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Monday, 10 December 2018, 18:19 (06:19 PM) CST, day 344 of 2018

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Anthropology Senior Seminar
 University of Minnesota Duluth

62174 -001 LEC, 4:00 P.M. - 5:15 P.M., M,W (01/10/2018 - 04/27/2018), Cina  214, Roufs,Tim, 3 credits
Schedule may change as events of the semester require

First-Day Handout
(.pdf version s2018)

  Canvas Information s2018

  Greetings Spring 2018

  Welcome Memo

  Learner Outcomes

for detailed week-by-week information on the semester,
please see the ANTH 4653 Spring 2018 calendar

January  2018
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links to current weeks
spring break
to textbooks
final exams
Today is Monday, 10 December 2018, 18:19 (06:19 PM) CST, day 344 of 2018
Office Hours:

Fall 2018
Tuesday / Thursday 10:45-12:00
and by appointment


Spring 2019
Tuesday / Thursday 1:15-2:00
and by appointment


Contact Information:  
Envelope: E-mail
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SMS/textmessaging: 218.260.3032
Twitter logo. tweet:  troufs
Course URL:

 Envelope: E-mail E-mail Tim Roufs for more information

“Cultural Anthropology has the potential to change the world. It can bring institutional accountability, facilitating transparency in political and social matters It encourages ‘big picture’ understandings that allow us to appreciate important problems in deeper and broader ways than we might otherwise. It possesses tools that anyone, anthropologist and non-anthropologist alike, can use to bring social transformation. The problem is that today cultural anthropology operates within certain contexts that limit this potential. The field’s potential remains to be realized.” -- Rob Borofsky, Why a Public Anthropology? Center for Public Anthropology (From the Senior Seminar Syllabus of Dr. David Syring)

Textbook Information

Two texts are required, and as exams are open-book exams you should have your own copy of each text . . .

 John H. Bodley, Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems, Sixth Edition


 John H. Bodley

 John H. Bodley

Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems, Sixth Edition

by John H. Bodley

(Lanham, MD: Altamira Press, 2012)

ISBN-10: 0759121583
ISBN-13: 978-0759121584

Currently available online new for $45.06 ppbk., or used from $8.94
(+ s/h, but currently with "free" shipping from on orders over #25)

(3 January 2018)


 Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman

Thinking, Fast and Slow

by Daniel Kahneman

(NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013)

ISBN-13: 9780374533557

is currently available on-line new for $9.69 (ppbk), or used from $5.03, or Kindle for $9.99, and audio from $23.52.
(+ p/h, where applicable, at & eligible for Amazon Prime).

(3 January 2018)

Reading Guide

Daniel Kahneman

Richard H. Thaler

 Nobel prize in economics awarded to Richard Thaler
-- , TheGuardian (9 October 2017)

Richard H. Thaler is the Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics and the director of the Center for Decision Research at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.


Cass R. Sunstein


Cass R. Sunstein

Cass R. Sunstein  is Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor of Jurisprudence, University of Chicago Law School and Departent of Political Science.

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, Revised and Expanded Edition

by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

(NY: Penguin, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-0143115267

is currently available on-line new for $11.55 (ppbk), used from $7.16, Kindle $13.99, and audible $5.99
(+ p/h, where applicable, at & eligible for Amazon Prime).

(3 January 2018)

Reading Guide

Table of Contents




  1. Biases and Blunder

  2. Resisting Temptatio

  3. Following the Her

  4. When Do We Need a Nudge

  5. Choice Architecture


  1. Save More Tomorrow

  2. Naïve Investing

  3. Credit Markets

  4. Privatizing Social Security: Smorgasbord Style


  1. Prescription Drugs: Part D for Daunting

  2. How to Increase Organ Donation

  3. Saving the Planet


  1. Improving School Choices

  2. Should Patients Be Forced to Buy Lottery Tickets

  3. Privatizing Marriage


  1. A Dozen Nudge

  2. Objections

  3. The Real Third Way




In a nutshell, ANTH 4653 Senior Seminar consists of three main segments:

  I Orientation and Background  
        Basic Concepts (Review)  
        Professional Ethics  
        History (Review)  
        Theory (Review)  
        Methods and Techniques (Review)  
  II Explorations  
      Comparative / Cross-Cultural  
      Ethnographic Case Studies and Projects from the Real World: Real People . . . Real Places from Around the Globe  
        Anthropology Day Class Project  
        Panel Discussions on John H. Bodley's Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems Materials  
        Contemporary Readings from the "Real World"  
        Semester Group Research Project: Group Presentation and Group Report (Term Paper)  
  IIIA Student Panel Discussions
  IIIB Student Presentations on Term Group Research Project
Additional General Course Information

Go to your Moodle Folder and have a look
(once it is made available on-line)  . . .

You will find basic course information links on the course Home Page:

Canvas Course Home Page

Clicking on one of the "Course Navigation Links"
will take you to the major sections of your Moodle folder

Course Navigation

Check the other links Links Below the picture . . . for other important materials . . .

Other Useful Links

If you are new to Moodle go to the "Assignments Section"
(using the Course Navigation Panel). 

Go to "Assignments"

When you get to the "Assignments" page,
click on the small triangle in the "Explore Canvas . . . "
drop-down menu box (see arrow below) . . .

Explore Canvas 1a

 When the "Explore Canvas . . ." menu drops down, checkout the "Canvas Student Guide". 

Start with the
"Canvas Student Guide" if you are new to Canvas.

Explore Canvas 1a

checkout the other items that interest you most. 

Then set/update your Canvas (1) "User Settings" and "Profile Picture".

Complete or update your (2)"Canvas Profile".

Then set your  (3)"Canvas Notification Preferences".

Explore Canvas 1b

The "A-Z" links
(circled below) are handy to jump to up-to-date current topics . . .

They are handy to find out more information on any subject that is scheduled to be covered in this course.
These can really be useful when you start looking for a topic for your term project.

A-Z links
Click on "Grades" on the Course Navigation Panel
and it will take you to yourMoodleGradebook that lists all of the course
requirements, options, and due dates . . .
(subject to minor changes as new discoveries and announcements warrant

To "Grades"

Your MoodleGradebook will look something like this . . .

Canvas Gradebook

Your "Home" page will look something like this . . .

Main Panel has Required Materials.  Sidebars are Optional

Have a look at the basic layout for the materials that appear
in each week’s Moodlelistings.
You can find these by going to the "Syllabus"
from the Course Navigation Panel.

Explore Canvas 1a

And then check for the Week's listing(s) on the "Syllabus" page . . .

Clicking on "Welcome" will bring you to the Welcome Memo for the course . . .

Explore Canvas 1a

Clicking on "Welcome" will bring you to the Welcome Memo for the course . . .

Likewise, clicking on "What's Happening Week 1"
will bring you to a memo describing Week 1 events . . .

Explore Canvas 1a

Clicking on "What's Happening Week 1" will bring you to a memo describing Week 1 events . . .

Week 1 Memo, Sring 2018

Useful information:

 Writers' Workship

The Writers' Workshop offers free one-to-one writing support to all members of UMD's campus community. Graduate student or faculty consultants will work with you on any writing project at any stage in the writing process.

For more information or to make an appointment, visit <>, or stop by the Workshop's front desk in the Learning Commons on the second floor of the Kathryn A. Martin Library and visit with Jill Jenson and her staff. Walk-ins are welcome if a consultant is available.

Look for the Workshop’s trademark wall mural covered with quotations about writing. 

Students in this class have permission to see a Writers’ Workshop consultant for all take-home exams.

Grades / Grading / Academic Policies
Peoples and Cultures of Europe

This course is governed by the . . .

University of Minnesota Duluth Student Academic Integrity Policy

UMD Office of Student and Community Standards

"Academic dishonesty tarnishes UMD's reputation and discredits the accomplishments of students. UMD is committed to providing students every possible opportunity to grow in mind and spirit. This pledge can only be redeemed in an environment of trust, honesty, and fairness. As a result, academic dishonesty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community. In keeping with this ideal, this course will adhere to UMD's Student Academic Integrity Policy, which can be found at []. This policy sanctions students engaging in academic dishonesty with penalties up to and including expulsion from the university for repeat offenders." — UMD Educational Policy Committee, Jill Jensen, Chair (08/16/2007)

and the UMD Student Conduct Code

and the

Student Conduct Code Statement (students' rights)

The instructor will enforce and students are expected to follow the University's Student Conduct Code []. Appropriate classroom conduct promotes an environment of academic achievement and integrity. Disruptive classroom behavior that substantially or repeatedly interrupts either the instructor's ability to teach, or student learning, is prohibited. Disruptive behavior includes inappropriate use of technology in the classroom. Examples include ringing cell phones, text-messaging, watching videos, playing computer games, doing email, or surfing the Internet on your computer instead of note-taking or other instructor-sanctioned activities." — UMD Educational Policy Committee, Jill Jensen, Chair (08/16/2007)

Instructor and Student Responsibilities Policy


A Note on Extra Credit Papers

Failure to comply with the above codes and standards when submitting an Extra Credit paper will result in a penalty commensurate with the lapse, up to and including an F final grade for the course, and, at a minimum, a reduction in total points no fewer than the points available for the Extra Credit project. The penalty will not simply be a zero for the project, and the incident will be reported to the UMD Academic Integrity Officer in the Office of Student and Community Standards.


A Note on "Cutting and Pasting" without the Use of Quotation Marks
(EVEN IF you have a citation to the source somewhere in your paper)

If you use others' words and/or works you MUST so indicate that with the use of quotation marks. Failure to use quotation marks to indicate that the materials are not of your authorship constitutes plagiarism—even if you have a citation to the source elsewhere in your paper/work.

Patterned failure to so indicate that the materials are not of your own authorship will result in an F grade for the course.

Other instances of improper attribution will result in a 0 (zero) for the assignment (or a reduction in points equal to the value of an Extra Credit paper), and a reduction of one grade in the final grade of the course.

All incidents will be reported to the UMD Academic Integrity Officer in the Office of Student and Community Standards as is required by University Policy.

and the

other pertinent policies as determined by the University of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Duluth, The UMD College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Sociology-Anthropology . . .

Teaching & Learning: Instructor and Student Responsibilities:


"UMD is committed to providing a positive, safe, and inclusive place for all who study and work here.  Instructors and students have mutual responsibility to insure that the environment in all of these settings supports teaching and learning, is respectful of the rights and freedoms of all members, and promotes a civil and open exchange of ideas. To reference the full policy please see:"


Final Exams:


"All 1xxx-5xxx courses offered for undergraduate credit should include a final graded component or end of term evaluation that assesses the level of student achievement of one or more course objectives. All final graded components are to be administered or due at the time and place according to the final exam schedule and not during the last week of class. To reference the full policy please see:"


Excused Absences:


"Students are expected to attend all scheduled class meetings.  It is the responsibility of students to plan their schedules to avoid excessive conflict with course requirements. However, there are legitimate and verifiable circumstances that lead to excused student absence from the classroom.  These are subpoenas, jury duty, military duty, religious observances, illness, bereavement for immediate family, and NCAA varsity intercollegiate athletics.  For complete information, please see:"


Appropriate Student Use of Class Notes and Course Materials:


"Taking notes is a means of recording information but more importantly of personally absorbing and integrating the educational experience. However, broadly disseminating class notes beyond the classroom community or accepting compensation for taking and distributing classroom notes undermines instructor interests in their intellectual work product while not substantially furthering instructor and student interests in effective learning. For additional information, please see:"

Students with Disabilities

It is the policy and practice of the University of Minnesota Duluth to create inclusive learning environments for all students, including students with disabilities.  If there are aspects of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or your ability to meet course requirements – such as time limited exams, inaccessible web content, or the use of non-captioned videos – please notify the instructor as soon as possible.  You are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Resources to discuss and arrange reasonable accommodations.  Please call 218-726-6130 or visit the DR website at for more information.

Learner Outcomes are guided by the following information . . .

See rubrics details with individual Canvas assignments.

Grades / Grading / Academic Policies and Rubrics

Midterm Exam Rubrics

Final Exam Rubrics

Problem / Project Statement / Proposal Rubrics

Group Research Project Presentation Rubrics

Group Research Report (Term Paper) Rubrics

Extra Credit Review Rubrics

Class Activities Rubrics

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