Spring 2023 - ARCH 322 E100

Special Topics in Biological Anthropology I (3)

Great Ape Societies

Class Number: 4005

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    EDB 9643, Burnaby

  • 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 half or less of total class time and will consist of the following topics:

  • Robust chimpanzees: overview, social organization, conservation
  • Bonobos: overview, social organization, conservation
  • Gorillas, mountain and lowland: overview, social organization, conservation
  • Orangutans: overview, social organization, conservation
  • Gibbons and siamangs.overview, social organization

The rest of the course will focus on student presentations and class discussions as well as specific student projects.


  • Class discussions/participation including asking questions on readings. 40%
  • Group presentations with short summary based on presentation. In addition to a group presentation this will include proposed “real life” project for a great ape that will not be graded. 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.

*This book is available from the SFU Library and VitalSource.
ISBN: 9781475782363

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

*This book is out of print and will be available on reserve at the SFU library

ISBN: 9780810955752


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Department Undergraduate Notes:

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