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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.
Welcome and welcome back to all!
Already 1st year students have arrived and are outside in the quads and open areas of campus getting to know their new home for the next several years.
Over the Summer months, Natasha Pravaz and I have been busy preparing a new Strategic Report for Anthropology to help guide us re-position the program. While not yet finalized, this Report provides exciting alternatives to creating an accessible, balanced and flexible program that focuses on developing Combined Major students in addition to putting our last cohorts of Single Major students through to graduation. Quite a balancing act, but with the help of the Program’s Coordinating Committee and the Dean of Arts, we continue to work through the many pedagogic as well as curricular options that this sort of exercise requires.
In the meantime, we look forward to a new colleague who will be joining us in teaching Anthropology this year at Laurier, Joshua Synenko, who comes from York University after having recently completed a doctorate that focuses on “post-Holocaust memory within a history of decolonization, together with research into art practices among racialized minorities in contemporary postnational Europe”. In addition, a number of familiar faces will be seen in the classroom, including among them our redoubtable Professor Laird Christie along with Amali Philips, Victor Gulewitsch, Jennifer Long, Annette Chretien, and Chris Klassen. Of course, colleagues Natasha Pravaz and Tanya Richardson will also be teaching along with me during both the Fall and Winter academic terms, so there is a lot on offer when taking into account a considerable rotation of courses within the Anthropology program. This year, for the first time, we will also be offering two new courses: AN243 entitled “Law, Culture & Society” and AN346 which is entitled “Cosmopolitanism and Transnationalism”, to be taught by Amali Philips and Jennifer Long respectively.
Program Coordinator, Anthropology
Anthropology opens students to the many ways in which people in different places and different times have gone about the task of being human. Anthropologists explore human nature and human society through the comparative study of such things as family, marriage, religious and spiritual practices, livelihoods, creativity, settlement of legal disputes, power and social inequality, and much more. Laurier's Anthropology program specializes in Sociocultural Anthropology which trains students in the analytical skills needed to investigate and understand the cultural acquisition of diverse beliefs and behaviours. Anthropology challenges the way in which non-European people have been represented in Western thought. As well, it questions the uneven distribution of power between the North and the South. If you are interested in multiculturalism and human diversity, then think about majoring in anthropology or combining anthropology with another program of study.
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