Fall 2016 - SA 101 D900

Introduction to Anthropology (A) (4)

Class Number: 3424

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2016: Thu, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 17, 2016
    Sat, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Kathleen Inglis



An introduction to the study of human social and cultural life from an anthropological perspective. The course will explore the scope and nature of the discipline of anthropology through study of selected cases drawn from both technologically simple communities and complex modern industrial societies. Students with credit for SA 170 may not take SA 101 for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences. Equivalent Courses: SA170 Breadth-Social Sciences.


What is “culture” and why is it worth investigating? This is the broad question guiding our introductory look into the field of anthropology—its historical beginnings, its distinctive methods and concepts, and its relevance to the modern world.  In this course we will explore a number of topics such as space, gender, race, and globalization, to understand the various ways in which people experience the world, and the implications. We look at specific cases throughout the course of anthropology in practice, from B.C. to Brazil and beyond, in order to see not only on what anthropology is, but what is does. We will use one anthropology textbook, and two detailed accounts of social life (supplemented by select articles and chapters). The first book looks closely at the everyday lives of families in Brazilian shanty towns near Rio de Janeiro. The second book investigates an intense dispute over old-growth logging and the protection of the northern spotted owl in Oregon’s rainforests. As a class, we will also think about intersections between these readings and our own lives and histories, and gain a broader perspective on difference. One of the main goals of this course will be learning how to think analytically and anthropologically about the lives of others and ourselves.


  • Midterm exam: 25%
  • Ethnographic Exercises: 15%
  • Critical Research Paper: 20%
  • Final exam: 30%
  • Tutorial participation: 10%


Where a final exam is scheduled and you do not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, you will be assigned an N grade. Unless otherwise specified on the course outline, all other graded assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned.

Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy
The Department of Sociology and 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: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html.    



Goldstein, Donna M. Laughter Out of Place. University of California Press, 2004. Satterfield, Terre Anatomy of a Conflict UBC Press, 2002.

Smillie, Kirsten and Kenny, Michael Stories of Culture and Place. University of Toronto Press, 2015

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/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