Fall 2017 - SA 101 D900

Introduction to Anthropology (A) (4)

Class Number: 2548

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 5 – Dec 4, 2017: Thu, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2017
    Thu, 3:30–6:30 p.m.



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.


This course will introduce you to anthropology and the academic study of humans and their cultures.  Throughout this course students will be introduced to key theories, concepts, and debates within anthropology, and the wide range of subjects studied by anthropologists. Students will also become acquainted with ethnographic methods, and will have the opportunity to apply these in an observation assignment of their own design. Course topics range from classical anthropological theory (e.g., kinship: who is related to whom?) to contemporary issues (What can online gaming tell us about how people relate in the virtual world?) and will show both the diversity of anthropological fields and the wide array of possible applications for anthropological methods.


  • Tutorial discussion group participation and assignments 15%
  • Observation assignment proposal 5%
  • Observation assignment 25%
  • Mid-term exam 25%
  • Final exam 30%


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.



Michael G. Kenny and Kirsten Smillie, Stories of Culture and Place: An Introduction to Anthropology, University of Toronto Press, 2014
ISBN: 978-1442607941

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