Anthropology (ANTH) 307

The Inuit Way (Revision 5)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: ANTH 275 is recommended.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ANTH 307 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This course is designed to provide the student with a general understanding of Inuit adaptations to the Arctic through time. While the course discusses some regional cultural adaptations the primary focus is on the Canadian Inuit.


  • Unit 1: The Land and Peoples of the Arctic
  • Unit 2: Inuit Origins
  • Unit 3: The Food Quest
  • Unit 4: Social Collaboration
  • Unit 5: Social Tension and Conflict
  • Unit 6: Spiritual Life
  • Unit 7: Creative Expression
  • Unit 8: The Explorers
  • Unit 9: Whalers, Missionaries, Traders, and Government Officials
  • Unit 10: Settlement Life
  • Unit 11: Kabloona
  • Unit 12: Nunavut and Beyond


To receive credit for ANTH 307, you must take three quizzes, complete two assignments, and write a midterm and a final examination, and you must obtain a grade of "D" (50 percent) or better on both examinations, and an overall grade of ā€œDā€ (50 percent) for the entire course.

The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Map quiz 5%
Essay Assignment 1 25%
Quiz 2 5%
Midterm Exam 15%
Essay Assignment 2 30%
Quiz 3 5%
Final Exam 15%
Total 100%

The midterm and final examinations for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Balikci, Asen. The Netsilik Eskimo. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press, 1989.

Brody, Hugh. The People's Land: Inuit, Whites and the Eastern Arctic. Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre, 1991.

Matthiasson, John S. Living on the Land: Change among the Inuit of Baffin Island. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 1996.

McGhee, Robert. Canadian Arctic Prehistory. Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1990.

Dahl, Jens, Jack Hicks and Peter Jull, editors. Nunavut: Inuit Regain Control of Their Lives. Copenhagen: International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, 2000.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a study guide, student manual, and a reading file.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ANTH 307 challenge registration students must complete both essay assignments, a midterm exam and a final exam and receive at least a ā€œDā€ (50 per cent) on the each of the exams and an overall course grade of "D" (50 per cent). The weightings of each activity are listed below:

Assignment 1 (1 essay) Assignment 2 (1 essay) Midterm Exam Final Exam Total
25% 25% 25% 25% 100%

Midterm and final exams are each 3 hours long and written at an invigilation Centre.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 5, January 5, 2009.

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Updated March 16 2016 by Student & Academic Services