Anthropology (ANTH) 406

Special Topics in Anthropology (Revision 1)

ANTH 406

Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Reading course - Social Science

Prerequisite: Permission of course professor and a minimum of twelve credits in anthropology.

Precluded Course: ANTH 207 (ANTH 406 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for ANTH 207.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ANTH 406 provides students with an opportunity to investigate problems or issues in greater depth than is possible in a lower level course. Before registering in ANTH 406, students must discuss the topic they wish to explore with the course professor.

This is a flexible course. Students, in consultation with the course professor, design their own course objectives and carry out tasks enabling them to accomplish those objectives, guided and supported by the course textbook, course professor, and staff members at Athabasca University Library or other libraries to which the students have access. Upon completion of ANTH 406, students will have designed and carried out a program of research and written a major paper (approximately 40 pages, double spaced) on one of the world's culture areas.


ANTH 406 is divided into three parts, each focusing on a particular set of tasks.

  • Part 1: Topic, Thesis Statement, and Materials
  • Part 2: Formal Outline
  • Part 3: Final Essay


To receive credit for ANTH 406, you must achieve a course composite mark of at least a D (50 percent). The weighting of the composite mark is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Proposal 15%
Draft Paper 25%
Final Paper 60%
Total 100%

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

Course Materials


Avery, Heather, et al. 1989. Thinking It Through: A Practical Guide to Academic Essay Writing, 2nd ed. Peterborough, ON: Academic Skills Centre, Trent University

Available from the AU Library. It is not provided as part of your course package.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a study guide, student manual, and a book of readings.

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 1, 1992.