The majority of lower-level ANTH and ARCL are general courses open to all students.

Except for ANTH 449, most upper-level ANTH and ARCL courses are open to non-majors and students in the General B.A. Program with appropriate prerequisites or permission of the instructor.

ANTH 100 is a recommended prerequisite for all upper-level ANTH courses, and ARCL 103 is a recommended prerequisite to all upper-level ARCL courses in the department. However, neither is required to register for 300 or 400 level ANTH and ARCL courses.

The courses below may have multiple sections available for registration. The Student Services Centre (SSC) is the best place to look for details about course sections and times.

ANTH (Anthropology) Courses

ANTH 100A: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Basic concepts and methods of anthropology; culture and race; comparative study of social systems, religion, symbolism, art, and other institutions. Examples are drawn from a variety of cultures.

ANTH 220A/B: Contemporary Social Problems

Cultural background to contemporary events; problems of nationalism and regional conflicts, economic and social development, gender, religion and social change. Course may stress a different region of the world in different years.

ANTH 203: Anthropology of Drugs

Illicit and/or licit drugs through historical, political, cultural and societal examples.

ANTH 206: Witches, Vampires, and Zombies – Anthropology of the Supernatural

Anthropological approaches to supernatural beliefs in both traditional and contemporary societies.

ANTH 210: Eating Culture

An anthropological exploration of how the collection, cultivation and consumption of food shapes human society and culture.

ANTH 213: Sex, Gender, and Culture

An anthropological exploration of how understandings of sex and gender are culturally and historically shaped.

ANTH 215: Japanese Popular Culture

Television shows, dramas, movies, advertising, marketing, manga (Japanese style "comics"), anime (Japanese animation), theatrical forms, popular literature, popular music, fashion fads, tourism, toys, and sports.

ANTH 217: Culture and Communications

The study of communication; the relation between communication and its cultural context with emphasis on verbal and non-verbal communication, cross-cultural communication, and cultural differences in the use of oral, literate, and electronic media.

ANTH 220: First Nations of British Columbia

The cultures, languages, and resources of First Nations, with anthropological perspectives on colonization and development.

ANTH 241: Introduction to Museums and Museology

The critical study of anthropology museums as social institutions and material culture research and classification from the late 19th century to the present day.

ANTH 300A: Contemporary Anthropological Theory

Contemporary approaches to society and culture in anthropology.

ANTH 301: Ethnography of Eurasia

Eurasia, including the Russian Federation, Central Asia, and Mongolia, with an emphasis on issues of power, identities, and transnational mobility in the region.

ANTH 302A: Ethnography of South Asia

A specialized study of ethnographic and theoretical problems relating to South Asia.

ANTH 304A: Ethnography of the Northwest Coast

Specialized study of ethnographic and theoretical problems of the region.

ANTH 307A: Ethnography of Korea

An exploration of ethnographic, topical, and theoretical issues.

ANTH 312: Anthropology of Gender

Theoretical approaches to, and the ethnographic study of, gender in cross-cultural contexts.

ANTH 315: Japanese Culture and Society

Japanese culture and society: patterns of organization, value systems, family, education, work, minorities and diversity, harmony and conflict, urban/rural differences, gender, sexuality, youth, tradition, continuity, change, and future prospects.

ANTH 317A: Linguistic Anthropology

A survey of the ethnographic uses of language data and the techniques of linguistic analysis.

ANTH 330: Anthropology of Rural Peoples and the Global Economy

A comparative study of rural peoples (such as small-scale horticulturists, artisans and craft workers, peasants, fisherfolk, or industrial/manufacturing workers) in the global economy.

ANTH 331A: Art, Aesthetics and Anthropology

Anthropological perspectives on art, aesthetics, and expressive culture.

ANTH 332: Oral Tradition

An ethnographic perspective on the dynamics of oral tradition in various oral and literate cultures; the characteristics and roles of oral genres including folktale, genealogy, oral history, autobiography, and myth in these societies; and the relationship between orality and literacy.

ANTH 341A: Museums, Heritage and Memory

Museums, galleries, monuments, and other cultural institutions' relations to our perception of history and geography.

ANTH 351A: Ethnography of the Pacific Islands – Melanesia

Major cultural groupings in Melanesia, emphasizing both traditional cultures and the incorporation of the region into modern international institutions.

ANTH 360: Introduction to Ecological Anthropology

Analysis of the relations between human societies and the ecological aspects of their environment (including technology, society, and ideology). Previously ANTH 460.

ANTH 378: Anthropology of Media

Analysis of contemporary mass media and of the anthropological use of media (photography, film, digital audio and video, etc.).

ANTH 400A: History of Anthropology

The development of anthropological theory and practice in institutional contexts.

ANTH 404: Ethnography in Circumpolar North

An examination of relationships between indigenous people and nation states in Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Siberia, using ethnographic methods.

ANTH 407: Principles of Field Work

An examination of field work as the basic setting for ethnographic research. Research design; relationships with study participants, field techniques, and data analysis and presentation.

ANTH 409A: Topics in Applied Anthropology

Advanced study of the theory and practice of applied, action, and consultancy anthropology. Topics may include the application of anthropology to questions of aboriginal rights and title, education, medicine, development, women and development, tourism, and other social issues.

ANTH 417B: Language, Culture, and Cognition

The relationships between linguistic and cultural phenomena; how language affects normative and cognitive systems of thought and behaviour.

ANTH 418: Anthropological Statistics

Applications of statistical techniques to quantitative and qualitative data in Anthropology.

ANTH 421A: The Anthropology of Place and Space

An anthropological understanding of the spatial dimensions of social practice, and the relationships of space to culture, history, and power.

ANTH 428: Medicine, Technology, Culture, and Society

A medical anthropological perspective on medical science, technology, translational research, and clinical practice, in laboratory, clinic, family, social, and cultural contexts. Topics include explanatory models of health, acute and chronic illness, disability; social and cultural dimensions genetics; clinical interaction.

ANTH 431C: Museum Practice and Curatorship

Management of museum collections and their public presentation, addressing questions of access, collaboration, and cultural property. The public interpretation of anthropological concepts and materials utilizing the programs and facilities of the Museum of Anthropology.

ANTH 433A: Directed Studies

General reading and/or a research undertaking, with the agreement, and under the supervision, of a Department faculty member selected by the student. Students interested in the directed studies course should complete this form and submit it to the undergraduate coordinator at No more than six credits of Directed Studies may be taken for credit toward the Major or Honours program.

ANTH 435: The Japanese Tea Ceremony – Ethnography of Performance, Practice, and Ritual

An exploration of Chanoyu, Japanese Tea Practice, as a culturally embedded ritual, performance, and aesthetic form, and as a way of understanding underlying elements of Japanese culture. This course has a studio component and a nominal fee may be charged.

ANTH 449A: Honours Tutorial

Will usually require the presentation of at least one research paper.

ANTH 451: Conservation of Organic Materials

Conservation of organic materials within a museum environment; the nature of materials, mechanisms of deterioration and principles of preventive conservation. Recommended for students intending to work with cultural materials.

ANTH 461: Anthropological Study of Local Ecological Knowledge

Analysis of the concepts of ecological anthropology via the medium of local ecological knowledge. ANTH 360 is recommended as background.

ANTH 471: Anthropology of Law

Cross-cultural study of the operation of law within contested systems of meaning, the social organization of law, and forms of consciousness of the participants in legal/justice practices.

ANTH 478A: Ethnographic Film Methods

Ethnographic digital video production, including methods of ethnographic fieldwork, creation of field notes, and research design; basics of digital video planning, production, and editing. Production fees are charged for this course. Prerequisite: ANTH 378 is recommended.

ANTH 495A/B/C: Advanced Studies in Anthropology

An intensive examination of selected topics in Anthropology.

ARCL (Anthropological Archaeology) Courses

ARCL 103: Introduction to Archaeology

Survey of world archaeology, from the emergence of humankind to the beginning of state societies.

ARCL 140: Bones – The Origins of Humanity

The origin and evolution of the human lineage and the emergence of human biological and cultural traits with emphasis on the fossil record before the Pleistocene. Credit will be granted for only one of ARCL 140 or ANTH 225.

ARCL 203: Archaeological Methods

Introduces the methods and principles applied in anthropological archaeology and cultural-historical research.

ARCL 204: Great Archaeological Discoveries

An examination of some momentous discoveries in archaeology that have shaped our knowledge of the ancient world and the history of humanity.

ARCL 228: Forensic Anthropology

The application of methods from biological anthropology and archaeology to the identification, recovery, and analysis of skeletal remains from crime scenes, mass disasters, and unexplained deaths.

ARCL 235: Controlling Nature – Plant and Animal Domestication

How, when and why humans became dependent on cultivated foods and domestic animals and the methods used to document plant and animal domestication.

ARCL 305: Archaeological Interpretation

Current theoretical developments explored through the practice of archaeology. Examples drawn from a range of times and places focusing on emerging technologies, food production, colonial encounters and culture contact, materiality and symbolic systems, social inequality and complexity, and human-environmental interactions.

ARCL 309: The Archaeology of Collapse and Sustainability

An evaluation of the issues of sustainability and collapse of ecological and social systems through the archaeological study of the past.

ARCL 325: Paleoanthropology

Origin and development of the hominins; the hominin fossil record, and theories relating to hominin evolution.

ARCL 345: Molecular Archaeology

Molecular techniques in archaeology and their application to anthropological and archaeological research.

ARCL 405: Archaeological and Anthropological Mapping

Current methods in mapping spatial information in archaeology and related subfields of anthropology.

ARCL 406A: Analytical Techniques in Archaeology

A survey of methods and techniques in the interpretation of archaeological data; practical experience in processing and analyzing archaeological materials by means of a research project. Students will prepare manuscripts, drawings and photographs for publication and will learn the basics of lithic and faunal analyses.

ARCL 419: The Archaeology of Death

A survey of methods, theory, and case-studies in mortuary archaeology.

ARCL 424: Practising Archaeology and the Management of Cultural Resources

Survey of the use of archaeology in the public context and interest, particularly the identification, evaluation, conservation, and management of archaeological resources. Laws and policies, principles, methods, and ethical concerns guiding current practices, public involvement, relationships with indigenous communities, and contemporary issues in cultural resources management.

ARCL 425: Paleodiet

The archaeological evidence for the change of human diets over time and the methods used to reconstruct past diets.