1000 Level Courses

ANTH 1120 6.0A: Making Sense of a Changing World: Anthropology Today

Course Director:  Dr. R James, ryan_kj@yorku.ca

Course Description                                                                                                                                                                                               In this course you will use anthropological approaches to increase your understanding of global issues in diverse locales. This course challenges you to engage with other ways of knowing and being, and to rethink your taken-for-granted knowledge and beliefs through the comparative analysis of the human condition. This course will take a problem-based approach to a range of topics such as: the effects of race and racism, sources of religious conflict, alternate genders and sexualities, First Nations and health, international development and issues of social inequality. Students are encouraged to bring their own knowledge and experience as the first step in "thinking like an anthropologist" (i.e. rethinking the taken-for-granted). The emphasis in this course is developing skills (analytical thinking, writing).

ANTH 1120 6.0B: Making Sense of a Changing World: Anthropology Today

Course Director: Dr. O. Ozcan, oozcan@yorku.ca

Course Description                                                                                                                                                                                             In this course you will use anthropological approaches to increase your understanding of global issues in diverse locales. This course challenges you to engage with other ways of knowing and being, and to rethink your taken-for-granted knowledge and beliefs through the comparative analysis of the human condition. This course will take a problem-based approach to a range of topics such as: the effects of race and racism, sources of religious conflict, alternate genders and sexualities, First Nations and health, international development and issues of social inequality. Students are encouraged to bring their own knowledge and experience as the first step in "thinking like an anthropologist" (i.e. rethinking the taken-for-granted). The emphasis in this course is developing skills (analytical thinking, writing).

ANTH 1120 6.0C: Making Sense of a Changing World: Anthropology Today

Course Director:  Dr. R. James, ryan_kj@yorku.ca

Course Description                                                                                                                                                                                            In this course you will use anthropological approaches to increase your understanding of global issues in diverse locales. This course challenges you to engage with other ways of knowing and being, and to rethink your taken-for-granted knowledge and beliefs through the comparative analysis of the human condition. This course will take a problem-based approach to a range of topics such as: the effects of race and racism, sources of religious conflict, alternate genders and sexualities, First Nations and health, international development and issues of social inequality. Students are encouraged to bring their own knowledge and experience as the first step in "thinking like an anthropologist" (i.e. rethinking the taken-for-granted). The emphasis in this course is developing skills (analytical thinking, writing).

ANTH 1140 6.0: What Does It Mean To Be human? Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

Course Director: Dr. L. Davidson, lmdavids@yorku.ca

Course Description                                                                                                                                                                                               What is culture and how does it vary over time? What shapes people’s ideas and experiences of belonging and identity? How are people propelled to imagine who they are how they belong?  In this full-year course, students are introduced to key concepts, theories and debates in anthropology.  We will address topics covering the social construction of ‘race’, the relationship between sex and gender, and various kinds of social organization, such as family relations, political and economic partnerships, nation-building strategies, and citizenship. We will also attend to the role of language, belief systems, and affect in shaping human experiences, motivations, and actions. Through ethnographic readings, films, experiential learning, guest speakers, and virtual field trips, we will familiarize ourselves with the conceptual and practical tools of anthropology for analyzing, understanding and reflecting on power and systems of inequality.  In the Fall term, we will focus on anthropology’s big ideas and in the Winter term, we will learn how to apply and develop these ideas to the multicultural and multiracial context of the Greater Toronto Area. The aim of this course is to move beyond rote memorization and to sharpen our capacity to question taken-for-granted assumptions and common-sense beliefs and to help us realise the potential of anthropology to engage with the world around us.