Anthropology invites you to learn more about other ways of life, and its study gives you a framework for looking critically at your own. A look at life in a hunting band or a Himalayan village helps bring life in our cities into focus. Looking in depth at the challenges facing indigenous and Third World peoples can help you become a better world citizen. Cultural anthropology investigates the lore and logic of other cultures.‌‌

Anthropology means not only looking out at other cultures, but looking back at our origins and what it means to be human. What needs, urges and patterns have been built into us? How and why did we change from being scavengers to hunter-gatherers to farmers to “city-zens”? Can we create a global village or are we driving to a world-long strip mall interrupted by occasional theme parks and game reserves? Physical anthropologists and archaeologists join cultural anthropologists in answering these questions.

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Special Topics Courses in Anthropology


ANTH 470F & SOC 470F Indigenous and Migrant Subordination Canada

James Hutchinson

Prerequisite(s): 60 credits, to include at least 9 credits of Sociology and/or Anthropology.

Mondays 9:10 - 12:30 room D136

CRN: ANTH 90086 & SOC 91123

Questions of race and ethnicity arise frequently in the context of popular discussions of social problems, national identity, and national unity. Through examining the subordination of Canadian Indigenous peoples (past and present) and Migrants (legal and quasi-legal; permanent and temporary) and the responses of these groups to marginalization, the course will develop a critical analysis of: racial and ethnic ideologies in Canada; the politics of identity; the consequences of control and of how the topics are defined, including processes of the development and application of policies and laws.

ANTH 299C Body Modifications

Alicia Horton

Prerequisite(s): (ANTH 101) or (ANTH 102) or (15 university-level credits).

Thursdays 10:00 - 12:50 Room A305

CRN: 90080

Anthropology 299 Body Modifications is designed to introduce students to cross-cultural representations of physical appearance and human diversity in body modification. Students will learn about the intersection of changing bodies, power/resistance, gender, race, globalization and transnational identities and ask questions about embodiment, adornment and the meaning and significance of body modification practices. Topics include grooming, cutting, tattooing, piercing, scarfication, branding, bone breaking, circumcision and self-injury amongst others

Upcoming Courses


Winter 2015
ANTH 101 AB1 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 102 AB1 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
  AB2 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
  AB3 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
  AB4 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 111 AB1 First Nations in British Columbia -- Traditional Cultures
ANTH 130 AB1 Anthropology of World Religions
  AB2 Anthropology of World Religions
ANTH 220 AB1 Culture Change: Accommodation, Resistance, and Transformation
ANTH 225 AB1 Urban Life
ANTH 255 AB1 Introduction to Social Research
ANTH 355 AB1 Quantitative Research Methods
ANTH 403 AB1 Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology II
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