Spring 2020 - ARCH 322 E100

Special Topics in Biological Anthropology I (3)

Great Ape Societies

Class Number: 5744

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

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

  • Instructor:

    Birute Galdikas
    Office: EDB 9612
    Office Hours: Wednesdays 2:00-4:00PM and by appointment or happenstance
  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 131.



Select topics relating to biological anthropology.


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:  

1)  Robust chimpanzees: overview, social organization, conservation
2)  Gracile chimpanzees (bonobos): overview, social organization, conservation
3)  Gorillas, mountain and lowland: overview, social organization, conservation
4)  Orangutans: overview, social organization, conservation
5)  Gibbons and siamangs.  

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


  • Class discussions/participation 40%
  • Presentation with original paper based on presentation 60%


Prerequisite: ARCH 131 or any lower division Biology course.



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. **Note: This book is out of print but will be available on reserve at the SFU Library. Easily found for sale on Internet. 
ISBN: 978-1-4757-8236-3

 Biruté Mary Galdikas, Great Ape Odyssey, Harry N. Abrams, New York 2005. **Note: This book is out of print but will be available on reserve at the SFU Library. Easily found for sale on Internet. 
ISBN: 978-0-8109-5575-2

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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