Undergraduate
Message from the Academic Advisor, Department of Anthropology

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Dear anthropology students,

Welcome back after a long, hot summer!
A special welcome to all first year anthropology majors: As you embark on your journey in anthropology, you will acquire new knowledge about different cultures, as well as new perspectives of the world. To many of us, this is a challenge to our values and taken-for-granted understanding of people and things around us. My first advice for you is to bring an open mind, and enjoy being challenged as an intellectual. Surely the styles of learning and teaching here are different from those in the secondary school environment, but we are all here to learn. So, work with your fellow students, and never feel shy asking your teaching assistants and teachers. Your ideas are always welcome.

Academic Counseling
All new students should attend the Academic Counseling Session on 12 August 2016. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about the study program. There is no formal counseling session for continuing students, but if you have any questions about the study program, ask your academic advisor, or email me.
Every major student is assigned to a teacher who serves as your academic advisor during your study here. Please do visit her/him regularly—you may talk about anything that is of concern to you, but you don’t have to have a problem to see your advisor. Just drop by to say hi, or arrange a time to have lunch or afternoon tea. Your advisor is happy to see you!

General Advice for Students
All first-year anthropology majors (including transfer-in and senior-year students) should take the required courses ANTH 1010 Humans and Culture, ANTH 1100 Understanding Anthropology, and ANTH 1710 Understanding Archaeology in their first year.

First-year students in the four year program should not take the required courses ANTH 2110 Anthropological Theory, ANTH 2210 Anthropological Field Methods, or 3000-level required courses. These courses are for 2nd year students and above. First-year students are welcome to take 2000-level elective courses, but are not encouraged to take 3000-level elective courses, since you may not have the appropriate background for these courses.

Note that some required courses, such as ANTH 2110 Anthropological Theory, ANTH 2200 World Ethnography, ANTH 2210 Anthropological Field Methods, ANTH 3380 Economy, Culture and Power, and ANTH 3630 Language, Symbols and Society, are offered once every two years. You will need to plan your study program accordingly. See the study scheme here. For students going on overseas exchange programs, the Department can be flexible in these requirements, but still, you are responsible for planning your own study program carefully.
Generally speaking, 2000-level courses are designed for 2nd year students, 3000-level courses are designed for 3rd year students, and 4000-level courses are designed for 3rd and 4th year students. Second-year students are allowed to take 3000/4000-level courses, but may find them difficult. We recommend that you take 1000-level courses in your 1st year, 2000- and 3000-level courses in your 2nd year, and 3000-4000 level courses in your 3rd and 4th years.

You are free to take elective courses following your own interests. As an anthropology major, you may select courses to fulfill one or more of the 7 concentrations:

  1. Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
  2. Culture and Human Relations
  3. Chinese Cultures and Societies
  4. Food, Health and the Body
  5. Globalization
  6. Tourism and Cultural Representation 
  7. Values, Beliefs and Worldviews

Aside from the courses listed, other courses may also fit these concentrations. Please consult with your academic advisor.

Final Year Project (ANTH4300 and ANTH4301)
The Final Year Project is a year-long project carried out independently by final year students, under the supervision of a teacher. This is a required, capstone course which showcases what you have learned in the anthropology program — your knowledge in theories, field methods, and your interests in the social and cultural issues that you have learned about in different courses, will form the basis of this project.
To allow enough time to plan and carry out the FYP, all final year students should approach teachers as early as possible to discuss their intended project. Registration of ANTH4300 and 4301 will be handled by the Department Office. Students should fill out the registration form for these two courses and submit it to the Department Office before the deadline in order to avoid delays in graduation. For details see: http://arts.cuhk.edu.hk/~ant/en/fyp.php
The FYP projects are formally presented in an annual Undergraduate Student Forum at the end of the academic year. Students of all years are welcome and highly encouraged to attend this Forum. This is the opportunity to learn about the projects that your fellow students have done. Come see their presentations and give them your support!

Final year students who intend to apply to the M.Phil. in Anthropology Program in January 2017 should have completed their Final Year Project report by then, so that it can be considered in the admissions process.

Friday Seminars
The Friday Seminars Series brings the most up-to-date research in anthropology to the Department. It is open to the public, and all anthropology undergraduate students are encouraged to take part. Check here to see the update list of seminars for this year.

Virtual Museum
The Virtual Museum is an on-line exhibition of the Anthropology Department Collection, which serves as a teaching aid and a basis for research. This is a unique collection of items brought back from summer field trips over the years or from teachers’ own research. Some interesting exhibits include Tibetan masks, ethnic minority costumes and utensils, and archeological replicas. Just click on the VM icon at the bottom right of the Department Homepage and have a go. Visit the Monthly Feature regularly to see what’s new. You may even find ideas for an academic paper!

New Information for 2016-2017
New Class in Fall 2016!
ANTH3780 Archaeological Field Methods / Prof. Mick Atha

The above course will be counted in the new minor programme: Minor in Archaeology, please click here to learn more about this new minor programme.

Multiple Sections
Several of the popular courses are offered in both fall and spring semesters:
ANTH1010 Humans and Culture: English (fall);
ANTH2410 Chinese Culture and Society: English (fall & spring), Mandarin (fall);
ANTH1020 Anthropology: The Study of Cultures [Faculty Package]: English (fall),  English (spring).

Finally, enjoy the rest of your summer, and read lots of anthropology books!
Prof. Maria Tam
Undergraduate Academic Advisor

July 2016