Final Project

The Final Project is your opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the material presented in this course. It consists of two parts: a five-page paper and a digital poster that present an anthropological perspective on a specific cultural ‘community’. For the purpose of the project, ‘community’ is broadly defined as a social group sharing a learned culture.  This can include a religious community, an online community, an activist community, a tribal community, a professional association, etc. It is extremely important, however, that the community is narrowly focused (ie to a precise geographic area such as a city or village, membership, etc) in order to address the unique social and historical circumstances that have shaped the experiences of that cultural community and contribute to diversity. This is covered in the Households & Families section as the ‘Myth of Community’ in the second module. If you have any doubts, it is always best to propose your selected community in the Class Communication discussion forum on Blackboard prior to working on your project.

The five-page paper should be in 12 point, Times New Roman Font, double-spaced with one-inch margins. It will be graded according to: 1.) grammar, structure and writing style, 2.) use of material (terms & concepts) presented in the course, 3.) content  and 4.) formatting and use of academic references.  It is best to familiarize yourself and use the citation style that is recognized in your discipline. Failure to include citations or terms and concepts from the course will result in an automatic ‘0’.

Paper Structure







Citations: Must have in-text referencing and at least three of five sources must be scholarly sources – Wikipedia is NOT scholarly. For useful tips about writing, research and scholarly citations, visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab known as Purdue Owl. For formatting your bibliography, visit: You may use any style, as long as it is consistent throughout your paper. Please note that the cover page and reference page do not count toward the five-page minimum.

Final projects must be turned in via Blackboard before their specified due date and time. Late assignments will not be accepted. 

Digital Poster

The digital poster is a visual presentation of your five-page paper. It must ‘stand alone’, meaning that the viewer should be able to understand it without your presence to explain or supplement the information. Students are free to select the software program that they are most familiar with (Powerpoint, Word, Adobe, Prezi) to create the poster, but it must be saved as a .jpg image.  As noted in the syllabus, excellent posters will be included on this course website unless otherwise notified in writing before the assignment deadline. Visit the Poster Tutorial on this website and review previous student work in the gallery.

Posters will be graded according to: 

1.) grammar, organization and writing style,

2.) use of material presented in the course,

3.) content ,

4.) use of academic references, and

5.) design and aesthetics.

Note that all images, charts and graphs must have references – ‘Google Images’ is not a proper reference.