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Courses of note

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Anthropology | English |Canadian Studies
Geography | History | Law | Sociology | Social Work


The following courses offered at McGill may be of interest to you (click on the course name for more information):

Anthropology

  • ANTH 202 Socio-Cultural Anthropology 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    An introduction to cultures and societies around the world. Aspects of social life, such as generation and gender, family and kinship, economics, politics, and religion, are explored. Different ways of life, such as those centered on hunting and gathering, horticulture, pastoralism, agriculture, urbanism, and industrialism, are illustrated and compared.

  • ANTH 333 Course not available

    (Prerequisite: ANTH 202, or 205, or 206, or 212, or permission of instructor). Social, economic, political, symbolic and ideological aspects of ethnicity. Development of ethnic groups. Interplay between social class and ethnicity.

  • ANTH 338 Native Peoples of N America 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    (Prerequisite: ANTH 202, or 204, or 205, or 206, or 209, or 212, or GEOG 336, or permission of instructor) Ethnographic survey of Native cultures in North America. Conditions arising from European colonization and their social, economic and political impact. Contemporary situation of Indigenous peoples.

  • ANTH 436 North American Native Peoples 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    (Prerequisite: ANTH 336, or 338, or permission of instructor). A detailed examination of selected contemporary problems. Topic: TBA.

English

  • ENGL 430 Studies in Drama 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    A survey course that traces the history of Canadian cultures from the middle of the 19th century to the present. It surveys the diversity of Canadian cultural identities through literature, drama, art and the mass media. The course features guest lecturers. Some course material will be in French. Prerequisites: Ability to read French.

Canadian Studies

  • CANS 202 Course not available

    A survey course that traces the history of Canadian cultures from the middle of the 19th century to the present. It surveys the diversity of Canadian cultural identities through literature, drama, art and the mass media. The course features guest lecturers. Some course material will be in French. Prerequisites: Ability to read French.

  • CANS 301 Topics in Canadian Studies 2 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    An interdisciplinary course on a Canadian Studies topic. Sometimes the topic is native-related, such as Native Studies Issues: The Past Meets the Present. Check with the department for this semester's topic.

  • CANS 306 Issues in Native Studies 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    Canadian Studies: Past and present achievements and concerns within Native societies across Canada.
    A survey of the present-day achievements, problems and concerns within Native societies across Canada but with particular focus on the Cree of eastern James Bay. Questions of political organization and leadership, land claims, education and economic and business development will be examined in their present-day complexity, as well as historical antecedents. Contemporary topics and issues will also be discussed in the historical context. Class discussion and participation, based on readings, is an integral part of this course.

  • CANS 403 Canadian Material Culture 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    Exhibitions that address Canadian history and contemporary identities through material culture, art, and other media, including the place of material culture in everyday life, through personal collections, and unconventional exhibition spaces.

Geography

  • GEOG 301 Geography of Nunavut 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    An introduction to the physical and cultural geography of Canada's newest territory. The course will emphasize the bio-physical heterogeneity of the natural environment and the cultural and political ecology of the human population.

  • GEOG 410 Geog of Underdvlpmnt:Cur Probs 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    An examination of the cultural, political and economic mechanism and manifestations of contemporary underdevelopment and the response to it from different regional and national peripheral societies within the dominant world economic system.

  • GEOG 502 Geography of Northern Dev 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    Analysis of the evolution of development policies and their spatial implications in circumpolar areas with an emphasis on the application of geographical concepts. Special attention is given to indigenous peoples and new immigrant populations in northern North America.

History

  • HIST 309 Hist of Latin America to 1825 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    The social, cultural, and economic aspects of Latin America and the Caribbean in the colonial period. Topics include: pre-Columbian and hispanic cultures in conflict, plantation empires, and the transition to independence.

  • HIST 360 Latin America since 1825 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    Themes in the political, economic, and social development of Latin America since the wars of independence. Emphasis on the domestic history of the region, with some attention to relations with the United States and Europe.

  • HIST 361 The Canadian West 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    (Prerequisite: HIST 202 and HIST 203) The development of what is now the Canadian West from the 17th century to the entry of Saskatchewan and Manitoba into confederation. Topics include: culture contact between native and European, the fur trade, entry of the West into confederation and its evolution from colonial to provincial status.

  • HIST 363 Canada 1870-1914 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    (Prerequisite: HIST 202 and HIST 203) This course will examine social, economic, political and cultural aspects of Canadian society between 1870 and 1914. Topics covered will include aboriginal peoples, European settlement of the West, provincial rights, the national policy, social reform movements, industrialization, immigration and the rise of cities.

  • HIST 408 Colonialism and Native Peoples 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    (Prerequisite: HIST 202). The nature and consequences of encounters between American native peoples and Europeans.

Law

  • CMPL 500 Aboriginal Peoples and the Law 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    Current legal topics relating to native peoples, including the concept of aboriginal title, and constitutional aspects of contemporary land claims. Aspects of Canadian law relating to native peoples, their constitutional status, and hunting and fishing rights.

Sociology

  • SOCI 230 Sociology of Ethnic Relations 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    (Prerequisite: SOCI 210 or permission of instructor). An introduction to the sociological study of minority groups in Canada. The course will explore the themes of racism, prejudice, and discrimination, ethnic and racial inequalities, cultural identities, multiculturalism, immigration. Theoretical, empirical, and policy issues will be discussed. While the focus will be primarily on Canada, comparisons will be made with the United States.

  • SOCI 475 Cnd Ethnic Studies Seminar 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    An interdisciplinary seminar focusing on current social sciences research and public policies in areas relating to Canadian ethnic studies. Topics will include ethnic and racial inequalities, prejudice and discrimination, ethnic identities and cultural expressions, the structure and organization of minority groups.

Social Work

  • IDFC 500 Aboriginal Field Studies 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    Interdisciplinary Field Course: This 4-week intensive course (3 weeks McGill, 1 week Kahnawake, Mohawk Territory) provides an opportunity for Social Work, Law, Medicine and Anthropology students to learn about Indigenous cultures and worldviews, with particular emphasis on linkages to students' practice areas

  • SWRK 345 First Peoples' Issues & SocWk 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    (Prerequisite: SWRK 220) An analysis of Canadian policies and legislation, their impact on First Peoples and on social work practice. Historical overview of European-Canadian and First Nations, Métis and Inuit relations.

If you are interested in taking a Native language course such as Inuktitut, Cree, Algonquin or Mohawk, please refer to the Office of First Nations and Inuit Education in the Faculty of Education.