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ANTH 100s


ANTH 100 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014704
Introduction to Anthropology
Anthropology aims at understanding what it is to be human and to examine how humanity is manifested in the diversity of cultures and societies across time and space. This course gives the student an overview of the breadth of anthropology and orients them toward thinking anthropologically in our shared worlds.
Antireq: ANTH 101 and ANTH 102

ANTH 200s


ANTH 201 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003396
Introduction to Archaeology
An introduction to the working assumptions, analytic approaches, and integrative and descriptive methods of archaeological anthropology.
(Cross-listed with CLAS 221)

ANTH 202 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003399
Social and Cultural Anthropology
This course introduces students to fundamental principles of social and cultural anthropology through the reading of ethnographies and supplementary materials as well as the study of films. It examines how anthropologists have used ethnographic approaches to explore the challenges of colonialism, nationalism, genocide, and globalization.

ANTH 204 LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 014705
Biological Anthropology
This course surveys the lines of inquiry in biological anthropology, including evolutionary theory, anthropological genetics, primatology, hominin fossil record, osteology and skeletal biology, and modern human biocultural adaptations. A laboratory component provides students an experiential approach to the material.
Antireq: ANTH 260

ANTH 221 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015376
Language and Society
This course introduces students to the study of language and culture. Topics covered include language socialization, narrative, the politics of multilingualism, and hate speech.
Antireq: ARTS 290 taken Fall 2014, ANTH 400 taken Fall 2016

ANTH 222 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015489
Anthropologies of the Body
Drawing upon diverse anthropological perspectives, this course takes a holistic biocultural approach to exploring what human bodies are, what they are used for, by whom, for what purposes, and how we come to know such things.

ANTH 233 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003422
Inuit Cultures
An examination of Inuit and Eskimo cultures of Alaska, Canada, and Greenland from their prehistoric origins to the present. Administrative systems imposed upon the Inuit and Eskimo will be analyzed and compared, as will the contemporary problems these communities face.
Prereq: Level at least 2A

ANTH 241 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015375
Food as Culture
The course addresses the topic of food from an anthropological perspective. It examines how the acquisition of food has shaped human biology and forms of social organization. Topics examined include the relationship of food to colonialism, political economy, ritual, and taboo.

ANTH 245 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015579
Anthropology of Education
This course examines anthropological approaches to the study of education. Topics include classroom discourse, social reproduction, development, citizenship, power, and governmentality.

ANTH 261 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003427
Primate Behaviour
An introduction to the behaviour of non-human primates and its relevance to human evolution. Topics will include social organization, ecology, conservation, and communication, as well as the history of primate studies.

ANTH 272 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003945
Issues in Contemporary Native Communities in Canada
An examination of First Nations and Métis cultures and cultural development from the perspective of local native communities. The course will feature lectures, discussions, and occasional guest speakers representative of the wider native community.
Antireq: ANTH 370
(Cross-listed with NATST 272)
Also offered Online

ANTH 289 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015580
Special Topics in Anthropology
Analysis of a special topic in anthropology, as announced by the department.
[Note: This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of two times.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A

ANTH 290 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003432
Visual Anthropology
This course examines relations between culture and vision, the history of photography in anthropological research, and ethnographic film and its ethical implications. Topics include the roles of museums and representation, indigenous media, advocacy, and activism.

ANTH 300s


ANTH 300 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003433
Practicing Anthropology
Thinking anthropologically means bringing observations and empirical findings into a dialogue with theoretical approaches. This course explores how anthropologists have developed the methods they use, considers how they interpret their findings through such lenses as functionalism and structuralism, and examines how they formulate critiques of fieldwork.
Prereq: ANTH 202

ANTH 302 LEC,TUT 0.50Course ID: 013559
Anthropology of Violence: Political Conflict and Change
In this course, we explore anthropological perspectives on political violence and conflict. Emphasis will be placed on developing an anthropological understanding of structural, direct, and symbolic violence, memorialization and recovery, and the conduct of fieldwork in violent contexts.
Prereq: ANTH 202

ANTH 303 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013560
Anthropology of Digital Media
This course examines diverse forms of digital media and associated practices anthropologically and inquires into the social orders and cultural assumptions that sustain them or are themselves sustained by them. Topics include social media, virtual worlds, and hacker activism.
Prereq: ANTH 202

ANTH 305 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014127
Paleopathology of Health and Disease
This course introduces students to the identification and interpretation of skeletal evidence for disease, ancient and modern concepts of health and disease, and current clinical interpretations of skeletal pathologies. Topics include pathology in archaeological remains and the process of developing a differential diagnosis of skeletal lesions.
Prereq: ANTH 204 or ANTH 260 prior to Winter 2015

ANTH 309 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003401
The Archaeology of North America
This course examines past Aboriginal lifeways in North America north of Mexico from the time of earliest settlement to contact with Europeans. It provides a broad survey of space-time systematics as well as conceptual, methodological, and ethical issues relevant to study of the North American archaeological record.
[Note: Formerly ANTH 203]
Prereq: ANTH 201/CLAS 221.
Antireq: ANTH 203

ANTH 311 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003440
Anthropology of Religion
This course examines how religion has been studied as an object of anthropological inquiry. Topics may include ritual, magic, witchcraft, symbolism, cosmology, the relation between beliefs and practices, as well as the mutual influences of religion, politics, nationalism, and socioeconomic change.
(Cross-listed with RS 361)

ANTH 320 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003445
Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology
Detailed consideration of prehistoric cultural developments from earliest toolmaking to the transition to agriculture. An examination of the human mode of adaptation and the increasing complexity of cultural systems among prehistoric hunters and gatherers. Areas and periods of emphasis will vary from year to year.
Prereq: ANTH 201/CLAS 221

ANTH 321 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003446
Archaeology of Complex Cultures
Cultural development from the agricultural revolution to the rise of literacy. Special attention to the development of agriculture as a means of subsistence and to the rise of early civilization. Areas and periods of emphasis will vary from year to year.
Prereq: ANTH 201/CLAS 221
(Cross-listed with CLAS 321)

ANTH 322 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003448
The Archaeology of the Great Lakes Area
An in-depth study of the archaeological evidence for prehistoric cultures in the Great Lakes area from their arrival ca. 11,000 years ago to the coming of Europeans. Cultural ecology and cultural evolution will be stressed.
Prereq: ANTH 201/CLAS 221

ANTH 330 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003452
Environmental Anthropology
This course examines the relationships between environments and human societies, focusing on the nature/culture divide and social and economic organization. Topics may include politics and practice, the influence of globalization, and regional perspectives.
[Note: Instructor consent required for non-Arts students.]
Prereq: ANTH 202

ANTH 335 LEC 0.50Course ID: 009883
Arctic Archaeology
A detailed examination of the prehistoric development of human adaptations to the Inuit-Eskimo region of Arctic North America, eastern Siberia, and Greenland. Topics covered will include the ecology of the Arctic and the culture history of the peoples who first colonized the region as revealed by archaeological research.
Prereq: One of ANTH 201/CLAS 221, ANTH 233

ANTH 345 PRJ 0.50Course ID: 003460
Directed Research in Anthropology
This course provides selected students with an opportunity to work (up to a maximum of eight hours per week over one term) as apprentices with a specific instructor on a research project in which the instructor is currently engaged.
[Note: This is a non-paid position and may not be combined with sponsored research positions. Previous or external research experiences will not meet the criteria for this course. This course is offered on a credit/non-credit basis only.]
Instructor Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 3A Honours Anthropology

ANTH 347 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011871
Medical Anthropology
This course teaches students the fundamentals of anthropological approaches to illness, health, medicine, and bioethics. It covers the history of medical anthropology as well as major movements, debates, and current topics. Topics include cross-cultural healing systems, social suffering, and concerns raised by new biomedical technologies and within global health.
Prereq: ANTH 202

ANTH 348 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013324
Anthropology of Tourism
This course examines the nature of tourism as cross-cultural contact and critiques the phenomena of mass travel and globalized tourism. The various perspectives of anthropologists and tourists in understanding culture will be explored.

ANTH 350 LEC 0.50Course ID: 003461
Anthropology of Gender
This course examines anthropological perspectives on variations in gender roles and systems through the comparison of ethnographies. Topics include the relationship of gender to social organization, sexuality, economic and political processes, belief systems, and social movements.
Prereq: ANTH 202

ANTH 355 LAB,SEM 0.50Course ID: 009886
Human Osteology
A laboratory course in the anatomy and function of the human skeleton, with an emphasis on recovering and identifying skeletal remains from archaeological and forensic contexts.
[Note: Instructor consent required for non-Arts students.]
Prereq: ANTH 204 or ANTH 260 prior to Winter 2015

ANTH 361 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014128
Biocultural Examination of Primate Conservation
This course examines the science of conservation biology, with a focus on the Order Primates and discusses the primary threats to primates in the wild, such as habitat alteration and hunting. It also examines and evaluates competing conservation strategies, in light of their ramifications for both the human and nonhuman residents.
Prereq: ANTH 202, 261

ANTH 365 LEC,SEM 0.50Course ID: 003466
Human Evolution
This course reviews the evolutionary history of humans. It includes an examination of the hominin fossil record, evidence from genetic analyses, and behavioural inferences that have been drawn from nonhuman primate models. Emphasis is placed on the process of knowledge production and interpretation, and the representation of human evolution in the public realm.
Prereq: ANTH 204 or ANTH 260 prior to Winter 2015

ANTH 371 FLD,LEC 0.50Course ID: 012624
Anthropological Field Experience
This course features a combination of academic content and field experience.
[Note: Additional fees required.]
Department Consent Required

ANTH 372 FLD,LEC 0.50Course ID: 014707
Archaeological Field School
Data gathering techniques are studied and applied in field work on archaeological sites. Enrolment is limited.
[Note: Additional fees required.]
Department Consent Required

ANTH 381 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014706
Anthropology of South Asia
An introduction to culture and society in South Asia, focusing on caste, kinship, gender, religion, material culture, regional and national identity, ethnic conflict, globalization, and life in the diaspora.
Prereq: ANTH 202

ANTH 382 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014709
Anthropology of Contemporary China
This course explores cultural and social change in contemporary China, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, and global migration. Topics include politics, identity, medicine and disease, urbanization, food security, post-colonialism and transnationalism.
Prereq: ANTH 202

ANTH 389 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015581
Special Topics in Anthropology
Analysis of a special topic in anthropology, as announced by the department.
[Note: This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of two times.]
Prereq: Level at least 3A

ANTH 391 RDG 0.50Course ID: 003473
Reading in Anthropology
Student-initiated independent research on a selected topic. A high standard of written work is required.
[Note: This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of two times.]
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 3A Honours Anthropology

ANTH 395 FLD,LEC 0.50Course ID: 012749
Anthropological Study Abroad
This course features a combination of academic study and first-hand field study of cultures and visits to or work experience at museums and archaeological sites.
[Note: Field trip fee may be required.]
Instructor Consent Required
Prereq: at least 1.0 unit in Anthropology

ANTH 400s


ANTH 402 SEM 0.50Course ID: 013561
Palestine/Israel: Anthropological Perspectives
In this seminar, we explore contemporary ethnographies of Israel and Palestine. Emphasis will be placed on developing an anthropological understanding of historical and commemorative narratives, diaspora and exile communities, gender, political organization and the law, migrant labour, peace and human rights activism, and war.
Prereq: ANTH 202

ANTH 403 SEM 0.50Course ID: 013991
Anthropological Inquiry into the Origin of Language and Cultural Behaviour
This seminar course will explore the origins of language and cultural behaviour from a biological anthropology perspective, addressing the question of how the ability to produce a complex symbolic system evolved in humans. The course will integrate multiple fields of anthropological inquiry, including human and primate evolution, primate behaviour and cognition, and anthropological linguistics.
Prereq: ANTH 202; ANTH 204 or 260 prior to Winter 2015

ANTH 415 SEM 0.50Course ID: 015097
Archaeologies of Landscape
This course examines the ways in which past peoples experienced, transformed, remembered, represented, and controlled landscapes. Readings and discussions emphasize both contemporary theoretical approaches and case studies from various settings in an effort to illuminate the social, political, economic, and ideological dimensions of landscape.
Prereq: ANTH 201/CLAS 221.
Antireq: ANTH 400 taken Winter 2015, Fall 2015

ANTH 430 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014710
Anthropology of Science
Science is constituted by practices which are inevitably social and cultural. This course considers the role of science and scientific expertise in contemporary issues of new technology, biomedicine, and environmental conflict.
Prereq: ANTH 202

ANTH 440 LAB,SEM 0.50Course ID: 009885
Archaeological Analysis and Interpretation
A study of contemporary archaeological method and theory, with emphasis on the process of deriving inferences concerning past peoples and societies from different kinds of archaeological materials and data. Students will be required to carry out an analysis of an actual archaeological assemblage. Specific topics will vary from year to year.
Prereq: ANTH 201/CLAS 221

ANTH 447 SEM 0.50Course ID: 014711
Seminar in Medical Anthropology
This seminar course is a close examination of selected current topics within medical anthropology. It builds upon approaches and content from ANTH 347, and readings include at least two ethnographic manuscripts.
Prereq: ANTH 347

ANTH 455 LAB,LEC 0.50Course ID: 011982
Skeletal Biology and Forensics
This laboratory course focuses on the evaluation of human skeletal remains in archaeological and forensic contexts. Topics include determination of basic biological categories, e.g., age, sex, race, evaluation of paleopathological conditions, and aspects of forensic anthropology.
Prereq: ANTH 355

ANTH 465 SEM 0.50Course ID: 015374
Borders, Boundaries, and Crossings
This seminar covers anthropological perspectives on the relationship between state borders and socio-cultural boundaries (across race, gender, class, language, and religion). Readings include ethnographies about contested borders, border dwellers, and border crossers.
Prereq: ANTH 202.
Antireq: ANTH 400 (002) taken Fall 2015

ANTH 489 SEM 0.50Course ID: 003475
Special Topics in Anthropology
Analysis of a special topic in anthropology, as announced by the department.
[Note: This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of two times. Formerly ANTH 400.]
Prereq: Level at least 4A.
Antireq: ANTH 400

ANTH 498 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014712
Anthropology Capstone
This course explores themes of current anthropological research as they intersect across the major subfields of the discipline. Topics may vary.
[Note: The department Chair is Course Co-ordinator. This course cannot be substituted for other 400-level plan requirements. Course will be graded on a CR/NCR basis.]
Prereq: Level at least 4A; Anthropology majors only

ANTH 499A PRJ 0.50Course ID: 003489
Honours Essay
Directed reading and research in a selected area of anthropology inquiry.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Anthropology majors only; 80% cumulative ANTH average*

ANTH 499B PRJ 0.50Course ID: 003490
Honours Essay
Directed reading and research in a selected area of anthropology inquiry.
Department Consent Required
Prereq: Anthropology majors only; 80% cumulative ANTH average*