ANTH 423, Dr. Maximilian Forte, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, Concordia University

Assignments & Policies

Course Requirements, Grading, and Policies

Graded Course Components

  • 1st exam = 30%
  • 2nd exam = 30%
  • Final paper = 25%
  • Participation = 15%

Total = 100%

Schedule of the Assignments

Please send all of your assignments, by the assigned time on the assigned date, to maximilian.forte@concordia.ca. Please note that the only the following formats can be accepted: .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .odt. Acknowledgments of receipt will be sent by email three hours after the deadline has passed (not before)—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.

February 14, 2018 1st exam is assigned by email.
February 28, 2018 1st exam is due by email at 6:00pm (18h00).

March 21, 2018 2nd exam is assigned by email.
March 31, 2018 2nd exam is due by email at 6:00pm (18h00).

April 4, 2018 → In-class exercise on which the final paper is to be based.
April 14, 2018 → Final paper is due by email at 10:00am (10h00).

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 final paper is based on an in-class exercise, which you should attend in order to complete the final paper (the course reserve will be available to students who cannot attend). In the final paper your task is to make use of anything, or even everything, that you have learned in this course (do not use materials external to this course) in order to come up with your own analysis of what you witnessed during the in-class exercise. The nature of the exercise will be announced at the start of the session for which the exercise is scheduled. There will be no discussion in class after the exercise is complete.

Your analysis will need to be coherent and well-structured, logical, and persuasive. Do not try to execute a “data dump” of all course contents—not that you will have enough space to do so since the maximum length for the final paper should not exceed a maximum of 1,000 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

  • Students will receive a failing grade for this course if they choose to treat it as a “distance education” or “correspondence course,” in other words, by missing most or all classes. If you plan to be away for half or more of the classes in this course, please drop the course before the drop deadline passes.
  • All assigned readings are mandatory, and represent a minimum amount of reading needed to succeed in this course. In each of your written assignments, you are required to apply what you have learned in class from lectures and assigned readings, and to show evidence of having covered these materials by using one’s judgment in selectively applying them where they are most appropriate.
  • As with any course, the rule of thumb is that at a minimum one should be doing three hours of work for each hour spent in class, each week. One should thus budget for between seven and nine hours of study for this course, each week, beyond class time.
  • It is usually not advisable to avoid taking notes, assuming you will remember everything, or that all that is needed is what is on the lecture slides (which are not lecture notes, they are outlines). A lack of verbal participation in class, coupled with not taking notes, usually indicates that a student has effectively ceased to follow the course, and this inevitably makes an impression on the course director when it comes to grading work.

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 papers:

  • Use assigned readings and lecture notes.
  • Lecture notes do not need to be cited as such in your essay. Omit references to “class notes” and “lectures,” as well as discussions.
  • When quoting material from assigned readings, simply end the sentence in which the material appears with a basic reference in parentheses, like this: (Smith, 92). That is the surname of the author, and the page number where the material appears. Be careful to note that editors of collections with multiple authors, are not to be cited as if they were authors.
  • Only if you decide, on your own initiative, to quote items that were not assigned, should you provide a formal list of References at the end of your essay. Please keep in mind that citing outside sources will not, in and of itself, warrant a boost in your grade. When preparing the list of References, follow the basic format shown below

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.

Finally, have a look at our library’s How to Guides for any resources that might possibly assist you, and visit Concordia’s page on Avoiding Plagiarism.

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+       90-100
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)

Other Policies and Resources for Students

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 Serviceshttp://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/