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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 may contain important details related to delivery methods for each course during the 2022-2023 academic year. An important note to remember is that LECT, TUT, BLEN and SEMR instructional formats will have in-person components while ONLN is the only format that is offered completely online.

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

What's New for 2022-2023?

ANTH 4240 3.00 Nature, Culture, Power: The Anthropology of Environment

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 examines the cultural practices, ideologies and discourses that inform environmental struggles and affect the livelihoods of marginal peoples across the globe.

For more information on the course please contact Professor Cagri Yoltar (cyoltar@yorku.ca).

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AP/ANTH 1120 6.00
MAKING SENSE OF A CHANGING WORLD: ANTHROPOLOGY TODAY

Section A Course Director:  R. James - ryan_kj@yorku.ca This course is an introduction to sociocultural anthropology. Sociocultural anthropology is a social science that specializes in the study of culture. Culture, in the sense that we will ...

AP/ANTH 1130 6.00
ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

Course Director: TBD 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 around the world – past and present – ...

AP/ANTH 1140 6.00
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN? INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOCULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

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Course Director: 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? How are people propelled to imagine who they are how they ...

AP/ANTH 2020 6.00
RACE, RACISM & POPULAR CULTURE

Section A Course Director: L. Ameeriar - lalaie@yorku.ca What can popular culture tell us about the world we live in? For anthropologists, it turns out that popular cultural forms can tell us quite a lot. This ...

AP/ANTH 2100 6.00
GLOBAL CAPITALISM , CULTURE AND CONFLICT

Course Director: T. Holmes - jth@yorku.ca This course analyzes social and cultural forms of global capitalism. Through an anthropological lens, we will explore and critique colonial histories as a fuel for globalization and what forms of ...

AP/ANTH 2110 6.00
CORE CONCEPTS IN ANTHROPOLOGY

Course Director: L. Davidson - lmdavids@yorku.ca What are the different ways that we, as anthropologists, research and analyze culture? What is ethnography and what are anthropological approaches to ethnography?  This course is designed to familiarize students ...

AP/ANTH 2130 6.00
ANTHROPOLOGY THROUGH THE VISUAL: IMAGES OF RESISTANCE/IRRESISTIBLE IMAGES

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Course Director: C. Yoltar - cyoltar@yorku.ca How are images a form of communication?  How do photographs, political cartoons, memes and visual art embody social meaning and interaction? In this course, students are introduced to a variety ...

AP/ANTH 2140 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY AND PREHISTORY: HUMANITY'S JOURNEYS

Course Director: K. Denning - kdenning@yorku.ca How did we, as human beings, become what we are? How do we know? This course has three main themes: first, the biological evolution of human beings and the historical ...

AP/ANTH 2170 6.00
SEX, GENDER AND THE BODY: CROSS-CULTURAL APPROACHES TO THE BODY, GENDER, SEXUALITY & KINSHIP

Course Director: A. Steinforth - asteinfo@yorku.ca Is biology destiny? Are gender and sexual differences such as “male promiscuity”, “female monogamy”, “heterosexuality” and “homosexuality” genetically hardwired or socially constructed? How do we explain the range of sexualities ...

AP/ANTH 2210 6.00
ADVOCATE AND ENGAGE FOR CHANGE: APPLYING ANTHROPOLOGY

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NOT OFFERED DURING 2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR Anthropologists engaged with the world as advocates, activists, consultants, and most often in collaboration with others. This course looks at the development of a publicly engaged anthropology that combines ...

AP/ANTH 2220 3.00
FROM SETTLER COLONIALISM TO MULTICULTURALISM - AN ANTHROPOLOGICAL APPROACH

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Course Director: S. Hussain - salhuss@yorku.ca How do we live and interact with others in multicultural and multiracial societies?  What is the relationship between settler colonialism and multiculturalism?  Who is a settler? This course is a ...

AP/ANTH 2300 3.00
INTERCULTURAL TRAINING SKILLS

Section A (Fall) Course Director: 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 exchange. It may be of interest to non-iBA ...

AP/ANTH 2330 6.00
OUTBREAK! CONTAGION AND RISK IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL CONTEXT

NOT OFFERED DURING 2022-2023 ACADEMIC TERM 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 with COVID19 and the ...

AP/ANTH 3030 3.00
DISCOURSES OF COLONIALISM

Course Director: Prof. S. Hussain - salhuss@yorku.ca 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 of knowledge about other ...

AP/ANTH 3040 6.00
THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF DIGITAL MEDIA AND VISUAL REPRESENTATION

Course Director: 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 visual media online, including art, photography, film, and specific digital ...

AP/ANTH 3110 6.00
ACQUIRING RESEARCH SKILLS

Course Director: 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 of "doing anthropology" involves a broad range of considerations, such as: ...

AP/ANTH 3120 6.00
THE ANTHROPOLGY OF TOURISM

Course Director: 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 practice. The first part of the curriculum explores various aspects of ...

AP/ANTH 3130 3.00
ARCHAEOLOGY AND SOCIETY: LOCAL PASTS IN A GLOBAL PRESENT

Course Director: K. Denning - kdenning@yorku.ca Peoples of the world have always been connected in surprising ways. But in our era, new forces are intensifying and molding these global connections, affecting how cultural identity is constructed, how ...

AP/ANTH 3160 6.00
SEX, LOVE AND MARRIAGE: CROSS-CULTURAL APPROACHES TO KINSHIP

Course Director: A. Steinforth - asteinfo@yorku.ca This course seeks to develop cross-cultural perspectives on weddings, marriage, the formation of domestic groups, extended kinship ties and social networks, the kindred and various forms of descent groups, and many ...

AP/ANTH 3190 6.00
FOOD, EATING AND NUTRITION IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE

Course Director: 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 and cultural basis of human food systems using a cross-cultural approach. ...

AP/ANTH 3200 3.00
THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF GLOBAL HEALTH

Course Director: A. Steinforth - asteinfo@yorku.ca Why do so many people in the word today still suffer and die of preventable and curable diseases? Why have advances in public health and biomedicine not reached more than ...

AP/ANTH 3220 6.00
GREED, GLOBALIZATION & THE GIFT: THE CULTURE(S) OF CAPITALISM

Course Director: 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 covers the age of capitalist empires, the formation of the corporation, ...

AP/ANTH 3230 6.00
WOMEN, CULTURE & SOCIETY

Course Director: 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 developed out of and/or intensified by settler, colonial, scientific, political, ...

AP/ANTH 3270 3.00
THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF OUTER SPACE

Course Director: 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, and technology. Outer space is full of human paradoxes. Human beings ...

AP/ANTH 3280 6.00
ANTHROPOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY IN GLOBAL CONTEXT

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NOT OFFERED DURING 2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR This course is concerned with furthering the dialogue and mutual engagement between Medical Anthropology and Cultural Psychiatry - in the context of localized communities, multicultural societies, and global networks ...

AP/ANTH 3320 6.00
THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF RITUAL AND RELIGION

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Course Director: 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. Ethnographic examples and materials on ritual events, religious symbolism, and ...

AP/ANTH 3330 6.00
HEALTH & ILLNESS IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE: LEARNING AND DOING MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

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Course Director: 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 culturally significant systems of knowledge and practice. The ways that medical ...

AP/ANTH 3350 3.00
CULTURE AS PERFORMANCE: THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE ARTS

NOT OFFERED DURING 2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR 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, tourist adventures and all ...

AP/ANTH 3370 3.00
POWER & VIOLENCE: THE MAKING OF MODERNITY

Course Director: D. Yon - dyon@edu.yorku.ca 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 making there has been a ...

AP/ANTH 3380 3.00
THE EVERYDAY POLITICS OF RAGE: ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON POPULISM

NOT OFFERED DURING 2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR The focus of this course is populism, a concept that has generated a great deal of discussion and debate in media, academic circles and in everyday conversation and conflates ...

AP/ANTH 3410 6.00
RACE, ETHNICITY AND NATIONALISM: US AND THEM

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Course Director: 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 identity and organizing social life cross-culturally.

AP/ANTH 3420 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 and human rights. Questions include: How do people get classified ...

AP/ANTH 3440 3.00
GOVERNMENTALITY & DEVELOPMENT: SELECTED CASES

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NOT OFFERED DURING 2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR 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 example, through the lens ...

AP/ANTH 3560 3.00
ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE SENSES

NOT OFFERED DURING 2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR This course explores how humans make and understand the world through their senses, the history of the senses in a variety of systems of thought and experience, and the ...

AP/ANTH 3570 6.00
ANTHROPOLOGY, ISLAM & MUSLIM SOCIETIES

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NOT OFFERED DURING 2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR 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 body, space, ritual, knowledge, ...

AP/ANTH 4010 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. Contemporary graffiti style emerged during early 1970s in beleaguered American ...

AP/ANTH 4110 6.00
DEVELOPMENT OF THEORY IN SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Course Director: K. Schmid - kschmid@yorku.ca 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 to mean that theorizing is a ...

AP/ANTH 4130 6.00
THE PROFESSIONAL ANTHROPOLOGIST: THE ANTHROPOLOGIST AS PRACTITIONER

Course Director: S. Gururani - gururani@yorku.ca; K. Schmid - kschmid@yorku.ca 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 governments, ...

AP/ANTH 4150 3.00
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ANTHROPOLOGY - THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE OF SOUND

Course Director: J. Fulton-Melanson - fultonjs@yorku.ca This course explores the merging of sound studies and anthropology, with a focus on how social actors understand their environments through sound. We will consider how anthropologists frame their work ...

AP/ANTH 4220 6.00
THE CULTURES OF THE WEB

NOT OFFERED DURING 2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR 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 virtual culture and relate ...

AP/ANTH 4240 3.00
NATURE, CULTURE & POWER: THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF ENVIRONMENT

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Course Director: C. Yoltar - cyoltar@yorku.ca 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 examines the cultural practices, ...

AP/ANTH 4250 6.00
RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

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Course Director: A. Steinforth - asteinfo@yorku.ca 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 communities, and takes up fundamentalism as ...

AP/ANTH 4270 3.00
IMAGINED SOCIETIES: AN ANTHROPOLOGY OF NATIONS WITHOUT BOUNDAIRES

Course Director: TBD 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 illustrations underwrite a full discussion of the possibility ...

AP/ANTH 4330 3.00
CRITICAL ISSUES IN MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Course Director: 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 a critical issue of our times and of medical anthropology. In ...

AP/ANTH 4340 6.00
ADVOCACY & SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

Course Director: C. Yoltar - cyoltar@yorku.ca This is a course on contemporary forms of social advocacy and anthropological approaches to studying social movements. Advocacy and social movements play a central role in challenging and (re)producing cultural norms ...

AP/ANTH 4350 3.00
PERSPECTIVES IN VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Course Director: 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 visual is differentiated from other forms of expression, and the social ...

AP/ANTH 4410 3.00
THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Course Director: C. Yoltar - cyoltar@yorku.ca 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 in the United Nation's ...

AP/ANTH 4450 3.00
ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE CITY

Course Director: J. Caporusso - jcapo@yorku.ca This course is a study of everyday life in cities across the Americas, past and present. Using the theory and methods of urban anthropology, we will analyse how ordinary people ...

AP/ANTH 4560 6.00
THE ANTHPOLOGY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

NOT OFFERED DURING 2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR 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 scientific laboratories, how facts ...

AP/ANTH 4610 3.00
THE ETHNOGRAPHY OF POLITICS: ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH ON POWER AND RESISTANCE

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NOT OFFERED DURING 2022-2023 ACADEMIC YEAR This course challenges students to think anthropologically about politics and how people act and think politically in their everyday lives. We explore responses to the inequalities left by centuries of colonialism, decades ...