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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
November 27, 2015
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Anthropology at Laurier is a unique program in Canada. It specializes in researching and teaching the ethnography of the contemporary world.

Hello Everyone!

With the warm weather having finally arrived, a host of changes have and are still to take place within Anthropology at Laurier. Most important of all, there was the June Convocation which witnessed the graduation of the latest group of wonderful Anthropology students. Of special mention in conjunction with this ceremony must be Connor Young, who received the 2015 Gold Medal for Anthropology! Congratulations Connor! 

The 2015-6 academic year will see the introduction of our brand new curriculum, with fun new courses, streamlined requirements, and opportunities to do fieldwork here in Kitchener-Waterloo. 

First-year students interested in Anthropology can take AN100 Cultures Today (a general introduction to cultural practices around the world and to important research and life skills, such as inter-cultural competency), and/or AN110 Money Makes the World Go Round (which focuses on the cultural worlds of exchange and consumption by looking at how and why people acquire things like Lamborgini cars, Chanel suits and high-end coffee).

In senior courses, this year students will be able to focus on topics as diverse as Aboriginal Peoples of Canada; Contemporary Issues in India; Cross-Cultural Studies of Change; City Life and Urban Space; Culture as Performance;  Africa at the Crossroads; Law, Culture and Society; Life after Socialism; Science, Technology and Culture; and the Anthropology of the Body. They will also learn core disciplinary skills by engaging in participant-observation and in-depth interviews in our two new core courses, AN300 Ethnographic Methods, and AN400 Doing Fieldwork. The latter is our program’s capstone course where students get to pursue their very own ethnographic fieldwork research!

I would love to talk to you if you have any questions about our Program. Please do not hesitate to contact me via email ( or over the phone (extension 3342). 

Have a great summer!

Natasha Pravaz
Program Director/Academic Advisor
Wilfrid Laurier University

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Program Director / Academic Advisor

Dr. Natasha Pravaz
DAWB 2-134, ext. 3342

Office Hours:  by appointment

Senior Administrative Assistant

Sharon Lalor
DAWB 2-119, ext. 3330