Anthropology, Archaeology and Sociology

View humanity from different perspectives.

Humans are fascinating, complicated creatures. In our anthropology, archaeology and sociology courses, you’ll learn about humanity from a variety of perspectives.. From vast civilizations to deeply personal issues, the subjects covered in these courses will make you see the world in a different way.  

Anthropology and archaeology

Anthropology and archaeology are the study of human life in the past and present: the origins of civilizations, cultures and behaviours.

Sociology

Sociology is the study of the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Our sociology courses cover a wide range of social issues, including:

  • political and social movements
  • immigration and globalization
  • aging
  • policing and surveillance
  • international conflicts
  • gender and sexuality

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Courses open for registration

Humanities Program

The Humanities Diploma Program is designed to meet the needs of those members of the community who wish to follow an integrated course of full- or part-time study in the humanities, and who may need an introduction to university study. Its flexibility will enable you to choose a particular topic, theme or area of study, and to arrange a selection of day or evening courses directed towards that topic.
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Intercultural Education

The Diploma Program in Intercultural Education prepares students to play a productive and socially responsible role in an increasingly multicultural and diverse world. Students will develop skills to support all aspects of cultural diversity, inclusion and social change in their community, their workplace and around the world.
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The Bright Side of the Road

For Elizabeth—or Liz, as she’s known around the office—one of the best parts of her job is meeting those members of the community who consider themselves to be lifelong learners. As a program coordinator within the Division of Continuing Studies’ Arts and Science unit, Liz coordinates the humanities courses, as well as the ever-popular Deans’ Lunchtime Lecture Series.

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Random Acts of Learning: Forensic Anthropology

On Wednesday, June 29, our team hosted a "Random Act of Learning" at the Oaklands Sunset Market here in Victoria, BC.

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Joshua Lambert

As I prepare for graduation and think about my next challenge in graduate studies, I must acknowledge that I would most likely never have attended university had it not been for the Humanities Diploma program.

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Ray Illsley

UPDATE This article was originally published in the Spring 2012 Calendar. Below, Ray updates us on what he's been doing since then...

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Valerie Small

Valerie Small has been a prison guard, briefly considered a career in journalism, and has spent the last 17 years working in radiation therapy. So what is Small doing in the Humanities Diploma Program?

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Nan Walmsley

"Nan"Walmsley celebrates her 90th birthday this year but shows no sign of slowing down in her quest to learn new things. Since fall 1998, she has taken around 165 courses through Continuing Studies.

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Elizabeth Bowman, Program Coordinator
Tel 250-721-7589
Email ecbowman@uvic.ca
Charene Cranston, Program Assistant
Tel 250-721-8481
Email ccransto@uvic.ca