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Department of Archaeology
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Anthropology and Archaeology Joint Major

Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

Students complete 120 units, including 45 upper division units, as specified below. Students may opt for a bachelor of arts degree from either the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or the Faculty of Environment. Faculty requirements will be governed by the faculty from which the student chooses to complete a degree.

Lower Division Anthropology Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 14 units, including all of

SA 101 - Introduction to Anthropology (A) (4)

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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Bascom Guffin
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
D101
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5025, Burnaby
D102
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
D103
Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
D104
Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5014, Burnaby
D105
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2521, Burnaby
D106
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D900 Bascom Guffin
Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SUR 5240, Surrey
D901
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 5060, Surrey
D902
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SUR 5320, Surrey
D903
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SUR 2990, Surrey
D904
Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SUR 2990, Surrey
SA 201W - Anthropology and Contemporary Life (A) (4)

An introduction to the anthropological perspective as applied to the organization of everyday life in contemporary settings. Introduces positivist, interpretive, and critical interpretive approaches to the analysis of social actions, identities, and values as enacted in space and time. Students with credit for SA 291 may not take SA 201W for further credit. Recommended: SA 101. Writing. Prerequisite: . Equivalent Courses: SA201 SA291. Writing.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
SA 255 - Introduction to Social Research (SA) (4)

Explores how sociologists and anthropologists investigate social relations and contexts. Students learn to develop research questions and turn them into research projects. Introduces data collection techniques and related ethical issues, the relationship between theory and research, and other fundamental concepts and issues involved in conducting qualitative and quantitative research. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nicholas Scott
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
D101
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6136, Burnaby
D102
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
D103
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby

and one additional 200 division course SA course designated (A), (S) or (SA).

Lower Division Archaeology Requirements

Students complete a total of 15 units, including all of

ARCH 131 - Human Origins (3)

A non-technical survey of the primate background of humans, fossil primates, and fossil humans, and the associated evidence of cultural development. An introduction to physical anthropology. Breadth-Social Sci/Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Dennis Sandgathe
Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
DFA 300, Burnaby
D900 Dennis Sandgathe
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SUR 5280, Surrey
ARCH 201 - Reconstructing the Human Past (4)

A survey of methods used by archaeologists to discover and interpret the past. Examples will be drawn from selected sites and cultures around the world. S. Students who have taken ARCH 101 may not enrol in ARCH 201. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 David Maxwell
Mo, We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SECB 1010, Burnaby
ARCH 272W - Archaeology of the Old World (4)

A survey of the major centres of Old World cultural development from the Palaeolithic to the Bronze Age. Basic concepts used in reconstructing prehistoric cultures, and the artifactual and contextual evidence for the development of culture. Prerequisite: ARCH 100 or 201. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.

ARCH 273 - Archaeology of the New World (4)

A survey of prehistoric cultures of North and South America. The peopling of the New World, the rise of the pre-Columbian civilizations of Mexico and Peru, and the cultural adaptations by prehistoric populations to other parts of the New World. Prerequisite: ARCH 100 or 201. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 David Maxwell
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SECB 1014, Burnaby

Upper Division Anthropology Requirements

Students complete a total of at least 20 units of anthropology courses, including all of

SA 301 - Contemporary Ethnography (A) (4)

A consideration of key themes in contemporary anthropology. This course addresses theoretical and methodological questions by examining the work of contemporary anthropologists conducting research in diverse locations around the world. Prerequisite: SA 201W. Students with credit for SA 370 may not take SA 301 for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Noel Dyck
Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6206, Burnaby
SA 356W - Ethnography and Qualitative Methods (SA) (4)

An examination of qualitative field methods, including participant observation, interviewing, archival research, cross-cultural research, life histories, network analysis, mapping, and ethical problems of fieldwork. Prerequisite: SA 255. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jennifer Shaw
Fr 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
SA 402 - The Practice of Anthropology (A) (4)

An examination of the ways in which anthropology and ethnography may be used to affect action in the world. Topics may include: advocacy anthropology; the development and practice of applied anthropology; the emergence of anthropology and ethnography and the arts. Prerequisite: minimum of 72 units including SA 101 or 150 or 201W. Recommended: at least two upper division courses in anthropology.

and eight additional upper division units chosen from SA courses designated anthropology (A).

SA 486 is highly recommended.

No more than 4 units of Directed Readings and no more than 15 upper division units transferred from another institution may be used towards completion.

Upper Division Archaeology Requirements

Students complete at least 24 archaeology units, including

  • both Group I courses (ARCH 372, 471W)
  • at least one Group II course
  • at least one Group III course
  • at least two Group IV courses, of which one must be ARCH 312, 313, 321, 331 or 378

Archaeology Course Groups

Group I – Core Courses

ARCH 372 - Material Culture Analysis (5)

Analysis and interpretation of archaeological material culture. This lecture and laboratory course combines the practical problems of recognition and interpretation of archaeological specimens, typology, seriation, and statistical procedures with the basic principles of archaeological theory. Prerequisite: ARCH 201.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Bob Muir
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SWH 9152, Burnaby
D101 Bob Muir
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SWH 9084, Burnaby
D102 Bob Muir
Th 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
SWH 9084, Burnaby
OP1 Bob Muir
TBD
ARCH 471W - Archaeological Theory (5)

The cultural, evolutionary, physical, and distributional principles which underlie the prediction and reconstruction of the past. Prerequisite: ARCH 131, 201, 272W and 273. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 George Nicholas
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SWH 9152, Burnaby
D101 George Nicholas
We 3:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SWH 9152, Burnaby

Group II – Environmental Archaeology Courses

ARCH 329 - Special Topics in Environmental Archaeology (3)

Select topics relating to environmental archaeology. Prerequisite: ARCH 201.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Michael Richards
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 5120, Burnaby
ARCH 340 - Zooarchaeology (5)

An introduction to the study of animal remains from archaeological sites. Coverage of the major concepts and methods used in the study of animal remains and detailed practical coverage of the vertebrate skeleton. Prerequisite: ARCH 201.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Christina Giovas
Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
EDB 9643, Burnaby
D101
We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
EDB 9643, Burnaby
OP1
TBD
ARCH 363 - Landscape Archaeology (3)

The interpretation of archaeological evidence to look at the ways that people in the past perceived, constructed, and used their natural surroundings and their built environments. Prerequisite: ARCH 100 or ARCH 201, and 45 credit hours.

ARCH 365 - Archaeological Perspectives on Human Ecology (3)

Examines methods, theories, and concepts for understanding how past cultures interacted with their bio-physical surroundings. Integrates diverse kinds of data and knowledge to understand these relationships. Topics to be addressed include local and traditional ecological knowledge, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, human-environment interaction, human-induced environmental changes, paleodiet, and domestication. Prerequisite: ARCH 201; or any two of ARCH 100, REM 100, GEOG 100, EVSC 100; and 45 credits.

ARCH 375 - From Soup to Nuts: The Archaeology of Food (3)

Examines the origin, development, and cultural significance of the foods we eat. We will delve into the role of food in human evolution and the development of food ways through time. Students are exposed to various approaches taken by archaeologists, anthropologists, palaeoanthropologists, and historians in the study of food and food ways. Prerequisite: ARCH 201 or 45 units.

ARCH 383 - Molecular Bioarchaeology (3)

Introduces molecular biology techniques used to analyze DNA to address archaeological questions and applications to degraded DNA samples for forensic identification of human remains and conservation of endangered species. Prerequisite: ARCH 131 or 201.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Dongya Yang
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2503, Burnaby
ARCH 386 - Archaeological Resource Management (3)

Surveys the origins, implementations, and need for archaeological heritage legislation on an international and national scale. Topical issues associated with contract archaeology, public archaeology, native heritage, and avocational societies are incorporated. Prerequisite: ARCH 201.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Bob Muir
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6136, Burnaby
ARCH 388 - Geoarchaeology (5)

This course introduces the concept of archaeological sites as active constituents in natural Quaternary land-forming and land-altering systems. Lectures will focus on all processes which may have contributed to the present geomorphological contexts of archaeological sites and their sedimentary and pedological contents. Prerequisite: ARCH 201 or EASC 101 or GEOG 111. Students with credit for ARCH 438 may not take this course for further credit.

ARCH 390 - Archaeobotany (5)

An introduction to the recovery and analysis of macroscopic archaeological plant remains. The major methodological and interpretive issues in archaeobotany will be covered, with an emphasis on plant domestication in selected regions of the world. Prerequisite: ARCH 201 and either ARCH 272/272W or 273. Students who have taken ARCH 334 or ARCH 335 may not take this course for further credit.

ARCH 428 - Soil Micromorphology (5)

Microscopic examination of natural soils and sediments, and archaeological materials, features and deposits (e.g. ceramics, bricks, hearths and ashes). The techniques are used as a means to interpret 1) the local or regional history of Quaternary landscapes that entails sedimentation and soil formation; and 2) the mechanisms of archaeological site formation. Prerequisite: ARCH 388 (previously ARCH 438) or GEOG 317 or GEOG 318. Students with credit for ARCH 367 STT: Soil Micromorphology may not take this course for further credit.

Group III – Biological Anthropology Courses

ARCH 322 - Special Topics in Biological Anthropology I (3)

Select topics relating to biological anthropology. Prerequisite: ARCH 131.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Birute Galdikas
Tu 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
EDB 9643, Burnaby
ARCH 323 - Special Topics in Bioanthropology II (3)

Select topics relating to biological anthropology. Prerequisite: ARCH 131 or any lower division biology course.

ARCH 344 - Primate Behaviour (3)

The evolution of the primate order and the ecology and behavior characterizing the different grades of primates: prosimians, monkeys, and apes. Current trends in interpreting primate behavior are emphasized. Prerequisite: ARCH 131 or any lower division biology course. Students with credit for ARCH 333 Special Topics in Archaeology II: Primate Behaviour may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Birute Galdikas
We 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
WMC 3210, Burnaby
ARCH 373 - Human Osteology (5)

A detailed study of the human skeleton with emphasis on lab and field techniques. Prerequisite: ARCH 131.

ARCH 385 - Paleoanthropology (5)

The relationship between culture and biology in prehistoric human evolution. The recognition and critical evaluation of the significance of the similarities and differences among fossil human types. Prerequisite: ARCH 131 and 272/272W.

ARCH 442 - Forensic Anthropology (5)

Current techniques in identification of recent human skeletal remains. Prerequisite: ARCH 373.

ARCH 452 - Introduction to Paleopathology (5)

Introduces the study of ancient and historic diseases in humans and animals as expressed in bones, teeth, mummified remains, art, and historical documents. Provides an essential foundation for differential diagnosis in skeletal biology and forensic osteology. Prerequisite: ARCH 373. Students who have taken ARCH 332 under this topic may not take this course for further credit.

Group IV – Topical Courses

ARCH 301 - Ancient Visual Art (3)

A selection of major art traditions from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Mesoamerica and South America is explored. Issues of intellectual property rights, copyright and the use of ancient art in contemporary contexts are also addressed. Prerequisite: 45 credit hours. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
ARCH 312 - Greek Art and Archaeology (4)

Introduces the major Greek archaeological sites from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period through a chronological and historical survey of Greek art and architecture. Examines the ways in which ancient Greeks used and interacted with their material remains and how they relate to their social, cultural, religious, and political practices and institutions. Prerequisite: 45 units, including 9 hours of lower division Hellenic Studies or Archaeology units or by permission of instructor. Students with credit for HS 312 cannot take this course for further credit. Students with credit for ARCH 321 under the title "Select Regions in World Archaeology I: Greece" may not take this course for further credit.

ARCH 313 - Roman Art and Archaeology (4)

Introduces the art and archaeology of ancient Rome from 8th c. BCE to 4th c. CE through an overview of the material remains in their original historical, political and cultural contexts. Addresses several issues: stylistic changes and innovations, art as a vehicle of propaganda and art as projection of Roman imperial power. Prerequisite: 45 units, including 9 hours of lower division Hellenic Studies or Archaeology units or by permission of instructor. Students with credit for HS 313 cannot take this course for further credit. Students with credit for ARCH 332 under the title "Special Topics in Archaeology I: Roman Art and Archaeology" may not take this course for further credit.

ARCH 321 - Select Regions in World Archaeology I (3)

An overview of culture history and methodological/theoretical issues for a specific region of the world. Prerequisite: ARCH 272, 272W or 273 or by permission of instructor.

ARCH 331 - Select Regions in World Archaeology II (3)

An overview of culture history and methodological/theoretical issues for a specific region of the world. Prerequisite: ARCH 272W or 273 or by permission of instructor.

ARCH 332 - Special Topics in Archaeology I (3)

This course will be offered from time to time to meet special needs of students and to make use of specializations of visiting faculty members. Prerequisite: 30 units or by permission of instructor.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sabrina Higgins
Mo, We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SECB 1011, Burnaby
ARCH 333 - Special Topics in Archaeology II (3)

This course will be offered from time to time to meet special needs of students and to make use of specializations of visiting faculty members. Prerequisite: 30 units or by permission of instructor.

ARCH 348 - Archaeological Conservation (5)

An introduction to archaeological conservation, the processes affecting the condition of archaeological materials prior to excavation, during excavation, during analysis, exhibition and during reposition. Successful completion of this course will give archaeologists a good understanding of the various materials they encounter during excavation and how to preserve these artifacts and other materials. It will not qualify students to be professional archaeological conservators. Prerequisite: Six units in Archaeology, including ARCH 201.

ARCH 349 - Management of Archaeological Collections (5)

The philosophy, policies and practices of the care of archaeological collections. This lecture and laboratory course treats the practical problems of designing museum programs within a framework of legal responsibilities for collections. Contemporary issues such as repatriation will be discussed. Prerequisite: ARCH 201 and 45 credit hours. Students with credit for ARCH 332 Special Topics in Archaeology I: Mgt. of Archaeological Collections and ARCH 333 Special Topics in Archaeology II: Mgt. of Archaeological Collections may not take this course for further credit.

ARCH 376 - Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (5)

Theory, method, and operation of the application of statistical techniques to the description, classification, analysis, and interpretation of archaeological data. Prerequisite: ARCH 201, and any one of ARCH 285, GEOG 251, PSYC 210, STAT 101, STAT 201, or STAT 203. Quantitative.

ARCH 377 - Historical Archaeology (5)

An introduction to theory and method in North American historical archaeology. Laboratory instruction is provided in historic artifact analysis and interpretation. Prerequisite: ARCH 201 and one lower division ARCH course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ross Jamieson
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SWH 9152, Burnaby
D101 Ross Jamieson
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SWH 9084, Burnaby
D102 Ross Jamieson
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 9084, Burnaby
OP1 Ross Jamieson
TBD
ARCH 378 - Pacific Northwest North America (3)

The prehistory and cultural traditions of the region. The content, antecedents, relationships, and changes in these cultures through time. Technological, socio-economic, and environmental factors in culture growth. Prerequisite: ARCH 273.

ARCH 434 - Archaeological Field Methods (3)

A series of exercises in which the student must demonstrate the ability to apply the various recording and mapping skills covered in the course. The graded exercises are done individually and in teams, both on-campus and in the field. Prerequisite: ARCH 372 and permission of the Department. Normally taken concurrently with ARCH 433 and 435.

ARCH 485 - Lithic Technology (5)

An in-depth study of how to manufacture and analyze stone tools. Includes rock and mineral identification, stone working by students, fracture mechanics, and relevance to theoretical problems. Prerequisite: ARCH 372.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Dennis Sandgathe
Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
EDB 9643, Burnaby
D101 Dennis Sandgathe
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
EDB 9643, Burnaby
D102 Dennis Sandgathe
Th 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
EDB 9643, Burnaby
OPL Dennis Sandgathe
TBD

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Degree Requirements

For all bachelor of arts (BA) programs, students complete 120 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 65 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0, and a program (major, joint major, extended minor, minor) CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0

Faculty of Environment Degree Requirements (BA)

For all bachelor of arts (BA) programs (except the honours program), students complete 120 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0, and a program (major, joint major, extended minor, minor) CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.