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Courses

Due to COVID-19, the Department of Anthropology will not be offering in-person classes this semester.

When registering in our courses, you will be presented with the following options: 

  • Online courses. All elements of these courses will be offered online without any fixed meeting time. You can do them at the time of your choosing (Asynchronously).
  • Remote courses. These courses will be delivered in real time via Zoom or other videoconferencing platform at the times indicated in the York Courses website (Synchronously). Some of these courses will have both real-time and non-real-time components.

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

What's new this semester?

Check out video trailers on our YouTube channel for exciting course offerings in the department this term.

Core Courses

There a number of required courses for major/minor students. The courses you are required to take have a specific pedagogical basis and are meant to be taken one after the other in each year of your program. Outlined below are the objectives of each year of study.

Year Two


Each of the courses offered at the 2000-level enhances your knowledge of the variety and breadth of theoretical and critical orientations that are at the very core of anthropological inquiry.

Required:

  • AN2110 6.0 Core Concepts in Anthropology

At least one of the following:

  • AN2100 6.0 Global Capitalism, Culture & Conflict
  • AN2120 6.0 Visualizing Ourselves, Visualizing Others: Media Representation & Culture
  • AN2170 6.0 Sex, Gender & the Body: Cross-Cultural Approaches to the Body, Gender, Sexuality and Kinship
  • AN2330 6.0 Anthropology & Infectious Diseases: An Exploration of the Social Networks of Microbes

Year Three


In the third year, you learn about how anthropologists design and conduct research in the context of contemporary issues and questions. Fieldwork questions, methods and practices are the principal focus of the core course.

Required:

  • AP/ANTH 3110 6.0 Acquiring Research Skills. (Reserved for 3rd year Anthropology majors).

Year Four


In your fourth year, honours students explore the breadth and depth of anthropological theory, knowledge and practice. The core course in this year is the Honours Theory Seminar.

Required:

  • AP/ANTH 4110 6.0 Development of Theory in Social Anthropology. (Reserved for 4th year Honours Anthropology majors only)

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AP/ANTH1120 6.00

MAKING SENSE OF A CHANGING WORLD: ANTHROPOLOGY TODAY

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In this course you will use anthropological approaches to increase your understanding of global issues in diverse locales. This course challenges you to engage with ...

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AP/ANTH1130 6.00

ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

How do the living relate to the dead? Covering topics from ancient burial rites to contemporary zombie lore, this course examines how people in cultures ...

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AP/ANTH1140 6.00

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

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 What is culture and how does it vary over time? What shapes people’s ideas and experiences of belonging and identity? How are people propelled to ...

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AP/ANTH2020 6.00

RACE, RACISM & POPULAR CULTURE

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Theme/Specialization: Studies in Culture and Performance

This course critically explores ideas of race and racist practice, both past and present. Through a range of readings and audio-visual materials, we will examine ...

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AP/ANTH2100 6.00

GLOBAL CAPITALISM , CULTURE AND CONFLICT

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Theme/Specialization: Power, Politics & Development

This course analyzes and critiques the social and cultural foundations of historical and contemporary forms of global capitalism. The curriculum focuses on a critical examination ...

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AP/ANTH2110 6.00

CORE CONCEPTS IN ANTHROPOLOGY

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Critically introduces the history and major traditions of the discipline of Anthropology including fieldwork methods and ethnographic writing. This course further introduces the distinctive contributions ...

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AP/ANTH2130 6.00

ANTHROPOLOGY THROUGH THE VISUAL: IMAGES OF RESISTANCE/IRRESISTIBLE IMAGES

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How are images a form of communication?  How do photographs, political cartoons, and visual art embody verbal interaction? In this course, students are introduced to ...

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AP/ANTH2170 6.00

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

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Theme/Specialization: Gender, Health & the Body

This course critically examines popular explanations of what is considered natural (and what is not) about sex, gender, the body and the family. Through a ...

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AP/ANTH2210 6.00

ADVOCATE AND ENGAGE FOR CHANGE

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What should be the role of anthropology in the contemporary world? How can anthropology apply its methods and insights to local and global problems of ...

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AP/ANTH2300 3.00

INTERCULTURAL TRAINING SKILLS

This course prepares students to negotiate their learning goals in a cross-cultural context while on university exchange. Topics covered may include culture, participant observation, culture ...

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AP/ANTH2330 6.00

OUTBREAK! CONTAGION AND RISK IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL CONTEXT

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We are living in a global pandemic. This moment has made the study of infectious disease, viruses, vaccines, and contagion more urgent as we grapple ...

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AP/ANTH3030 3.00

DISCOURSES OF COLONIALISM

Explores the cultural and political significance of colonial discourse in the past and in the present, including an examination of the construction of Euro-American forms ...

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AP/ANTH3040 6.00

THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF DIGITAL MEDIA AND VISUAL REPRESENTATION - ONLINE

Theme/Specialization: Studies in Culture and Performance

This course will look at a wide variety of visual media online, including art, photography, film, and specific digital technologies (such as video games and ...

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AP/ANTH3110 6.00

ACQUIRING RESEARCH SKILLS

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the discipline, experience and practice of anthropological research. The task of "doing anthropology" involves a ...

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AP/ANTH3120 6.00

THE ANTHROPOLGY OF TOURISM

Explores the sites/sights of tourist practice. Beginning with an historical analysis of tourism in relationship to European colonial expansion, we then consider the cultural significance ...

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AP/ANTH3190 3.00

FOOD, EATING AND NUTRITION IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE

Nutritional anthropology, a subfield of medical anthropology, examines the relations between food, culture and biology. This course explores the social and cultural basis of human ...

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AP/ANTH3220 6.00

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

Theme/Specialization: Power, Politics & Development

Global capitalism at the millennium is triumphant: Or is it? Are alternate models of "Economic Man" redundant, or can Economic "science" be contested on its ...

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AP/ANTH3230 6.00

WOMEN, CULTURE & SOCIETY

Theme/Specialization: Gender, Health & the Body

This course examines a variety of theoretical and ethnographic approaches to the intersectionality of “womanism”, class, sexuality, and race that developed out of and/or intensified ...

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AP/ANTH3270 3.00

THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF OUTER SPACE

Theme/Specialization: Nature, Science & Religion

The Anthropology of Outer Space offers an anthropological voyage of exploration to other worlds, through human culture, popular imagination, science, and technology. Outer space is ...

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AP/ANTH3280 6.00

ANTHROPOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY IN GLOBAL CONTEXT

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This course is concerned with furthering the dialogue and mutual engagement between Medical Anthropology and Cultural Psychiatry - in the context of localized communities, multicultural ...

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AP/ANTH3320 6.00

RELIGIOUS RITUAL AND SYMBOLISM

Theme/Specialization: Nature, Science & Religion

How major anthropological thinkers seek to explain the variety and complexity of human ritual and symbolic behaviour informs this course. Ethnographic examples and materials on ...

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AP/ANTH3330 6.00

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

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"Health and illness are not merely biological states, but are conditions which are ultimately related to and constituted by the social nature of human life" ...

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AP/ANTH3350 6.00

CULTURE AS PERFORMANCE: THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE ARTS

Theme/Specialization: Studies in Culture and Performance

Think about world's fairs, raves, shopping malls, national dance companies, museums, national parks, the circus, mass advertising, wrestling matches, ritual performances, situationalist happenings, art galleries, ...

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AP/ANTH3370 3.00

POWER & VIOLENCE: THE MAKING OF MODERNITY

Theme/Specialization: Power, Politics & Development

This course will examine the place of organized political violence in the making of the most recent widespread, large-scale dominant social system: "modernity". During its ...

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AP/ANTH3410 6.00

RACE, ETHNICITY AND NATIONALISM: US AND THEM

Theme/Specialization: Power, Politics & Development

This course examines the significance and perceptions of race, ethnicity and of nationalism as concepts and as modes of configuring identity and organizing social life ...

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AP/ANTH3420 6.00

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES & INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

Theme/Specialization: Power, Politics & Development

Who are indigenous peoples, how are indigenous peoples defined and who defines them? Is there a universally accepted definition of indigeneity? What are the conditions ...

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AP/ANTH3440 3.00

GOVERNMENTALITY & DEVELOPMENT: SELECTED CASES

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 This course examines the idea of "development" in the context of European state formation, colonialism and globalization. It examines development in Indonesia or India, for ...

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AP/ANTH3560 6.00

ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE SENSES

Theme/Specialization: Studies in Culture and Performance

This course examines how humans make and understand the world through their senses, the history of the senses in Western and non-Western systems of thought ...

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AP/ANTH3570 6.00

ANTHROPOLOGY, ISLAM & MUSLIM SOCIETIES

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Theme/Specialization: Nature, Science & Religion

This course examines debates amongst anthropologists about the study of Islam and Muslim societies, and Muslim expressions of Islam according to anthropological themes including the ...

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AP/ANTH4110 6.00

DEVELOPMENT OF THEORY IN SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Stuart Hall once said that the trick of social and cultural analysis is not to fixate on "theory" but to enjoy theorizing. I take him ...

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AP/ANTH4130 6.00

THE PROFESSIONAL ANTHROPOLOGIST: THE ANTHROPOLOGIST AS PRACTITIONER

Theme/Specialization: Power, Politics & Development

Applied Anthropology uses the theory and methods of anthropology in the analysis and solution of practical, legal and policy problems for non-academic clients such as ...

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AP/ANTH4220 6.00

THE CULTURES OF THE WEB - ONLINE

Theme/Specialization: Studies in Culture and Performance

This course applies anthropological concepts of community and culture to the Internet. Beginning with the cultural context of virtual communication, students experience fieldwork within a ...

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AP/ANTH4240 3.00

NATURE, CULTURE & POWER: THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF ENVIRONMENT

Theme/Specialization: Nature, Science & Religion

This course provides an anthropological perspective on the cultural politics of environment and development. Drawing on ethnographic case studies from diverse geographical contexts, the course ...

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AP/ANTH4250 6.00

RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

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Theme/Specialization: Nature, Science & Religion

Within a framework of the politics of identity, this course explore the tension between religious and national identities, the character and scope of transnational religious ...

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AP/ANTH4270 3.00

IMAGINES SOCIETIES: AN ANTHROPOLOGY OF NATIONS WITHOUT BOUNDAIRES

Utilizing a selected world wide set of examples, this course explores how minority communities within national boundaries attempt to construct their own national identities. These ...

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AP/ANTH4330 3.00

CRITICAL ISSUES IN MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Comparative perspectives on health, illness and medical systems are studied from the viewpoint of anthropology and related disciplines. Emphasis is placed on understanding the roles ...

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AP/ANTH4340 6.00

ADVOCACY & SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

Theme/Specialization: Power, Politics & Development

This is a course on modern forms of social advocacy, and the link between public interest advocacy and the "new" social movements. Most of the ...

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AP/ANTH4410 3.00

THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Theme/Specialization: Power, Politics & Development

Anthropology, a discipline grounded in the principles of cultural relativism, has been uncomfortable with the universalizing discourse of human rights since it was first codified ...

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AP/ANTH4450 3.00

ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE CITY

Theme/Specialization: Nature, Science & Religion

In the next few decades, there will be more people living in cities than ever before. The tremendous growth of cities around the world but ...

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AP/ANTH4560 6.00

THE ANTHPOLOGY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Examines anthropological studies of science and technology to explore the power of scientific facts in contemporary cultures. Considers how facts are produced and stabilized in ...

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AP/ANTH4610 3.00

THE ETHNOGRAPHY OF POLITICS: ANTHROPOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO POWER AND RESISTANCE

Theme/Specialization: Power, Politics & Development

What is politics? What is cultural about politics and what is political about culture? How do anthropologists approach the study of politics? This course explores ...

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