Gathering terms from the essay topics

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You have a list of essay topics to consider.  Pull out the main concepts from each suggested topic.  These will become your search terms.

  • What is the relationship between language and early human tool use?
  • What role does kinship play in human society?
  • What is underdevelopment?
  • Is race a true genetic reality or a social one?
  • What was the impact of Indian Residential Schools on the First Peoples of Canada?
  • What are the challenges of an official policy of multiculturalism in Canada?
  • Why do good ethics underpin good research in anthropology?
  • Why is art an important component of a culture?
  • What is the relationship between language and identity?
  • Is the culture concept still relevant to the discipline of anthropology?
  • What role can archaeology play in modern issues?
  • Why did states emerge in some areas and not others?
  • How has evolutionary theory been misapplied in anthropology?
  • Apply some recent findings to support or refute on medical grounds, Jared Diamond’s often-quoted statement that: “The adoption of agriculture, supposedly our most decisive step toward a better life, was in many ways a catastrophe from which we have never recovered.” 
  • Discuss approaches to dealing with addictions, particularly for at-risk populations – what role can anthropology play?
  • What is traditional knowledge?  What role does it play in Western society?
  • What is the relationship between the modern school system and the Industrial system?

Consider how you might put together these concepts.  For instance, some are compound terms: phrases, such as

  • "traditional knowledge"
  • "western society"
  • "residential schools"

In most cases you will want to combine more than one concept together, and you may want to offer alternate words for a given term (eg. kinship is related to family and agriculture is related to farming).  For ways to construct good searches see the Keyword Searching page.

Content last updated: December 12, 2018