Anthropology 1AA3 - Fall, 2013 – McMaster University
Introduction to Anthropology: Sex, Food and Death
Instructor: Dr. Karen McGarry
E-mail: [email protected]
Office: Chester New Hall, Room 531
Office Hours: Thursday 10 – 11 a.m. or by appointment
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23901
Anthropology Main Office: Chester New Hall, Room 524
Lectures: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30-12:20
Lecture Location: MDCL 1305
Graduate Teaching Assistants: Office hours and locations TBA
This course will introduce students to the field of Anthropology and its sub-disciplines through
the discussion of some big questions that anthropologists investigate in contemporary and past
societies. Some of the issues explored in this course include; sex, gender, food, illness, and death
from archaeological, biological, cultural and linguistic perspectives. Through this course you will
develop an understanding of how the anthropological approach can be used to better understand
the human condition, past and present.
Through this course, you will:
- Discover the diversity of research in the sub-disciplines of anthropology related to specific
- Understand the theories, methods, and techniques used by anthropologists
- Develop an understanding of the human place in nature from an anthropological perspective
- Appreciate the relevance of anthropological knowledge and practices to society as a whole
- Think critically about contemporary issues and debates
- Enhance your comparative, analytic, and critical thinking skills through reading and written
Required Text (available at the bookstore):
Sex, Food and Death – Anthropology 1AA3. Second Custom Edition for McMaster University.
(Peer Scholar access card is included with the text)
Assessments - Course grades will be assigned based on the following learning assessments:
Midterm Exam - 25%; October 24 in class
Critical Thinking Assignment 1 - 15%; due October 15 by 6 p.m.
Critical Thinking Assignment 2 - 25%; due November 26 by 6 p.m.
Final Exam - 35% - scheduled during the exam period
Note: The Government of Ontario requires that students be provided a no-extra-cost option for
obtaining course credit. There are two copies of the required 1AA3 textbook on reserve (on 2
hour loan) in Mills library. If you do not want to purchase the access card to Peer Scholar, you
will be required to complete an alternate (paper copy) assignment worth 40% of your final
grade. This assignment will be a 3000 word essay due by 4:30pm on November 28th. In order to choose this option, you must inform Dr. McGarry, in writing, (e-mail is acceptable) by September
Critical Thinking Assignments – these are two short written assignments using Peer Scholar,
an online writing tool designed to help you develop your skills in critical thinking, providing
constructive feedback, and producing a well-written, concise argument. The Access Card for
Peer Scholar is included with your required textbook for Anth. 1AA3 (through the Bookstore).
You will be given an assigned reading two weeks before the due date of your final draft.
Link to Peer Scholar: http://www.pearsoned.ca/highered/peerscholar/index.html
Policy on the Submission of Assignments - Written assignments are to be completed using Peer
Scholar. Assignments submitted by e-mail will not be accepted. No extensions will be given unless
written certification, approved by your Faculty office, is provided. Please note that policies concerning
the use of MSAFs (McMasterStudent Absence Forms) have changed (see
http://www.mcmaster.ca/msaf/). Late assignments without appropriate documentation will be
penalized 10% per day late, including weekend days. No assignments are accepted after 72 hours of the
submission deadline, and you will receive a 0.
Missed Assessments or Exams -Students are responsible for arranging make-up exams/assignments
with the instructor. Please note – make-up exams will be in essay format.
Course Materials and Avenue to Learn (ATL) -Lectures will be presented using Power Point, an
abbreviated version of which will be posted weekly on ATL. You must be registered in the course to have
access to the 1AA3 site. Please familiarize yourself with the Avenue to Learn system.
You can access ATL at: http://avenue.mcmaster.ca/?logout=1
Special Accommodations - Any student with special learning needs should contact Dr. McGarry by the
end of the 2nd week of classes at the latest. You must have written confirmation from Student
Accessibility Services (formerly the Center for Student Development). Students can contact SAS to
arrange assistance in the completion of exams. http://sas.mcmaster.ca/
Correspondence - I will check my email regularly throughout the week, so you can expect a
response within approximately 48 hours. Please put 1AA3 in the subject line of your email and include
your name and student number at the end of all correspondence.
Student Behavior and Responsibilities –
Your learning – it is your responsibility to keep up with the readings – do not leave them until
the night before the exams. Attendance in this class is essential if you want to do well in this
course. You are expected to think about the readings and integrate them into the information and
concepts presented during lecture.
Classroom behavior – Please do not be afraid to ask questions or provide constructive
comments! If you do not understand something, or if I have gone over a concept too fast, stop me
and ask a question. Chances are if you do not understand something, other people in the class
are in the same position.
Please ensure that cell phones are turned off (including text messaging, Twitter, etc…) and
arrive on time for class. If you have to leave class early, please sit near one of the exits. Laptop computers may be used in class for taking notes, but students using their computers for
any other purpose (e.g., checking Facebook) will be asked to turn their computers off.
Please be polite to your neighbours and keep conversation to a minimum.
FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES E-MAIL COMMUNICATION POLICY
Effective September 1, 2010, it is the policy of the Faculty of Social Sciences that all e-mail
communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must
originate from the student’s own McMaster University e-mail account. This policy protects
confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that
communication is sent to the university from a McMaster account. If an instructor becomes aware that
a communication has come from an alternate address, the instructor may not reply at his or her
Email Forwarding in MUGSI:
*Forwarding will take effect 24-hours after students complete the process at the above link
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