Graduate Courses

Below are the current graduate course offerings in the Anthropology Department for the 2019 Winter session (September 2019 through April 2020).

Please note that the Student Services Centre (SSC) provides the most up-to-date information regarding current course offerings.

ANTH 500: History of Anthropological Thought
Various approaches to anthropology, from classical to contemporary. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

ANTH 502O: Advanced Ethnography of a Special Area – Ethnography in Circumpolar North
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

ANTH 506A: Current Research in Anthropology
The relationship between current theoretical issues and research methods. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

ANTH 512B: Language and Culture
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

ANTH 516: Qualitative Methods in Anthropology
Qualitative research is embedded in disciplinary histories and in contexts of power which generate questions about ethics, knowledge-production and responsibility. This seminar offers a critical examination of qualitative methods framed by the anthropological approach of ethnography, including: interviewing, observation, oral and archival history, participatory research, material culture and collaboration. We will work from readings on methodology, from field accounts and case studies that look to the shifting ethnographic enterprise and to writing strategies, representation and issues raised by public scholarship. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

ANTH 518A: Museum Methods
Analytical approaches to the study of museums and collections. Methods of field collecting, collections research, laboratory procedures, visitor studies, social organization of museum and related cultural industries, exhibit and program evaluation techniques and the ethics of museum research and practice. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

ANTH 519: Seminar in Medical Anthropology
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

ANTH 540A: Advanced Seminar – Sacred Geography
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

ANTH 540B: Advanced Seminar – Humans and Animals
Humans and animals co-habit planet Earth, and share some of the same biological, neurological and emotional characteristics. We evolved together, and humans have long depended on animals for food, clothing, labor, and companionship. This seminar will explore the relationships between humans and animals from an anthropological perspective, including hunting, herding, the development of domestication, animals roles in human spiritual and cosmological systems, and the ethical complexities of human-animal relationships in the 21st century. Readings will draw from ecological anthropology, ethology, ontological anthropology and the animal turn, an interdisciplinary theoretical movement that considers human-animal relations in the Anthropocene. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

ANTH 540C: Advanced Seminar – Critical Theory After Postmodernism – Affect, New Materialisms, and the Nonhuman
This seminar will examine the recent turn to affect theory, new materialisms, and the nonhuman in the humanities and anthropology. In particular, we will discuss how critical theory has moved away from anthropocentric and discourse-centered understandings of the world in order to engage, rather, the affective, pre-discursive dimensions of social life as well as the materialities and nonhuman agencies that are inseparable from human experience. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

ANTH 545A/B: Graduate Research Seminar
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

ANTH 549: Master’s Thesis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

ANTH 649: Doctoral Dissertation
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.