ANTH 423, Dr. Maximilian Forte, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, Concordia University
Graded Course Components
Total = 100%
Schedule of the Assignments
Please send all of your assignments, by midnight on the assigned date, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the only the following formats can be accepted: .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .odt. Acknowledgments of receipt will be sent by email by the following morning—if you do not receive an acknowledgment, it means your assignment was not received, or not received on time, or not attached to your email, and that your grade automatically becomes zero.
October 12 → 1st exam is assigned by email.
October 23 → 1st exam is due.
November 9 → 2nd exam is assigned by email.
November 18 → 2nd exam is due.
November 30 → Short research paper is due.
Overview of the Assignments
The exams in this course are take-home, essay exams. You must keep up to date with all of the classes and readings, or you will find that meeting the submission deadline for the exam to be much more difficult. Each exam will consist of addressing one question, for which you will have no more than 1,000 words for an answer.
The short research paper is based on your further exploration of one of the weekly topics covered in the schedule of sessions. In addition to assigned readings, you will choose to do five (5) more, consisting ideally of a combination of book chapters and journal articles. The five readings cannot consist entirely of chapters from one book. The central objective of your paper is to develop an argument and to further analyze, question, debate, or critique what is covered by a given week’s reading and lecture material. Topics for the papers are to be selected from the areas covered from Sessions 3 to 13–in other words, papers cannot be about material covered in the first two weeks of the course. Papers that simply summarize the contents of the additional readings will receive a grade no higher than “C”. The maximum length for the short research paper should not exceed a maximum of 1,500 words, not including the list of works cited. Do not use footnotes in this paper.
This is an advanced seminar, and it should go without saying that active and regular participation is a prerequisite for a higher level of educational achievement. Shyness is not an acceptable excuse–this seminar will demand that you challenge your habits of silence, if necessary. Regular attendance is a basis for being able to participate, but is not sufficient in and of itself. Come to each session, having done the assigned readings for the week, with your questions and comments. Asking for clarification, offering an opinion–these should come easily to you, and are a fundamental part of what constitutes participation in this seminar. In all cases, please be respectful toward others in this seminar, and avoid inter-personal aggression, mockery, and other forms of hostile or invidious behaviour that could seriously undermine your standing in this course, and perhaps in this university.
Please note that there is an exception to the above policy—non-attendance will matter in cases where a student is absent for most or all of the classes. In such cases, the student will receive a failing grade for the course. To be clear: while attendance will have no bearing on the final grade–non-attendance will. Attendance is understood to be the very basic minimum activity of taking a course. Also, see the section below titled, “How Not to Succeed in this Course”.
How (Not) to Succeed in this Course
Extensions and Incompletes
Extensions are not taken by students, under any circumstances. An extension can only be granted by the course coordinator, in advance of the due date for an assignment, and only under either extreme or special circumstances. Extreme circumstances only include severe illness that occurred for most of the duration of the assignment period itself, pending the provision of documentation, or a death in the immediate family (parents or siblings). Special circumstances include students with documented learning disabilities—however, as the exams are not written in class, an allowance of only one extra day to submit the work will be granted. For the final research paper, students with learning disabilities are required to submit their work on the same day as everyone else.
Incomplete grades are not granted in this course, and no student should expect to receive an INC notation.
There is one major exception to these policies: in the event of a major public health crisis, or events beyond the University’s control, alternative course requirements and grading policies will be developed and used.
Please do not call the Department’s main office for course-related inquiries.
Guidelines and Resources Necessary for Assignments
For the take-home essay exams:
For the Short Research Paper:
The maximum length for the short research paper, following the formatting guidelines listed below, should not exceed a maximum of 1,500 words.
To cite sources, please use the following format:
→ Following the APA Style, you can input items in EasyBib and have the reference information formatted for you.
Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism
First, students are required to read and follow Concordia University’s policies on Academic Integrity. See:
Second, read, follow, and if having any difficulty, ask questions about this university’s policy on Plagiarism. See:
How work is graded
For all work done in this course you will receive a numerical grade which will be converted to a letter grade when final grades are processed. To translate numbers into letter grades, please consult the following chart, copied directly from a faculty handbook in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. It is vital that you understand that the characterizations below (i.e., “excellent”) are central in guiding the instructor’s evaluation of the quality of a paper.
Work that covers all of the basics, in a reasonably competent fashion, without major flaws, is deemed “satisfactory.” Work that has few flaws, and shows an advanced understanding, writing and research ability is deemed “very good.” Work that leaves little room for improvement (within the context of expectations of a 400 level course), demonstrating that the student has taken considerable initiative, showing sophisticated understanding and ability, is deemed “excellent.”
A 85- 89
A- 80- 84
B+ 77- 79
B 73- 76
B- 70- 72
C+ 67- 69
C 63- 66
C- 60- 62
D+ 57- 59
D 53- 56
D- 50- 52
F or FNS 40 (30-49)
R 20 ( 0-29)
Announcements, E-Mail Use
In the event of an unscheduled cancellation of a class, the appropriate notice is posted by the University on its website. See the “Class Cancellations” link on http://www.concordia.ca. In addition, digital billboards on campus will announce the cancellation. You will also be notified by email.
For the duration of this course, please check your email at least once each week, and look for any messages that begin with the course number.
Having said that, please ensure that you have the right email address entered in your MyConcordia student profile. That is the same email address to which course messages are sent.
In the event of extraordinary circumstances beyond the University’s control, the content and/or evaluation scheme in this course is subject to change.
Improving Students’ Academic Experience
The University offers many services that can help students. To improve students’ ability to succeed in their courses, get the most out of the university experience, and ensure their success in completing their degree, it is strongly recommended that you make a note of the following list of services:
Writing Assistance: http://cdev.concordia.ca/our-services/learning-support/writing-assistance/
Concordia Counseling and Development offers career services, psychological services, student learning services, etc. http://cdev.concordia.ca/
Advocacy and Support Services: http://supportservices.concordia.ca/
Student Transition Centre: http://www.concordia.ca/extended-learning/stc/
New Student Program: http://cdev.concordia.ca/our-services/services-for-new-students/
Access Centre for Students with Disabilities: http://supportservices.concordia.ca/disabilities/
Student Success Centre: http://cdev.concordia.ca/our-services/resources-and-drop-in-centres/student-success-centre/
The Academic Integrity Website: http://www.concordia.ca/programs-and-courses/academic-integrity/
Financial Aid & Awards: http://faao.concordia.ca/main/
Health Services: http://www-health.concordia.ca/