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 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
- policing and surveillance
- international conflicts
- gender and sexuality
View our available courses below.
"Nerdology:" The Sociology of Video Games and Digital Media
An Introduction to the Art and Architecture in the Islamic World
Archaeology and Plants
Archaeology and Textiles
Dead (Wo)men Do Tell Tales: The Archaeology of Death
Forensic Anthropology of the Human Skeleton
Introduction to Canadian Contemporary Issues
Introduction to Canadian Culture
Issues and Ideas in Canadian Environmentalism
Kids These Days and the Ongoing Evolution of Language
Life Stories: Art and the Stages of Life
New Frontiers: The Sociology of Video Games and New Popular Media
Stories in Stone: Rock Art Around the World
Why Did the Computer Do That? Explaining Software in a Probabilistic World
The Diploma in Intercultural Studies and Practice (ISP) prepares students to play a productive and socially responsible role in an increasingly multicultural and diverse world. The program aims to develop social responsibility and a clearer understanding and awareness of the complex issues at play in a multicultural society.
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