University of Guelph 2001-2002 Undergraduate Calendar

XII--Course Descriptions, Anthropology

Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers three types of courses: sociology courses with the prefix SOC*; anthropology courses with the prefix ANTH*; and departmental courses with the prefix SOAN*. The departmental category of courses recognizes the fact that the disciplines of sociology and sociocultural anthropology have developed in tandem and it is possible to identify large areas of overlap and convergence in the work of practitioners both historically and in the present. Departmental courses include most of the core theory and methods courses as well as many elective courses. They contribute equally to the subject matter of sociology as well as the subject matter of sociocultural anthropology for purposes of the undergraduate programs of study in both disciplines. Please see the course listings for Sociology and for Sociology and Anthropology Departmental in this section.

Courses will normally be offered in the semesters designated. Please check with the department for information about additional semester offerings. In addition to regularly scheduled courses, students may elect to do independent study. A student who wishes to do a reading course should first consult the professor with whom he/she wishes to work. Course numbers available for independent study in Anthropology include ANTH*3840, ANTH*4740, ANTH*4880, ANTH*4890.

All Anthropology courses may be used for credit in Sociology except for ANTH*3840 through ANTH*4910 inclusive.

ANTH*1150 Anthropology F,W(3-0). [0.50].

An introductory course dealing with humankind from a broad historical and cross-cultural perspective. Theoretical models, case studies and specific methods will be presented. Course topics may include the origin and transformations of human society, the relationship between biological and cultural traits, human language, variation in family structure and religion, the economic and political aspects of human society.

Exclusion: SOC*1150

ANTH*2160 Social Anthropology (3-0). [0.50].

A course dealing with human society in a comparative framework. The basic methods and concepts of social or cultural anthropology will be examined with special reference to ethnographic studies from a broad range of differed types of societies.

Prerequisite(s): ANTH*1150 or SOC*1150

Exclusion: SOC*2160

ANTH*2650 Prehistory of Canadian Native People. F(3-0). [0.50].

An introduction to native studies which uses archaeological, ethno-historical and contemporary materials to examine the culture and social organization of Canadian Indians and Inuit from the early beginnings to European contact.

Prerequisite(s): ANTH*1150 or SOC*1150

Exclusion: SOC*2650

ANTH*2660 Contemporary Native Peoples of Canada. W(3-0). [0.50].

An analysis of the impact of Euro-Canadian society on native culture. Particular emphasis will be given to contemporary issues relating to Canadian native peoples (Indians, Inuit and Metis) such as education, treaties and reserves, land claims, government administration and economic development. (Offered in even-numbered years.)

Prerequisite(s): 1 of ANTH*1150, SOC*1100, SOC*1150

Exclusion: SOC*2660

ANTH*3400 The Anthropology of Gender W(3-0). [0.50].

This course will address theoretical innovation in the discipline of socio-cultural anthropology in the study of gender and feminist issues on the basis of cross-cultural ethnographic cas studies. Theoretical problems such as gender inequality, complementarity, the domestic/public divide, ritual and symbolic valuations and the division of labour will be considered in the context of cultural relativity. (Offered in even-numbered years.)

Prerequisite(s): 10.00 credits including 1 of (ANTH*2160 or SOC*2160), (SOAN*2120 or SOC*2120), SOAN*2400

ANTH*3670 Indigenous Peoples: Global Context W(3-0). [0.50].

This course will focus on aboriginality as a political and cultural identity. Historical, political, and cultural similarities between indigenous peoples the world over will be traced and key issues such as assimilation, cultural survival, protection of the commons, and the environment and cultural identity within the nation state will be examined. International organizations of indigenous peoples will be considered as well as other forms of transnational assertions of common identity and resistance. (Offered in odd-numbered years.)

Prerequisite(s): 1 of ANTH*2160, ANTH*2650, ANTH*2660, SOAN*2120, SOC*2120, SOC*2160, SOAN*2660

ANTH*3690 Anthropological Theory. (3-0). [0.50].

A review of the major social anthropological theories of the Twentieth Century, including structural functionalism, cultural materialism and French structuralism. This course is intended to present the current state of the discipline, its problems and prospects.

Prerequisite(s): 1 of ANTH*1150, PHIL*2070 , SOC*1100, SOC*1150, SOC*2280

Exclusion: SOC*3690

ANTH*3770 Kinship and Social Organization (3-0). [0.50].

This course will deal with the theoretical implications of the study of kinship systems for an analysis of human society in general, including a comparative study of the social organization of kinship-based societies.

Prerequisite(s): ANTH*1150 or SOC*1150

Exclusions: SOC*2270, SOC*3770

ANTH*3840 Seminar -- Topics in Anthropology S,F,W(3-0). [0.50].

This course will be offered as a structured seminar on various topics depending upon the interests of the faculty member teaching the course. Topics will be announced and course outlines will be available at course selection. This course number may also be used for independent study on a topic of the student's choice. In this case, permission of the instructor who will be supervising the study is required.

Prerequisite(s): 7.50 credits

ANTH*4230 Regional Ethnography (3-0). [0.50].

A systematic in-depth study of regional ethnography with attention to issues of representation, within the context of a particular historical, political, and economic setting. Focus may be given to a specific geographical area such as part of Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, of Oceania.

Prerequisite(s): 12.50 credits including 1 of ANTH*3400, ANTH*3770, SOAN*3070

ANTH*4300 Senior Seminar W(3-0). [0.50].

Current issues and future trends in the discipline of socio-cultural anthropology will provide the subject matter of this variable content course. This course is meant to provide an opportunity for soci-cultural anthropology majors to consider the latest developments in the sub-discipline. Course topics will be announced and course outlines will be available at course selection time.

Prerequisite(s): 15.00 credits including (ANTH*3690 or SOC*3310), SOAN*3070, SOAN*3120

ANTH*4700 Seminar -- Theoretical Issues in Anthropology (3-0). [0.50].

An examination of selected theoretical issues.

Prerequisite(s): 12.50 credits including (ANTH*3690 or SOC*3310), SOAN*3070, SOAN*3120

ANTH*4740 Seminar in Anthropology S,F,W(3-0). [0.50].

This course will be offered as a structured seminar on various topics depending upon the interests of the faculty member teaching the course. Topics will be announced and course outlines will be available at course selection. This course number may also be used for independent study on a topic of the student's choice. In this case, permission of the instructor who will be supervising the study is required.

Prerequisite(s): 12.50 credits

ANTH*4840 Seminar in Anthropology S,F,W(3-0). [0.50].

This course will be offered as a structured seminar on various topics depending upon the interests of the faculty member teaching the course. Topics will be announced and course outlines will be available at course selection. This course number may also be used for independent study on a topic of the student's choice. In this case, permission of the instructor who will be supervising the study is required.

Prerequisite(s): 12.50 credits

ANTH*4880 Special Projects in Anthropology S,F,W(3-0). [0.50].

The special study option is designed to provide advanced undergraduates with an opportunity independently to explore the frontiers and foundations of a field of knowledge. The subject matter will normally be studied in greater depth of topics related to regular upper-level courses offered in the department which the student has taken or is taking.

Prerequisite(s): permission of the instructor

ANTH*4890 Special Projects in Anthropology S,F,W(3-0). [0.50].

The special study option is designed to provide advanced undergraduates with an opportunity independently to explore the frontiers and foundations of a field of knowledge. The subject matter will normally be studied in greater depth of topics related to regular upper-level courses offered in the department which the student has taken or is taking.

Prerequisite(s): permission of the instructor

ANTH*4900 Honours Anthropology Thesis I S,F,W(3-0). [0.50].

Development and design of an honours thesis proposal conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. Recommended to honours major students.

Prerequisite(s): 15.00 credits including (1 of SOAN*3070, SOAN*3120, SOC*3070, SOC*3120), (SOAN*3690 or SOC*3690) and a cumulative average of 70% in all Sociology and Anthropology courses

ANTH*4910 Honours Anthropology Thesis II S,F,W(3-0). [0.50].

Completion and presentation of honours thesis.

Prerequisite(s): ANTH*4900



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Last revision: October 18, 2001 (Section IX December 01, 2001; format revision November 20, 2001).

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