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Courses Offered 2018-19

9010 A/B - Graduate Research Seminar

Note: Although enrolling in and attending the Research Seminar are requirements of our programs, this course does not count for credit (there are no shared readings or graded assignments). It appears as an audit on transcripts.

  • Full-time MA and PhD students are expected to enroll in and attend this seminar for a total of four terms during their programs. Part-time students are only required to enroll for two terms (in recognition of their other commitments and time constraints), and the Research Seminar is scheduled on Friday afternoons to facilitate their attendance in terms when they are taking the Theory and Methods courses, which are offered on Friday mornings. We ask part-time students to attend as many additional sessions of the Research Seminar as feasible, in addition to their two terms of formal enrolment.

  • Once they have research results, all graduate students must make a research presentation to their peers in the Research Seminar. This normally occurs in the second half of their programs–year 2 for full-time MA students, year 3 or 4 for part-time MA students and full-time PhD students.

  • Formal meetings of the Research Seminar occur approximately six times each term (roughly every other week). On alternate weeks there may be other kinds of presentations in this time slot, such as workshops on specific issues. Attendance is not required at those optional sessions.
  • Four terms enrollment (AUDIT) required for all full-time students (two terms for part time students)
Friday 2:30-3:30
SSC 2257
2018-19 Research Seminar schedule

Required Courses - Fall Term 2018

9100A – Theory in Archaeology/Bioarchaeology

  • Required for bioarchaeology and archaeology students, including applied archaeology(where appropriate to the research project, 9200A may be substituted)

This course introduces students to the significance and uses of theory in anthropological thinking and practice today. Instead of attempting a comprehensive overview of the history and/or current state of anthropological theory, we will focus on selected readings related to several broad themes of common interest (phenomenology, agency, and entanglements with things and others) in an attempt to illustrate theory’s place in anthropological thinking and practice. As the course progresses, students will be encouraged to look beyond assigned readings and begin amassing eclectic reading lists of their own. These reading lists will ultimately inform students’ final papers.  

This course crosses over several times in the term with Anthropology 9200A (below).

Jean-François Millaire Fridays 9:30am -12:30pm, SSC 3102

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9200A – Theory in Sociocultural Anthropology

  • Required for sociocultural and linguistic anthropology students (where appropriate to the research project, 9100A may be substituted)

This core graduate seminar is built around four central topics in anthropology: culture; individual and society; time, memory and the politics of the past; and space and place. It is designed not as a survey of theoretical positions on these topics, but rather as an exercise in critical reading and critical thinking about how these sets of concepts have been, and can be, used. In other words, the objective is to train you to think theoretically, rather than to teach you theories. In addition to thinking through some ways that these four themes have been used in sociocultural anthropology, and what the implications are of different approaches, we will also be considering how archaeologists use these concepts, and whether (or to what degree) we are all talking about the same thing when we engage them.

This course crosses over several times in the term with Anthropology 9100A (above).

Adriana Premat Friday 9:30am -12:30pm, SSC 3227

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9301A – Directed Research & Writing I (Intensive Applied Archaeology only)

  • Required for intensive applied archaeology students

The Directed Research and Writing courses are intended to focus students on their thesis topic, and allow them to generate content for their thesis as part of the course requirement. These courses will be taught by the student's supervisor or by an instructor if the cohort in a given year is large enough. Regular meetings and blocks of time for writing are part of the course content. Successful completion of these courses is determined through a pass/fail evaluation.

Elective Courses - Fall Term 2018

9104A - Special Topics in Bioarchaeology: Advanced Analytical Techniques in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology

The objective of this course is to explore how advanced analytical techniques are applied in archaeology and bioarchaeology. As such, the focus is not on any specific analytical technique per se. Rather, the course focuses on:

  • the theoretical context and paradigm within which techniques are applied and results interpreted
  • how such analysis must be done within the interdisciplinary context – including defining interdisciplinarity and exploring the factors that encourage and/or discourage interdisciplinary research
  • and exploring the nature of collaboration, including issues of intellectual property

Course assignments will include ethnographies of successful interdisciplinary projects across campus, an analysis of how granting agencies shape research and a detailed paper exploring a particular analytical technique and its application that is relevant to the students’ research.

Andrew Nelson Wednesday, 10:30am-1:30pm, SSC 3315

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9214A - Memory, History and Reconstructions of Identity

The course examines the reproduction of the past, whether professional historical productions or popular memory, as entwined to present givens and interests. It similarly assumes that identity constructions inevitably invoke the past. The course includes readings on how memory is reproduced in the context of migration/diaspora, the political aspect of memory, and the struggle for and against power.

  • Eligible for credit towards the MER Collaborative graduate program.
Randa Farah Tuesday, 9:30am-12:30pm, SSC 3227

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9216A - Advanced Research in Language: Field Techniques in Linguistics

In this course students will elicit and record linguistic data from a native speaker of a designated language and then study its phonological and lexical-grammatical systems. Selected aspects of the language will be analyzed in terms of current problems in linguistic theory.

  • Cross-listed with Anthropology 3237A & Linguistics 9237A
Tania Granadillo Monday, 1:30-2:30pm & Wednesday, 1:30-3:30pm, Weldon Library, 258

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9225A - Special Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology: Reading and Writing Ethnography

In this course, we will explore ethnography as a mode of knowledge and representation, as a theory and practice, and, above all, as a genre of writing. We will begin by considering some classic debates about ethnographic writing and then turn to in-depth analyses of several contemporary ethnographies.

  • Cross-listed with Anthropology 4493F
Greg Beckett Thursday, 1:30-4:30pm, SSC 3102

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Required Courses - Winter Term 2019

9101B – Research Methods in Archaeology/Bioarchaeology

  • Required for bioarchaeology and archaeology students, including applied archaeology (where appropriate to the research project, 9201B may be substituted)

There are several aims to this course. The proximate aim is to work with you to develop your thesis research proposal. The ultimate aim is to examine how methodology is applied to address issues that flow from theory and to appreciate that there are common themes among the various methodological approaches that are utilized in archaeology and bioarchaeology. Among the issues that we will be addressing through readings, presentations and discussions are: the nature of anthropological research – and specifically anthropological archaeology and bioarchaeology; the nature of research questions and the design of research programs to address those questions; how is our research situated in relation to the existing literature; ethics; and the nitty gritties of data collection and analysis.

Jean-François Millaire Friday 9:30am -12:30pm, SSC 3102

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9201B - Research Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology

  • Required for sociocultural and linguistics students (where appropriate to the research project, 9101B may be substituted)

This seminar will introduce students to the basics of research design and the techniques and methods used in ethnographic data collection and analysis through a series of assignments. Some of these will let students concentrate specifically on their individual research project while others will have them working in small groups to contribute to a group research project. The latter set of assignments will familiarize students with standard field practices - from participant observation to interviewing - while allowing them to learn about key software applications designed for gathering, coding, and analyzing qualitative data (NVivo and Survey Monkey). The question of ethics will come up throughout the seminar, but one week will be entirely dedicated to this important subject.

Adriana Premat Friday 9:30am -12:30pm,  SSC3227

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9110B – Principles of Applied Archaeology

  • Required for applied archaeology students
  • Cross-listed with Anthropology 4429G

This course will examine the principles and concerns that are integral to the practice of applied archaeology in North America, and the role of applied archaeology in heritage management in general. The course will review legislation and professional practices that govern applied archaeologists, and in particular the form of archaeology carried out by consultant archaeologists hired by third parties to undertake archaeological investigations in advance of land development or resource extraction (commonly called Cultural Resource Management - CRM). While the readings will draw on the experience of applied archaeology from across North America and beyond, the course will focus on applied archaeology as currently practiced in Ontario.

Neal Ferris Monday 1:30-4:30pm, SSC3315

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9302B - Directed Research & Writing 2 (Intensive Applied Archaeology only)

  • Required for intensive applied archaeology students

The Directed Research and Writing courses are intended to focus students on their thesis topic, and allow them to generate content for their thesis as part of the course requirement. These courses will be taught by the student's supervisor or by an instructor if the cohort in a given year is large enough. Regular meetings and blocks of time for writing are part of the course content. Successful completion of these courses is determined through a pass/fail evaluation.

Elective Courses - Winter Term 2019

9111B - Advanced Bioarchaeology

This course provides an introduction to current theoretical and methodological issues in bioarchaeology. Use of ancient human, animal, and plant tissues to reconstruct relationships among biology, culture and environment in international contexts is emphasized. Topics include: diet, demography, disease, identity, mobility, landscape, childhood, gender, ideology, political economy, violence, work, urbanism, and globalization.

Cross-listed with Anthropology 3311G

Andrew Nelson Tuesday, 9:30am-12:30pm, SSC 2257

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9105B - Special Topics in Archaeology - Advanced Artifact Analysis

This course provides students with a hands-on introduction to the identification, analysis and interpretation of a range of archaeological artifacts including lithics, ceramics and organics. Students will work with archaeological collections that are available for analysis.

  • Cross-listed with Anthropology 3313B
Peter Timmins Thursday, 1:30-4:30pm, SSC 3227

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9108B – Advanced Research in Paleopathology and Paleodiet

This course will explore disease and diet in past human populations with particular focus on the interaction of health and nutrition. A range of topics within paleopathology, the study of ancient disease, and paleodiet, the study of ancient diet, will be investigated to learn what can and cannot be discerned about human health through the analyses of skeletal and dental remains from archaeological contexts. Major techniques for reconstructing disease and diet from archaeological human remains are covered. The skeletal and dental markers of disease, injury, and diet are a source of evidence about the broader context in which people lived, for example providing information about changing environments, changing exposure to pathogens, population size and density, conflict between groups, the varied effects of the domestication of plants and animals, and activity patterns such the gendered division of labour. Cutting-edge research in biological anthropology is utilizing the interaction of health and nutrition to address broad hypotheses about human adaptation and evolution.

  • Cross-listed with Anthropology 4408G
Andrea Waters-Rist Thursday, 9:30am-12:30pm, SSC 3315

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9215B - Discourse and Society

Discourse analysis provides empirical grounding for explanations and interpretations of culture, society and social behaviour. Attention to discourse (language in use) reveals the diversity of perspectives within cultural and social groups, reminding us to be critical of generalizations we make, while deepening our understanding of issues. In this course, we will explore how discourse is shaped by many things including the world as we know it, the structures of language itself, social relations, prior discourses, the limitations and possibilities of the medium, and various speaker purposes. Examples of discourse features include: pragmatic expressions (including discourse markers), slang, stance, style, framing, register, genre, and reported speech.

Karen Pennesi Thursday, 1:30-4:30pm, SSC 3315

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9900B - Special Topics in Anthropology: Visual Anthropology

This course is an introduction to visual anthropology and to visual studies more broadly. The course tracks the parallels and divergences in debates about representation as they occur in art and anthropology. The course is experiential and will ask you to experiment with visual thinking strategies of various kinds. No artistic or technological expertise is required. Instead, curiosity and a collaborative spirit are essential.

  • Cross-listed with Anthropology 4494G
Lindsay Bell Wednesday, 10:30am-1:30pm, 3227

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9300A/B (MA) or 9800A/B (PhD) - Directed Reading Courses

If you plan to take a Directed Reading Course, you should first consult with your supervisor and with the faculty member who will be supervising the reading course, and then obtain the Graduate Chair's approval. Please complete the Directed Reading Course form and return it to the Graduate Assistant in SSC 3324.