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Undergraduates please note: Instructor permission is granted only under exceptional circumstances, and not as a routine way of permitting students to register for courses without having fulfilled the necessary prerequisites.

    200 Level Courses (Introductory)

    Course
    ANTH 201 Prehistoric Archaeology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 202 Socio-Cultural Anthropology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 203 Human Evolution 3 Credits
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    ANTH 204 Anthropology of Meaning 3 Credits
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    ANTH 206 Environment and Culture 3 Credits
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    ANTH 207 Ethnography Through Film 3 Credits
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    ANTH 208 Evolutionary Anthropology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 209 Anthropology of Religion 3 Credits
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    ANTH 210 Archaeology of Early Cities 3 Credits
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    ANTH 222 Legal Anthropology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 227 Medical Anthropology 3 Credits
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    300 Level Courses (Intermediate)

    Undergraduate Prerequisite: One anthropology course (see individual course listings in the McGill Calendar for the prerequisites associated with each course, if specified) or permission of instructor.

    Course Topic/Syllabus
    ANTH 300 Comparative Anthropology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 301 Nomadic Pastoralists 3 Credits
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    ANTH 302 New Horizons in Medical Anth. 3 Credits
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    ANTH 303 Ethnogr. of Post-socialism 3 Credits
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    ANTH 304 Chinese Cult in Ethnogr & Film 3 Credits
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    ANTH 307 Andean Prehistory 3 Credits
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    ANTH 308 Political Anthropology 01 3 Credits
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    ANTH 311 Primate Behaviour and Ecology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 312 Zooarchaeology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 314 Psychological Anthropology 01 3 Credits
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    ANTH 317 Prehistory of North America 3 Credits
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    ANTH 318 Globalization and Religion 3 Credits
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    ANTH 319 Inka Arch. & Ethnohistory 3 Credits
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    ANTH 320 Social Evolution 3 Credits
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    ANTH 322 Social Change in Modern Africa 3 Credits
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    ANTH 323 Anthropology of Things 3 Credits
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    ANTH 325 Anthropology of the Self 3 Credits
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    ANTH 326 Anthropology of Latin America 3 Credits
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    ANTH 327 Peoples of South Asia 3 Credits
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    ANTH 329 Modern Chinese Society&Change 3 Credits
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    ANTH 330 Traditional Whaling Societies 3 Credits
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    ANTH 331 Prehistory of East Asia 3 Credits
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    ANTH 337 Mediterranean Soc & Culture 3 Credits
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    ANTH 338 Native Peoples of N America 3 Credits
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    ANTH 339 Ecological Anthropology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 340 Middle Eastern Society&Culture 3 Credits
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    ANTH 341 Women in Cross-Cultural Persp 3 Credits
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    ANTH 342 Gender, Inequality & the State 3 Credits
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    ANTH 343 Anthropology and the Animal 3 Credits
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    ANTH 344 Quant. Approaches to Anth. 3 Credits
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    ANTH 347 Paleolithic Cultures 3 Credits
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    350+ Level Courses (Core and Reading)

    Undergraduate Prerequisite: One anthropology course (see individual course listings in the McGill Calendar for the prerequisites associated with each course, if specified) or permission of instructor.  Reading courses are supervised by a member of the staff.

    Course Topic/Syllabus
    ANTH 352 Hist of Anthropological Theory 3 Credits
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    ANTH 355 Theories of Culture & Society 3 Credits
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    ANTH 357 Archaeological Methods 3 Credits
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    ANTH 358 The Process of Anthro Research 3 Credits
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    ANTH 359 Hist of Archaeological Theory 3 Credits
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    ANTH 360 Archaeology of Ancient China 3 Credits
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    ANTH 380 Special Topic 1 3 Credits
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    ANTH 381 Special Topic 2 3 Credits
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    ANTH 399 Archaeology of Japan and Korea 3 Credits
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    400 Level Courses (Advanced)

    Undergraduate Prerequisites: U2 anthropology students wishing to take advanced courses must see the course instructor.  If the instructor is on leave, permission from the student's department advisor is required. 
    U3 anthropology students registering for advanced courses must have completed at least two core courses (350 level) and one 300 level anthropology course (which may or may not be specified in the course listing).
    To enroll in any 480 or higher course, all available courses relevant to the chosen topic must be completed and the consent of the instructor, obtained.  These are reading courses supervised by a member of the staff.

    Course Topic/Syllabus
    ANTH 402 Topics in Ethnography 3 Credits
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    ANTH 403 Current Issues in Archaeology 3 Credits
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    Course description:Archaeology today is more than anything the study of material culture rather than of static things to be placed into a classificatory order or "frozen in time" in a museum showcase. Questions of how people in the past handled objects and used material culture to establish social relations or political ties are increasingly important research foci in archaeology. This course considers a variety of aspects of material culture, attempting to read things in context: Objects are part and parcel of the social world and archaeologists have unique methods for analyzing them in order to understand the practices of past social groups. Looking at current issues and trends in studies of archaeological material culture, we focus in particular on the dynamic links between social life and object lives. Considering that objects can be limiting as well as enabling for human practice, we ask not only how objects are made and used but also how objects gain "power" in the context of social life? What kind of identities are attached to different sets of material culture? How do objects acquire agency, and how is value assigned to material culture in a given society?

    This course examines central concepts that play a role in archaeological studies of material culture, in particular notions of practice and agency; embodiment, technology, and skill; social identity (gender and class); and social organization. In addition, students will be given the chance to pursue their individual research interests in a seminar paper. The prerequisite for this course is some background in archaeology; ideally students should have successfully completed ANTH 201 or ANTH 210. Students who are uncertain about whether they have adequate background should contact the instructor: Prof. Maria Starzmann.
    NEW COURSE
    Winter 2015
    (CRN 15680)
    Tuesday: 2:30 - 5:00pm
    Leacock Bldg., room 917

    Instructor:
    Dr. Maria Starzmann
    Office Hours:
    Tues., 10:00 am - 12 noon
    Office:
    Leacock Bldg., room 837
    email: maria [dot] starzmann [at] mcgill [dot] ca
    ANTH 406 Great Debates in Ethnography 3 Credits
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    ANTH 407 Anthropology of the Body 3 Credits
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    ANTH 408 Sensory Ethnography 3 Credits
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    ANTH 411 Primate Studies & Conservation 3 Credits
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    ANTH 412 Topics:Anthropological Theory 3 Credits
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    ANTH 413 Gender in Archaeology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 416 Environment/Dev: Africa 3 Credits
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    ANTH 419 Archaeol of Hunter-Gatherers 3 Credits
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    ANTH 422 Contemp.Latin Amer Cult & Soc 3 Credits
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    ANTH 423 Mind, Brain & Psychopathology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 426 Immigration and Culture 3 Credits
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    ANTH 436 North American Native Peoples 3 Credits
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    ANTH 437 Historical Archaeology 3 Credits
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    Course Description:This seminar course will focus on the archaeology of early European exploration and settlement in the Arctic regions. Topics to be covered include, but are not restricted to, the development and abandonment of Norse settlements in Greenland, Frobisher’s exploration and settlement attempts on Baffin Island in 1576-78, forensic archaeology as applied to the Franklin expedition of 1845-48, and the effects of early European contact, both direct and indirect, on various northern cultures prior to the first recorded ethnographic descriptions.
    NEW COURSE
    Winter 2015
    (CRN 15687)
    Friday: 2:30 - 5:30pm
    Leacock Bldg., room 721

    Instructor:
    Prof. James Savelle
    Office:
    Leacock Bldg., room 813
    email: james [dot] savelle [at] mcgill [dot] ca
    ANTH 438 Topics in Medical Anthropology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 440 Cognitive Anthropology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 443 Medical Anthropological Theory 3 Credits
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    ANTH 451 Res in Society & Dev in Africa 3 Credits
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    ANTH 458 Archaeology of the Silk Roads 3 Credits
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    ANTH 460 Archaeological Field Studies 3 Credits
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    ANTH 461 Research Techniques 3 Credits
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    ANTH 480 Special Topic 5 3 Credits
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    ANTH 481 Special Topic 6 3 Credits
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    ANTH 490 Honours Thesis 6 Credits
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    ANTH 491 Joint Honours Thesis 3 Credits
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    ANTH 490D1 Honours Thesis 3 Credits
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    ANTH 490D2 Honours Thesis 3 Credits
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    ANTH 499 Internship: Anthropology 3 Credits
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    500 Level Courses (Advanced)

    Undergraduate Prerequisites: U2 anthropology students wishing to take advanced courses must see the course instructor.  If the instructor is on leave, permission from the student's department advisor is required. 
    U3 anthropology students registering for advanced courses must have completed at least two core courses (350 level) and one 300 level Anthropology course (which may or may not be specified in the course listing).

    Course Topic/Syllabus
    ANTH 500 Chinese Diversity & Diaspora 3 Credits
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    ANTH 501 Anthropology Beyond the Human 3 Credits
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    ANTH 502 Social Life of Death 3 Credits
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    ANTH 503 Production of the Past 3 Credits
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    ANTH 504 Environmental Archaeology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 511 Computational App. to Prehist. 3 Credits
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    ANTH 512 Political Ecology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 522 Issues in Biological Anthro 3 Credits
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    ANTH 540 Topics in Anthro. Theory 3 Credits
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    ANTH 551 Adv Topics: Archaeological Res 3 Credits
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    ANTH 555 Advanced Topics in Ethnology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 575 Concepts of Race 3 Credits
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    600 Level Courses (Graduate)

    Note for Undergraduates: Honours Thesis courses are not open to Joint Honours students.  Students in Joint Honours should take 400 level "Special Topics" courses (3 credits each) for the thesis in consecutive terms, one in Anthropology and the other in the joint department.

    Course
    ANTH 602 Theory 1 3 Credits
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    ANTH 603 Theory 2 3 Credits
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    ANTH 605 Culture Area 3 Credits
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    ANTH 607D1 Proseminar in Archaeology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 609 Proseminar in Anthropology 6 Credits
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    ANTH 610 Social Organization 3 Credits
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    ANTH 611 Research Design 3 Credits
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    ANTH 614 Economic Anthropology 1 3 Credits
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    ANTH 615 Sem in Medical Anthropology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 616 Political Anthropology 1 3 Credits
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    ANTH 631 Symbolic Anthropology 1 3 Credits
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    ANTH 634 Anthropology of Development 1 3 Credits
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    ANTH 635 Anthropology of Development 2 3 Credits
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    ANTH 640 Psychological Anthropology 1 3 Credits
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    ANTH 645 Anthropology, Mind & Brain 3 Credits
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    ANTH 648 Structural Anthropology 3 Credits
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    ANTH 650 Archaeology N China: Post-Han 3 Credits
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    ANTH 652 Course not available
    ANTH 660 Research Methods 3 Credits
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    ANTH 665 Quantitative Methods 3 Credits
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    ANTH 670 Archeological Theory 1 3 Credits
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    ANTH 671 Archeological Theory 2 3 Credits
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    ANTH 673 Archeological Field Methods 3 Credits
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    ANTH 678 Ethnohistory 3 Credits
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