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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Anthropology — Neotropical Environment

Offered by: Anthropology     Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Program Requirements

All new Neotropical Environment students will be encouraged to spend the month of August (prior to September admission) in Panama to take their first core course and familiarize themselves with the country.

Thesis

A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Required Courses (15 credits)

If admitted to Ph.D. 2.

Note: To ensure that students understand prior research, they must define three subfields that intersect with the thesis topic. Students must register for the three Ph.D. tutorial listed below.

  • ANTH 700 Ph.D. Preliminary Examination

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Anthropology : Written and oral presentation of the PhD dissertation research proposal to the Supervisory Committee.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • ANTH 790 Ph.D. Tutorial 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Anthropology : Individualized guided research on an approved topic.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • ANTH 791 Ph.D. Tutorial 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Anthropology : Indivisualized guided research on an approved topic.

    Terms: Winter 2014, Fall 2013

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • ANTH 792 Ph.D. Tutorial 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Anthropology : Individualized guided research on an approved topic.

    Terms: Winter 2014, Fall 2013

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • BIOL 640 Tropical Biology and Conservation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Long-term research at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute will be organized and synthesized to examine historical assembly and ecological maintenance of tropical communities. This synthesis will draw on phylogenetic concepts for historical insight and will examine the probable resilience of these communities to global change, pollution and biodiversity loss.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Edward Herre (Winter)

    • Restriction: students enrolled in Neotropical Environment Option (NEO) or permission of the instructor
  • ENVR 610 Foundations of Environmental Policy (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Environment : Analysis of current environmental policies to reveal implicit and explicit assumptions regarding scientific methods, hypothesis testing, subject/object, causality, certainty, deities, health, development, North-South concerns for resources, commons, national sovereignty, equity. Discussion of implications of such assumptions for building future environmental policies.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Peter Gilbert Brown, Robin Thomas Naylor, Mark Goldberg (Fall)

    • Restriction: Enrolment in the Graduate Environment Option or enrolment in the Neotropical Environment Option (NEO) or permission of the instructor.

Complementary Courses (3 credits)

3 credits, at the 500, 600, or 700 level, deemed suitable by the student's supervisor, and pre-approved by the Neotropical Environment Director.

Language Requirement

A language examination, normally French, must be passed before an oral examination of the research proposal may be scheduled. Francophone students can satisfy the language requirement by demonstrating competency in English. The purpose of the language requirement is to ensure that the student has access to anthropological literature in at least two languages. Under special circumstances, a language other than English or French may be substituted, provided that there is sufficient anthropological literature on the student's research topic in that language.

Required Courses (48 credits)

If admitted to Ph.D. 1.

  • ANTH 602 Theory 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Anthropology : A survey of theories and methods employed in anthropology.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Setrag Manoukian (Fall)

  • ANTH 605 Culture Area (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Anthropology : Review of a culture area in anthropology.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • ANTH 609 Proseminar in Anthropology (6 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Anthropology : A survey of professional skills in the field of anthropology.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • ANTH 611 Research Design (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Anthropology : Research design in anthropology.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • ANTH 660 Research Methods (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Anthropology : Preparation of the Master's research.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • ANTH 665 Quantitative Methods (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Anthropology : A survey of quantitative methods frequently used in anthropological research.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • ANTH 685 Research Tutorial 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Anthropology : Individualized guided research on an approved topic.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • ANTH 686 Research Tutorial 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Anthropology : Individualized guided research on an approved topic.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • ANTH 700 Ph.D. Preliminary Examination

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Anthropology : Written and oral presentation of the PhD dissertation research proposal to the Supervisory Committee.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • ANTH 702 Advanced Anthropological Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Anthropology : A survey of advanced theories in anthropology.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • ANTH 760 Advanced Anthropological Methods (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Anthropology : A survey of advanced methods employed in anthropological research.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • ANTH 790 Ph.D. Tutorial 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Anthropology : Individualized guided research on an approved topic.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • ANTH 791 Ph.D. Tutorial 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Anthropology : Indivisualized guided research on an approved topic.

    Terms: Winter 2014, Fall 2013

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • ANTH 792 Ph.D. Tutorial 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anthropology (Faculty of Arts)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Anthropology : Individualized guided research on an approved topic.

    Terms: Winter 2014, Fall 2013

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • BIOL 640 Tropical Biology and Conservation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Long-term research at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute will be organized and synthesized to examine historical assembly and ecological maintenance of tropical communities. This synthesis will draw on phylogenetic concepts for historical insight and will examine the probable resilience of these communities to global change, pollution and biodiversity loss.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Edward Herre (Winter)

    • Restriction: students enrolled in Neotropical Environment Option (NEO) or permission of the instructor
  • ENVR 610 Foundations of Environmental Policy (3 credits)

    Offered by: McGill School of Environment (School of Environment)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Environment : Analysis of current environmental policies to reveal implicit and explicit assumptions regarding scientific methods, hypothesis testing, subject/object, causality, certainty, deities, health, development, North-South concerns for resources, commons, national sovereignty, equity. Discussion of implications of such assumptions for building future environmental policies.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Peter Gilbert Brown, Robin Thomas Naylor, Mark Goldberg (Fall)

    • Restriction: Enrolment in the Graduate Environment Option or enrolment in the Neotropical Environment Option (NEO) or permission of the instructor.

Complementary Courses (3 credits)

3 credits, at the 500, 600, or 700 level, deemed suitable by the student's supervisor, and pre-approved by the Neotropical Environment Director.

Language Requirement

A language examination, normally French, must be passed before an oral examination of the research proposal may be scheduled. Francophone students can satisfy the language requirement by demonstrating competency in English. The purpose of the language requirement is to ensure that the student has access to anthropological literature in at least two languages. Under special circumstances, a language other than English or French may be substituted, provided that there is sufficient anthropological literature on the student's research topic in that language.

Faculty of Arts—2013-2014 (last updated Aug. 21, 2013) (disclaimer)