Fall 2019 - SA 101 J100

Introduction to Anthropology (A) (4)

Class Number: 3964

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Tue, 5:30–9:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Jenny Shaw
    Office Hours: TU 16:00-17:20 or by appointment



Anthropology asks fundamental questions about how people live and interact in different contexts. Engages with contemporary social life around the world, including the relations among people, ideas, and things. Provides analytical tools to help understand the role of culture and society in our lives. Breadth-Social Sciences.


Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human, past and present. This class is focused on beliefs, values, practices, and institutions across the contemporary world. By examining an array of cultural contexts, we will explore the key concepts, questions, and methods that anthropologists use to better understand what makes people similar and different. As well, our goal is not just to understand those who are different from us, but also to learn to see ourselves in relation to particular social, cultural, political, economic and historical processes. Through a range lectures, discussions, and assignments students will consider the “culture” concept, ethnography, family, gender, religion, social inequality, economic and political systems, and cultural change amid globalization.


  • Attendance and participation 15%
  • Methods analysis assignment 15%
  • Auto-ethnographic assignment 20%
  • Midterm exam 25%
  • Final exam 25%


Grading: 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



Brown, N., McIlwraith, T., & Tubelle González, L. (2017). Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology. Arlington: American Anthropological Association.

Open access (free e-book): http://perspectives.americananthro.org/

Goldstein, D. M. (2013). Laughter Out of Place: Race, Class, Violence, and Sexuality in a Rio Shantytown. Berkeley: University of California Press.
ISBN: 978-0-520276048

Other readings will be available through the SFU Library and Canvas.

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