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 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

UVic on the Peninsula

Each term we offer a selection of lectures and short courses in Sidney, most of which take place at the Mary Winspear Centre.
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Courses open for registration

Intercultural Studies and Practice

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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Reconstructing Holocaust histories through visual narratives

"Imagine saying to a Holocaust survivor: 'We'd like to do a comic about your life," chuckles Charlotte Schallié, professor of Germanic Studies and chair of UVic's Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies. It seems, at the surface, like an absurd request.

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A life lived learning

with student Rena Hayes   By Therese Eley, Marketing Services "A good education is the key that will open many doors to a good career and a bright future.

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In Remembrance: Nan Walmsley

We are sad to announce the passing of one of our most committed students, Nan Walmsley. Nan passed away peacefully at home, Sept. 13, surrounded by her family. She lived 97 fulfilling years.

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The long journey from head to heart

Olav Krigolson is a neuroscientist and UVic professor, and one of our most popular instructors at Continuing Studies. In the four years he's been teaching with us, he's taught 22 courses with over 880 registrations.

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The heart within the bones

Learn more about our instructor Stephanie Calce and her fascinating field of expertise: forensic anthropology.

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Broadening horizons

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.

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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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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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