I have an 1200-1400 word essay, there are 3 choices, choose the one you believe you can do the best in. The uploaded file contains all details, whichever choice is made, I will provide necessary material (lectures, textbook).
Choose one of the following three essay questions (DUE BY 11 p.m. JUNE 12):
Choice #1: Pandemic Baking!
Take a look at the following mainstream news articles:
Since the beginning of our quarantine, people have been baking. Flour, yeast, and other baking supplies are often hard to come by. Thinking about this concept anthropologically (ie. the relationship between behaviour and culture), answer the following two questions in your essay-based response: 1) why are people (or possibly even you?) baking so much during this time (other than boredom)?, and; 2) how is this trend related to different aspects of culture?
In your response, please use ONLY the following resources. Do not use anything else, as this will result in a grade deduction:
Your response to the question that you select should be written in essay format. There should be a clear introduction with a thesis, body paragraphs (how many is up to you), and a brief conclusion. Your essayshould be between 1200 and 1400 words, not including your References Cited page. Note that all in-text citations ARE included in this word count. Please ensure that your proofread your paper before submitting it as marks are allocated for spelling, grammar, etc. You cannot use slang or contractions (eg. don’t, won’t); treat this as a formal paper. Your paper is due by 11 p.m. on June 12. Once you upload, log out of Avenue and then log back in to make sure it attached properly. Submissions of incorrect files will not be graded. Your response will be filtered through turnitin.com once it is uploaded to Avenue.
Select TWO academic articles/scholarly sources (ie. a journal article, article in an edited volume) that discuss one example of a third gender in a particular society (eg. hijra, Two spirit, fa’afafine – remember that transgender (in our society) is NOT the same as third gender, so do not use this as an example). Using these articles, relevant information about gender/third gender from your text, and other course material, outline how and why this particular example of a third gender challenges notions of gender binarisms/dualities (if they exist in this society) and/or mainstream ideas about gender in this society (ie. the society you are exploring…eg. Indian gender norms if doing hijras)? What does the existence of recognized third genders in societies such as the one you explore say about the concept of gender and how we (as anthropologists/anthropology students) understand this concept?Your response should be in essay format, between 1200 and 1400 words. You do NOT need a title page. You also do not need to put your name on your paper as we will see your identity once you upload to Avenue. Please upload your response as a Word or PDF to the Avenue Drop Box by 11 p.m. June 12. Once you upload, log out of Avenue and then log back in to make sure it attached properly. Submissions of incorrect files will not be graded. Your response will be filtered through turnitin.com once it is uploaded to Avenue.
Choice 3: Neanderthals
In class, we discuss how, in 2018, archaeologists discovered that Neanderthals, and not humans, were likely responsible for pictographs discovered in Spain (refer to lecture on this), and see this article:
Do further scholarly (not popular articles, like online blogs, magazines, etc) research on this issue. Scholarly research includes articles by academics, like journal articles. Using ONE scholarly source (do not use more than one scholarly article – marks will be deducted if you do), class material, plus the National Geographic article listed above, discuss three reasons why this is an important finding, and discuss what it might highlight about Neanderthals and their culture.Your response should be in essay format, between 1200 and 1400 words. You do NOT need a title page. You also do not need to put your name on your paper as we will see your identity once you upload to Avenue. Please upload your response as a Word or PDF to the Avenue Drop Box by 11 p.m. June 12. Once you upload, log out of Avenue and then log back in to make sure it attached properly. Submissions of incorrect files will not be graded. Your response will be filtered through turnitin.com once it is uploaded to Avenue.
No title page: You do NOT need a title page, and you do not need to put your name, student number, or page numbers on your paper. We can tell who you are on Avenue’s Dropbox.
FONT, SPACING and MARGINS: Please use Times New Roman or Arial 12-point font with 1-inch (2.5 cm) margins. Your paper should be double spaced, and it should be in Word or PDF format only. We cannot open page files on Avenue.
MSAF/Extensions: Unfortunately, this assignment cannot be MSAF’d because it is worth more than 25%. As per McMaster policy, any required work worth 25% or more cannot be MSAF’d. If you cannot complete this assignment due to medical or other compelling reasons, then please contact your faculty office (with any relevant documentation) to see if they can issue you an MSAF exception. For SAS students – if you are registered with SAS and you have accommodations for extensions, then please speak with the professor if you wish to request an extension.
Due date/time: by 11 p.m. to the Avenue Drop Box. Upload a single file (this must include your paper and Ref. Cited page) in Word or PDF format only to Avenue’s drop box. Then log out. Log back into Avenue to make sure it is there. If not, then upload it again. It is your responsibility to ensure that your paper is uploaded on time.
Use of first person: it is okay to occasionally use first person (eg. “I”) in anthropology papers, but only do so when you are making a supported argument. In other words, any opinion that you express should be backed up by citations/the work of others.
Late penalties: 10% off per 24 hour period or part thereof late. So, for instance, if your paper is 2 hours late, then 10% is taken off.
Word count penalties: If you go over the word count, then 10/50 marks will be deducted from your paper. 10/50 marks will also be deducted if you are under 1200 words (remember these word limits DO NOT INCLUDE the Ref. cited page but they DO include all in text citations).
Citation Style: In this class, we are using APA. There are no endnotes or footnotes with this system. You must include in-text citations and a reference list in APA style. You may also use and integrate additional relevant and reliable sources. If you are unsure, please contact your TA. There are various library resources available to help you learn to cite correctly (e.g., http://libguides.mcmaster.ca/APA and Purdue Owl)
Scholarly Journal Article:
Smith, A.B. (2018). Evolution and physical anthropology: new findings. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 127(1), 345-347.
Keenleyside, A., & Lazenby, R. (2015). A human voyage: Exploring biological anthropology. Toronto: Nelson Education.
Lecture (note that below is a SAMPLE lecture – the lecture title is on the syllabus):
McGarry, K. (2020). Evolution: Facts, proofs, theories, & myths [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from http://avenue.mcmaster.ca
Remember: only cite lecture info that is not in the textbook.
ANYTHING taken from our main textbook should be cited in your Ref. cited page like this:
Dufour, L. et al., (2016). McMaster University Custom Edition Introduction to Anthropology: Sex, Food and Death. Toronto: Oxford University Press.
In-text (parenthetical citations) – these are the citations that you use in your essay. Note that we do not use endnotes or footnotes in anthropology. Follow directions here:
Word count: Note that in-text citations counttoward the 1200-1400 word count, but the bibliography does not.
In-text citations and sources 10
-use of proper in text style
– in-text citations inproper format
-all works cited appropriately
-no citations missing
-appropriate use and placement of citations
-citations should not act as“fillers” – ie. No long citations to
take up space
USE OF COURSE MATERIAL – you must cite relevant class material and this includes (where relevant) the textbook, lectures, supplementary films shown or assigned to the class, etc.
References Cited page 5
-all sources listed alphabetically by author last name
-all sources in proper format
-all sources cited in your work must be listed in Ref. Cited
-references are single spaced with a space between each author entry
-key terms/ideas outlined and defined in
anthropological terms (ie. Do not use Wikipedia,
encyclopedias, random internet sites, etc.) throughout paper
-all opinions are INFORMED opinions
-evidence of critical thinking – this means that you understand course
material and can apply it to answer your question
-relevant choice of specified external source(s), and student shows evidence of a
nuanced understanding of it/them
-student shows evidence of having done readings thoroughly and closely by
integrating relevant examples, etc.
Style and Organization 10
-no grammatical problems
-absolutely no spelling errors
-no redundant/repetitive writing
-writing style is clear, eloquent and concise
Total 50 points divided by 2 = x/25
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