Anthropology BA & BSc

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Anthropology BA & BSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    Anthropology is the study of humanity itself, but includes the physical sciences as much as the social. Anthropology is studying how people live now, how they lived in the past, and how their physical environment and social contexts shape who they are. You’ll look at the archaeological record and the evolutionary past as well as recent history and the study of living, thriving cultures to understand the human experience on a deeper level.

    You’ll study issues such as how the inequities of the past affect social patterns today, how media and other technologies shape our view of the world and how the demands of the modern economic world come into conflict with human reproductive demands to change the lives of people all over the world.

    A BA or BSc in Anthropology from the University of Victoria will prepare you well for graduate school, or for a wide range of careers in Canada and abroad.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 4 years of full time study.

    Year 1 Modules Include:

    • Introduction to anthropology
    • Introduction to anthropology – tutorial
    • How to make a human
    • Pseudo Archaeology

     Year 2 Modules Include:

    • Cultural and social anthropology
    • Cultural and social anthropology – tutorial
    • Visual anthropology
    • Anthropology of Sound
    • Archaeology
    • Archaeology – lab
    • Biological anthropology
    • Biological anthropology – lab
    • Intro to anthropological research

     Year 3 Modules Include:

    • Globalization, health & environment
    • Technology & culture
    • Anthropology of children & youth
    • Quantitative methods in anthropological research
    • Ethnographic research methods
    • Archaeology of British Columbia
    • Archaeology of Children
    • Pleistocene archaeology of Africa
    • Peopling of new territories
    • Human osteology
    • Human osteology – lab
    • Economic underworlds and globalization
    • Anthropology of the pacific
    • Geoarchaeology
    • Anthropology of the city
    • Indigenous peoples’ health in Canada
    • Anthropology of media
    • The Neandertal
    • Biology of human skeletal variability
    • Infectious diseases
    • Introduction to primates
    • Science, media and communication

     Year 4 Modules Include:

    • History of anthropological theory
    • Coast Salish culture and contemporary life
    • Archaeological method and theory
    • Applied anthropology/community-based anthropology

    Learning And Teaching

    The University of Victoria strives to use both traditional and innovative techniques as appropriate to each subject. You’ll attend large lecture classes, but also smaller and more interactive seminars and tutorial sessions. Many modules have in-depth laboratory aspects, and you’ll learn a great many practical skills of all kinds.

    Anthropology in particular is highly interdisciplinary, and blurs the boundaries between the humanities and both hard and social sciences. UVic therefore uses a blended, integrated approach to teaching.

    Career Possibilities

    This degree will prepare you well for several different graduate degree programs, or for a wide range of different careers. Recent graduates of UVic’s Anthropology BA and BSc programs have become Archaeologists, Community or youth workers, Cultural impact assessor, Filmmakers and other media-related occupations, Forensic anthropologists, Healthcare or Health Services Professionals, Library or Archive Technicians, Marketing Researchers, Multiculturalism Educators,

    Museum Curators, Public Health Educators, Social Policy Researchers, Socia Service Workers and more.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 4 year BA or BSc degree.

     To enter the University of Victoria’s BA or BSc programs in Anthropology, you’ll need to apply to the Faculty of Social Sciences. Alternatively, you can declare an Anthropology major after your first year of study.

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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