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Anthropology Courses


ANTH 1210 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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.
Prerequisite: None.
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ANTH 2140 Canadian Native Peoples (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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
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ANTH 2150 Cultural Explorations (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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.
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ANTH 2250 Sex, Gender and Culture (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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.
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ANTH 2600 Minorities in the Modern World (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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.
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ANTH 3000 Current Issues in Cultural Anthropology (3,0,0) or (3,0,0)(3,0,0)

Credits: 6 credits
Delivery: Campus

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
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ANTH 3030 The European Orient: Balkans, Russia and Eastern Europe (3,0,0) or (3,0,0)(3,0,0)

Credits: 6 credits
Delivery: Campus

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: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
Note: Different culture areas or regions may be selected in subsequent offerings of the course. Same course as POLI 3070
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ANTH 3270 First Nations Natural Resource Management (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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
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ANTH 3280 Indigenous Peoples in Comparative Perspective (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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
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ANTH 3390 ***Special Topics in Anthropology (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline). Check with the department Chairperson regarding prerequisites, as they may vary from offering to offering.
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ANTH 4000 History of Anthropology (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

The development of the major approaches in anthropology in their institutional contexts.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1210 and ARCH 1110 or 2010
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ANTH 4010 Native Peoples of North America (3,0,0) or (3,0,0)(3,0,0)

Credits: 6 credits
Delivery: Campus

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.
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ANTH 4030 Field School in East/Central Europe (3,0,0)

Credits: 6 credits
Delivery: Campus

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.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair or Instructor
Note: Same course as POLI 4030 and SOCI 4030
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ANTH 4040 People and Cultures of the North American Arctic (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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 completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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ANTH 4050 Indian Reserve Communities (2,1,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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 completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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ANTH 4150 Religion and Society (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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ANTH 4330 Directed Studies (3,0,0) or (3,0,0)(3,0,0)

Credits: 6 credits
Delivery: Campus

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.
Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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ANTH 4600 Cultural Ecology and Evolution (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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.
Prerequisite: ANTH 1210 and completion of 45 credits (any discipline)
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Field Courses (ANTH 3060, ANTH 4030)

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