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2000 Level Courses

2100 - Archaeology and World Prehistory

The field of archaeology, with emphasis on the major discoveries of the discipline. Topics include the evolution of humans, their spread throughout the world, the origins of agriculture, urbanization, and the development of early civilizations. Major archaeological sites like Olduvai Gorge, Stonehenge, Giza, Ur and Teotihuacan will be discussed.  3 lecture hours, 1.0 course.

Antirequisite(s): none
Prerequisite(s): none

This course is ideal for students with no background in anthropology. This course counts towards only one anthropology module: the Anthropology Minor.

2016-2017
Fall/Winter:  Distance Studies   Instructor: P. Timmins

2203F – Indigenous Peoples, Globalization, and the Environment

An examination of natural resource development emphasizing the interplay between indigenous people, the state and transnational developers. Topics include: environmentalism and livelihood; land rights; corporate power and state policies; common property and community-based resource management; NGOs in environmental politics; sustainability and the greening of development. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): First Nations Studies 2203F/G
Prerequisite(s): Any Arts and Humanities or Social Science 0.5 or 1.0 essay course.

2016-2017
Fall term: Tue 10:30am-12:30pm and Thur 11:30am-12:30pm  Classroom: SH-3315   Instructor: D. Jorgensen

2211G - Cultures of the Caribbean

An introduction to the Caribbean and circum- Caribbean, emphasizing religion, aesthetic styles, current political processes, and relationships of the region and its peoples to Canada.  3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): First Nations Studies 2211F/G
Prerequisite(s): Any Arts and Humanities or Social Science 1.0 or 0.5 essay course.

2016-2017
Winter:  Distance Studies   Instructor: S. Larkin

2217G - First Nations Traditional Cultures of Canada

Cultural and linguistic areas of Canada, subsistence patterns, social and political organization, religion, ethnohistory of the fur trade and Metis, treaties, accessing First Nations viewpoints. 3 lecture/seminar hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): First Nations Studies 2217F/G
Prerequisite(s): Any Arts and Humanities or Social Science 0.5 or 1.0 essay course.

2016-2017
Winter term: Tue 1:30-4:30pm   Classroom: TH-3102   Instructor: B. Stonefish

2218F – Contemporary First Nations Issues in Canada

Education, land claims, sovereignty, social justice, hunting and fishing rights, co-management of resources, spirituality, pow-wows, oral history, language maintenance; media representation, cross-cultural mis-communication, Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): First Nations Studies 2218F/G
Prerequisite(s): Any Arts and Humanities or Social Science 0.5 or 1.0 essay course.

2016-2017
Fall term: Wed 7:00-10:00pm   Classroom: KB-K203   Instructor: D. Dokis

2219F - Cultures of the Middle East

A critical examination of approaches that tend to homogenize and dehistoricize Middle Eastern peoples. The course provides an historical overview that reveals regional heterogeneity, and shifts in peoples, powers and borders. Due to the immensity and complexity of the region, the thematic focus will change regularly. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): -
Prerequisite(s): Any Arts and Humanities or Social Science 0.5 or 1.0 essay course.

2016-2017
Fall term: Thur 2:30-5:30pm    Classroom: UCC-58   Instructor: R. Farah

2222G – Debates in Sociocultural Anthropology

Sociocultural Anthropologists commonly debate the foundations of their discipline. What are the goals of Sociocultural Anthropology? How should we be doing it, and why? For whom do we do it? This course contextualizes such key debates focusing especially on what they tell us about the discipline’s past, present, and future.

Antirequisite(s): -
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1020E or ANTH 1025F/G.

2016-2017
Winter term: Tue 6:30-9:30pm   Classroom: SSC-3018   Instructor: A. Walsh

2226A – Biological Anthropology

A survey of the major areas of biological anthropology, including heredity, paleo-anthropology, human adaptability and variability, and growth and development. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): -
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1020E or ANTH 1025F/G and ANTH 1026F/G.

2016-2017
Fall term: Thur 2:30-5:30pm   Classroom: SSC-2257   Instructor I. Colquhoun

2229G – Principles of Archaeology

This course provides an overview of the goals, theory and analytical methods of archaeology as practised by anthropologists. The course serves to provide a basic appreciation of how one is able to go from the material remains of past peoples to statements about the nature of their cultural systems, and also, how archaeologists are uniquely poised to address certain general questions of concern to all anthropologists. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): -
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1020E or ANTH 1025F/G and ANTH 1026F/G.

2016-2017
Winter term: Mon 10:30am-12:30pm and Wed 10:30-11:30am   Classroom: SSC-2257   Instructor: P. Timmins

2233F – Ontario Archaeology

The prehistoric societies of Ontario and surrounding areas. Topics include the entry of humans into the New World and their arrival in Ontario; development of agriculture; appearance of historic period societies such as the Huron, Neutral and Ojibwa; impact of European settlement and economic systems on native societies. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): FNS 2233F/G
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1020E, or ANTH 1025F/G and ANTH 1026F/G, or ANTH 2100, or FNS 1020E.

2016-2017
Fall term: Mon 10:30am-12:30pm and Wed 10:30-11:30am   Classroom: SSC-2257   Instructor: P. Timmins

2234G – Andean Prehistory

This course will focus primarily on the prehistory of the Peruvian Andes and Coast, with some overlap into Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile and Amazonia. We will study the area's archaeological record in some detail, touching on a variety of themes that are of general archaeological interest, e.g. agricultural origins, trade, the rise of complex societies, the role of religious ideology, and the interpretation of archaeological evidence. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): FNS 2234F/G
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1020E, or ANTH 1025F/G and ANTH 1026F/G, or ANTH 2100, or FNS 1020E.

2016-2017
Winter term: Thur 11:30am-2:30pm   Classroom: SSC-2257   Instructor: J-F. Millaire

2239B – Mummies: The Scientific and Cultural Analysis of Human Mummies

Mummies are of interest to archaeologists and to the general public. Mummies are people and they speak to us from across the centuries. This course takes an interdisciplinary, scientific and cultural approach to the study of human mummies to discuss issues of ethics, science and cross-cultural perspectives on death. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): -
Prerequisite(s): Any first year Social Science, Health Science or Science course. 

2016-2017
Winter term: Wed 2:30-5:30pm   Classroom: 3M-3250   Instructor: A. Nelson

2245F – Topics in Language and Culture

Culture is investigated using linguistic methods and techniques. Topics include: the analysis of lexical sets, cognitive categories, language as a symbolic communicative process, non-verbal communication, conversational analysis. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): -
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1020E or ANTH 1025F/G or ANTH 1027A/B or LING 2288A/B.

2016-2017
Winter term: Mon 1:30-4:30pm   Classroom: TC-309   Instructor: K. Pennesi

2246G - The Anthropology of Reading and Writing

This course examines reading and writing from an anthropological perspective. It looks at how writing originated based on archeological evidence and at the sociocultural consequences of this invention. Then it explores various writing systems around the world as well as the effects of the introduction of literacy in societies. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): -
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1020E or ANTH 1027A/B or LING 2288A/B or permission from the instructor.

2016-2017
Winter term: Tue 1:30-3:30pm and Thur 1:30-2:30pm   Classroom: AHB-1B04    Instructor: T. Granadillo

2247B - Phonological Analysis

An introduction to the analysis of the sound systems of languages. Includes a discussion of the basic units of sound, their patterns of distribution and alternation. Topics to be covered are: articulatory phonetics, acoustic phonetics, distinctive feature theory, the writing of rules to describe phonological patterns. The generative framework will be emphasized. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): -
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1027A/B or LING 2288A/B.

2016-2017
Winter term: Wed 6:30-9:30pm   Classroom: SSC-3024   Instructor: O. Kharytonava

2248A – Introduction to Syntax and Semantics

An introduction to contemporary generative syntax and semantics: lexical categories, lexical semantics, morphology in relation to syntax, constituency, dependency, grammatical relations, argument structure, sentential semantics focussing especially on the relation between semantic structure and syntactic structure. The primary language discussed will be English but examples will be drawn from other languages where appropriate. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): -
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1027A/B or LING 2288A/B.

2016-2017
Fall term: Wed 6:30-9:30pm   Classroom: UCC-37   Instructor: O. Kharytonava

2249F - Discourse Analysis and Linguistic Pragmatics

Analysis of the contexts in which sentences occur and of the communicative functions they carry. Topics include: theme/rheme, information structure, deixis, presupposition, conversational implicature, speech acts and conversational analysis. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): -
Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1027A/B or LING 2288A/B.

2016-2017
Fall term: Tue 12:30-2:30pm and Thur 12:30-1:30pm   Classroom: SSC-3026   Instructor: K. Pennesi

2261G – Adventures in Pop Culture Archaeology

Archaeology is often portrayed in popular culture: on television and in the movies, on the internet, in comics, video games and news media. This course examines how both non-archaeologists and archaeologists present archaeology to the public and considers what these representations imply about the relationship between archaeology and modern society. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): -
Prerequisite(s): -

2016-2017
Winter term: Mon 1:30-4:30pm   Classroom: SSC-2257   Instructor: L. Hodgetts

2262F - Production and Consumption of Global Commodities

This course focuses on communities of commodity producers and consumers in an integrated global political economy. Weekly lectures centre on particular commodities (rubber, gold, sapphires, oil, water, etc.) and on how anthropologists have attempted to study the roots and effects of their production and consumption. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): -
Prerequisite(s): Any Arts and Humanities or Social Science 0.5 or 1.0 essay course.

2016-2017
Fall term: Mon 10:30am-12:30pm and Wed 10:30-11:30am   Classroom: CHB-9   Instructor: A. Walsh

2265F – Primate Behaviour

This course considers the behavioral patterns, and diversity, exhibited across species of the Order Primates. Critical examination of theoretical models developed to explain primate behavior is emphasized. Topics covered, using species comparisons, include socioecological contexts of primate behavior, reproduction, growth and development, kinship and dominance, communication and cognition. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): -
Prerequisite(s): Any Arts and Humanities or Social Science 0.5 or 1.0 essay course.

2016-2017
Fall term: Tue 2:30-5:30pm   Classroom: SSC-2257   Instructor: I. Colquhoun

2272F – Anthropology of Tourism

This course examines various aspects of tourism from an anthropological point of view. Topics will include the cultural effects of tourism on both hosts and guests, on the political and economic issues involved in tourism, on the connection between tourism and environmental concerns, and on conflict over local resources. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): -
Prerequiste(s): At least a 0.5 essay course in any faculty.

2016-2017
Fall term: Distance Studies   Instructor: S. Larkin

2272G – Anthropology of Tourism

This course examines various aspects of tourism from an anthropological point of view. Topics will include the cultural effects of tourism on both hosts and guests, on the political and economic issues involved in tourism, on the connection between tourism and environmental concerns, and on conflict over local resources. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): -
Prerequiste(s): At least a 0.5 essay course in any faculty.

2016-2017
Winter term: Distance Studies   Instructor: S. Larkin

2280G – Economic Anthropology

This course explores the economic lives of people across a variety of cultures. Topics will include social and political economy, economics and morality, gifts and exchange, labour and production, commodities and consumption, fair trade, and concepts of land and mortgage. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): -
Prerequiste(s): At least a 0.5 essay course in any faculty.

2016-2017
Winter term: Distance Studies   Instructor: C. Kennedy

2282F – The Anthropology of Migration

This course will examine human migration from an anthropological perspective that includes a brief historical overview of human mobility, case studies from around the world, and theoretical attempts to explain and predict human migration. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): -
Prerequiste(s): Any Arts and Humanities or Social Science 0.5 or 1.0 essay course.

2016-2017
Fall term: Distance Studies   Instructor: S. Larkin

2290G - Plagues and Peoples: Cultures of Health and Healing

An exploration of the social and cultural basis of health, disease, and healing. We will examine patterns of illness and epidemics, social and cultural aspects of risk, the use of ritual in healing, and the politics of health, among other issues, from an ethnographic and historical perspective. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

Antirequisite(s): -
Prerequisite(s): Any Arts and Humanities or Social Science 0.5 or 1.0 essay course.

2016-2017
Winter term:  Distance Studies   Instructor: M. Dolson