of lectures and seminar. Lectures will constitute one third or less of total class time and will consist of the following topics:

  • Robust chimpanzees: overview, social organization, conservation.
  • Gracile chimpanzees (bonobos): overview, social organization, conservation.
  • Gorillas, mountain and lowland: overview, social organization, conservation.
  • Orangutans: overview, social organization, conservation.
  • Gibbons and siamangs.

Class discussion will be an integral part of the lectures. The rest of the course will focus on student presentations as well as specific student projects.


  • Class discussions/participation 40%
  • Original presentation with summary paper 60%



Biruté M. F. Galdikas, Nancy Erickson Briggs, Lori K. Sheeran, Gary L. Shapiro, and Jane Goodall, (eds). 2001. All Apes Great and Small Volume One: African Apes, Springer.
ISBN: 9781475782363

Biruté Mary Galdikas, Great Ape Odyssey, Harry N. Abrams, New York 2005.

ISBN: 9780810955752

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges 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. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).