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Undergraduate Course Listing

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ANTH-1001H General Anthropology 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, 1020H. Offered only at Trent University Durham.
ANTH-1001H General Anthropology 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, 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.
ANTH-1010H Biological Anthropology I Focuses on the biology and behavior of humans, non-human primates, and fossil hominins. Students learn how human form and behavior is shaped by local environment, biology, and culture. Topics include human evolution, skeletal biology, mortuary archaeology, primate behavior, applied anthropology (medical and forensic), human growth, and development. Excludes ANTH 1000Y, 1001H, 1002H.
ANTH-1020H Intro to Sociocultural Anthropology Covers 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 cultural anthropology. Students read classic and/or contemporary ethnographies. Excludes ANTH 1000Y, 1001H, 1002H.
ANTH-1030H Archaeology I: Accessing the Past Explores the origin, development, challenges, and lessons of archaeological practice around the world, with a focus on specific, illustrative case studies drawn from the history of the discipline. Excludes AHCL 1001H. AHCL-1030H
ANTH-1200H The Trojan War: an Epic of Archaeology Provides an introduction to the study of Classics through the story of the Trojan War, focusing on such topics as the nature of epic, the archaeology of the Bronze Age, and the reception and transmission of the Trojan War story in Greek art and literature. Excludes AHCL 1000Y, 1401H, 1402H. AHCL-1200H
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ANTH-2001H Cultural Anthropology An introduction to the history, theory, methods, and findings of cultural anthropology, the ethnographic study of contemporary peoples' ways of living and thinking. This course surveys systems of exchange, kinship, politics, and belief across cultures. Excludes ANTH 2000Y.
ANTH-2001H Cultural Anthropology An introduction to the history, theory, methods, and findings of cultural anthropology, the ethnographic study of contemporary peoples' ways of living and thinking. This course surveys systems of exchange, kinship, politics, and belief across cultures. Excludes ANTH 2000Y.
ANTH-2002H Ethnographic Exploration What is it like to live in different cultures and come to see the world as they do? Through in-depth encounters with several of the world's cultures through ethnographies, this course provides a cross-cultural understanding of humankind. Excludes ANTH 2000Y.
ANTH-2002H Ethnographic Exploration What is it like to live in different cultures and come to see the world as they do? Through in-depth encounters with several of the world's cultures through ethnographies, this course provides a cross-cultural understanding of humankind. Excludes ANTH 2000Y.
ANTH-2010H Phonetics An overview of articulatory and instrumental phonetics, including the mechanics of speech production, the accurate transcription of speech in any language, and the use of instruments to study the physical nature of speech sounds. Students learn all characters and values of the International Phonetic Alphabet, an indispensable tool for linguistic study and research. Prerequisite: LING 1000Y or 1002H (or MODL 1000Y or 1001H). Excludes MODL 2010H. LING-2010H
ANTH-2010H Phonetics An overview of articulatory and instrumental phonetics, including the mechanics of speech production, the accurate transcription of speech in any language, and the use of instruments to study the physical nature of speech sounds. Students learn all characters and values of the International Phonetic Alphabet, an indispensable tool for linguistic study and research. Prerequisite: LING 1000Y or 1002H (or MODL 1000Y or 1001H). Excludes MODL 2010H. LING-2010H
ANTH-2030H Technology & Humanity An introduction to the origin, development, and diversity of technologies in human prehistory and ethnology. Includes archaeological, biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropological perspectives on the role of technologies in human evolution and culture change. Offered only at Trent University Durham.
ANTH-2040H Law Order Ancient Contemporary Cultures An examination of social control and organization in past and present societies around the world. The findings of archaeological, biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology are combined to understand the range of political and justice systems as ways of defining and solving human problems. Offered only at Trent University Durham.
ANTH-2121H Foragers to Farmers: Arch of Early Soc Archaeology is a science that attempts to reconstruct and explain the evolution of cultural behavior in humans. This course surveys major topics in archaeology beginning with the earliest records of human culture to the emergence and expansion of agricultural societies. Excludes ANTH 2120Y.
ANTH-2121H Foragers to Farmers: Arch of Early Soc Archaeology is a science that attempts to reconstruct and explain the evolution of cultural behavior in humans. This course surveys major topics in archaeology beginning with the earliest records of human culture to the emergence and expansion of agricultural societies. Excludes ANTH 2120Y.
ANTH-2122H Farms to Empires: Arch of Complexity A comparative survey of how archaeologists have documented and interpreted the evidence related to the emergence of proto-urban and urban settlements, city-states, and empires. Major themes addressed include political and social organization, craft production, art, religion, trade and exchange, social elites, and military power. Excludes ANTH 2120Y.
ANTH-2122H Farms to Empires: Arch of Complexity A comparative survey of how archaeologists have documented and interpreted the evidence related to the emergence of proto-urban and urban settlements, city-states, and empires. Major themes addressed include political and social organization, craft production, art, religion, trade and exchange, social elites, and military power. Excludes ANTH 2120Y.
ANTH-2123H Archaeology II: Methods of Analysis Archaeology is a complex discipline requiring an understanding of both the practical aspects of working on archaeological sites and material. This course introduces the practical aspects of archaeology of archaeological excavation methods and equipment. It is designed to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of archaeological work.
ANTH-2123H Archaeology II: Methods of Analysis Archaeology is a complex discipline requiring an understanding of both the practical aspects of working on archaeological sites and material. This course introduces the practical aspects of archaeology of archaeological excavation methods and equipment. It is designed to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of archaeological work.
ANTH-2150H Archaeological Science I: Introduction An exploration of archaeological science (dating techniques, isotopic analysis, ancient DNA, material characterization) through case studies with an emphasis on the articulation of scientific techniques and archaeological research questions. Themes explored include human origins, diet, migration, status, and trade. Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits.
ANTH-2205H Arch. & Art Hist. of Ancient Greece An introduction to Greek material culture from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Period. Topics include the birth of Western art, the formation of a Greek identity, the relationship to contemporary social developments, and the lasting legacy of Greece in the modern world (including theatres, sculpture, coins, and city-planning). Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits. Excludes AHCL-ANTH 2200Y. AHCL-2205H
ANTH-2206H Arch. & Art Hist. of Ancient Rome An introduction to Roman material culture from the Iron Age through the Late Empire. Topics include the development of a distinctively Roman culture, the influence of the Greek world, the spread of Roman imperialism, the impact of Christianity, and the continuing relevance of Roman institutions in modern society. Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits. Excludes AHCL-ANTH 2200Y. AHCL-2206H
ANTH-2311H Anthropology of Language Covers the basic issues involved in situating diverse languages within diverse cultures and societies, placing the study of genres or ways of speaking in sociocultural contexts of use, attending to the way people's ideas about what language is and what it is for shape the ways they speak. Excludes ANTH 2310Y. Prerequisite: 3 university credits.
ANTH-2311H Anthropology of Language Covers the basic issues involved in situating diverse languages within diverse cultures and societies, placing the study of genres or ways of speaking in sociocultural contexts of use, attending to the way people's ideas about what language is and what it is for shape the ways they speak. Excludes ANTH 2310Y. Prerequisite: 3 university credits.
ANTH-2312H Anthropology of Media As media proliferate globally, people are developing culturally-specific understandings of how these media shape communication and what kinds of utterances belong to which media. This course is a linguistic and cultural anthropological exploration of the way people's ideas about different communicative media shape the ways they use these media. Excludes ANTH 2310Y. Prerequisite: 3 university credits.
ANTH-2410H Biological Anthropology II Students learn about the roles of evolution, disease, and death in shaping modern human and non-human primate biology, behaviour, and distribution. Students learn more about research methods and applications of this research. Topics covered include evolution, infectious disease, growth and development, forensic anthropology, skeletal anatomy, and nutrition. Prerequisite: ANTH 1001H or 1010H (or 1000Y) or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 2400Y.
ANTH-2410H Biological Anthropology II Students learn about the roles of evolution, disease, and death in shaping modern human and non-human primate biology, behaviour, and distribution. Students learn more about research methods and applications of this research. Topics covered include evolution, infectious disease, growth and development, forensic anthropology, skeletal anatomy, and nutrition. Prerequisite: ANTH 1001H or 1010H (or 1000Y) or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 2400Y.
ANTH-2410H Biological Anthropology II Students learn about the roles of evolution, disease, and death in shaping modern human and non-human primate biology, behaviour, and distribution. Students learn more about research methods and applications of this research. Topics covered include evolution, infectious disease, growth and development, forensic anthropology, skeletal anatomy, and nutrition. Prerequisite: ANTH 1001H or 1010H (or 1000Y) or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 2400Y.
ANTH-2450H Plagues & People Focuses on the origins of plagues and the biological and social impact of major epidemics, past and present, on human societies. Themes explored include the role of human behaviour in the outbreak of disease, responses to epidemics, and human evolution and disease. Prerequisite: ANTH 2410H (or 2400Y) or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 3450H.
ANTH-2450H Plagues & People Focuses on the origins of plagues and the biological and social impact of major epidemics, past and present, on human societies. Themes explored include the role of human behaviour in the outbreak of disease, responses to epidemics, and human evolution and disease. Prerequisite: ANTH 2410H (or 2400Y) or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 3450H.
ANTH-2500H World Food System An interdisciplinary and comparative analysis of the impact of transformations in the world food system on contemporary agrarian societies. Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits or permission of instructor. Excludes IDST-ANTH 2210Y. IDST-2500H, GEOG-2500H, SAFS-2500H, SOCI-2500H
ANTH-2500H World Food System An interdisciplinary and comparative analysis of the impact of transformations in the world food system on contemporary agrarian societies. Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits or permission of instructor. Excludes IDST-ANTH 2210Y. IDST-2500H, GEOG-2500H, SAFS-2500H, SOCI-2500H
ANTH-2600H Peasants Food Agrarian Change An examination of the impact of processes of commodification, market integration, and globalization on the social organization of food-producing rural communities in developing countries. Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits or permission of instructor. Excludes IDST-ANTH 2210Y. IDST-2600H, SAFS-2600H
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ANTH-3000Y Field Methods & Techniques Anthropology An introduction to methods and techniques of discovery, analysis, and interpretation in a field situation in any one sub-discipline (archaeology, cultural, physical, or linguistic anthropology). Summers only- confirm with the department office. Limited enrolment. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
ANTH-3001H Applied and Environmental Geophysics Geophysics is the study of geologic properties, processes and phenomena using non-destructive physical and mathematical methods, including reflection and refraction seismology, gravity and magnetics, and electrical and electromagnetic methods. This course emphasizes how geophysical techniques can be used for resource and archeological exploration, climate change detection, and environmental investigations. Prerequisite: PHYS 1001H or 1.0 MATH credit. EGEO-3001H, FRSC-3001H
ANTH-3100Y Archaeology III: Key Ideas, Current Iss Examines both the history of archaeological thought and practice, in addition to addressing archaeology's role in the contemporary world. Topics may include those related to evolution, the environment, race, ethnicity, gender, repatriation, and ethics, in addition to current and emerging debates in the discipline. Prerequisite: ANTH 2121H and 2122H (or 2120Y), or permission of instructor.
ANTH-3101H Anthropology of Gifts and Commodities Explores classic and contemporary anthropological discussions of the relationship between gifts and commodities. We explore a wide range of topics from personhood, identity, labour/work, gender, class, nature, and love, and examine how each of these are implicated in and constituted by the production, exchange and consumption of gifts, commodities and gift-commodity hybrids. Prerequisite or co-requisite: ANTH 3991H (or 3990Y) or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH-SOCI 4100H.
ANTH-3112H North American Archaeology (sc) Covers the archaeology of North America, from Paleoindians through the nineteenth century. Subjects include the shift from hunting and foraging to agriculture, the development of complexity, trade relationships and interregional interaction, shifting religious beliefs and practices, and the consequences of European contact and settlement. Prerequisite: ANTH 2121H and 2122H (or 2120Y), or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 3110Y.
ANTH-3112H North American Archaeology (sc) Covers the archaeology of North America, from Paleoindians through the nineteenth century. Subjects include the shift from hunting and foraging to agriculture, the development of complexity, trade relationships and interregional interaction, shifting religious beliefs and practices, and the consequences of European contact and settlement. Prerequisite: ANTH 2121H and 2122H (or 2120Y), or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 3110Y.
ANTH-3151H Lab Methods: Lithics and Bone (sc) The description and analysis of materials from archaeological contexts, including stone tools, bone tools, shell, and ecofacts. This course focuses on hands-on analysis of materials. Fundamental techniques of recording and cataloguing, such as drawing and photography of artifacts, are taught throughout. Prerequisite: ANTH 2121H and 2122H (or 2120Y), or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 3150Y.
ANTH-3152H Lab Methods: Ceramics and Historics (sc) Introduces students to basic methods for analyzing of archaeological ceramics and historic artifacts, focusing on ceramic technology and the production of glass and metal artifacts as technologies that transform raw materials into new substances. Prerequisite: ANTH 2121H and 2122H (or 2120Y), or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 3150Y.
ANTH-3153H Archaeological Science II Ancient biomolecules (proteins, lipids, DNA), the conditions under which they preserve, how they are isolated and analyzed. Topics include stable isotopes, ancient DNA, proteomics, and organic residue analysis. Labs provide students with hands-on experience with techniques commonly used in archaeological science (emphasis on bone chemistry). Prerequisite: ANTH 2150H, or 2.5 ANTH credits and three of BIOL 1020H, BIOL 1030H, CHEM 1000H, GEOG 1040H, or PHYS 1001H. BIOL-3153H
ANTH-3160H Peoples of Pacific Oceania From tiny coral atolls to lush jungles to vast deserts, this course explores the diverse peoples of Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia, and Australia. Topics include the prehistoric occupation of the islands, regional patterns in human biology, language, and culture, and the ethnography of several specific groups. Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits.
ANTH-3165H Maritime Archaeology This field course introduces students to the archaeology of human interaction with water. Topics include waterside settlements, inundated and maritime landscapes, as well as the archaeology of small watercraft, ships, and related infrastructure including wharfs, docks, and harbours. Methodological and theoretical approaches are equally emphasized. Prerequisite: ANTH-AHCL 1030H or permission of instructor.
ANTH-3190H Ancient Anatolia A study of Anatolia in Antiquity. Topics include Lydian, Achaemenid, Seleucid, and Roman Empires, urbanism, roads, local languages and cultures. including Lycia, Isauria, and Pontus, as well as village life and cities such as Sagalassus, Ephesus, Sinop, and Euchaita. Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits. AHCL-3190H, HIST-3190H
ANTH-3221H State Religion Ancient Greece/Rome Offers critical examination of the structure, function, and practices of official religion between the late Iron Age and the rise of monotheism in the late antique Mediterranean. Archaeological remains and ancient texts demonstrate how state-sponsored cults served to bind the populace and codify social and political behaviour. Prerequisite: 8.0 univeristy credits including both AHCL 2102H and 2105H (or 2100Y) or both ANTH-AHCL 2205H and 2206H (or 2200Y). Excludes AHCL-ANTH 3220Y. AHCL-3221H, HIST-3221H
ANTH-3222H Mystery Cults In ancient Greece and Rome, exclusionary rituals and secretive initiation cults like those of Dionysos, Mithras, Isis, and Christianity overturned entrenched social norms and threatened the cohesion of the state. Archaeological and written evidence provide evidence for the origins, impact, and legacy of such practices in the ancient Mediterranean. Prerequisite: 8.0 university credits including both AHCL 2102H and 2105H (or 2100Y) or both ANTH-AHCL 2205H and 2206H (or 2200Y). Excludes AHCL-ANTH 3220Y. AHCL-3222H, HIST-3222H
ANTH-3250H Archaeology Bronze Age Aegean An exploration of the material culture of the Aegean Basin from the Neolithic Period through the Late Bronze Age (ca. 8000-1100 BCE), focusing on such topics as the built environment, art and symbolism, trade and exchange, religion and burial customs, and social stratification and state formation. Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits including ANTH-AHCL 2205H (or 2200Y). AHCL-3250H
ANTH-3251H Archaeology of Athens Examines the material culture of ancient Athens from the Neolithic Period to the Slavic Invasions in the sixth century CE, focusing on changes in the socio-political structure of the city throughout its history by exploring art and architecture, trade and exchange, ritual and mortuary customs, and state formation. Prerequisite: ANTH-AHCL 2205H (or 2200Y). Excludes AHCL 3958H. AHCL-3251H
ANTH-3260H Culture and Mortality Although cultures are diverse, people of all cultures die. We explore the questions of death from the perspectives of many cultures as interpreted by anthropologists. In light of this cross-cultural examination, we ask what it means to be "mortal." Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y) or permission of instructor.
ANTH-3270H Anthropology of Religion An exploration of how anthropologists have approached phenomena such as witchcraft, shamanism, ritual, and myth as a way of understanding the epistemologies and cosmologies of people in diverse cultural contexts. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y) or permission of instructor.
ANTH-3275H Cultural Identity & Ancient North Africa By critically comparing archaeological and textual evidence with scholarly publications, we will examine attitudes toward culture and self-identification in ancient North Africa (ca. 700 BCE-450 CE), as expressed by both ancient peoples and scholars of the past circa 150 years, a period of tremendous change in political and academic thought. Prerequisite: 6.0 university credits. Excludes AHCL 3961H. AHCL-3275H, HIST-3275H
ANTH-3290H Senses & Culture Considers the senses as culturally mediated and culture as sensually mediated. Examines a diversity of non-Western sensoria, and also questions such as: Are there five senses, or is this one specific construct? Has Western culture always been dominated by vision? Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y) or permission of instructor.
ANTH-3333H Ecological Anthropology (sc) This course examines human participation in ecosystems, including how people and cultures cause and react to environmental challenges. We explore interdependence among humans and the rest of nature, how people in various cultures and times conceptualize and interact with their environment, and ways to identify and promote cultures of sustainability. ERSC-3333H
ANTH-3390H Anthropology of the City An anthropological introduction to urbanization, with a special emphasis on the social and material life of the city, including infrastructures from streets and sidewalks to power grids. Emphasis is placed on the use of ethnographic analysis to understand how processes of urban society manifest themselves in everyday life. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y) or both 2311H and 2312H (or 2310Y), or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 4290H.
ANTH-3404H Human Osteology A lab-based introduction to the anatomy and biology of the human skeleton. Topics include basic skeletal anatomy, bone biology and development, the functional morphology of bones, identification of complete and fragmentary bones, and skeletal pathology. Prerequisite: ANTH 2410H (or 2400Y). Excludes ANTH-BIOL-FRSC 3415Y, 3420H. BIOL-3404H, FRSC-3404H
ANTH-3405H Forensic Anthropology An introduction to forensic anthropology. Focuses on the methods used by forensic anthropologists to analyze unidentified skeletal remains, including sex determination, age estimation, stature estimation, assessment of ancestry, and identification of trauma and pathology. Prerequisite: ANTH-BIOL-FRSC 3404H. Excludes ANTH-BIOL-FRSC 3415Y, 3420H. FRSC-3405H
ANTH-3460H Biocultual Explorations Human Lifecourse A survey of the human life course through a bio-cultural lens, focusing on life history theory, demography, growth and development, adaptive human biology, determinants of health, and aging. The human species on the individual and population levels is seen as a product of evolutionary and biological forces, and of culture and and society. Prerequisite: ANTH 1001H or both 1010H and 1020H (or 1000Y), or permission of instructor. BIOL-3460H
ANTH-3460H Biocultual Explorations Human Lifecourse A survey of the human life course through a bio-cultural lens, focusing on life history theory, demography, growth and development, adaptive human biology, determinants of health, and aging. The human species on the individual and population levels is seen as a product of evolutionary and biological forces, and of culture and and society. Prerequisite: ANTH 1001H or both 1010H and 1020H (or 1000Y), or permission of instructor. BIOL-3460H
ANTH-3470H Primate Behaviour A general survey of the Order Primates, focusing on their history, classification, distribution, ecology, and behaviour within an evolutionary/adaptive context, with emphasis on the comparisons of non-human primates with the human species. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y) or 2410H (or 2400Y), or permission of instructor. BIOL-3470H
ANTH-3540H Mortuary Archaeology (sc) Examines the act of burial from an archaeological perspective. We focus on temporal trends in mortuary customs from Neandertals to modern humans. Gender, age, ethnic, and social differences in burial patterns are also explored. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y) or both 2121H and 2122H (or 2120Y) or 2410H (or 2400Y); or ANTH-AHCL 2205H or 2206H (or 2200Y); or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH-AHCL 4410H.
ANTH-3731H Archaeozoology (sc) Introduces the analysis and interpretation of animal remains in archaeological sites. Students become familiar with the interpretation of faunal assemblages and learn through hands-on practice and discussions to think critically about the implications that can be drawn from these remains. Limited enrolment. Prerequisite: ANTH 2121H or 2122H (or 2120Y) or 2410H (or 2400Y) or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 3730Y.
ANTH-3745H Virtual Worlds - the Anthropology of Online Communities Focuses on worlds creating in playable media (games), including both massively multiple online games (MMOGs) and tabletop role-playing games. "Virtual" society is now an increasingly taken-for-granted aspect of everyday sociality. This course develops tools and theories for the study of virtual worlds, online and offline. Prerequisite: 4.0 university credits. COIS-3745H
ANTH-3746H Anthropology of Drinks and Drinking Drinks and drinking as meaningful and material forms pervade all social life. This course explores ethnographically the way the materiality of specific drinks-water (tap, mineral, purified), coffee, gin, wine, vodka, beer-serves as a social medium in specific times and places. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H or 2002H (or 2000Y) or 2311H or 2312H (or 2310Y) or SAFS 1001H or permission of instructor. SAFS-3746H
ANTH-3747H Language and Media Explores the intersection of language and media from an anthropological perspective. While spoken language is often treated as unmediated in relation to its mediated forms, we treat speech and voice as one medium alongside others, some which reproduce more, and others less, embodied properties of voice. Prerequisite: ANTH 2311H and 2312H.
ANTH-3749H Contemporary Legends and Other Stories Contemporary ("urban") legends are just one of many genres of storytelling analyzed by anthropologists and folklorists across cultures. This course uses linguistic anthropology to locate contemporary legends in relation to other narrative genres of folklore, including myths and fairytales, and new media forms, including the folklore of the internet. Prerequisite: One of ANTH 2001H, 2002H, 2311H, or 2312H (ANTH 2311H strongly recommended); or permission of instructor.
ANTH-3770Y Society, Cult & Dev in Africa The historical dimensions of socio-cultural diversity in sub-Saharan Africa are examined, along with the changing economic relationship of the area with the global economy; the politics of sub-regional conflict and continental and regional integration; trends towards democratization; and the strengthening of civil society. Offered only in Ghana. IDST-3770Y
ANTH-3780H Pilgrimage and Portals A focused study of a particular topic in the study of religion and culture. Topics change from year to year. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y) or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 4270H.
ANTH-3781Y Ghana Seminar Contemporary Ghana is examined in the light of its historical background and its patterns of stratification, religion, ethnicity and gender. Processes of structural change, including economic policy, social and political movements are explored. Excludes IDST 3780Y. Offered only in Ghana. IDST-3781Y
ANTH-3790Y Local Dynamics of Change The social, political, and economic conditions that encourage or block micro-level improvements are examined, as are the role of women's organizations and other local institutions and their relations with local District Assemblies and other government authorities. Offered only in Ghana. IDST-3790Y
ANTH-3800D Community Development The theory and practice of community development, with an extensive field placement. Offered only in Ecuador and Ghana. IDST-3800D, ERST-3800D, SAFS-3800D
ANTH-3810H Monsters: Societies Seen Through Their Others Examines the linguistic, semiotic, and cultural constitution of figures of otherness or "alterity" that both define the boundaries and provide inverted images of societies and languages, paying particular attention to figures of monstrous alterity, both physical and linguistic monstrosity, and various dimensions of difference. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y) or both 2311H and 2312H (or 2310Y) or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 4810H.
ANTH-3820H Culture and Food Examines classic issues in the anthropology of food. We focus on etiquette of food consumption, food and sex, food and religion and morality, food exchange and preparation, vegetarianism and meat eating, and cannibalism. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y) or permission of instructor. SAFS-3820H
ANTH-3991H Theories of Society and Culture Structured thematically, this course surveys the principal theoretical developments in the discipline. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y). Excludes ANTH 3990Y.
ANTH-3991H Theories of Society and Culture Structured thematically, this course surveys the principal theoretical developments in the discipline. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y). Excludes ANTH 3990Y.
ANTH-3992H Ethnographic Methods & Ethics Covers research design, field methods, ethics, styles of ethnographic writing, and ongoing critical debates about methodology. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y) or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 4160Y.
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ANTH-4003H Sr. Seminar in Classical Archaeology Students gain practical experience in the processes of scholarly investigations and dissemination of findings by engaging in the ongoing research project of the instructor. Prerequisite: 10.0 university credits, including AHCL course(s) to be specified on a course-by-course basis. AHCL-4003H
ANTH-4010Y Honours Thesis ANTH 4020D is a double credit in Anthropology. ANTH 4010Y is a single credit because the same thesis is submitted to the other department/program in a joint-major. Students undertake a specific research project and write a thesis of 12,000 to 15,000 words on a well-defined topic. Arrangements begin with the chair of the department March 1 of the preceding academic year and departmental approval must be completed before March 31. Prerequisite: 9.0 university credits including ANTH 3100Y or 3991H (or 3990Y); courses directly relevant to the thesis topic; and a minimum 80% cumulative average in ANTH courses completed.
ANTH-4020D Double Credit Honours Thesis ANTH 4020D is a double credit in Anthropology. ANTH 4010Y is a single credit because the same thesis is submitted to the other department/program in a joint-major. Students undertake a specific research project and write a thesis of 12,000 to 15,000 words on a well-defined topic. Arrangements begin with the chair of the department March 1 of the preceding academic year and departmental approval must be completed before March 31. Prerequisite: 9.0 university credits including ANTH 3100Y or 3991H (or 3990Y); courses directly relevant to the thesis topic; and a minimum 80% cumulative average in ANTH courses completed.
ANTH-4145H Cultural Heritage: Threats and Responses The cultural identity of living peoples and the appreciation of the human past rely on the safeguarding of tangible heritage, yet physical remains of the past are under constant threat of destruction, disappearance, or distortion. What underlies these threats, and how effectively are legal and professional standards addressing them? Prerequisite: 8.0 university credits. AHCL-4145H
ANTH-4155H Great Lakes Archaeology A critical review of the archaeology of the Great Lakes region of North America, from the earliest evidence of human presence to European colonization. Seminars address the long-term historical and evolutionary nature of landscapes and societies, focusing on environmental change and population history, technology, subsistence, settlement, trade and exchange, and socio-political organization. Prerequisite: ANTH 2121H and 2122H (or 2120Y), or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 4151Y. CAST-4155H, INDG-4155H
ANTH-4165H Anthropology, Museums, & Indigenous Ppl Anthropological collecting and display have made museums an arena for shifting relationships between settler-colonial society and Indigenous peoples. Critically examining recent practice in museum anthropology, including forms of repatriation and the use of anthropological collections by Indigenous researchers, this course explores implications of changing praxis for anthropology as a discipline. Prerequisite: 10.0 university credits. INDG-4165H
ANTH-4175H Human-Animal Interactions: Past, Present Ethnographic and archaeological approaches to the study of human-animal interactions in the past and present. Some of the specific topics include domestication, hunting, animal cultures, whaling, ethnoprimatology, fisheries, and extinctions. Prerequisite: 10.0 university credits including one of ANTH 2001H, 2121H, 2122H, or 2410H, or permission of the instructor.
ANTH-4180H Collapse of Complex Societies Using anthropological theory and archaeologicallygenerated data sets, this course explores the characteristics of, and reasons for, the "collapse" of complex societies. The focus is on the last two phases of the "Adaptive Cycle": release and reorganization. Implications for the contemporary world are also discussed. Prerequisite: 10.0 university credits or permission of the instructor. AHCL-4180H, ERSC-4180H
ANTH-4180H Collapse of Complex Societies Using anthropological theory and archaeologicallygenerated data sets, this course explores the characteristics of, and reasons for, the "collapse" of complex societies. The focus is on the last two phases of the "Adaptive Cycle": release and reorganization. Implications for the contemporary world are also discussed. Prerequisite: 10.0 university credits or permission of the instructor. AHCL-4180H, ERSC-4180H
ANTH-4350H Origins and Spread of Agriculture Provides students with a critical understanding of the theoretical models and archaeological evidence for the origins and spread of agricultural societies. The course will explore evolutionary, ecological and social theories and review genetic, linguistic, archaeobotanical, zooarchaeological and settlement data from Southwest and Southeast Asia, Europe and the Americas. Prerequisite: 9.0 university credits including ANTH 2121H and 2122H, or permission of the instructor. Excludes ANTH 4209H in 2009. SAFS-4350H
ANTH-4420H Paleopathology Focuses on the study of disease in human skeletal remains. Emphasis is placed on the description and diagnosis of bone pathology, theoretical issues underlying the reconstruction of the health of past populations, and recent molecular and microscopic approaches to the study of disease in bone. Prerequisite: ANTH-BIOL-FRSC 3404H and ANTH-FRSC 3405H (or ANTH-BIOL-FRSC 3420H or 3415Y) or permission of instructor.
ANTH-4430H Advanced Skeletal Biology Explores how and why past populations are reconstructed from skeletal samples, with emphasis on current theoretical and methodological issues in skeletal biology. Topics include methods of age estimation, growth and development, palaeodemography, palaeopathology, chemical analysis of bones and teeth, population studies, dental anthropology, and ancient DNA. Prerequisite: ANTH-BIOL-FRSC 3404H and ANTH-FRSC 3405H (or ANTH 3420H or 3415Y) or permission of the instructor. Excludes ANTH 3430H.
ANTH-4440H Nutritional Anthropology Examines human dietary behaviour as a product of interactions among ecology, culture, and biology. It focuses on basic nutritional and ecological principles, diet from evolutionary, comparative, and historical perspectives, cultural factors influencing diet, food as medicine, and the impact of under-nutrition on human physiology and behaviour. Prerequisite: ANTH 2410H (or 2400Y) or permission of instructor. SAFS-4440H
ANTH-4500H Advanced Archaeological Lab Methods Provides advanced training in archaeological laboratory methods. Students work on processing and analyzing an archaeological collection held by the Department of Anthropology, completing research reports on a topic of their choosing, in consultation with the course instructor. Prerequisite: ANTH 3151H and 3152H, or permission of instructor.
ANTH-4512H Contemporary Issues in Global Health Analyzes some of the critical global health issues and challenges that face humanity in the new century, and the manner in which global institutions are addressing those issues. Interdisciplinary in scope, the course draws on scholarship from global public health, political economy, biopolitics, and human rights. Prerequisite: 14.0 university credits including 1.0 IDST or ANTH or SOCI credit at the 2000 level or permission of instructor. IDST-4512H, SOCI-4512H
ANTH-4710H The Maya Survey of the ancient and modern Maya of Central America. Examines the culture of the contemporary Maya, one of the largest Indigenous groups of the Americas, as well as the archaeology of pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Prerequisite: ANTH 2121H and 2122H (or 2120Y), or permission of instructor. Excludes ANTH 3710H.
ANTH-4750H Perspectives on Ethnicity An examination of ethnic consciousness and identity formation through theoretical and ethnographic case studies in a variety of settings. Identity construction in relation to the processes of development is explored, as is the articulation and comparison of ethnicity with gender, class, kinship, nationalism, and other markers of social and cultural difference. Prerequisite: 14.0 university credits including ANTH 2001H or 2002H (or 2000Y) or IDST 2000Y or permission of instructor. IDST-4750H
ANTH-4770H Anthropology of Colonialism Provides an historical anthropological exploration of colonialism. Drawing on case studies from Eurasia, North America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, it focuses on the colonial construction of categories of language, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, and how such cultural categories have been transformed and/or reproduced in the postcolonial present. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y). Co-requisite: ANTH 3991H (or 3990Y). IDST-4770H, INDG-4770H
ANTH-4820H Anthropology of Technology Takes a critical anthropological perspective on the category of technology in its historical and social/ cultural contexts. Explores the social/cultural life of technological artifacts from steam engines to the Internet, with an emphasis on media technologies. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y) or 2312H (or 2310Y) or CUST 2035Y or 2535H or permission of instructor.
ANTH-4830H Anthropology of Food Politics Explores moral and ethical dimensions of food production and circulation. The politics of excess and want, national cuisines, reactions to industrial and fast food (the Slow Food movement, culinary connoisseurship). Food distribution, from home to restaurants and fast food joints, is examined in the context of changing demands of work. Prerequisite: ANTH 2001H (or 2000Y) or permission of instructor. POST-4830H, SAFS-4830H
ANTH-4900Y Reading Course Designed for students to pursue special interests largely through independent study. Signature of instructor and department required. Details to be arranged in advance consultation with faculty in Anthropology and proposals to be submitted to the chair of the department for approval and signature. Completed applications with the appropriate supporting documents will be forwarded to the Office of the Dean of Arts & Science for Approval prior to the add deadline for the requested term.
ANTH-4900Y Reading Course Designed for students to pursue special interests largely through independent study. Signature of instructor and department required. Details to be arranged in advance consultation with faculty in Anthropology and proposals to be submitted to the chair of the department for approval and signature. Completed applications with the appropriate supporting documents will be forwarded to the Office of the Dean of Arts & Science for Approval prior to the add deadline for the requested term.
ANTH-4901H Reading Course Designed for students to pursue special interests largely through independent study. Signature of instructor and department required. Details to be arranged in advance consultation with faculty in Anthropology and proposals to be submitted to the chair of the department for approval and signature. Completed applications with the appropriate supporting documents will be forwarded to the Office of the Dean of Arts & Science for Approval prior to the add deadline for the requested term.
ANTH-4902H Reading Course Designed for students to pursue special interests largely through independent study. Signature of instructor and department required. Details to be arranged in advance consultation with faculty in Anthropology and proposals to be submitted to the chair of the department for approval and signature. Completed applications with the appropriate supporting documents will be forwarded to the Office of the Dean of Arts & Science for Approval prior to the add deadline for the requested term.
ANTH-4932H Sex Gender and Science An interdisciplinary introduction to the topic of women and gender in science. How is gender difference understood within scientific disciplines? Why are women under-represented in various science and technological fields? How are women, and feminist scholarship, changing science? Prerequisite: 8.0 university credits including 1.0 WMST credit at the 3000 level or permission of instructor. WMST-4932H