Course Requirements:

Recitation/Participation 15%

Film Analyses 20%

Tests (2) 20%

Midterm Exam (1) 15%

Final Exam 30%

Final Grade Scale for ANTH 1115

A         93-100

A-        90-92.9

B+       87-89.9

B         83-86.9

B-        80-82.9

C+       77-79.9

C         73-76.9

C-       70-72.9

D+       67-69.9

D         63-66.9

D-        60-62.9

F          <60

Grades are non-disputable. Prior to Spring Break students may conference with the professor or their TA to know her/his overall status and to determine how to improve the final grade.


Recitation/Participation grade is based on (1) recitation attendance, and (2) contribution to recitation or lecture.

Attendance (7.5 pts) – Students are expected to be present at every recitation and are strongly encouraged to attend lecture.  Your recitation instructor will capture attendance through the mechanism of their choice.  Excusable reasons for absences (such as job interviews, illness, etc., NOT weddings, family vacations, or ski days) must be conveyed to your recitation instructor prior to the class, and be accompanied when possible with applicable documentation. Three un-excused recitation absences will result in a ½ grade deduction (i.e., B+ to B).  In addition, three tardy arrivals is the equivalent of one un-excused absencePLEASE NOTE that ten (10) unexcused recitation absences will be regarded as grounds for failing the course.

Contribution (7.5 pts) – Each student is expected to make at least one thoughtful contribution to class discussion during lecture or recitation.  The instructors make note of contributions – and negative participation (i.e., inattentiveness, sleeping) – after each class and consider them in the final grade tally.  NOTE: Musical contributions (including relevant lyrics) may be submitted electronically to Prof. Roland by the end of the class session that precedes the lecture for which it is relevant (this requires reading ahead!).

Film Analyses (4 analyses; 5 points each) – You are required to view the films listed below and submit 4 short film analyses that consider the films in the context of the module’s readings (3-5 double-spaced pgs). The analyses are due as indicated via D2L DropBox in Word format on February 1 (Sankofa), February 22 (Egalité for All), April 19 (Dancehall Queen OR Raza OR Black in L.Am/DR), and May 3 (Life and Debt). Written prompts will be distributed (and posted to the course-site’s Lecture Notes tab) in advance.

Keep in mind that your analysis should NOT be a summary of the movie, but a critical interpretation: Link the movie to the issues discussed in lecture and/or the readings and present a critical analysis of its themes and main issues.  Do not simply summarize the plot.  Also, remember this is an anthropology course, not a cinema course: do not dwell on cinematography issues – focus on how the content is relevant to the themes of the course.  To that end, film analyses will be evaluated based on whether they (1) are well-written (proofread, paginated, argument flow, citations – grammar counts if the instructor doesn’t understand); (2) demonstrate the student has viewed and understood the film in the context of the prompt; and (3) reference relevant course readings.  While the film analysis and writing criteria will be worth 2 points each, the film prompt criteria is worth 1 point.

 Films  – to be viewed in recitation (or independently via D2L videostream) for the date indicated:

*Sankofa (1/25-27)

*Egalité for All (2/8-10)

Dancehall Queen (3/1-3)

Raza (4/5 lecture)

Black in Latin America: Haiti/DR (3/22-24)

*Life and Debt (4/19-21)