First-Year Anthropology Courses

Please note this page is not year specific.  You can take the info below as a sample for the first year courses, but please check course syllabus for the current year information before you go out and buy textbooks!


ANTH 1001H – General Anthropology (Sc)

ANTH 1002H – Applied Anthropology

ANTH 1010H – Biological anthropology and archaeology (Sc)
ANTH 1020H – An introduction to sociocultural anthropology

ANTH 1001H – General Anthropology (Sc)

Anthropology is the study of humankind and anything to do with humans across time and space. This course surveys anthropology as a whole, emphasizing how biological, archaeological, linguistic, and cultural anthropology’s topics, methods, and findings combine to create a holistic understanding of humanity’s origins, prehistory, languages, and ways of life. Excludes ANTH 1000Y, 1010H, 1020H. Offered only at Trent University Durham.

ANTH 1002H – Applied Anthropology

This course surveys uses of anthropology to solve problems and achieve goals in business, sustainability, technology, development, health, education, forensics, politics, and careers. It explores ways anthropological research can improve the effectiveness of anything people set out to achieve, since humans are always part of the process. Offered only at Trent University Durham.



Dettwyler, Katherine A. 1994 Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa. Prospect Heights: Waveland Press.
Endicott, Kirk M. and Robert Welsch, eds. 2009 Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Anthropology. 4th edition. Dubuque: McGraw Hill.
Harrison, K. David 2007 When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World’s Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Kamp, Kathryn 1998 Life in the Pueblo: Understanding the Past through Archaeology. Prospect Heights: Waveland Press.
Park, Michael Alan 2008 Introducing Anthropology: An Integrated Approach. 4th edition. Boston: McGraw Hill.

ANTH 1010H – Biological anthropology and archaeology (Sc)

An introduction to the aspects of biological anthropology and anthropological archaeology. Topics covered include human evolution, the biology of peoples past and present, archaeological method, the development of culture, the domestication of plants and animals, and the rise of civilization and the state. Excludes ANTH 1000Y (100), 101H.
In this course we will explore how and why anthropologists study humans over space and time. Have you ever wondered why some people get wisdom teeth and others don’t? Why both the Egyptians and the Maya built pyramids? Why we have the remnants of a tail? Why Indiana Jones/Lara Croft are terrible archaeologists? Why there are so many different skin, hair and eye colours? We will explore these questions and more through weekly two hour lectures, guest lectures, films, discussions and weekly one hour hands-on tutorial exercises.


ANTH 1020H – An introduction to sociocultural anthropology

This course will cover topics such as the idea of culture and its role in shaping the way we see the world; the relationship between society and culture; and the role fieldwork plays in sociocultural anthropology. Students will read classic and/or contemporary ethnographies. Excludes ANTH 1000Y (100), 102H.


Anthropological conceptions of culture
Cultural relativism
First contact
Anthropology of the emotions
Death rituals
Rites of passage
Anthropology of the body
Theories of cannibalism
Economy and worldview
Anthropology of the senses
Cute commodities and anti-cute girls: Japanese Kogals and Pokemon
Girls and Dolls: Goth-Lolis and the cosplay continuum
Sex, gender, and culture
Travesti gendered subjectivity
Reflexivity and ethnographic film


Conklin, B. 2001. Consuming Grief: Compassionate Cannibalism in an Amazonian Society. Austin:  University of Texas Press.
Kulick, D. and A. Meneley (eds.). 2005. Fat: The Anthropology of an Obsession. New York: Penguin USA.
Kulick, D. 1998  Travesti: Sex, Gender and Culture among Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

For More Information

Course notes, assignments, and other details are available to enrolled students via myTrent >> learning system. For more information regarding these course offerings or if you have any other questions, please contact the Anthropology department.