Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Anthropology Courses


ANTH 1210
ANTH 1210
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
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A general introduction to cultural anthropology. The course is a survey of the main features of nonindustrial societies in various parts of the world. Subjects to be considered are: economy, political organization, kinship and marriage, forms of religious devotion. Required Seminar: ANTH 1210S
ANTH 2140
ANTH 2140
Canadian Native Peoples (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
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An introduction to the present situation of Canada's Indians, Metis and Inuit, interpreted on the basis of contemporary and historical political, economic and cultural developments. Major topics include: the Indian Act, the reserve system, land claims, directed culture change, social consequences of paternalism.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1210 recommended but not required Required Seminar: ANTH 2140S
ANTH 2150
ANTH 2150
Cultural Explorations (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
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An advanced introduction to cultural anthropology, this course examines how anthropologists describe the societies they study, and the conclusions they draw. Case studies to be used may include books as well as ethnographic films depicting the cultural diversity of the modern world.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1210 recommended but not required Required Seminar: ANTH 2150S
ANTH 2250
ANTH 2250
Sex, Gender and Culture (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
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A cross cultural survey of the different ways in which a biological condition (sex) is transformed into a cultural status. A central issue concerns the question whether there are 'natural' male and female behaviours that are expressed regardless of local cultural influences.
Prerequisite: ARCH 1110/ANTH 1210 recommended but not required Required Seminar: ANTH 2250S
ANTH 2600
ANTH 2600
Minorities in the Modern World (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
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An introduction to the anthropological study of minorities, with special reference to the present position of indigenous peoples around the world. Case studies from North America, Europe, Asia, Russia and Oceania illuminate the concepts of genocide, ethnocide, pluralism and multiculturalism.
Prerequisite: ARCH 1110/ANTH 1210 recommended but not required Required Seminar: ANTH 2600S
ANTH 3000
ANTH 3000
Current Issues in Cultural Anthropology (3,0,0) or (3,0,0)(3,0,0)
Credits: 6
Campus
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SOAN
The study of selected areas and communities drawn from around the world with an emphasis on problems of cross- cultural comparison and on theoretical issues of current importance in the discipline.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1210
ANTH 3030
ANTH 3030
The European Orient: Balkans, Russia and Eastern Europe (3,0,0) or (3,0,0)(3,0,0)
Credits: 6
Campus
AR
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A specialized survey of the cultures shaping Central and Eastern Europe including Russia. Primary areas of concern are the interplay between peasant and national culture and between ethnic and political identity.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1210 or SOCI 1110/1210 or POLI 1210
Note: Different culture areas or regions may be selected in subsequent offerings of the course. Same course as POLI 3070
ANTH 3270
ANTH 3270
First Nations Natural Resource Management (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
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A review of historical and contemporary issues shaping Aboriginal peoples' relationship to their lands and resources and the impact of governmental policies on this relationship. Topics will include the Indian Act, traditional aboriginal views of resource management, treaties, and analysis of current policies on resource management and aboriginal life.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1210 Required Seminar: ANTH 3270S
ANTH 3280
ANTH 3280
Indigenous Peoples in Comparative Perspective (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
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This course takes a cross-cultural comparative approach to the study of contemporary Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous Peoples constitute a diverse range of groups throughout the world. What they have in common is the shared experience of colonization. Recognizing the diversity of Indigenous Peoples throughout the world, this course will explore both those experiences shared between groups, and those unique to local contexts.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1210 and 60 credits, or permission of the instructor
ANTH 3390
ANTH 3390
***Special Topics in Anthropology (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
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This is a variable content course intended to provide topics beyond those of regular departmental offerings. The course will be offered from time-to-time, and may make use of the specializations of visiting faculty.
Prerequisite: Check with the department Chairperson regarding prerequisites, as they may vary from offering to offering
ANTH 4000
ANTH 4000
History of Anthropology (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
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The development of the major approaches in anthropology in their institutional contexts.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1210 and ARCH 1110 or 1190
ANTH 4010
ANTH 4010
Native Peoples of North America (3,0,0) or (3,0,0)(3,0,0)
Credits: 6
Campus
AR
SOAN
Native cultures of the United States and Canada; linguistic and cultural relationships; the culture of reserves and the reserve system in both countries.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1210 or permission of the instructor Required Seminar: ANTH 4010S
ANTH 4030
ANTH 4030
Field School in East/Central Europe (3,0,0)
Credits: 6
Campus
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This course offers an introduction to the societies and cultures of East/Central Europe by way of a month-long field trip. The itinerary includes rural and urban locations in several countries that lend themselves to an ethnographic examination of the ethnic relations, religions, economies, and politics shaping the buffer zone between the European East and West.
Note: Same course as POLI 4030 and SOCI 4030
ANTH 4040
ANTH 4040
People and Cultures of the North American Arctic (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
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This course introduces the North American sub-Arctic, Arctic, and High Arctic as discrete cultural regions. Surveying the historical, ecological and cultural diversity of the Arctic, this course reviews anthropological perspectives on the past and present lives and experiences of indigenous peoples who have made the high latitudes their home for millenia. This course documents patterns of social organisation among Inuit, Dene, and Metis with a secondary focus directed towards recent economic, political, and cultural trends in the region resulting from European contact, colonisation, and political devolution.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1210 and third or fourth-year standing in Arts Required Seminar: ANTH 4040S
ANTH 4050
ANTH 4050
Canadian Status/Treaty Indian Reserve Communities (2,1,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
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This course will present Canadian reserve communities as distinct societies. A survey of status Indian reserve communities across Canada, this course chronicles the origin of the numbered reserve system historically by introducing the Indian Act, Registered Indians, and the numbered treaty process. It surveys the variety of reserve communities nationally, as well as documenting present-day reserve conditions from the point of view of social scientists and Native writers alike.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1210 and third or fourth-year standing in Arts Required Seminar: ANTH 4050S
ANTH 4150
ANTH 4150
Religion and Society (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
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Comparative study of religious beliefs and practices; relations between religious, social and political institutions; religion as a force for stability as well as change.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1210 or SOCI 1110/1210
Note: SOCI 1110/1210 means not either/or, but both.
ANTH 4330
ANTH 4330
Directed Studies (3,0,0) or (3,0,0)(3,0,0)
Credits: 6
Campus
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General reading and/or a research undertaking, with the agreement, and under the supervision, of a Department faculty member selected by the student. No more than 6 credits of Directed Studies may be taken for credit towards a degree.
ANTH 4600
ANTH 4600
Cultural Ecology and Evolution (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
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Social organization in the context of the theoretical approaches of cultural evolution and cultural ecology with particular emphasis on primitive societies: kinship, political organization, warfare, economic organization, peasant societies, religious movements, underdevelopment, and social change.

Field Courses (ANTH 3060, ANTH 4030)