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Browse through the database below to explore courses that will fulfill certain degree requirements in the Anthropology program.

When registering for classes on the Course Timetable website, be sure to carefully read through the "Notes/Additional Fees" section of each course you select. This section contains important details on delivery methods for each course during the Summer 2022 term. Remember that REMT & ONLN are completely online courses and LECT, TUT, BLEN and SEMR will have in-person components.

If you have any questions, please contact our Undergraduate Program Assistant, Roshan Singh at lapsanth@yorku.ca.

What's new for Summer 2022?

The Department of Anthropology is proud to partner with the C4 Cross-Campus Capstone Classroom's Sprint 3.0 Program for the Summer 2022 term.

During the S1 term, students registered in ANTH 2300 3.0 Intercultural Training Skills will be part of the C4 Primer stream, which is geared for 1st and 2nd year students. Students will start to make connections between Anthropology and the complex ways they can impact the world. Students will be provided Anthropology-specific input to engage in while connecting and collaborating with students from different majors who are further along in their studies. This course offers the chance to experience multiple ways that Anthropology intersects with other disciplines within a largescale project.

Students will work collaboratively with students in other disciplines in teams on a single large-scale, multi-disciplinary research-design project. The project is supported by community partners. Student enrolled in this course will be working on the following project:

Sustainable Food Systems

Mondays & Wednesdays - 6 weeks (5:30-8:30) S1 Term

For more information on the course and to gain permission to register please contact Professor Karl Schmid (kschmid@yorku.ca)

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Summer 2022 Offerings

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AP/ANTH1120 6.00

MAKING SENSE OF A CHANGING WORLD: ANTHROPOLOGY TODAY

S1 TERM Course Director:  Prof. R. James - ryan_kj@yorku.ca This course is an introduction to sociocultural anthropology. Sociocultural anthropology is a social science that specializes in ...

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AP/ANTH1130 6.00

ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

NOT OFFERED during 2021-2022 Academic Term How do the living relate to the dead? Covering topics from ancient burial rites to contemporary zombie lore, this ...

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AP/ANTH1140 6.00

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN? INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOCULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

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Course Director: Prof. L. Davidson - lmdavids@yorku.ca What is culture and how does it vary over time? What shapes people’s ideas and experiences of belonging and identity? ...

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AP/ANTH2020 6.00

RACE, RACISM & POPULAR CULTURE

Course Director: Prof. A. Chaudhuri - akc@yorku.ca What can popular culture tell us about the world we live in? For anthropologists, it turns out that popular cultural ...

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AP/ANTH2100 6.00

GLOBAL CAPITALISM , CULTURE AND CONFLICT

Course Director: Prof. J. Fulton-Melanson - fultonjs@yorku.ca This course analyzes social and cultural forms of global capitalism. Through an anthropological lens, we will explore and critique colonial ...

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AP/ANTH2110 6.00

CORE CONCEPTS IN ANTHROPOLOGY

Course Director: Prof. Z. Hirji - zhirji@yorku.ca This course introduces you to what anthropologists do and how thinking anthropologically can help you with questions such as: “can ...

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AP/ANTH2130 6.00

ANTHROPOLOGY THROUGH THE VISUAL: IMAGES OF RESISTANCE/IRRESISTIBLE IMAGES

Course Director: Prof. L. Davidson - lmdavids@yorku.ca How are images a form of communication?  How do photographs, political cartoons, memes and visual art embody social meaning and ...

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AP/ANTH2170 6.00

SEX, GENDER AND THE BODY: CROSS-CULTURAL APPROACHES TO THE BODY, GENDER, SEXUALITY & KINSHIP

Course Director: Prof. D. Murray - damurray@yorku.ca Is biology destiny? Are gender and sexual differences such as “male promiscuity”, “female monogamy”, “heterosexuality” and “homosexuality” genetically hardwired or ...

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AP/ANTH2210 6.00

ADVOCATE AND ENGAGE FOR CHANGE: APPLYING ANTHROPOLOGY

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Course Director: Prof. K. Schmid - kschmid@yorku.ca Anthropologists engaged with the world as advocates, activists, consultants, and most often in collaboration with others. This course looks at ...

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AP/ANTH2220 3.00

FROM SETTLER COLONIALISM TO MULTICULTURALISM - AN ANTHROPOLOGICAL APPROACH

Course Director: Prof. L. Davidson - lmdavids@yorku.ca How do we live and interact with others in multicultural and multiracial societies?  What is the relationship between settler colonialism ...

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AP/ANTH2300 3.00

INTERCULTURAL TRAINING SKILLS

Course Director: Prof. K. Schmid - kschmid@yorku.ca This course is designed to prepare iBA students to negotiate their learning goals in a cross-cultural context while on university ...

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AP/ANTH2330 6.00

OUTBREAK! CONTAGION AND RISK IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL CONTEXT

NOT OFFERED during 2021-2022 Academic Term We are living in a global pandemic. This moment has made the study of infectious disease, viruses, vaccines, and ...

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AP/ANTH3030 3.00

DISCOURSES OF COLONIALISM

Course Director: Prof. A. Sorge - asorge@yorku.ca Explores the cultural and political significance of colonial discourse in the past and in the present, including an examination of ...

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AP/ANTH3040 6.00

THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF DIGITAL MEDIA AND VISUAL REPRESENTATION

Course Director: Prof. L. Mannik - lmannik@yorku.ca This course is about anthropology and visual representations of culture, and cultural difference. It looks at a wide variety of ...

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AP/ANTH3110 6.00

ACQUIRING RESEARCH SKILLS

Course Director: Prof. O. Alexandrakis - oalexand@yorku.ca The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the discipline, experience and practice of anthropological research. The task ...

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AP/ANTH3120 6.00

THE ANTHROPOLGY OF TOURISM

Course Director: Prof. T. Holmes - jth@yorku.ca This course examines the cultural forces that shape the tourist experience and the social, political, and economic consequences of tourist ...

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AP/ANTH3190 3.00

FOOD, EATING AND NUTRITION IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE

Course Director: Prof. K. Schmid - kschmid@yorku.ca Nutritional anthropology, a subfield of medical anthropology, examines the relations between food, culture and biology. This course explores the social ...

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AP/ANTH3220 6.00

GREED, GLOBALIZATION & THE GIFT: THE CULTURE(S) OF CAPITALISM

Course Director: Prof. K. Schmid - kschmid@yorku.ca This course explores three main themes. First, it examines the culture(s) of capitalism historically and ethnographically. This anthropology of capitalism ...

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AP/ANTH3230 6.00

WOMEN, CULTURE & SOCIETY

Course Director: Prof. L. Mannik - lmannik@yorku.ca This course examines a variety of theoretical and ethnographic approaches to the intersectionality of “womanism”, class, sexuality, and race that ...

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AP/ANTH3270 3.00

THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF OUTER SPACE

Course Director: Prof. K. Denning - kdenning@yorku.ca The Anthropology of Outer Space offers an anthropological voyage of exploration to other worlds, through human culture, popular imagination, science, ...

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AP/ANTH3280 6.00

ANTHROPOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY IN GLOBAL CONTEXT

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Course Director: Prof. A. Steinforth - asteinfo@yorku.ca This course is concerned with furthering the dialogue and mutual engagement between Medical Anthropology and Cultural Psychiatry - in the ...

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AP/ANTH3320 6.00

THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF RITUAL AND RELIGION

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Course Director: Prof. A. Chaudhuri - akc@yorku.ca How major anthropological thinkers seek to explain the variety and complexity of human ritual and symbolic behaviour informs this course. ...

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AP/ANTH3330 6.00

HEALTH & ILLNESS IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE: LEARNING AND DOING MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

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Course Director: Prof. A. Widmer - swidmer@yorku.ca Our course explores health, illness and medical systems from the viewpoint of social anthropology. It emphasizes medicine and health as ...

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AP/ANTH3350 3.00

CULTURE AS PERFORMANCE: THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE ARTS

Course Director: Prof. K. Little - wkl@yorku.ca Think about world's fairs, raves, shopping malls, national dance companies, museums, national parks, the circus, mass advertising, wrestling matches, ritual ...

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AP/ANTH3370 3.00

POWER & VIOLENCE: THE MAKING OF MODERNITY

Course Director: Prof. A. Sorge - asorge@yorku.ca This course will examine the place of organized political violence in the making of the most recent widespread, large-scale dominant ...

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AP/ANTH3380 3.00

THE EVERYDAY POLITICS OF RAGE: ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON POPULISM

Course Director: Prof. D. Winland - winland@yorku.ca The focus of this course is populism, a concept that has generated a great deal of discussion and debate in ...

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AP/ANTH3410 6.00

RACE, ETHNICITY AND NATIONALISM: US AND THEM

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Course Director: Prof. A. Chaudhuri - akc@yorku.ca This course examines the significance and perceptions of race, ethnicity and of nationalism as concepts and as modes of configuring ...

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AP/ANTH3420 3.00

INDIGENOUS MINORITIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Course Director: TBA This course focuses on how nation states define majorities and minorities, and how such definitions are contested by populations striving for cultural, political ...

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AP/ANTH3440 3.00

GOVERNMENTALITY & DEVELOPMENT: SELECTED CASES

Course Director: Prof. A. Schrauwers - schrauwe@yorku.ca This course examines the idea of "development" in the context of European state formation, colonialism and globalization. It examines development ...

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AP/ANTH3560 3.00

ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE SENSES

Course Director: Prof. N. Myers - nmyers@yorku.ca This course explores how humans make and understand the world through their senses, the history of the senses in a ...

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AP/ANTH3570 6.00

ANTHROPOLOGY, ISLAM & MUSLIM SOCIETIES

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NOT OFFERED during 2021-2022 Academic Term This course examines debates amongst anthropologists about the study of Islam and Muslim societies, and Muslim expressions of Islam ...

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AP/ANTH4010 6.00

DIRECTED READING - FIELD COURSE IN GRAFFITI (SUMMER 2022 TERM ONLY)

Course Director: Prof. O. Alexandrakis - oalexand@yorku.ca People around the world have been writing, drawing, and creating combinations of words and figures on public surfaces for centuries. ...

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AP/ANTH4110 6.00

DEVELOPMENT OF THEORY IN SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Course Director: Prof. K. Little - wkl@yorku.ca Stuart Hall once said that the trick of social and cultural analysis is not to fixate on "theory" but to ...

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AP/ANTH4130 6.00

THE PROFESSIONAL ANTHROPOLOGIST: THE ANTHROPOLOGIST AS PRACTITIONER

Course Director: Prof. S. Gururani - gururani@yorku.ca Applied Anthropology uses the theory and methods of anthropology in the analysis and solution of practical, legal and policy problems ...

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AP/ANTH4220 6.00

THE CULTURES OF THE WEB

NOT OFFERED during 2021-2022 Academic Term This course applies anthropological concepts of community and culture to the Internet. Beginning with the cultural context of virtual ...

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AP/ANTH4240 3.00

NATURE, CULTURE & POWER: THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF ENVIRONMENT

NOT OFFERED during 2021-2022 Academic Term This course provides an anthropological perspective on the cultural politics of environment and development. Drawing on ethnographic case studies ...

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AP/ANTH4250 6.00

RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

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Course Director: Prof. A. Schrauwers - schrauwe@yorku.ca Within a framework of the politics of identity, this course explore the tension between religious and national identities, the character ...

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AP/ANTH4270 3.00

IMAGINED SOCIETIES: AN ANTHROPOLOGY OF NATIONS WITHOUT BOUNDAIRES

Course Director: Prof. L. Ameeriar - lalaie@yorku.ca Utilizing a selected world wide set of examples, this course explores how minority communities within national boundaries attempt to construct ...

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AP/ANTH4330 3.00

CRITICAL ISSUES IN MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Course Director: Prof. A. Widmer - swidmer@yorku.ca Remaining engaged in providing collective care while facing the enormity of contemporary health issues from local to planetary scales is ...

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AP/ANTH4340 6.00

ADVOCACY & SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

Course Director: Prof. N. McFadyen - ndmcf@yorku.ca This is a course on contemporary forms of social advocacy and anthropological approaches to studying social movements. Advocacy and social movements ...

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AP/ANTH4350 3.00

PERSPECTIVES IN VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Course Director: Prof. Z. Hirji - zhirji@yorku.ca Examines how humans produce, receive and use visual media (i.e., photographs, film, etc.) in different societies and cultures, how the ...

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AP/ANTH4410 3.00

THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Course Director: Prof. S. Hussain Anthropology, a discipline grounded in the principles of cultural relativism, has been uncomfortable with the universalizing discourse of human rights since ...

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AP/ANTH4450 3.00

ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE CITY

Course Director: Prof. R. James - ryan_kj@yorku.ca This course is a study of everyday life in cities across the Americas, past and present. Using the theory and ...

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AP/ANTH4560 6.00

THE ANTHPOLOGY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Course Director: Prof. N. Myers - nmyers@yorku.ca Examines anthropological studies of science and technology to explore the power of scientific facts in contemporary cultures. Considers how facts ...

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AP/ANTH4610 3.00

THE ETHNOGRAPHY OF POLITICS: ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH ON POWER AND RESISTANCE

NOT OFFERED during 2021-2022 Academic Term What is politics? What is cultural about politics and what is political about culture? How do anthropologists approach the ...

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