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Courses Offered 2022-23

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 1:30-2:30 2021-22 Graduate Research Seminar schedule (TBA)

Required Courses - Fall Term 2022

9100A - *Thinking Anthropologically

  • *Previously Theory in Archaeology/Bioarchaeology & Theory in Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Required for students in both streams

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 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 that fit best with their own research interests and proposals in development. These reading lists will ultimately inform students’ final papers.

Jay Stock & Lindsay Bell Friday 9:30am -12:30pm, UCC 66 Course Outline

9200A – Theory in Sociocultural Anthropology (CANCELLED)

This course has been replaced with Anthropology 9100A - Thinking Anthropologically

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 2022

9111A - Bioarchaeology: Practice and Theory

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 3311F


Andrew Nelson Monday, 1:30-4:30pm, SSC 2257 Course Outline

9217A - Anthropology and Embodiment

In this course we will use anthropology as a lens to analyze, evaluate and interpret embodiment and bodymind. In the style of an emerging topics course -- weekly readings will be designed to reflect the particular interests of course participants. Possible topics might include: Surveillance and management of bodies in life and death (prisons, hospitals and graveyards etc.); Sex, Gender, and Sexuality; Pregnancy; Performance/Athleticism; Race; Disability; Food Access (choices, barriers); Obesity vs. Fat Pride; Body modification (tattoos, adornment, orthotics, prostheses, assistive technologies), and more. This is a course that welcomes the exploration of borders and boundaries of embodiment as emerging within students' own diverse research interests.

Cross-listed with Anthropology 3356F


Pamela Block Wednesday, 1:30-4:30pm, FNB 2210 Course Outline

9900A - Special Topic in Anthropology: Anthropology of Conservation

The conception and application of “conservation measures” are inherently humanistic endeavours. While current concern over biodiversity loss might lead people to associate “conservation” with threatened species and endangered ecosystems, there are multiple other ways in which humans practice conservation behaviour (usually accompanied by explicit rationales why a particular conservation endeavour is needed or of future value). This seminar will be an exploration of the multple endeavours and expressions that human engagements with “conservation” can take. We will begin the term looking at the wide-­‐spread association of “conservation” with threatened species and endangered ecosystems.

Other areas to be explored will include (but will not necessarily be limited to are: issues of curation, both in regards to archaeological assemblages and, more broadly, to museum collections generally; preserving/conserving published material, indigenous languages, "traditional ecological knowledge" (TEK), architectural heritage, electronic media, and cultural practices.

Open to students in all fields of Anthropology.

Cross listed with Anthropology 4493F.

Eligible for credit towards the E&S Collaborative graduate program.


Ian Colquhoun Thursday, 9:30am -12:30pm online (synchronous) Course Outline

Required Courses - Winter Term 2023

9101B– *Research Design in Archaeology and Biological Anthropology

  • *Previously Research Methods in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology
  • Required for all Archaeology/Bioarchaeology, Biological Anthropology and Applied Archaeology students

This course offers an introduction to a range of issues related to the practice of anthropological research. Among the topics we will address through readings, presentations, and discussions are research design, ethics, and the advantages and limitations of different approaches to data collection, analysis, and presentation of results. Assignments will require students to conduct an original research project.

Andrea Waters-Rist Friday 9:30am -12:30pm, SSC 3102 Course Outline

9201B - * Research Design in Sociocultural & Linguistic Anthropology

  • *Previously Research Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Required for all Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology students

This course offers an introduction to a range of issues related to the practice of anthropological and ethnographic research. Among the topics we will be addressing through readings, presentations and discussions are research design, ethics, and the advantages and limitations of different approaches to data collection, analysis and presentation of results. Assignments will require students to conduct an original research project in teams.

Andrew Walsh Friday 9:30am-12:30pm, SSC 3227 Course Outline

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 2023

9105B -Artifact Analysis

This course will explore how archaeologists identify and analyze artifact object collections (this course will not be exploring materials such as floral or faunal remains), the work commonly done with artifacts in the lab after fieldwork. This course will provide students with an introduction to the identification, analysis and interpretation of major types of cultural materials commonly recovered from archaeological sites. Emphasis will be placed on developing practical skills and knowledge related to conducting analyses and reporting results of archaeological investigations in licence reports. The course will provide an overview of a broad range of cultural materials including: lithics, ceramics, metals, glass, and organic artifacts. As well, students will be introduced to matters of managing archaeological collections long term, including conservation, providing access, and maintaining collection integrity and contextual data.

Cross-listed with Anthropology 3313B

Peter Timmins Thursday, 9:30am-12:30pm, SSC 2257 Course Outline

9112B -Digital Archaeology

This course will explore the implications of digitizing the practice of archaeology and bioarchaeology, and interacting with the past digitally. What are the possibilities and issues when we can interact with the material, tangible heritage digitally and intangibly? What does it mean for archaeology/anthropology to be “done” virtually and online? How does this digital world change methodologies, analyses, and even how we come to know the past and value heritage in society today? What are the implications when the material heritage is made accessible and becomes engaged with, challenged, and re-imagined online and within a global digital community?

Cross-listed with Anthropology 4407G

Neal Ferris Wednesday, 9:30am-12:30pm, SSC 3315 Course Outline

9122B - Activity and Energetics in the Past

This course explores the interaction between habitual activity and energetics throughout human evolution, prehistory, and the recent past.  Particular focus will be placed on the energetic biology of species, and how it has changed throughout human evolution in relation to habitual activity and changing resources use. 

Cross-listed with Anthropology 4422B

Jay Stock Thursday, 9:30am-12:30pm, SSC 3227 Course Outline

9225B - Faces and Phases of Nations and Nationalisms

In this course, we glance at the history that gave rise to nations and nationalisms, and we review some of the relevant theories, as well as indigenous and national struggles within existing states, post-colonial states, and post-colonial theories and will draw on diverse case studies that highlight the conundrums of nations and nationalisms.

Eligible for credit towards the MER Collaborative graduate program.


Randa Farah Monday, 1:30-4:30pm, SSC 3227 Course Outline

9228B - Language and Power

This course examines linkages between linguistic practices and relations of power, drawing primarily on tools and methodologies of Linguistic Anthropology and Discourse Analysis. Topics such as racism, disability, migration will be addressed.

Cross-listed with Anthropology 4412G


Tania Granadillo Tuesday, 9:30am-12:30pm, UCC 60 Course Outline

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 either email it to Christine Wall or drop it off at Christine's office, SSC 3324.