Course Descriptions

Anthropology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

ANTH: Anthropology

ANTH 100 (3) Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
An overview of social and cultural anthropology its origins, its distinctive methods and concepts, and its place in the contemporary world. A critical examination of human diversity and how social and cultural differences are produced and shaped by local and global patterns. [3-0-0]
ANTH 103 (3) Introduction to World Archaeology
Peoples and cultures of prehistory. Examines archaeologists and their work in archaeological sites around the world, from the earliest evidence of humankind and hunting and gathering culture, to the emergence of civilization and state-level societies. Credit will be granted for only one of ANTH 103 and either ANTH 104 or ANTH 251. [3-0-0]
ANTH 111 (3) Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Examination of the place of humans in nature. Human genetics, biologically-determined variation in contemporary populations, human growth and development, comparative primatology, human evolution, and human disease. [3-0-0]
ANTH 170 (3) Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
Exploration of human communication, both verbal and non-verbal. The structure, cognitive role, and social functions of the spoken languages of the world will be emphasized. [3-0-0]
ANTH 205 (3) Gender, Sexuality, and the Body
An anthropological exploration of how understandings of gender, sex, and the body are culturally and historically shaped, with a focus on theory as well as case studies. How globalization and transnationalism are changing norms of gender and sexuality is also explored. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Second-year standing.
ANTH 218 (3) Tourism, Desire and Difference
Anthropological approaches to tourism, the politics of cultural encounters, and how the desire for difference shapes peoples everyday lives and pleasure travel. Credit will be granted for only one of ANTH 218 or ANTH 416. [3-0-0]
ANTH 227 (3) Culture, Health, and Illness
Introduction to the discipline of medical anthropology. Overview into the relationship of ecology, evolution, biology, and culture to issues such as what it means to be healthy, why people become ill, and how people respond to sickness and disease. Health as a human adaptation to the environment. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Second-year standing.
ANTH 230 (3) Culture, Happiness, and Wellness
A cross-cultural exploration of the experience, meanings, expressions and understandings of happiness and wellness. How emotional states are culturally defined as positive or pleasant ranging from contentment to intense joy will be examined. [3-0-0]
ANTH 241 (3) Archaeology of the Americas
Introduces prehistoric cultures in North and South America up to the time of European settlement, emphasizing the overall patterns of prehistoric culture change. Topics may include: evidence for early humankind in North and South America; the significance of plant and animal domestication; the rise of civilizations in Meso-America and the Andes; prehistoric British Columbia and northern Canada. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of ANTH 103, ANTH 104.
ANTH 245 (3) Culture and Environment
Introduction to environmental anthropology with an emphasis on the relationship of cultural systems to contemporary environmental issues. Includes material from the Okanagan region and diverse societies around the world. May include one or more local field trips. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100.
ANTH 252 (3) Visual Anthropology and New Media
Provides an introduction to visual anthropology and the history of film in anthropological research. Students critically evaluate how anthropologists and documentary filmmakers represent other peoples and cultures through film and new media. [3-0-0]
ANTH 260 (3) Ethnobotany: Plants and People
Introduction to ethnobotany, the study of people's use, classification, and management of plants. Explores ethnobotany's beginnings; fundamental principles and practices; the diverse relationship between people and plants, including the use of plants for food, medicine, and materials; and the role of plants in ritual and religion. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Second-year standing.
ANTH 270 (3) Phonology
Cross-cultural exploration of how sounds of language are produced (articulatory phonetics) and organized into the sound systems of individual languages (phonemics), the history of phonological theory, and the method for discovering the phonemic system of individual languages (phonological analysis). [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 170.
ANTH 295 (3/6) d Current Topics in Anthropology
Contemporary issues in anthropology topics. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Varies with the topic; contact the department.
ANTH 300 (3) Contemporary Theory in Anthropology
Key theoretical orientations and debates since the 1980s with emphasis on questions of representation, globalization, and the application of anthropological theory and research to contemporary social issues. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100 and third-year standing.
ANTH 304 (3) Decolonizing the Pacific Northwest
Specialized study of ethnographic and theoretical problems of the region. Emphasis is placed on the culture, language, and resources of First Nations with critical perspectives on colonization and development. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100.
ANTH 306 (3/6) d Field Training in Archaeology
Training in archaeological field techniques and interpretation. Students participate in fieldwork, which may include survey, excavation, mapping, and/or on-site lab-work as a basis for lectures, discussions, and reports. Additional fees may be charged. Students spend approximately half the time in the field and the other half in lectures and/or labs.
Prerequisite: ANTH 103 and one additional 3-credit archaeology course at the 200- or 300-level.
ANTH 310 (3) Theory in Archaeology
Traces major trends, debates, and schools of thought in archaeology, emphasizing the entanglement of theory, practice, and method. Explores the emergence of different approaches in archaeology, from its roots in antiquarianism and cultural history to contemporary theoretical currents. Contemplates the interdisciplinary and collaborative aspects of archaeology as well as the ethical and political implications. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 103 and third-year standing.
ANTH 312 (3) Anthropology of Religion
Critical examination of religious beliefs and practices in the context of both past and contemporary societies. Surveys approaches to related phenomena such as myth, ritual, witchcraft and shamanism, as well as theories regarding the changing role of religion in a globalized world shaped by secularism, fundamentalism, nationalism, and new religious movements. Credit will be granted for only one of ANTH 312 or ANTH 419. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100.
ANTH 313 (3) Anthropology of Gender
Nature of gender relations, their social and cultural expression, and theories of gender inequality drawn from anthropological research. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100.
ANTH 319 (3) Settling Down: An Archaeology of Early State Societies
Survey of archaeological evidence and theories for the origins and spread of settled village life, food production systems, and complex social and political organization. Begins with the Early Neolithic period and continues through to the appearance of the old world civilizations. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 103 and third-year standing.
ANTH 320 (3) Central American Indigenous Medicine
Cultural survey of the nature, history, and complexity of Indigenous medical systems; the study of concepts of illness, health, and healing as embodied cultural experiences among various Central American societies. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of ANTH 100, ANTH 227 and third-year standing.
ANTH 325 (3) Cultural Epidemiology
A historical and contemporary exploration of the connections between patterns of disease and patterns of culture. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100 and third-year standing.
ANTH 327 (3) Things: Exploring Material Cultures
Drawing on anthropology, archaeology and material culture studies, this course examines the value, significance and meaning of the material world, and the role of objects and things in the production of social life and culture. Past and present examples include commodities, ritualized gift exchanges, food, and the role of social media and new technology in shaping human interactions. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of ANTH 100, ANTH 103 and third-year standing.
ANTH 330 (3) Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Mental Health
A cross-cultural survey of the ways in which the concepts and the experience of mental health and illness are shaped by cultural content and historical context. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 227.
ANTH 342 (3) Human Osteology
In-depth study of human skeletal and dental morphology, structure, and function. Introduction to basic techniques of osteological analysis, including age and sex determination, stature reconstruction, and assessment of ancestry; histology, bone biology, functional morphology, fragment identification and reconstruction, and curation techniques. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of ANTH 103, ANTH 104, ANTH 111 and third-year standing.
ANTH 350 (3) Ethnography of Special Areas
Advanced study of ethnographic and theoretical problems specific to a region and topic that will vary each term. Credit will be granted for only one of ANTH 350 or ANTH 403. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100.
ANTH 351 (3) 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. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100.
ANTH 353 (3) India in Motion: Ethnographic Perspectives
Advanced study of ethnographic and theoretical problems in India. Topics such as religion, caste, gender and sexuality, agriculture and urban development, nationalism, Bollywood cinema, and globalization. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100 and third-year standing
ANTH 354 (3) Ethnography of the Metis
Metis from their origins in the early nineteenth century, through the development of the Metis Nation on the Western Plains of North America, to the situation of the Metis in contemporary Canadian society. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of ANTH 100, INDG 100 and third-year standing.
ANTH 355 (3) Ethnography of Development
Through the use of detailed ethnographic case studies, development processes and projects are analyzed as complex cultural events. Two different societies from two different parts of the world are selected each year. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100 and third-year standing.
ANTH 363 (3) Ethnographic Survey of Meso-America
Examines the social systems and cultural traditions of several indigenous Meso-American cultures. Of particular importance is an examination of the traditional cultures and societies of Mexico and how they have reorganized themselves since the Spanish Conquest. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100 and third-year standing.
ANTH 369 (3) Historical Archaeology
Methods, theory, and interdisciplinary nature of historical archaeology, which includes aspects of archaeology, anthropology, history, and geography; examination of groups who have generally been excluded from written histories since the beginning of European colonialism such as women, Aboriginal peoples, overseas Chinese, and African slaves. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of ANTH 103, ANTH 104 and third-year standing.
ANTH 370 (3) Morphology, Syntax, and Semantics
Cross-cultural exploration of grammar focusing on the structure of words, organization of words into phrases and sentences, coding of meaning in grammar, methods used in grammatical analysis, and history of grammatical theory. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 170.
ANTH 373 (3) The Acquisition of Language and Cultural Practice
Foundations, theories, and methods of language socialization. The cultural basis of language learning across the human lifespan with emphasis on the role of family, schooling, heritage, and endangerment.
Prerequisite: One of ANTH 100, ANTH 170. Third-year standing. ANTH 170 is preferred.
ANTH 375 (3) Economic Anthropology
Investigation of the ways in which human desire is controlled, expressed, and manifested in economic activity; the relationship of economic anthropology to neo-classical economics, traditional political economy, and current approaches to conceptualizing the relationship between culture and economics. [0-0-3]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100 and 6 additional credits of ANTH at the 200 level or above.
ANTH 377 (3) Sociolinguistics
Examines the sociopolitical organization of language variation: multilingualism; dialectology; and the use of language to indicate formality, ethnicity, gender, age, political attitudes, socio-economic status, and class. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Either (a) ANTH 100 or (b) ANTH 170. Third-year standing. ANTH 170 is preferred.
ANTH 400 (3) History of Anthropology
Review of anthropological theory and practice beginning with the origin of the discipline in the late nineteenth century and ending with the contemporary period. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100 and third-year standing.
ANTH 407 (3) Ethnographic Methods: Acquiring Research Skills
What are ethnographic methods and how is anthropological research conducted? Topics include research design, relationships with study participants, field techniques, ethical debates, data analysis and presentation. The emphasis is on interactive, workshop-style group learning. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Either (a) ANTH 100 or (b) ANTH 170 or (c) ANTH 252. Third-year standing.
ANTH 409 (3) Topics in Applied Anthropology
Advanced study of the theory and practice of applied, action, and consultancy anthropology; application of anthropology to questions of Aboriginal rights and title, education, medicine, development, women and development, tourism, and other social issues. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100 and third-year standing.
ANTH 412 (3) Religion in a Changing World
A critical examination of selected topics on religion and society drawing on contemporary ethnography and current issues. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100 and third-year standing. ANTH 312 is recommended.
ANTH 414 (3) Love, Marriage, and Family: New Kinship Studies
An anthropological exploration of kinship as a symbolic ordering of human relationships and reproduction. Emphasis is on the naturalization of nuclear family and marriage forms such as monogamy, and on changes in relatedness through new technologies, socio-legal processes, and mobility. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100. Third-year standing recommended.
ANTH 418 (3) Travel, Migration and the Politics of Mobility
A critical examination of selected topics in the field of tourism, migration and mobility studies drawing on contemporary ethnography and current issues. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100 and third-year standing. ANTH 218 is recommended.
ANTH 420 (3) Archaeology of British Columbia
Advanced study of the pre-contact archaeology of coastal and interior Indigenous peoples, and critical analysis of the archaeological evidence and interpretations of prehistoric cultural developments from the earliest migrations up to historical contact. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of ANTH 103, ANTH 104 and third-year standing.
ANTH 425 (3) Seminar in Medical Anthropology
Critical exploration of health, illness, and healing from the perspective of contemporary theory, and methods in medical anthropology and cross-cultural contexts. [0-0-3]
Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
ANTH 427 (3) (In)Visible Histories: Heritage and the Politics of Memory
Critical look at the politics of heritage (both tangible and intangible) and how it shapes the construction and deconstruction of social memory. How the ownership of the past is shaped by colonial practices, state formation and international conventions. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of ANTH 100, ANTH 103. And third-year standing.
ANTH 429 (3) Medical Anthropology and International Development
Focus on international health and development from the perspective of critical medical anthropology. Effect of globalization, technology, and development on world health systems and international health. Populations studied will range from pre-capitalist Indigenous cultures to post-industrial societies. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100 and third-year standing.
ANTH 445 (3) Political Ecology
Study of the ways in which political processes shape the relationships of human societies to other species and the physical environment. Resource conflict, environmental degradation, inequality, marginalization, environmental movements, environmental discourse and other topics are analyzed using a combination of ethnographic case studies and theoretical materials. Credit will be granted for only one of ANTH 445 and ANTH 455. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100 and third-year standing.
ANTH 473 (3) Living Languages: Critical Approaches to Endangered Languages
Study of language shift, including local and global factors affecting language loss, endangerment, retention, and revival. Practical strategies for sustaining and reviving languages, including language documentation and revitalization. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Either (a) ANTH 100 or (b) ANTH 170. And 6 credits of ANTH at the 300 or 400 level required. ANTH 170 is preferred.
ANTH 474 (3) Language Emergence: From Contact to Constructed Languages
Anthropological approaches to the study of contact languages, new sign languages, and constructed languages, including how they are formed, their linguistic features, the social context in which they are used, whether or not they can ever be considered real and/or standard languages; some reasons for their development, including trade, unity, education, media, secrecy, and solidarity. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Either (a) ANTH 100 or (b) ANTH 170. Third-year standing. ANTH 170 is preferred.
ANTH 475 (3) Anthropology, History, and Tradition
Surveys contemporary anthropological thinking about how the construction of history and tradition shapes present cultural practices. Critical look at history-making by social scientists and by people themselves. [0-0-3]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100. 6 credits of ANTH at the 200-level or beyond; and third-year standing.
ANTH 480 (3) Directed Studies
Individualized directed reading or research project in anthropology under the supervision of a faculty member. Students can complete no more than 6 credits of ANTH 480.
Prerequisite: Third-year standing. Permission of the department head and faculty supervisor also required.
ANTH 490 (3/9) d Topics in Anthropology
Intensive examination of selected topics in anthropology. Consult the department for this year's offerings and prerequisites. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ANTH 100. 6 credits of ANTH at the 300 or 400 level; and third-year standing.

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