Special Topics Course Information

Fall 2014

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

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.

SOC 399K Work and Occupations‌

Graham Cook

Fall 2014


CRN: 91120

Work defines our lives, yet for many it can be alienating, unhealthy, stressful – even dangerous.  Work is experienced very differently if you are a male engineer at a big development firm or an immigrant mom struggling to make ends meet serving fast food.  This course will look at the historical, social, technological, and global factors that shape the world of work, and will link these issues with students’ own aspirations for their future careers.

Winter 2015

Trash Talk: The Anthropology of 'Dirt' and Disposal

Jason Ramsey

Tuesdays 13:00 - 16:40

Prerequisite(s): 60 credits, to include ANTH 102 and at least 6 additional credits of sociology and/or anthropology

MACS 299C Wrestling with Culture

Darren Blakeborough

Prerequisite(s): None. MACS 110 or MACS 130 recommended.

Muscled superstars and sexy Divas may lay the smackdown on our televisions every week, but the business of professional wrestling is more than thundering piledrivers and screaming fans; it is a billion dollar industry.

Wrestling has been one of the more popular forms of entertainment in North America for over a century and while millions watch it every week, it is denigrated by many as a lowbrow cultural artefact.

This course will take a critical look at the spectacle of professional wrestling while interrogating such topics as ritual, authenticity, gender, fandom, narrative, performance, and national identity. There will be guest speakers from the industry and we will be attending live events.


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