Certificate & Minor in Advocacy & Public Engagement

Work Placement Course ANTH 4130 6.0 (PDF)

Would you like to apply your anthropological skills and gain academic credit?

If so, then the fourth year ANTH 4130 6.0 The Professional Anthropologist Work-Study Placement course is for you.

This year-long course offers you the opportunity to conduct research and/or volunteer with a range of host organizations such as NGOs, hospitals, immigration agencies, homeless shelters, corporations and other service organizations that are approved by the department of Anthropology.

You will engage in experiential learning and community-engaged research under the guidance of a course director. You are required to identify issues that you intend to explore during your placement before starting the experiential learning opportunity.

  • The placement must include at least 176 hours of work over the 8 months.
  • Assessment will include:
    - weekly communication via the blog site (shared journaling);
    - a research paper;
    - a final community report

Registration for this course requires the permission of the instructor and an approved placement site. Spots will be reserved for students who are enrolled in the Advocacy and Public Engagement Minor or Certificate program. An open interview will be conducted before Fall online registration begins. This course is restricted to third and fourth-year Anthropology students who have completed ANTH 3110 6.0.

Please contact the Anthropology Department at lapsanth@yorku.ca

Department Resources on Public Anthropology:

Annual Public Anthropology Lecture

In parallel with and as a complement to our Annual Lecture in Anthropology, we will establish an annual event that will highlight our focus on ethnography and the application of anthropological theories and methods in the professionally-engaged context. The primary rationale for the creation of this new annual event is to both highlight and solidify our commitment to our new focused stream in both undergraduate and graduate success in innovative non-academic careers using the skills and training of the discipline. Potentially in combination with the proposed institute for training in ethnographic methods, this annual event (lecture, workshop, or other format) will highlight the ways in which anthropologists are increasingly being employed in the worlds of design, human behaviour analysis, marketing, as well as in the more familiar fields of work with organizations for social change, NGOs and other research and action partners. We anticipate that we will be able to promote professional opportunities for our students at these annual events.

Summer Ethnographic Institute (SEI)

The Summer Ethnographic Institute (SEI) offers resources, mentorship and training in ethnographic theory and method to undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Anthropology, to York University faculty, and to researchers, scholars and members of the community beyond the University.

Working in close partnership with the advanced methods seminar at the Department of Anthropology, the Public Anthropology Collaboratory, and the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography, the SEI offers a one week seminar and intensive workshop series designed to provide a stimulating intellectual environment for engaged considerations of issues, opportunities and directions of ethnographic research, plus instruction in the principles and techniques of ethnographic methodology.

The Public Anthropology Collaboratory (PAC)

The Public Anthropology Collaboratory (PAC) provides a space for peer-mentorship, support and training for graduate students and faculty in the Department of Anthropology at York University. The focus of the Collaboratory is to support the development of projects and pedagogies that have a public dimension. This group aims to both explore and expand what is meant by the term "Public Anthropology" and what it means for research, teaching and community engagement. PAC thus provides a space for those interested in sharing their skills and for those interested in developing new skills.

PAC supports the development of public anthropology projects in a variety of forms, including but not limited to: community-led and participatory action research on social justice issues; the formation of NGOs or advocacy work with communities; outreach campaigns that expand anthropology’s publics; and research-creation projects in film, art, or performance that generate new media for anthropological inquiry and expression.

Faculty and graduate students interested in expanding their projects to incorporate a public dimension, or those who have any related experience or interest in public anthropology, are invited to join the Collaboratory.

Check our Resource Page.

If you are interested in joining our next meeting, please contact the Collaboratory's RA, Meredith Evans at mgbevans@yorku.ca, or the Collaboratory's convener, Natasha Myers (nmyers@yorku.ca)

Web resources


Minor/Certificate in Advocacy and Public Engagement

Minor/Certificate in Advocacy & Public Engagement (30 credits)

The minor/certificate  program seeks to provide intensive training in the required skills of applied anthropology:

  • the ethics of advocacy and advocacy-based research;
  • formulating advocacy-based research questions;
  • the ethnographic/qualitative field methods to investigate these issues;
  • and the public engagement skills by which critical interventions on the basis of that research may be made.

This honours minor/certificate  program in Applied or “Engaged” Anthropology requires 30 credits of which 24 credits are required courses. The program provides two high impact Experiential Education Community Based Research opportunities in which the applied anthropology skill set can be applied in real world context. There is one required course at each year level (2 through 4) plus an additional work placement capstone experience.

The required core courses of the degree are:

i) Core Requirements (24 credits total):

  • ANTH 2210 6.0 Advocate and Educate for Change: Applying Anthropology
  • ANTH 3110 6.0 Acquiring Research Skills
  • ANTH 4340 6.0 Advocacy and Social Movements
  • ANTH 4130 6.0 The Professional Anthropologist

ii) And 6 elective credits chosen from the following:

  • ANTH 3020 6.0 Race, Racism & Popular Culture
  • ANTH 3030 3.0 Discourses of Colonialism
  • ANTH 3080 6.0 Modes of Enablement: A Cultural Perspective on Physical Disability
  • ANTH 3240 6.0 Sexing the Subject: Sexuality from a Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ANTH 3280 6.0 Anthropology & Psychiatry in Global Context
  • ANTH 3400 6.0 The Politics of Recognition: Citizenship & Civil Society
  • ANTH 3410 6.0 Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism: Us and Them
  • ANTH 3420 6.0 Indigenous Peoples & Indigenous Rights
  • ANTH 3560 3.0 Anthropology of the Senses
  • ANTH 3630 3.0 The Anthropology of Illicit Networks
  • ANTH 4160 6.0 Anthropology and Indigenous People's Health
  • ANTH 4240 3.0 Nature, Culture, Power: The Anthropology of Environment
  • ANTH 4330 3.0 Critical Issues in Medical Anthropology
  • ANTH 4410 3.0 The Anthropology of Human Rights
  • ANTH 4420 3.0 The Gendered Politics of War
  • ANTH 4430 6.0 The Anthropology of Reproduction, Personhood & Citizenship

Experiential Education Partner Agencies

We value experiential education, and have partnered with a number of agencies to provide work-study placements in ANTH 4130 6.0 The Professional Anthropologist:

Social Advocacy

InWithForward – Qualitative research for social change
PACT Urban Peace Program.
Office of Ana Bailao, City of Toronto Councillor
Frontier College – Literacy/Numeracy support organization
Furniture Bank Etobicoke
Peel Family Services

Health Agencies

Partners in Health – An international NGO started by a medical anthropologist


TD bank – Design group
Human Branding – an applied anthropology design company