Anthropology (ANTH) 394

Urban Anthropology (Revision 5)

ANTH 394

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: ANTH 275 or SOCI 287

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ANTH 394 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Anthropology 394: Urban Anthropology is a senior-level anthropology course designed to provide the student with an extensive overview of urban settlements, from their first appearance some five thousand years ago to today’s cities in the developing and developed world. Students will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the development of cities, the diversity of urban groups, and various urban social issues; as well as an understanding of the theoretical and methodological approaches taken by anthropologists and other social scientists in the study of cities and city life.


Anthropology 394: Urban Anthropology is divided into four units, each of which examines a specific topic in urban studies.


  • Unit 1: Understanding the City: Its Origin and Development
  • Unit 2: Disciplinary Perspectives
  • Unit 3: The Structure of the City
  • Unit 4: Global Urban Developments


To receive credit for ANTH 394, you must complete two quizzes, an essay assignment, a research paper outline, a research paper, and a midterm, and final examination, and you must achieve a minimum grade of D (50 percent) on both the midterm and final examinations, and an overall grade of D (50 percent) for the entire course". All work must be submitted or completed by the end of your course contract date.

Activity Weighting
Quiz 1 5%
Quiz 2 5%
Assignment 1 20%
Assignment 2A 5%
Assignment 2B 25%
Midterm Exam 20%
Final Exam 20%
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 who 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


Gmelch, George, Robert V. Kemper, and Walter P. Zenner, eds., 2010. Urban Life: Readings in the Anthropology of the City. 5th edition. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press. (PDF)


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Macionis, John J., and Vincent N. Parrillo, 2013. Cities and Urban Life. 6th edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other materials

All other materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the Anth 394 challenge registration students must complete a 4 short essays, a research paper, a midterm exam and a final exam and receive at least a D (50 percent) on the each of the exams and an overall course grade of D (50 percent). The weightings of each activity are listed below.

Activity Weighting
Assignment #1 (4 Short essays) 20%
Assignment #2 (Research paper) 30%
Midterm 25%
Final Exam 25%
Total 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, June 11, 2015.

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