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Anthropology
  Senior Seminar


  Spring 2018 Greetings

  Spring 2018 Calendar

Saturday, 18 November 2017, 09:54 (09:54 AM) CST, day 322 of 2017

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OWL (Online Writing Lab) Purdue University.


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Group Research Report (Term Paper)

s2018 Rearch Report (Term Paper) (up to 400 points)
due by the end of Week 15, Friday, 28 April 2018

AVISO: Late Term Papers will not be accepted unless (1) arrangements for an alternate date have been arranged in advance, or (2) medical emergencies or similar extraordinary unexpected circumstances make it unfeasible to turn in the assignment by the announced due date. Why? xxx

Charles Dickens, 1842, Francis Alexander.
Charles Dickens (1842)
Francis Alexander (1800-1880)

Wikipedia
Group Research Project =
Group Report (Term Paper)
&
Group Presentation
(on the same topic)
 
Charles Dickens, 1842, Francis Alexander.
 
tba
Charles Dickens
 
Demosthenes

Due Dates for Research Project Materials
     

Week 02

Week 03

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Week 05
 

s2017 Informal Project Statement, or Project Proposal (up to 20 points)
due by the end of Week 5, Friday, 11 February 2017, 11:55 p.m.

The informal statement can be very straightforward. It's a simple statement of, "Here's what I'm interested in doing. . . . Here's why I'm interested in that. . . . Here's what I think will be useful for that project. . . . What do you think?"

Or, it can be something like "I'm thinking about doing a project on X or Y, but can't make up my mind. Here's what I'm interested in, and why. . . . Here are some things that look like they might be useful for the project. . . . What do you think?"

A more formal statement (Abstract) of what you eventually decide upon isn't due for another two weeks.)


   

Week 07
  Your Project Promissory Abstract and Annotated Bibliography are due by end of Week 7, Saturday, 25 February 2017, 11:55 p.m.

   

Week 12
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Week 14
  s2018 Rearch Report (Term Paper) (up to 400 points)
due by the end of Week 15, Friday, 28 April 2018

AVISO: Late Term Papers will not be accepted unless (1) arrangements for an alternate date have been arranged in advance, or (2) medical emergencies or similar extraordinary unexpected circumstances make it unfeasible to turn in the assignment by the announced due date. Why?
Class Research Project = Group Report (Term Paper) & Group Presentation
   
 
1.

s2017 Informal Project Statement, or Project Proposal (up to 20 points)
due by the end of Week 5, Friday, 11 February 2017, 11:55 p.m.

The informal statement can be very straightforward. It's a simple statement of, "Here's what I'm interested in doing. . . . Here's why I'm interested in that. . . . Here's what I think will be useful for that project. . . . What do you think?"

Or, it can be something like "I'm thinking about doing a project on X or Y, but can't make up my mind. Here's what I'm interested in, and why. . . . Here are some things that look like they might be useful for the project. . . . What do you think?"

A more formal statement (Abstract) of what you eventually decide upon isn't due for another two weeks.)

NOTE: Try to work an analytical section into your Presentation and Report, and at least think about approaching your Senior Seminar term Research Project from the traditional "four-fold" approach of American Anthropology. If the "four-fold" approach does not work as a major appoach, consider at least addressing in summary form the relationship of your chosen topic(s) to traditional American Anthropology.

  • Audience
    • Classmates

  • Purpose
    • To let them know what you were working on, and what you found out, and what might be interesting to look at in the future

  • Style
    • for the Presentation, it may be informal
    • for the Report, formal academic

  • Format
    • Any standard format and citation convention (APA, MLA, Turabian-Chicago . . .)

      • doublespaced
      • with one-inch margins all around
      • with body type font 11 or 12
      • illustrations, tables, figures, diagrams . . . may be included, but must be properly placed and cited

When relevant to your topic be sure to work in what is happening now; that is, where appropriate, relate it to current affairs.

     
 
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3.
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4.
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    Useful Resources
including a Handy Assignment Calculator from the UMD Library

a note on using Wikipedia
     

(skip introduction and go to "Where do I begin?")

Selecting a Topic
Abstract
Bibliography

Proposal
Format Information
(length)
Useful Resources
Sample Papers

Selecting a Topic

Your "Class Project" consists of a focused Report (Term Paper) and a Presentation on what you discovered / learned while working on the Project.

As mentioned the first week, one of the "Major Characteristics of American Anthropology" is its fourfold approach.

For your Class Research Project select a topic that you are interested in.

One recommended strategy for picking a Term Research Project (and putting together a Term Research Project Team) is to start off looking at the items listed in the "Table of Contents" of the text Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems, Sixth Edition, by John H. Bodley (Lanham, MD: Altamira Press, 2012)

  • for each chapter there is a list of major large-scale (national and global-level) topics, and you will need to pick a chapter for your Panel Discussion

  • for your Research Project consider doing a local or regional project reflecting the large-scale (national and global-level) problem discussed by Bodley

  • we will talk about "Units of Analaysis" & Project Selection Week 3

Please feel free also to stop by Cina 215 if you are in the neighborhood, or to email troufs@d.umn.edu with your questions and/or observations.

 
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Doing Research and Drafting Your Paper
using Wikipedia

Where do I begin a project?

Your textbooks and class materials are the best place are most often the best place to start.

Using Wikipedia and Desk References

It is fine for you to begin a project by consulting with Wikipedia (and similar on-line sources of encyclopaedic-type information) but you should be aware that the Wikipedia entries are open-source and are not checked and verified in the same manner as other reference materials. And sometimes the entries are confusing (have a look at "Macedonia," for example).

And Wikipedia, should you use it, should only be a starting point.

Wikipedia

It is also OK to start out your research by consulting reference works such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and lexica, glosaries, other general reference works, and the like, but this stage should only be a preliminary preparation for more focused and in-depth research work.

For a college research paper you should also have a look at other references, either traditional materials from the library, or on-line materials from sources like UMD E-Journal Locator, JSTOR, etc., or books and manuscripts On-Line. That is to say Wikipedia and the other reference-type sources listed should not be your only source of information. And you must add your own evaluations, comparisons, development, criticisms, critiques, and the like to any reference materials used. Simply cutting and pasting information from sources is not sufficient to satisfy the requirements of either a required or extra-credit research paper.

Your paper should reflect a synthesis and evaluation of materials researched.

For your paper you should also use traditional library materials, and, where appropriate, interviews and videotapes.
On-line Resources which might be helpful include:
  1. Infotrac®
  2. JSTORE©
  3. LEXIS-NEXIS®
  4. Sociology-Anthropology Search Engines and Reference Works
  5. General Reference Works
  6. Books and Manuscripts On-Line
  7. UMD Library Catalogue
  8. Other Library Catalogues
  9. have a look at one or more of the daily newspapers to see what they're reporting

see
OWL logo, Online Writing Lab at Purdue.

Where do I begin?
Sources
Searching the World Wide Web: Overview
The Internet and Search Engines

Search Engines and Directories
Searching with a Search Engine
Searching with a Web Directory
Search Engines
Search the Invisible Web
Other Useful Sites
Other Search Strategies
Internet References

Google Search: Society > Ethnicity >

Wikipedia

Try getting more information by looking at sites on the web:

  • Try surfing the web by searching with the search engines found by clicking on the Web "Search" button found on the upper righthand corner of the course WebPages. This will take you to the course Search Engines Page.

  • Hint: When you do a search on an item that has more than one word, like "stone tools," use the "Advanced Search" option and enter the words in the "exact phrase" box -- otherwise it will search out everything with "stone" and everything with "tools," and the list of "hits" could get quite large.
 
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Other Resources
(see also above)
More Information on Topic
See also the materials indexed in the course A-Z index:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Cuisines of the Countries, Cultures, Regions, Areas, and Territories Available at this WebSite

The UMD Library

Try getting more information from JSTORE, elelctronically stored journals,
and look for other items from the UMD Library Catalogue.

Main Catalog

Library Guides:
Anthroplogy
Criminology
Cultural Studies
Sociology

JSTOR

Connect from off Campus

electronic resources

International Students -- UMD

The UMD International Club
-- Karin Robbins, Second Floor Kirby Student Center

your own personal experiences
people who are from the country

people from the
UMD Experts List

professors who teach area courses
City of Duluth Sister City Commission

 
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Anthropology Senior Seminar

Problem / Project Statement / Proposal
(up to 20 points)

s2017 Informal Project Statement, or Project Proposal (up to 20 points)
due by the end of Week 5, Friday, 11 February 2017, 11:55 p.m.

The informal statement can be very straightforward. It's a simple statement of, "Here's what I'm interested in doing. . . . Here's why I'm interested in that. . . . Here's what I think will be useful for that project. . . . What do you think?"

Or, it can be something like "I'm thinking about doing a project on X or Y, but can't make up my mind. Here's what I'm interested in, and why. . . . Here are some things that look like they might be useful for the project. . . . What do you think?"

A more formal statement (Abstract) of what you eventually decide upon isn't due for another two weeks.)

to Report (Term Paper) Information
to Presentation Information

see Choosing a Topic OWL logo, Online Writing Lab at Purdue.

This particular proposal statement is intended just to get you started thinking about and working on your Project

Your next statement will be formal,
it will be a Promissory Abstract

Your Project Promissory Abstract and Annotated Bibliography are due by end of Week 7, Saturday, 25 February 2017, 11:55 p.m.

This proposal can be fairly simple, and informal, including . . .

  • a basic informal statement of one or more topics that you are interested in writing about . . .

  • there is no minimum length, but most people submit two or three paragraphs

    • one paragraph should include including basic information the topic itself

    • one paragraph should include information about why you are interested in the topic(s)

    • and a third paragraph, or section, of your informal proposal should include three or four sources (or more), and statements about why you think those sources might be helpful in researching the topic(s)

  • It may be more elaborate if you wish. But this proposal may also be simple and informal

  • do try to work an analytical section into your final paper that reflects the four-fold nature of anthropology (see Week 1)

  • Audience: Classmates

  • Purpose: To get started thinking about . . .

    • the person(s) you might want to look at for your Projecct

    • how you might want to go about doing that

    • what sources you might use

  • Style:

    • for both the Proposal Statement, informal

    • for the Promissory Abstract and the Term Paper itself, academic

  • Format: This proposal statement can be in informal format, but if you use a formal format, use any standard format and citation convention (APA, MLA, Turabian-Chicago . . . ). Don't make up one of your own. and citation convention (APA, MLA, Turabian-Chicago . . . )
    • doublespaced
    • with one-inch margins all around
    • with body type font 11 or 12
    • illustrations, tables, figures, diagrams . . . may be included, but must be properly placed and cited
Your Project Promissory Abstract and Annotated Bibliography are due by end of Week 7, Saturday, 25 February 2017, 11:55 p.m.

s2017 Informal Project Statement, or Project Proposal (up to 20 points)
due by the end of Week 5, Friday, 11 February 2017, 11:55 p.m.

The informal statement can be very straightforward. It's a simple statement of, "Here's what I'm interested in doing. . . . Here's why I'm interested in that. . . . Here's what I think will be useful for that project. . . . What do you think?"

Or, it can be something like "I'm thinking about doing a project on X or Y, but can't make up my mind. Here's what I'm interested in, and why. . . . Here are some things that look like they might be useful for the project. . . . What do you think?"

A more formal statement (Abstract) of what you eventually decide upon isn't due for another two weeks.)

 

 

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List of References
("Working Bibliography")

The "working bibliography" for your project is a simple list of references—sources that you think will be helpful to in putting together your paper and your presentation.
(grading information for working bibliography)

And your sources may include any or all of the following kind of items . . .

  • traditional library printed materials (books, journals, magazines, government reports, microformat materials . . .)
  • library AV materials (videos, films, DVDs, audio recordings . . .)
  • library and on-online special collections (maps, images, oral history materials . . .)
  • materials from special conferences and events
  • materials from cultural myths and legends . . .
  • personal interviews (including relevant YouTube materials . . .)
  • questionnaires
  • personal journals and diaries . . .
  • personal interviews (you might even want to do something creative, like interview yourself . . .)
  • relevant WebSite materials

At the start of your project it is probably a good idea to have 6-10 sources that "look pretty good" and as if they might be useful to your project.

At the beginning, and for the list you turn in during Week 6, you do not have to do anything more than list the resources that you think will be helpful to your project and that you expect to use for your paper and/or your report.

Once you begin looking at these materials, you may want to start annotating them—that is, beginning to make notes about how they might actually be used in your paper and/or presentation.

And you might start noting additional references from your original list of items.

For details on evaluating the items on your initial "working bibliogaphy",
and on the process of annotating your working bibliography (your simple list),
see the resources available from . . .

OWL logo, Online Writing Lab at Purdue.

Evaluating Bibliographic Citations
Annotated Bibliographies
Annotated Bibliography Example
Annotated Bibliography Samples


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Ancient Cultures of Middle America
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see Choosing a Topic OWL logo, Online Writing Lab at Purdue.

see

"Abstracts"

"Promissor Abstracts"


Writing the Promissory Abstract

Maxine C. Hairston. Successful Writing, 2nd ed. (1986).
New York: W.W. Norton, pp. 223 - 227.

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"Abstract" -- UMD Sociology-Anthropology Writing Guide

 

Project Statement/Proposal
(up to 20 points for about 1.0% of grade)

s2017 Informal Project Statement, or Project Proposal (up to 20 points)
due by the end of Week 5, Friday, 11 February 2017, 11:55 p.m.

The informal statement can be very straightforward. It's a simple statement of, "Here's what I'm interested in doing. . . . Here's why I'm interested in that. . . . Here's what I think will be useful for that project. . . . What do you think?"

Or, it can be something like "I'm thinking about doing a project on X or Y, but can't make up my mind. Here's what I'm interested in, and why. . . . Here are some things that look like they might be useful for the project. . . . What do you think?"

A more formal statement (Abstract) of what you eventually decide upon isn't due for another two weeks.)

NOTE: Be sure to try to work an analytical section into your paper.

  • Audience: Classmates

  • Purpose: To provide a concise yet comprehensive summary of what you expect your paper to be about and look like . . .

  • Style:

    • academic, formal

  • Format: This proposal statement can be in informal format, but if you use a formal format, use any standard format and citation convention (APA, MLA, Turabian-Chicago . . . ). Don't make up one of your own. and citation convention (APA, MLA, Turabian-Chicago . . . )
  • doublespaced
  • with one-inch margins all around
  • with body type font 11 or 12
  • illustrations, tables, figures, diagrams . . . may be included, but must be properly placed and cited
 

s2017 Informal Project Statement, or Project Proposal (up to 20 points)
due by the end of Week 5, Friday, 11 February 2017, 11:55 p.m.

The informal statement can be very straightforward. It's a simple statement of, "Here's what I'm interested in doing. . . . Here's why I'm interested in that. . . . Here's what I think will be useful for that project. . . . What do you think?"

Or, it can be something like "I'm thinking about doing a project on X or Y, but can't make up my mind. Here's what I'm interested in, and why. . . . Here are some things that look like they might be useful for the project. . . . What do you think?"

A more formal statement (Abstract) of what you eventually decide upon isn't due for another two weeks.)

NOTE: Try to work an analytical section into your paper.

  • Audience: Classmates

  • Purpose: To provide a concise yet comprehensive summary of what you expect your paper to be about and look like . . .

  • Style:

    • academic, formal
    • for the Term Paper, academic

  • Format: This proposal statement can be in informal format, but if you use a formal format, use any standard format and citation convention (APA, MLA, Turabian-Chicago . . . ). Don't make up one of your own. and citation convention (APA, MLA, Turabian-Chicago . . . )
  • doublespaced
  • with one-inch margins all around
  • with body type font 11 or 12
  • illustrations, tables, figures, diagrams . . . may be included, but must be properly placed and cited
 
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Annotated Outline

see
OWL logo, Online Writing Lab at Purdue.

Outline Components
How to Outline
Types of Outlines
Reverse Outlining

 

Writing the Outline and Headings for Your Paper, "UMD Sociology-Anthropology Writing Guide"

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s2018 Rearch Report (Term Paper) (up to 400 points)
due by the end of Week 15, Friday, 28 April 2018

AVISO: Late Term Papers will not be accepted unless (1) arrangements for an alternate date have been arranged in advance, or (2) medical emergencies or similar extraordinary unexpected circumstances make it unfeasible to turn in the assignment by the announced due date. Why?

Every student will write and submit their own term paper.
If appropriate, you may collaborate with others for your presentations.

 
Paper and Presentation Due to Moodle Assignment Area
 
Criteria for Grading College Writing
 

In-Class Presentations for the f2f section start Week 12 -- Day 23

Presentations Schedule -- f2f sections


References, "UMD Sociology-Anthropology Writing Guide
See the "Preparing the Final Draft" section of the Sociology-Anthropology Writing Guide to see the details of what your Case Study report should look like when you hand it in.
Basically, it should look like the paper which follows, or one of the sample papers on the OWL logo, Online Writing Lab at Purdue.site
(below).
 
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Useful Writing Resources

Whenever you write or present anything you should consider . . .

audience
purpose
your personal style

    • For your presentation, your audience should, obviously, be your classmates

      • do not write or present to your college professor(s) as audience

 

And basically, your presentation should . . .

      • have a beginnng, a middle and an end
      • be organized
      • if appropriate, be illustrated
see
Writing Information WebPage

using Wikipedia

for your research papers try the
UMD Library > Research Tools and Resources >
Assignment Calculator
<http://www.d.umn.edu/lib/assign/>


UMD Library Assignment Calculator

Paper is due to
Moodle assigment area

 



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Sample Papers

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what students in class are thinking about for a topic

topics

 
Sample Title Page . . .

 

[more information on your title]



Basque Cuisine through the Ages:

The Prehistoric Roots

of Independence and Separatism






by George Bush, Jr.




Anthropology 3635

People and Cultures of Europe

Professor Roufs

18 November 2017

Basque Cuisine  1

[more information on an Introduction]

Put your paragraph(s) summarizing your paper here.

Put a transitional statement here.

Body
[Give this section an interesting subtitle, something other than "Body"]

Describe and discuss your chosen topic(s) here. Use some form of organizational structure. The "Journalist's Questions," Who,What, When, Where, How and Why are often helpful. A time sequence is also useful.

Use the Paradigm Online Writing Assistant if you do not have much experience writing college papers.

Conclusions

Put your conclusions here.

Basque Cuisine  Nn 

Works Cited

Your "References" or "Works Cited" information should go on a separate page.

See "Documenting Electronic Sources in Specific Disciplines" from OWL for information on how to cite items from the web.



This course is governed by the . . .

University of Minnesota Duluth Student Academic Integrity Policy
<http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/integrity/Academic_Integrity_Policy.htm>

UMD Office of Student and Community Standards
<http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/>

"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 [http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/integrity/Academic_Integrity_Policy.htm]. 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
<http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/code/>

and the

Student Conduct Code Statement (students' rights)
<http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/conduct/conduct-statement.html>

The instructor will enforce and students are expected to follow the University's Student Conduct Code [http://www1.umn.edu/regents/policies/academic/Student_Conduct_Code.html]. 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

AVISO!

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.


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