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Course Descriptions

Note: Not all courses listed below are offered every year

Social Anthropology 5000 6.0: Graduate Seminar in Ethnographic Research, Practice, and Professionalization
This course explores the concept and practice of 'ethnography' as the cornerstone of contemporary anthropological research. The course aims to support student success in the program and build professional skills through workshops, guest lectures, seminars and readings on research, ethics, writing, and the presentation and dissemination of ethnographic material in multiple modes. The course also builds student proficiencies and professional skills associated with proposal and grant-writing for research projects.
This is a pass/fail course. Required course for first year MA and PhD

Social Anthropology 5020 3.0: Methods in Social Anthropology
This course provides a general overview of research methodology. It examines the multifaceted role of the field worker in the context of the rapidly changing social reality within which modern anthropological research takes place. Its primary focus is on the nature of anthropological field work and the traditional data gathering techniques which flow from our role as participant observers. Lectures and class discussions are supplemented by practical exercises in interviewing, census taking, questionnaire construction and the use of computers.
Required course for MA

Social Anthropology 5030 3.0: Critical Political Ecologies
This course explores how power and knowledge shape intertwined social and ecological relationships, drawing on theoretically-informed ethnographies and other empirical studies, with an emphasis on global south research.
Same as Geography 5326 3.0.

Social Anthropology 5040 3.0: Placement Option
Masters students may elect to do a Placement option in order to fulfill course requirements. For example, students specializing in the field of medical anthropology might work in a hospital or psychiatric setting; students concentrating on ethnicity would work with a voluntary association or agency working with immigrants, etc.
Prior approval by the Graduate Program Director is required. Final grade to be based on an evaluation by the affiliate institution, communicated in writing to the graduate director.

Social Anthropology 5060 3.0: Classic and Contemporary Theory in Social Anthropology
Particular emphasis is placed on the major theorists of this century and on contemporary theoretical frameworks and models for analysis. The course includes critical study of recent major theoretical works in social anthropology.
Required course for MA and PhD students

Social Anthropology 5100 3.0: Ethnicity and Nationalism: The Politics of Identity
On the assumption that "ethnicity" is a process, and constantly negotiated and redefined, this course examines the intersection of ethnic, class, religious and political identities, in cross cultural perspective. It explores the rise of assorted varieties of nationalism, in the first and third worlds, colonial and postcolonial, using historical and contemporary examples. Special attention is directed to problems of the multicultural state, to questions of aboriginality, and to the role of transnational communities in a global context.
Same as Sociology 6880 3.0.

Social Anthropology 5125 3.0: Anticipating the Alien
This course explores SETI, or the scientific Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, from an anthropological perspective. Embedded within the technical world of astronomy (particularly radioastronomy), adjoining the emerging science of astrobiology, and animated by enduring human questions about our place in the cosmos, SETI also captures the public imagination, and poses fascinating dilemmas in global governance (e.g. what should be done if a signal is detected? "Who speaks for Earth?") Course participants will explore topics such as: the crosscultural history of speculation about intelligent life in the cosmos; the relationship of that speculation to the development of technology available for searching; the public image of SETI; how scientists imagine these radical Others; the material culture of SETI, including the Voyager Record and the Pioneer Plaque; debates about the Drake Equation and the 'Fermi Paradox'; and the ongoing search for life (of any sort) in our solar system, and planets in our galaxy. This course will not address popular beliefs about aliens being here already, alien abductions, flying saucers etc.
Same as Science and Technologies Studies 6304 3.0.

Social Anthropology 5130 3.0: Issues in Medical Anthropology
This course provides an intensive, critical analysis of recent work in medical anthropology, with particular emphasis on the social construction of biomedical knowledge. Current themes also include international health, gender and science, and the contextualization of both the body and medicine in various cross cultural domains.

Social Anthropology 5135 3.0: Globalization and Cultural Identities
This course explores globalization and its influence on the construction of cultural identities., addressing the contested term and its impact on nations, institutions, and peoples as they experience in local situations spatial and temporal transformations produced in discourses, images, and actions resulting from this process.
Same as Communication & Culture 6311 3.0 and Social & Political Thought 6212 3.0.

Social Anthropology 5140 3.0: Seminar in Symbolic Anthropology
Particular attention is placed on a fundamental understanding of symbolic thought and action with the aim of addressing the questions: how do symbols symbolize? How do they function to mediate meanings and transform sentiment and emotions into significant inducements or dispositions to action? Literature in anthropology, language and linguistics, semiotics and literary criticism among others are surveyed.
Same as Communication & Culture 5104 3.0.

Social Anthropology 5145 3.0: Critical Approaches to Gender, Displacement and Mobility
This course examines anthropological thought related to gender, forced migration and displacement from political, economic, social and cultural perspectives; includes critical feminist, diasporic anthropological theories, critiques of resettlement, humanitarioanism and a political economy approach to the study of displacement.

Social Anthropology 5150 3.0: Historical Ethnography and the Anthropology of History
This course examines how and why anthropologists have incorporated history into their ethnographic work since the mid-1980s and it explores the political contests engendered by efforts to (re)present the past.

Social Anthropology 5155 3.0: Anthropology, Art, Aesthetics and Material Culture
This course examines anthropological theories of art, aesthetics and material culture including regimes of value, materiality, exhibition, repatriation, production, consumption and exchange with particular emphasis on artistic work produced and circulated in national, religious and scientific contexts. Seminars are supplemented by visits to artists' studios, galleries, museums, and performance venues.
Same as Art History 5355 3.0.

Social Anthropology 5160 3.0: Feminist Issues in Anthropology: History and Current Debates
This course explores the growth of feminist anthropology during the past twenty years. Included are some major theoretical trends, reflection on how some have been blind alleys and how others have led to the "hotter" and more central themes of the 1990's. After an overview, the course examines Margaret Mead's early work, her place in the field and considers feminist reactions to a masculine discipline and discusses the major issues of the 1970's: the debate regarding male dominance. The course then focuses on the construction and meaning of gender in cross cultural contexts, body metaphor and the politics of reproduction and mothering.
Same as Women's Studies 6301 3.0.

Social Anthropology 5165 3.0: Transnational Sexualities
This course examines the contemporary articulation and organization of sexual identities and rights in the developing world, and considers how interventions by international agencies, nation-states and advocacy groups have informed/been informed by racial and gender politics, and notions of citizenship.
Same as Sociology 6536 3.0.

Social Anthropology 5170 3.0: Race, Culture and Schooling
This course examines the prevailing attitudes and beliefs about race, ethnicity and culture in Canadian society and their effects on the schooling of minority group students. Policy, provision and pedagogy for integrating multicultural and anti-racist education into the mainstream curriculum are explored.
Same as Education 5420 3.0 and Linguistics 6270 3.0.

Social Anthropology 5175 3.0: Discourses of Race & Racist Discourses
This seminar works with an understanding of race as a complex set of social meanings, that are being constantly transformed. It explores the relationships between discourses of race and discourses of identity and culture. It examines how race converges with discourses of nation, class, gender, colonialism and the postcolonial.
Same as Education 5421 3.0 and Film 5320 3.0.

Social Anthropology 5180 3.0: Environmental Sociology II: Political Ecology
This course focuses on political ecology as a method which situates environmental sociology in an ecological and political economic context. Specific topics will depend on student interest. The course assumes familiarity with social and international dimensions of environmental studies.
Same as Sociology 6310B 3.0.

Social Anthropology 5185 3.0: Towards an Anthropology Approach to Disability
This course provides a cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary approach to the emerging field of disability studies. Participants follow what Oliver and others identify as the "social model of disability". Seminars focus on disability culture following their research interests.

Social Anthropology 5190 3.0: Cultural Politics of Environment and Development II: Environmental Justice
This course focuses on environmental movements and social justice in the context of both northern and southern settings. It draws on cultural studies, political economy, and the geography of space to explore questions of identity, justice and violence.
Same as Sociology 6315 3.0.

Social Anthropology 5195 3.0: Matters of Nature: Theories and Politics of Social Natures
This course critically engages with the vast and growing body of work anthropology, geography, and science studies that addresses the discursive and material contours of society-nature relations in historically situated and geographically diverse sites.
Same as Geography 5327 3.0.

Social Anthropology 5210 3.0: Independent Directed Reading Courses in Social Anthropology
(Theoretical or Area Focus).
Note: In order to fulfill degree course requirements students may register for ONE Independent Directed Reading half-course. The particular theoretical/area topic and Course Director selected must be approved by the graduate director.

Social Anthropology 5220 3.0: Technoscientific Cultures: Foundations in Anthropology of Science and Technology
In this course we read foundational texts in anthropology of science, exploring a range of sites, methods, and theories to equip students for ethnographic research within technoscientific cultures. Central themes include science as practice and culture; bio politics; and technoscientific imaginaries.
Same as Science and Technology Studies 6003 3.0.

Social Anthropology 5225 3.0: Global Health
This course explores global health issues in social, cultural and political context and delves into the development and humanitarian logics that underpin policies and programs to address them. Anthropological research on global health encompases colonial and missionary medicine, humanitarioan medicine, inequities in the distribution of health resources (including science, technology and clinical care), and global health agencies and policies.

Social Anthropology 5230 3.0: Themes in Visual Anthropology
This course provides a critical analysis of a range of themes in visual anthropology including the production and use of visual materials such as photographs and film by anthropologists, the epistemological basis on which authority is accorded/denied to the visual in the human sciences, the role of the visual in the formation and articulation of self, community and the other, and the differential impact of visual technologies on human societies. The seminar will also include a number of practical sessions on the ethics and use of visual technologies for research.
Same as Art History 5350 3.0

Social Anthropology 5235 3.0: Anthropological Approaches to Nationalism and Ethnicity: The Politics of Identity
This course focuses on the critical analysis of nationalism and ethnicity - terms that have generated a great deal of discussion and debate both in academic circles and in everyday contexts. How are forms of identification, belonging and/or exclusion manifested both within and beyond legal definitions of nationality and citizen, refugee, immigrant, diaspora on social and political subjectivities.

Social Anthropology 5240 3.0: Themes in Ethnographic Study of Islam and Muslim Societies
This course examines key themes in the ethnographic study of Islam and Muslim societies. In particular, it examines issues to do with the transmission and reception of scriptural and other types of knowledge in different Muslim contexts through textual, visual and kinaesthetic means.

Social Anthropology 5250 3.0: Affect and Anthropology
This course examines theories of affect and their use in anthropology, and allied disciplines. Why affect and why now? The course maps key cultural and political themes that examine affect as a force of life in the act of its "becoming".

Social Anthropology 5260 3.0: Classic Texts as Anthropological Ethnography and Theory
This course is devoted to close readings of three key works—as history, as texts, as analytical frameworks—in the history of anthropological ethnography and theory: Marx's "Capital"' Durkheim's "Elementary Forms", and Weber's "Protestant Ethic".

Social Anthropology 5270 3.0: Natures's Narratives, Nature's Politics
By drawing on historical and contemporary case studies of ecological contestations, environmental movements, and gendered ecologies, the course critically explores the social production of nature and community, ecological knowledges, representation of natural landscapes, environmental history, and bio diversity.

Social Anthropology 5280 3.0: Bodies and Biotechnologies in Anthropology
The disciplinary focus of anthropology, and more specifically the anthropology of the body, offers students a critical theoretical perspective and point of departure for the study of the contingency of, and relationship between, bodies and biotechnologies.
Same as Science and Technology Studies 6106 3.0.

Social Anthropology 5500 3.0: The Making of Asian Studies: Critical Perspectives
This course offers a historical examination of the multiple, overlapping processes through which Asian identities and regions were constituted. It will also examine new directions in Asian studies in an era of intensified global flows, transnationalism, and the presence of Asian diaspora in Canada and elsewhere.
Same as Geography 5700 3.0.

Social Anthropology 6011 3.0: Theoretical Concepts in Ethnographic Inquiry     A seminar for doctoral students on contemporary and emerging anthropological theories with regard to the contexts of their production and uses. The course critically examines the relationship between anthropological analysis and ethnographic production.
Required course for PhD

Social Anthropology 6020 3.0: Advanced Research Methods in Anthropology
The course deals primarily with traditional field methods used in anthropological field research. It explores the many ramifications of the role of participant observer in small-scale research settings.
Required course for PhD

Social Anthropology 6040 3.0: Placement Option
Doctoral student may elect to do a Placement option in order to fulfill course requirements. For example, students specializing in the field of medical anthropology might work in a hospital or psychiatric setting; students concentrating on ethnicity would work with a voluntary association or agency working with immigrants, etc.
Prior approval by the Graduate Program Director is required. Final grade to be based on an evaluation by the affiliate institution, communicated in writing to the graduate director.

Social Anthropology 6210 3.0: Independent Directed Reading Course in Social Anthropology.
(Theoretical, Thematic, or Area Emphasis).

Note: The topic of an independent directed reading half course and the Course Director selected must have the prior approval of the graduate director and the student's advisory committee.

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