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
See all available courses under the “courses” tab.
A Cycladic Odyssey: Part 1 (at Amica, Berwick Royal Oak, Mary Winspear Centre, UVic)
A Mongolian Odyssey - Part 2
Archaeology and Plants
Archaeology of Ancient Israel
Hagia Sophia Through Centuries
History and Culture of the Syrian People
Introduction to Canadian Contemporary Issues
Introduction to Canadian Culture
Issues and Ideas in Canadian Environmentalism
Neuroeducation: What Neuroscience Tells Us About How We Learn (at Mary Winspear Centre)
Stories in Stone: Rock Art Around the World
The Gift of the Nile (at UVic)
The Politics and Science of Cannabis Sativa, a.k.a. Marijuana
Troy Revisited (at Amica, UVic)
What’s New in Grad Studies? (Fall Term)
Courses open for registration
Courses open for registration
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.
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.
Learn more about our instructor Stephanie Calce and her fascinating field of expertise: forensic anthropology.Read Story
What is it that prompts someone to take a Continuing Studies course? Well it’s different for everyone of course, but for retired physician Dr. Heidi Martins it was to expand her perspective on the world.Read Story
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.Read Story
On Wednesday, June 29, our team hosted a "Random Act of Learning" at the Oaklands Sunset Market here in Victoria, BC.Read Story
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.Read Story
UPDATE This article was originally published in the Spring 2012 Calendar. Below, Ray updates us on what he's been doing since then...Read Story
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?Read Story
"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.Read Story