Summer 2021 - SA 101 C100

Introduction to Anthropology (A) (4)

Class Number: 1961

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Distance Education

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Jun 18, 2021
    Fri, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

    Aug 13, 2021
    Fri, 3:30–6:30 p.m.



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.


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. This course will explore a number of topics such as gender, race, and globalization, to understand the various ways in which people experience the world, and the implications.


  • Discussions 10%
  • Assignment 10%
  • Essays 30%
  • Midterm Exam 25%
  • Final Exam 25%



Kenny, Michael G. and Kirsten Smillie (2017). Stories of Culture and Place: An Introduction to Anthropology (2ndEdition).University of Toronto Press, Toronto.
ISBN: 9781487593704

Goldstein, Donna. (2013). Laughter Out of Place: Race, Class, Violence and Sexuality in A Rio (1st edition). University of California Press, California.
ISBN: 9780520276048

Walsh, Andrew. (2012). Made in Madagascar (1st edition). University of Toronto Press, Toronto
ISBN: 9781442603745

Centre for Online and Distance Education Notes:

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Required Readings are the responsibility of the student to purchase. Textbooks are available for purchase online through the SFU Bookstore's website. 

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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

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