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ANT100Y1 Introduction to Anthropology

Society and culture from various anthropological perspectives: socio-cultural, evolutionary, archaeological, and linguistic. 

ANT195H1 Speculative Fiction and Social Reality

How do the imagined worlds of speculative fiction reflect, and reflect upon, the real worlds of their authors and audiences? And on the other hand, how can works of speculative fiction have real-world impacts? Is speculative fiction different, in either of these respects, than other genres of narrative? This course explores a variety of works of speculative fiction from the perspective of an...

ANT196H1 Observing Everyday Life

Informal introduction to the notion of “everyday life” in anthropology and related humanities and social science disciplines. How seemingly insignificant, ordinary events and behaviors shape and are shaped by large societal patterns. Students will learn to interpret their own observational experiences with reference to relevant anthropological and other analytical frameworks. Restricted to...

ANT197H1 Representations of Intellectuals

The course explores ideas of intellectuals who carved transformative theories during war times or under repressive regimes in the twentieth century. Intellectuals featured in the course include Rosa Luxemburg, Frantz Fanon, Walter Benjamin, Lu Xin, Audre Lorde. Further, it would examine cultural representations of them, such as, graphic novels, fictions, essays, films and videos on them or...

ANT198H1 Nature: A Cultural Introduction

The distinction (or dualism) between nature and culture is often described as a central feature of the western cultural imagination and of “modernity.” The nature/culture dualism is also relevant to many current debates about ecology and environment. This course explores various approaches to “nature” through a variety of written and visual texts, and focuses on representations of the nature/...

ANT199H1 Living on the Water in Toronto

What do the Great Lakes mean to people living here? Especially Indigenous people? When and how do people care about the Great Lakes? Poems, stories, social science offer perspectives on the water from anthropology and arts. Field trips including paddling on a river, hiking; talks with local activists and artists. Restricted to first-year students. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

ANT200Y1 Introduction to Archaeology

How did art and technology develop in the course of human evolution?  What led to the development of agriculture and settled village life?  How did social inequality and urbanism emerge?  This course takes a global perspective to explore the archaeological evidence that sheds light on these questions and other aspects of prehistory and early history.  Students will engage with the challenges...

ANT203Y1 The Nature of Humans

This course examines where humans fit in the fabric of the natural world. It explores the history of ideas about humans in nature, humans as primates, the story of human evolution and modern human physical and genetic diversity.

ANT204H1 Social Cultural Anthropology and Global Issues

A course focused on recent anthropological scholarship that seeks to understand and explain the transformation of contemporary societies and cultures. Topics may include some of the following: new patterns of global inequality, war and neo-colonialism, health and globalization, social justice and indigeneity, religious fundamentalism, gender inequalities, biotechnologies and society etc.


ANT207H1 Core Concepts in Social and Cultural Anthropology

Society, culture, kinship, exchange, community, identity, politics, belief: these and other core concepts are explored in this course, which lays the foundation for advanced courses in social and cultural anthropology.