Ethnographic and ethnological study of the culture of North America.

To introduce you to the subject matter of sociocultural anthropology. As you will see practical use can be made of knowledge in all of the four sub-fields of sociocultural anthropology. Job opportunities within the four subfields will be referred to throughout the course. This course is designed to allow you to discover your own areas of interest within the broad sub-fields of the discipline.

Anthropology 3913 is designed to introduce students to the basic principals of ethnographic research. This course has one main focus: to introduce, to discuss, evaluate and apply the practical aspects of conducting research in the field. This course is taught in accordance with student-oriented learning requiring in-depth student involvement in individual projects

This course critically investigates selected issues facing Indigenous peoples living in what is now called Canada. We will focus on these using a collection of anthropological concepts (e.g., identity, class, racism etc.). If you know nothing of Indigenous peoples or Indigenous and non-indigenous relations, then this course will provide you with a base to learn more perhaps through Native Studies. If you already have a basic understanding of this set of relations, then this course will take you deeper into them. Some of the areas we may study are the causes of migration from reserves to cities, colonialism, post-colonialism and neo-colonialism, the role of the state and law in Indigenous lives, national imaginaries, the constitution of individual and community identities in cities, cultural production and appropriation, pan-Aboriginality, self-government, education, justice, law racism, whiteness and white privilege. structure and agency, and the effects of public policy on all these domains. In the end you will have a critical idea of Indigenous life in Canada, its diversity, and an appreciation of the challenges facing Indigenous peoples

This course focuses on the question: What role do media play in cultural production and maintenance? Our primary concern will be to analyze the ways people engage with communications media to confer cultural meanings on their surroundings, to forge social relations, and to negotiate power. We will deal with questions of coding and decoding, the manipulation of audiences, audience reception, class relations maintained through media and examine the notion of cultural imperialism and consumption among others. We will also address some of the practical and theoretical issues anthropological media research poses looking to media production, circulation and reception in various parts of the world. This course reviews the burgeoning literature in media and new-media anthropology and draws on specific cases throughout the world and across media to highlight methodological and conceptual challenges. The general aim is to promote interest and independent inquiry into this relatively new field of anthropological study.

To introduce you to the subject matter of sociocultural anthropology. As you will see practical use can be made of knowledge in all of the four sub-fields of sociocultural anthropology. Job opportunities within the four subfields will be referred to throughout the course. This course is designed to allow you to discover your own areas of interest within the broad sub-fields of the discipline.