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PRIMATE STUDIES (Anthro. B22Y Intro, Two Semesters)
Frances Burton, University of Toronto


PRIMATE STUDIES (Anthro. B22Y Intro, Two Semesters)
      
      	Instructor:	
      	Frances Burton
      	Department of Anthropology
      	University of Toronto
      	Scarborough Campus
      	1265 Military Trail
      	Scarborough, ONT M1C 1A4
      	CANADA
      	Telephone: 416-287-7345
      	Email: burton@lake.scar.utoronto.ca
      
      
      
      BACKGROUND
      
      The majority of my students are heading towards careers other than 
      zoology or anthropology; most of them will not be working as researchers. 
      This course is intended to enable students to learn something about 
      primates, primate studies, and research in the contemporary context of 
      diminishing populations. As a course in Anthropology, the emphasis is on 
      social processes and how to attempt to understand them as well as their 
      relevance to hominization. There is a theme for each semester culminating 
      in a student presentation: in the first semester, it is conservation and 
      in the second semester, well-being in captivity. Lectures cover basic 
      information on non-human primates which is supported and supplemented by 
      readings. Films and videos are extensively used so that individual 
      species' behaviour itself can be the focus as an adjunct to compendia and 
      analyses of behaviours as is given in text chapters or journal articles. 
      Students are encouraged to find out for themselves in the library and 
      Metro Toronto Zoo. The basic skills for this are covered in the course. 
      Zoo data is analysed and compared with the literature to be presented to 
      the class and subsequently handed in as a paper. 
      
      
      ASSIGNMENTS AND EVALUATION
      
      SEMESTER ONE:
      Project: Conservation or well-being 40%
      part a. species profile 10
      part b. paper 20
      part c. seminar 10
      
      SEMESTER TWO:
      Project: Zoo project 40
      part a. data exercise 10
      part b. paper 20
      part c. seminar 10
      
      Final 20 [includes identification 20 species from CD Rom]
      
      SEMESTER ONE:
      
      PROJECT - conservation or well-being 40%
      Part I. The Species profile -library work
      The species [review recent literature on disc; basic
      information on the CDROM: MULTIMEDIA GUIDE TO THE NON-HUMAN
      PRIMATES.]
      
      Task: [a] To gain expertise on a species through using the Multimedia Guide.
      [b] To locate on the library's CDs RECENT MATERIAL
      [BEGINNING WITH 1995 BACK TO 1992] on the species
      you have chosen.
      [c] Group the abstracts according to the
      categories used in THE GUIDE.
      [d] Consider this material and discuss. You might
      summarize what is new and where this recent
      information changes the view on this species, or
      note what kinds of information is currently being
      emphasized, etc.
      
      Part II. The paper: 20 pages (double spaced) [25%]
      TASK: [a] You may choose to focus on conservation OR
      well-being in captivity.
      [b] The paper is to be organized according to the 
      following:
      1. the problem
      2. the issues pertaining
      3. the primate: its needs [see Part I:
      species profile]
      4. possible solutions
      5. conclusions
      
      DETAILS:
      The problem [an introduction: your statement of the prob. as
      a function of your thinking and reading]
      The issues pertaining [a discussion flowing from above]
      The primate-its needs; the literature [focus on the species 
      chosen as well as literature on that primate's needs. 
      Possible solutions - the literature
      Conclusions
      
      SEMESTER TWO:
      
      Project at ZOO or VIDEO project 35
      
      IDEAS FOR PROJECTS at the Metro Toronto zoo:
      
      1. Group size and composition
      2. Eye contact
      3. Supplantation
      4. Nearest neighbour
      5. Use of space
      6. Adoption in the orang group
      7. Growth and development of the marmoset babies
      8. Social structure in the mandrills
      
      IDEAS FOR VIDEO PROJECT (the monkeys of Kowloon)
      
      
      A.Monkey relations to humans
      B.Human relations to monkeys
      C.Soil eating
      D.Finding a kin unit: establishing criteria
      E.Following an individual overtime.
      
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      ANTHROPOLOGY B22Y: Primate Studies Monday 9-12
      Prof. Burton H424 (287-7345)
      
      Please note: videos and films are shown most every Monday in the first
      hour.
      
      SEMESTER ONE
      
      Sept 11 1. Intro: scope, purpose,
      activities,requirements-research; the field;
      the primates
      Sept 18 2. The GUIDE: check "ZOO group" MEET IN 
      MACINTOSH LAB
      Sept 25 3. The Zoo: who is there; cages; age, sex
      Oct 2 4. Species, distrib., habitat....conservation
      Oct 9 HOLIDAY T H A N K S G I V I N G
      Oct 16 5. Conservation: Guest speaker Zena Toos: the 
      guenons in Nigeria
      Oct 23 6. The group: types of social structures
      Oct 30 7. Socialization and the life cycle
      Nov 6 8. Reproduction
      Nov 13 9. The monkeys of Huashan & Cano Palma:ecotourism
      Nov 20 10. Continued
      Nov 27 11. Seminars
      Dec 4 12. Seminars
      
      LAST DAY OF CLASSES DEC 08
      
      SEMESTER TWO.
      
      Jan 08 The monkeys of Kowloon & Gibraltar: synanthropy
      15 Continued
      22 Diet: specialists or omnivores? 
      29 Communication
      Feb 05 Ape Language
      12 Cultural processes
      19 Methods: how we know what we know; how we can know
      26 Doing the Zoo project: computer lab
      Mar 05 Zoo observations
      12 READING WEEK
      13 Zoo observations [bring data collated into sheets
      for next week]
      26 Processing information: computer lab. Inputting data
      Apr 02 Results of zoo exercise
      Apr 06 Seminars
      Apr 12 Seminars LAST DAY OF CLASSES:PAPERS DUE
      
      Texts.
      
      Required:
      
      Jolly, A. 1985. The Evolution of Primate Behavior
      
      Recommended
      
      Paterson, J. 1992. Primate Behaviour: An Exercise Workbook.
      Smuts et al. 1988. Primate Societies
      Richard, A. 1988. Primates in Nature
      Burton [ed]. 1992. Social Processes and Mental Abilities in Non-human
      primates.
      
      One of the following is required.
      
      Burton, F.D. and M. Eaton 1995. The Multimedia Guide to the Non Human
      Primates: CD Rom with user's guide and a print version. Prentice Hall.
      Burton, F.D. 1995. Print Version: The Multimedia Guide to the Non Human
      Primates. Prentice Hall.
      
      
      
      VIDEO SHOWN IN THIS COURSE
      
      Survey of the Primates or equivalent 
      The Third Angel "Birute" 
      Poor Little Rich Boy: Monkeys of Cayo
      The Nature of Things: Shirley Strum -Baboons
      Lemurs-Madagascar video 
      Raw footage - Huashan; Costa Rica
      Barbary Apes
      Feeding and Food Sharing 
      Washoe or Ape Lang. 
      People of the Forest [chimps]