English Language Requirements
Students registering in post-secondary level courses (numbered 100 to 499) will be required to meet the English language entrance proficiency requirements. Students in ESL or the University Foundations programs can register in those courses identified in the University Foundations program with lower levels of language proficiency.
ANTH 1003 credits
Invitation to Anthropology
Pre- or corequisite(s): None
This course is an introductory survey of the sub-fields of anthropology: biological anthropology, archaeology, and cultural and social anthropology. Topics include the human fossil record, the archaeological record, and an examination of contemporary human societies, drawn from various anthropological studies.
ANTH 1013 credits
This course traces humanityâ€™s past through an examination of the scientific evidence for human physical and cultural evolution drawn from molecular biology, primate behaviour, fossil remains, and material culture. You will be introduced to the basics of evolution, and key questions anthropologists consider about human origins.
ANTH 1023 credits
Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 102 is an introduction to basic concepts, methods, and history of ideas of social and cultural anthropology. The emphasis is on understanding anthropological explanations of economic, social, and ceremonial activities of selected societies and sub-cultures. The role of the study of culture and the impacts of world change, globalization, and colonialism will also be discussed. ANTH 102 is a basic foundation course, and is a prerequisite to several upper-level Anthropology courses.
ANTH 1113 credits
First Nations in British Columbia -- Traditional Cultures
An introduction to the anthropological literature on the indigenous cultures of the coast and interior of the Pacific Northwest, with an emphasis on British Columbia. Topics include the archaeological record, languages, resource use, social structure, ceremonies, and culture change following the arrival of Europeans and the expansion of the Canadian state.
ANTH 1303 credits
Anthropology of World Religions
This course is an introduction to the worldâ€™s diverse religions from an anthropological perspective. The course considers the work on religion of several key social theorists, and examines ritual, belief, myth, morality, worldview, and religious identity (among other issues) in a number of ethnographic contexts, including those of the world religions.
ANTH 2033 credits
Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology I
Prerequisite(s): None; ANTH 102 recommended
This course is an examination of a selected topic in contemporary anthropology. Topics covered will vary from semester to semester and may include, but are not limited to, urban anthropology, legal anthropology, health and culture, post-colonial anthropology, cultural representations of the body, and the politics of cultural representation and voice.
ANTH 2063 credits
The Politics of Art in Latin America
In this course, we examine Latin American artistic culture from the perspectives of the social sciences. Focuses may include art, architecture, literature, film, music, dance, folk art, and popular culture. The intent will be to relate these to the social context in which they are located. In particular, we will be interested in the ways in which artistic expression helps to legitimize or to challenge particular social orders.
Note: This course is offered as LAS 206, ANTH 206, MACS 206, and SOC 206. Students may take only one of these for credit.
ANTH 2093 credits
Language and Culture
Prerequisite(s): None. ANTH 100, ANTH 102, ENGL 109 or LING 101 recommended.
This course introduces students to a broad sample of the ways in which different cultures represent, organize, and express thought, knowledge, and discourses and the role of studies of culture and language in anthropology. This course will include linguistic representations in contemporary society including slang, jargon, and the language of various sub-cultures.
Note: This course is offered as ANTH 209 and LING 209. Students may take only one of these for credit.
ANTH 2103 credits
Gender and Sexuality across Cultures
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 102 or SOC 101
The most fundamental distinction in all societies is that of gender. There are many similarities and differences in the way that this relationship is organized across cultures. In this course, we explore the nature of social relationships between/among genders, their reliance on particular ideas about femininity and masculinity, their importance to sexuality, the body, and group identity, and the cultural frameworks, stereotypes, inequalities, and misunderstandings that often accompany them. Taking an ethnographic and feminist approach, and emphasizing the everyday, we examine the connections between gender, family, kinship, economy, politics, religion, ethnicity, race, and class. Students will be encouraged to make linkages between theory, literature, and personal experience.
ANTH 2113 credits
Aboriginal Peoples in B.C.: Contemporary Issues
Prerequisite(s): None, ANTH 111 strongly recommended
This course will focus on issues of importance to aboriginal communities in B.C. related to land claims, self-government, and various aspects of community development including education, family, health and wellness, and resource management, as well as urbanization. Relevant historical events, circumstances, and/or current initiatives will be explored using key concepts and methods of analysis used by social scientists. Significant aspects of aboriginal/non-aboriginal interactions, relationships, and experiences will be examined.
ANTH 2203 credits
Culture Change: People of the Third World
Anthropology 220 looks at the lives of some of the people of the Third World by considering case studies from Latin America. Particular attention is given to the peasantry (indigenous and non-indigenous), and to cultural changes within that group due to processes such as globalization, economic and technological change, population pressures and the availability of land, the commercialization of agriculture, colonization programs, the cocaine industry, migration, emigration, and urbanization.
ANTH 2253 credits
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 102 or SOC 101
This course examines some of the diverse meanings of urban life and culture, as well as the impacts of cities and urbanism within human social life. An introductory survey, it focuses particularly on the origins and processes of urbanization, on social differentiation within cities, and on the potential meanings of the urban landscape. Readings are centred on the diverse ethnography of urban locations, and discussions will aim to extend these readings to a critical understanding of local, regional, national, and transnational urbanism.
Note: This course is offered as ANTH 225 and SOC 225. Students may take only one of these for credit.
ANTH 2403 credits
Introduction to Archaeology
Prerequisite(s): None, ANTH 101 recommended
An introduction to archaeological concepts and techniques, and an examination of the archaeological record of early societies throughout the world. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding the archaeological and heritage record of British Columbia.
ANTH 2553 credits
Introduction to Social Research
Prerequisite(s): One of ANTH 102, SOC 101, or MACS 110
This course provides a critical introduction to sociological and social anthropological research techniques, data analysis, and questions of methodology. Among the topics considered will be the research cycle, research design, developing and measuring concepts, sampling, methods of data collection, and elementary data analysis. Considerable importance will be given to an exploration of interpretive frameworks that guide research projects, as well as questions of ethical research.
Note: This course is offered as SOC 255, ANTH 255, and MACS 255. Students may take only one of these for credit.
ANTH 2603 credits
Food for Thought: Food, Culture and Society
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 102 or SOC 101
While food is a material necessity of everyday life, it also bears a wide number of social and cultural meanings and is thus â€˜food for thoughtâ€™. Taking an ethnographic and cross-cultural perspective, this introductory course in the anthropology and sociology of food examines food production and consumption, the social and symbolic uses of food, the relationships between food and cultural identity, and the politics of food.
Note: This course is offered as ANTH 260 and SOC 260. Students may take only one of these for credit.
ANTH 2673 credits
Religions in Diaspora
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 130 recommended.
This course explores the transformation of religious practices and beliefs in relation to post-colonial experiences of migration and diaspora. We will begin with a brief examination of diaspora theory and proceed to examine the connections between religion, ethnicity, politics, gender, and social position in transnational contexts, as well as the intersections between religion and notions of home, community, citizenship, and identity. The role of media and internet in diaspora community and religious life may also be explored.
ANTH 2683 credits
Culture and Environment
(formerly ANTH 120)
Prerequisite(s): None, but either SOC 101 or ANTH 102 is strongly recommended
Our world is facing an environmental crisis as a result of increasing population growth, water, soil, air, and noise pollution, and overuse of rural resources. Using anthropological models and methods of analysis, this course will explore the fundamental relationship between people and their environment. We will compare and contrast different cultural perspectives within our own industrial society, as well as among hunters and gatherers and tribal agriculturalists in other societies.
ANTH 2703 credits
Dynamics of Racism in Canada
Prerequisite(s): One of SOC 101, ANTH 102, MACS 130, or LAS 200
This course is a critical introduction to the area of race and ethnic relations within the Canadian context. In particular racism, inequality, and the social construction of racial and ethnic categories and identities will be examined. The student will develop an awareness of competing conceptual definitions and theoretical interpretations of racism, examine controversies about the extent and meaning of racism in Canada, and investigate how the process of racialization occurs within institutions such as education, the media, and the criminal justice system. Course material will draw upon a variety of historical and contemporary sources, cases, and examples, particularly those relevant to the Fraser Valley.
Note: This course is offered as SOC 270, ANTH 270, and MACS 270. Students may take only one of these for credit.
ANTH 3014 credits
Key Ideas in Anthropology
Prerequisite(s): 45 credits, to include ANTH 102 and at least three additional credits of anthropology
A consideration of selected themes and ideas in anthropological thought with respect to their historical origins and theoretical importance.
ANTH 3034 credits
Ethnography of a Selected Area
Prerequisite(s): 45 credits, to include ANTH 102 and at least three additional credits of anthropology.
This course is a study of the ethnographic and theoretical problems in one area. Different cultures or regions may be selected each term.
ANTH 3104 credits
Special Topics: Regional Studies in Latin America
Prerequisite(s): 45 credits, to include at least 6 credits of anthropology, sociology and/or LAS. (One or more of SOC 250, ANTH 220, or LAS 102, 110, 200 or 206 recommended.)
Using sociological and anthropological approaches, this course is designed to provide insights into the society and culture of a specific nation or region within Latin America.
Note: This course is offered as ANTH 310, LAS 310, and SOC 310. Students may take only one of these for credit.
ANTH 3254 credits
Culture and Theory of the City
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 102 or SOC 101, and ANTH 225/SOC 225, in addition to 45 university-level credits; or permission of instructor.
In this seminar course, we examine the application of ethnographic theory and techniques to the city, with a special emphasis on the theoretical approaches anthropologists, sociologists, and others have taken to cities and urban life. Our explorations in reading and discussion will draw attention to cities as sites of power and magnetism as well as of social differentiation and disempowerment. A special focus of the course will be on the urban ethnography of Canadian communities in order to permit a consideration of urban theory amid local and regional contexts, and particularly concerning the influences of colonialism, migration, ethnicity, and globalization on Canadian urban milieux.
Note: This course is offered as ANTH 325 and SOC 325. Students may take only one of these for credit.
ANTH 3415 credits
Archaeology Field Methods: Applied Studies
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 240 and permission of the instructor
This course is an application of archaeological techniques of excavation and interpretation of archaeological materials, based on participation in field excavation of an archaeological site. The course emphasizes archaeological techniques in an off-campus field situation, as well as the analysis of materials in a laboratory. ANTH 341 will normally be taught in the Summer semester to allow for fieldwork.
ANTH 3554 credits
Quantitative Research Methods
Prerequisite(s): MATH 104 or MATH 106, and ANTH 255/MACS 255/SOC 255
This course is an examination of measurement issues within sociological and anthropological research, focusing on the logical and conceptual construction and interpretation of tables, and an examination of the uses and abuses of statistics. Students will blend classroom knowledge of statistics with real life analysis of sociological data (including the use of computer software) to develop practical research skills. The course focuses on the application, rather than the mathematics, of statistics.
Note: This course is offered as SOC 355, ANTH 355, and MACS 355. Students may take only one of these for credit.
ANTH 3564 credits
Qualitative Research Methods
Prerequisite(s): 45 credits, to include ANTH 255/MACS 255/SOC 255
This course examines methods used in the collection and analysis of sociological data including interviews, participant observations, ethnographic research, archival research, feminist and critical methodologies, and research ethics.
Note: This course is offered as SOC 356, ANTH 356, and MACS 356. Students may take only one of these for credit.
ANTH 3604 credits
Eating and Thinking: Food, Identity, and Power in Global Societies
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 102 or SOC 101 required; ANTH/SOC 230 recommended; in addition to 45 university-level credits.
In the modern world, it is increasingly the case that people neither eat what they grow nor grow what they eat. This seminar course examines the global ethnographic, social, political-economic, and theoretical implications of this conundrum. We explore a number of issues in the contemporary anthropology and sociology of food, including the gender, status and identity meanings of food; the relationships between food, power, and development; the local and global impacts of food production and consumption; and the growing importance of food-based movements for social change.
Note: This course is offered as ANTH 360 and SOC 360. Students may take only one of these for credit.
ANTH 3634 credits
Processes of Development and Underdevelopment: Latin America
Prerequisite(s): 45 credits, to include SOC 101 and at least 3 additional credits of Sociology, Anthropology, or LAS. (SOC 250, ANTH 220, and/or LAS 200 recommended.)
This course is an examination of theories and strategies of socioeconomic development and underdevelopment as applied to the Third World from 1945 until the present. Latin America will figure prominently as an example of a developing region
Note: This course is offered as SOC 363, ANTH 363, and LAS 363. Students may take only one of these for credit.
ANTH 3674 credits
Culture and Theory of Diaspora
Prerequisite(s): 45 university-level credits
This seminar course investigates the phenomenon of diaspora in modern, postcolonial, and global contexts. Examining an interdisciplinary literature from the social sciences and humanities, students will become familiar with the social features of diaspora and the cultural expression of the diasporic condition through a consideration of theoretical, literary, and ethnographic texts. Particular attention will be given to the local nuances of diaspora in Canada and Europe.
Note: This course is offered as ANTH 367 and ENGL 367. Students may take only one of these for credit.
ANTH 3754 credits
Prerequisite(s): One of ANTH 102, SOC 101 or MACS 110; plus 45 university-level credits including a further six credits of ANTH, SOC, MACS, or INCS. Recommended: ANTH 303 (Peoples and Cultures Of India) and FILM 220.
In this course, students will critique how Indian society and socio-cultural issues are represented in South Asian media through their comparison with the ethnographic record. Taking an anthropology of media approach, the complexities of belonging to a diversity of regional South Asian communities are examined in both ethnographic and media interpretations. In particular, the course will consider religious, ethnic, caste, class, and gender communities, the influence of postcoloniality, and processes of modernity and diaspora.
Note: This course is offered as ANTH 375 and MACS 375. Students may take only one of these for credit.
ANTH 3874 credits
Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
Prerequisite(s): 45 credits, to include ANTH 102 and at least 3 additional credits of Anthropology and/or Sociology
This course looks at selected studies of cultural patterns and contemporary issues of Aboriginal peoples in Canada (including First Nations, Inuit, and Metis).
Note: This course is offered as ANTH 387 and SOC 387. Students may take only one of these for credit.
ANTH 3884 credits
Minority Indigenous Peoples of the World
Prerequisite(s): 45 credits, to include ANTH 102 and at least three additional credits of Anthropology and/or Sociology
This course will examine the social and cultural experiences of indigenous peoples within various modern industrial nation-states and relations of these peoples with majority societies and other indigenous groups throughout the world. Case studies will be drawn from Latin America and other areas.
Note: This course is offered as ANTH 388, LAS 388, and SOC 388. Students may take only one of these for credit.
ANTH 4014 credits
Prerequisite(s): 60 credits, to include ANTH 102 and at least 6 additional credits of sociology and/or anthropology
This course critically examines the production and uses of ethnographic images and representations of cultures in selected anthropology films and photographs, and comparison
ANTH 4024 credits
The Field Experience in Anthropology
Prerequisite(s): 60 credits, to include ANTH 102, SCMS 255, and an additional three credits of anthropology.
This course explores fieldwork in anthropology by combining practical exercises in participant observation and archival research with theoretical and ethnographic writings that illuminate the field experience. The emphasis of the course will be practical, with projects involving field research and/or research with primary archival sources.
ANTH 4034 credits
Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology II
Prerequisite(s): 60 credits, to include ANTH 102 and at least 6 additional credits of sociology and/or anthropology
This course explores in detail a selected topic in contemporary anthropology from methodological and theoretical perspectives. Topics covered will vary from semester to semester and may include, but are not limited to, urban anthropology, law and anthropology, post-colonial and post-modern anthropology, culture and performance, and discourses of cultural identity.
ANTH 4254 credits
Applied Anthropology: The Practice of Anthropology
Prerequisite(s): 60 credits, to include ANTH 102 and 6 additional credits of sociology and/or anthropology
This course examines the ways in which anthropology and ethnography may be used to affect action in the world. Topics may include: advocacy anthropology; the development and practice of applied anthropology; designing an applied project; and examination of case studies of projects in applied anthropology.
ANTH 4634 credits
Special Topics in Development Studies
Prerequisite(s): 60 credits, to include at least 9 credits of Sociology and/or Anthropology. (ANTH 220, SCMS 363, and SOC 250 recommended.)
This course is an examination of processes of social and cultural change in selected Third World societies. Topics will change from semester to semester, but may include liberation movements and colonialism; the comparative study of post-revolutionary societies; the persistence, transformation, and disappearance of contemporary peasantries; and directed change programs.
Note: This course is offered as SOC 463, ANTH 463, and LAS 463. Students may take only one of these for credit.
ANTH 4684 credits
Environment and Society
Prerequisite(s): 60 credits, to include ANTH 102 and at least 6 additional credits of Sociology and/or Anthropology
This course examines anthropological and sociological approaches to ecological and environmental issues. Topics include relationships between forms of social organization and resource use, studies of resource use conflicts, and the ways in which different cultures view the environment.
Note: This course is offered as ANTH 468 and SOC 468. Students may take only one of these for credit.
ANTH 4694 credits
Myth and Ritual
Prerequisite(s): 60 credits, to include ANTH 102 and either ANTH 130 or 301
This anthropological approach to myth and ritual looks at the connection between mythology, ritual, and lived experience. We will look at how myth has served as a universal factor in human existence, comparing it with other artistic representations such as poetry or drama. We shall explore mythology as a specific form of poetics that emerges out of human action and desires and also study the relationship between myth, ritual, and nature, and the unconscious.
ANTH 4704 credits
Race and Racism: Selected Topics
Prerequisite(s): 60 credits, to include at least 9 credits of Sociology and/or Anthropology.
Questions of race and ethnicity arise frequently in the context of popular discussions of social problems, national identity, and even national unity. They are equally important in academic discussions about modern societies around the world. This course explores selected topics related to race, racism, and ethnicity from sociological and anthropological perspectives. Topics covered may include ethnic conflict, immigration and immigration policy, multiculturalism, racism, the development of immigrant identities and communities, charter groups/dominant cultures, indigenous and migrant subordination, the meaning of exile, etc. Students should consult the department to determine the content for a particular semester.
Note: This course is offered as SOC 470 and ANTH 470. Students may take only one of these for credit.
ANTH 4714 credits
The Anthropology of Medicine, Health Care, and Illness
Prerequisite(s): 60 credits, to include ANTH 102 and at least 6 additional credits of sociology and/or anthropology.
This course explores various cultural examples of health and illness and situates the relationship between human behavior, social life, and health within an anthropological context. This course looks at how knowledge, meaning, livelihood, power, and resource distribution are shaped and how, in turn, these phenomena go on to shape patterns of disease, experiences of health and illness, and the organization of treatments. The course will focus on empirical research as well as on symbolic, methodological, and theoretical issues.
ANTH 4724 credits
Latin America: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
Prerequisite(s): 60 credits, to include at least 9 credits of Sociology, Anthropology and/or LAS. (LAS 110 and/or HIST 261 recommended)
Concepts of race and ethnicity have been crucial elements in the formation of Latin American society, culture, and identity. Migration has further shaped identity and society among Latin Americans inside and outside Latin America. This course explores various aspects of Latin American concepts of race, ethnicity, and immigration from several perspectives. It also examines patterns of migration from Latin America to Canada and the effects of Canadian concepts of identity, race, ethnicity, and multiculturalism on the integration of Latin Americans into Canadian society. Topics covered may include: the push/pull factors causing immigration, immigration policy, the development of immigrant identities, the meaning of exile, and the formation of immigrant communities and their relationship to the dominant culture of Canadian society.
Note: This course is offered as ANTH 472, LAS 472 and SOC 472. Students may take only one of these for credit.
ANTH 4904 credits
Directed Readings in Anthropology
Prerequisite(s): 60 credits, to include at least 9 credits of anthropology, plus permission from supervising faculty member and department head
This is a directed reading course in a selected field of study in anthropology under the direction of a single faculty member. A major paper will be required.
ANTH 4922 credits
Directed Studies in Social, Cultural, and Media Studies
Prerequisite(s): 45 credits, to include 6 credits of area of specialization (ANTH, SOC, LAS, MACS). Permission to enter requires written consent of both the faculty member supervising the student and the department head.
This course is designed for upper-level students who wish to examine in greater depth a particular problem/issue in Anthropology, Sociology, Latin American Studies, or Media and Communication Studies.
Note: This course is offered as SOC 492, ANTH 492, LAS 492, and MACS 492. Students may take only one of these for credit.
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