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Department of Sociology and Anthropology | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Summer 2020

Anthropology Major

Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

Lower Division Requirements

Students should complete all lower division requirements before completing upper division courses.

Students must complete a minimum of 22 units in lower division SA courses, including all of

SA 101 - Introduction to Anthropology (A) (4)

Anthropology asks fundamental questions about how people live and interact in different contexts. Engages with contemporary social life around the world, including the relations among people, ideas, and things. Provides analytical tools to help understand the role of culture and society in our lives. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
SA 150 - Introduction to Sociology (S) (4)

Explores how sociologists study, describe, and explain social life. Introduces the sociological perspective and applies it to fundamental social process and everyday issues. As we consider phenomena ranging from interactions among individuals to societal and global inequalities, students critically examine social issues to build their understanding of the world. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Maureen Kihika
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3260, Burnaby
D101 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6122, Burnaby
D102 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
D103 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D104 Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D105 Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D106 Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 7105, Burnaby
D107 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D108 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
SA 201W - Anthropology and Contemporary Life (A) (4)

An introduction to the anthropological perspective as applied to the organization of everyday life in contemporary settings. Introduces positivist, interpretive, and critical interpretive approaches to the analysis of social actions, identities, and values as enacted in space and time. Prerequisite: Recommended: SA 101. Writing.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
SA 255 - Introduction to Social Research (SA) (4)

Explores how sociologists and anthropologists investigate social relations and contexts. Students learn to develop research questions and turn them into research projects. Introduces data collection techniques and related ethical issues, the relationship between theory and research, and other fundamental concepts and issues involved in conducting qualitative and quantitative research. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150. Quantitative.

SA 257 - Understanding Quantitative Research in Sociology and Anthropology (SA) (4)

Takes the mystery, but not the magic, out of quantitative research in anthropology and sociology by introducing analytical skills necessary for reading, understanding, and critiquing quantitative research. Students evaluate popular coverage of social research; learn concepts related to statistical significance; conduct basic statistical analysis, including designing graphs and tables. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
J100 Suzanna Crage
Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 1425, Vancouver

and one additional 200 division course designated (A), (S), or (SA).

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 30 upper division units including

SA 301 - Contemporary Ethnography (A) (4)

A consideration of key themes in contemporary anthropology. Addresses theoretical and methodological questions by examining the work of contemporary anthropologists conducting research in diverse locations around the world. Prerequisite: SA 201W.

SA 356W - Ethnography and Qualitative Methods (SA) (4)

An examination of qualitative field methods, including participant observation, interviewing, archival research, cross-cultural research, life histories, network analysis, mapping, and ethical problems of fieldwork. Prerequisite: SA 255. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Natasha Ferenczi
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2200, Burnaby
SA 402 - Turning Ideas into Action in the World (A) (4)

Examines ways we can bring our anthropological and sociological skills, knowledges, and imaginations to bear in the world outside the academy, particularly in the realms of work and activism. Uses a praxis-based approach, wherein students actively apply their knowledge to practical issues while also reflecting on the process of doing so. Prerequisite: Minimum of 72 units including SA 101 or 150 or 201W. Recommended: At least two upper division courses in anthropology.

and two upper division courses chosen from SA courses designated (A).

An additional 3 upper division courses are required, to be chosen from SA courses designated as (A), (S) or (SA).

No more than 4 units of Directed Readings and no more than 15 upper division units transferred from another institution may be used towards completion.

In our information-based society, many employers and most graduate schools require considerable knowledge of conceptualizing research problems, information gathering, analysis and presentation. Students are strongly urged to balance theory courses with methods courses above the minimum and they may choose to range broadly across the two disciplines or to focus on a special interest. Courses fall broadly into the following groups.

  • Courses in Anthropology (A)
  • Courses in Sociology (S)
  • Courses in Sociology and Anthropology (SA)

Courses in Anthropology (A)

SA 301 - Contemporary Ethnography (A) (4)

A consideration of key themes in contemporary anthropology. Addresses theoretical and methodological questions by examining the work of contemporary anthropologists conducting research in diverse locations around the world. Prerequisite: SA 201W.

SA 318 - Technologies of Health and Expectation (A) (4)

Investigates how medical technologies are altering ways we perceive our bodies, frame moral questions about health, and imagine human possibilities. Case studies from around the world are used to examine the social, ethical, and political dilemmas that surface when people interact with biomedical objects under different conditions. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Stacy Pigg
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 1530, Vancouver
SA 319 - Transnational Aging (A) (4)

Explores how mobility and migration across borders influence the lives of older people, with attention to how multigenerational transnational families mutually negotiate care and support. Political and socio-cultural factors will be examined through case studies from around the world in order to assess how we age in a transnational world. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 323 - Symbol, Myth and Meaning (A) (4)

An examination of myth, symbolism, ritual and cosmological systems. Anthropological theories of magic, possession, witchcraft, healing and religious movements analyzed in ethnographic context. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 332 - The Anthropology of Childhood (A) (4)

A cross-cultural examination of the social and cultural relations that shape childhood in different settings. Topics to be considered could include: the social definition of childhood and child rearing; the institutional arrangements established for children and youth and the impact that these have on children, families, and society; the social construction of child and youth cultures. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 201W.

SA 352 - Games, Sports and Cultures (A) (4)

An anthropological examination of games and sports that explores their cultural, political and aesthetic dimensions. Applies cross-cultural perspectives to explore the shaping of identities through athletic practices as well as the impacts of globalization on snorting passions. Particular attention is focused upon the creation of sport ethnographies. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 201W.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
J100 Bascom Guffin
Tu 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 2540, Vancouver
SA 359 - Special Topics in Anthropology (A) (4)

Explores a topic in Anthropology not regularly offered by the department. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Zed Gao
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6125, Burnaby
D200 Natasha Ferenczi
Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
SA 365 - Selected Regional Areas (A) (4)

An examination of selected aspects of the social structure, culture and the processes of social change in varying regional areas. The focus will vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 368 - Language, Ideology, and Power (A) (4)

Examines how language shapes and is shaped by culture, power, and social relations and introduces the major concepts, approaches, and theories used by anthropologists in the investigation of relations between language and cultural forms. Prerequisite: SA 101, 201W, or 150.

SA 375 - Labour and the Arts of Living (A) (4)

Introduces sociocultural approaches to labour by examining the relationship between work and life in different parts of the world. Students will be given opportunities to reflect on their own working lives and aspirations for future employment. Topics include precarity, informality, unemployment, wageless life, work and citizenship, and post-work politics. Prerequisite: SA 101 or SA 150 or SA 201W. Students who have taken SA 360 in Spring 2016 are not eligible to take this course for further credit.

SA 388 - Comparative Studies of Minority Indigenous Peoples (A) (4)

In this intensive seminar, we compare political actions and social movements of indigenous peoples across several countries: analyze development of these movements over time; and discuss factors affecting the timing, reception, intensity and nature of these politics. Students write research papers on topics they develop. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Michael Hathaway
We 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby
SA 402 - Turning Ideas into Action in the World (A) (4)

Examines ways we can bring our anthropological and sociological skills, knowledges, and imaginations to bear in the world outside the academy, particularly in the realms of work and activism. Uses a praxis-based approach, wherein students actively apply their knowledge to practical issues while also reflecting on the process of doing so. Prerequisite: Minimum of 72 units including SA 101 or 150 or 201W. Recommended: At least two upper division courses in anthropology.

SA 418 - Global Health: Humanitarian Encounters (A) (4)

An investigation of the social, cultural, and political issues that contribute to problems of ill-health in resource-poor countries and the major efforts in international public health to address these problems. It explores the application of knowledge about social, and especially gender relations in international health, with particular attention to local perspectives and grassroots initiatives. Institutional frameworks intended to promote health development are examined in historical and contemporary perspective through case studies on topics such as: malaria, population control, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis. Prerequisite: 72 units, which must include SA 101 or 150 or 201W. Breadth-Social Sciences.

SA 421 - Commodities and Substances: Bodies, Consumption and Ingestion (A) (4)

Addresses current theoretical and methodological approaches to the anthropological study of consumption and ingestion of diverse substances. Topics include historical perspectives on production, distribution and consumption; power and meaning; inequality and governance of legal and illegal drugs, drug foods, medicines and diverse populations of consumers and ingesters. Prerequisite: Minimum of 72 units including SA 101 or 150 or 201W, or graduate student status in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or Faculty of Health Sciences.

SA 451 - Issues in Anthropological Theory (A) (4)

A senior seminar on current perspectives in anthropological theory. Emphasis will differ from semester to semester. Prerequisite: Minimum of 72 units including SA 301, a GPA of at least 3.25 and consent of the instructor.

SA 459 - Special Topics in Anthropology (A) (4)

An advanced seminar devoted to an in-depth examination of a topic in Anthropology not regularly offered by the department. Prerequisite: Minimum 72 units including SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 472 - Anthropology and the Past (A) (4)

Anthropologists frequently turn to historical documents (traveller's reports, missionary archives, etc.) in order to reconstruct the nature of past societies; likewise, every society has a sense of its own past and represents it in its own way. This course examines the relation between history and anthropology. Content may include: the use of historical material in anthropological research; construction of traditional knowledge as a cultural process; history and the politics of culture; the relation between individual and collective memory. Prerequisite: Minimum of 72 units including SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 474 - Cultures, Politics and Performances (A) (4)

From intimate dramas of everyday life to multi-media staging of political events, performances of various kinds infuse social/cultural/political relations among people(s), shape understandings of pasts, and evoke visions of futures. We explore contemporary work that engages questions generated by anthropologists, performance studies scholars, and artists. Prerequisite: Minimum 72 units including SA 101 or SA 201W.

SA 496 - Directed Readings in Anthropology (A) (4)

Directed readings in a selected field of study under the direction of a single faculty member. A paper will be required. Prerequisite: Minimum of 72 units including SA 101 or 150 or 201W. Students with credit for SA 497 are not eligible to take SA 496 for further credit.

Courses in Sociology (S)

SA 300 - Canadian Social Structure (S) (4)

An analysis of the social institutions and structure of Canadian society. The focus of the course will vary from semester to semester, but typically it will examine different theoretical approaches to the study of Canada and, from these, develop a framework for the analysis of Canadian social institutions and class structure. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 304 - Social Control (S) (4)

This course examines how the organization of control (formal and informal) affects both individuals and society. It will investigate how control takes form, how it functions, the ideologies supporting it, and the resistance it produces. We will ask the following questions: who are the agents of social control; who or what do they control; and how do they control? Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
J100 Maureen Kihika
We 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
SRYC 5100, Surrey
SA 317 - Sociology of Art Forms (S) (4)

This course may focus variously on one or all of the following: the social origins and functions of art, sociological theories of aesthetics, and contemporary issues in art, such as the fate of art in modern society, popular culture, mass media, ideology in art. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W. Students with credit for SA 416 are not eligible to take this course for further credit.

SA 321 - Social Movements (S) (4)

A study of the sources, development and effects of social movements in transitional and modernized societies. Specific types of movements will be analysed. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Gerardo Otero
Mo 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
SA 325 - Political Sociology (S) (4)

An examination of the relations of power and authority. This course will analyze the interrelations of family, church, class, interest groups, etc., particularly as they influence and are influenced by the state. The relations of law and ideology to the structures of government will form the context for this analysis. The course may also focus on broad theoretical questions of contemporary political interest. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 326 - Food, Ecology and Social Thought (S) (4)

Modernization narratives have placed food and agriculture on the margins of social thought. The current ecological crisis requires us to take a new look at the global agrifood system and its social, political and ecological relations. This course develops analytical perspectives on contemporary issues concerning food, ecology and agrarian change. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ataman Avdan
Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
SA 327 - Sociology of Knowledge (S) (4)

An examination of sociological theories concerning the interaction of social structures, and meaning and belief systems. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ann Travers
Mo 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
HCC 2540, Vancouver
SA 331 - Politics of the Family (S) (4)

A sociological examination of the contested nature of contemporary domestic and intimate relations. The course will focus on debates arising from equality movement politics (e.g. gender, sexuality, race). Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 335 - Gender Relations and Social Issues (S) (4)

Together we will think about how gender influences and suffuses social interaction, in both historical and contemporary contexts: consider how assumptions and expectations about gender shape identity, the things people do, and how they do them; and discuss gender inequality and equality across society. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W. Students with credit for GSWS 308 are not eligible to take SA 335 for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Maureen Kihika
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 10921, Burnaby
SA 337 - Sexuality and Society (S) (4)

The categories that organize our understandings of sex, gender and sexuality have powerful histories and roles in organizing social relations in western society. Social activists and academics contest the naturalness of these categories, particularly that of the binary opposition between male and female, and related assumptions about sexuality and sexual orientation. This course encompasses a range of perspectives on sex/gender identity, sexuality, and the relationship between the two. These perspectives include feminist, lesbian and gay, and queer and transgender challenges to traditional understandings of sex/gender identity and sexuality. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 350 - Classical Sociological Thought (S) (4)

An examination of aspects of the work of one or more of the nineteenth or early twentieth century sociological theorists. Prerequisite: SA 250.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ann Travers
Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
SA 351 - Classical Marxist Thought (S) (4)

A detailed study of classical Marxist social thought. Prerequisite: SA 250.

SA 353 - Sociology of Sport (S) (4)

A sociological examination of sport focuses on the role of this important set of institutions and activities in shaping social relations and understandings about difference and identity. Sport has a long history of naturalizing racial and gender differences in such a way as to reinforce and reflect social inequality more broadly. Racial segregation in sport (at least in formal legal terms) is no longer considered acceptable in western societies or in the Olympic movement at the global level. But the power of sport in reinforcing and naturalizing racial inequality continues while the naturalness and inevitability of sex segregation in sport remains largely unchallenged. This course will explore the relationships between sport and social inequality, sport and nationalism, and sport and the economy. Prerequisite: Minimum of 30 units including SA 150.

SA 355 - Quantitative Methods (S) (4)

Examines the methods, concepts and statistical procedures central to quantitative sociological research. Emphasizing the meaningful application of statistical analysis to social issues, the course provides intermediate quantitative research skills. Students use statistics software to conduct applicable statistical analyses and interpret results. Prerequisite: SA 255 and SA 257. Quantitative.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
SA 362 - Society and the Changing Global Division of Labour (S) (4)

An examination of the social and political implications of the global economy. Topics to be considered include the influence of neo-liberal economics, the decline of the national welfare state, transnational political agencies and public policy, the internationalization of culture, the global labour market, the 'world city' hypothesis, ethnic resurgence and alternatives to these developments. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 366 - Special Topics in Sociology (S) (4)

Explores a topic in Sociology not regularly offered by the department. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 410 - Sociology of Dangerous Classes (S) (4)

Offers specialized instruction on advanced topics pertaining to the social and moral regulation of human subjects in both historical and contemporary contexts. It explores the ideologies, policies and practices of regulation and governance in application to selected social contexts and subjects including, but not confined to, welfare, justice, medicine, the 'psy' sciences, immigration, labour, sexuality, pornography, racialization, gender and family. Students will acquire specialized knowledge about the profound impact of civil and state regulation projects on societies past and present, and about the rich diversity of institutional, cultural and human experience that these social ordering ideologies, policies and practices encompass. Prerequisite: Minimum of 72 units including either SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 420 - Sociology of Aging (S) (4)

The structural and behavioral implications of aging. Topics included will be: demographic aspects of aging; the relationship of aging to political, economic, familial and other social institutions; the psychological significance of aging. Prerequisite: 72 units including SA 101 or 150 or SA 201W, or acceptance into the diploma program in gerontology, or by consent of instructor. This course is identical to GERO 420 and students cannot take both courses for credit. Students may use GERO 420 to fulfil their major or minor requirements in lieu of SA 420.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
SA 450 - Advanced Sociological Theory (S) (4)

A senior seminar on current perspectives in sociological theory. Emphasis will differ from semester to semester. Prerequisite: Minimum of 72 units including SA 350, a GPA of at least 3.25 and consent of the instructor.

SA 461 - Special Topics in Sociology (S) (4)

An advanced seminar devoted to an in-depth examination of a topic in Sociology not regularly offered by the department. Prerequisite: Minimum 72 units including SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 497 - Directed Readings in Sociology (S) (4)

Directed readings in a selected field of study under the direction of a single faculty member. A paper will be required. Prerequisite: Minimum of 72 units including SA 101 or 150 or 201W. Students with credit for SA 496 are not eligible to take SA 497 for further credit.

Courses in Sociology/Anthropology (SA)

These courses count as anthropology or sociology credit whenever they are completed.

SA 302W - Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism (SA) (4)

An introduction to the political economy and culture of capitalism in relation to global problems. Case studies may focus on issues of population, famine, disease, poverty, environmental destruction, social inequality, and nation-state violence. Resistance, rebellion and social movements in response to these problems also will be addressed. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Amanda Watson
Tu, Th 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3533, Burnaby
SA 315 - New Information Technology and Society (SA) (4)

Explores the new social spaces and social practices fostered by new information technology. Special attention will be paid to who is making decisions about what technologies to adopt and how, what social changes are resulting, and who benefits and who loses. A significant portion of activity in this course will involve direct engagement with new information technology.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D900 Ataman Avdan
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SRYC 5080, Surrey
SA 316 - Tourism and Social Policy (S) (4)

An examination of tourism from the perspectives of sociology and anthropology, focusing primarily upon the social and cultural impacts of tourism and the social policy implications of tourism development in different societies. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201w.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
SA 322 - Religion and Society (SA) (4)

An examination of the relations between religion and the social environment. Consideration will be given to classical theoretical debates in the anthropology and sociology of religion. Specific topics vary from year to year, and may include: religion in personhood and communities; religion, gender, ethnicity and social class; secularization and secularism; the role of religion in political mobilizations; interreligious relations; religious freedom and citizenship. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 328 - States, Cultures and Global Transitions (SA) (4)

Offers a new perspective on global hegemonic transformations which take different forms in different historical periods, animated by powerful discourses of discipline, opportunity, development and sustainability. Helps students explore alternatives through the examples of multiple forms of sovereignty, global citizenship and democracy. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W. Students with credit for SA 430 are not eligible to take this course for further credit.

SA 329 - Sex, Work, and International Capital (SA) (4)

Provides new insights into global gender regimes from a historical-comparative perspective of North-South relations. Stimulates a discussion on the meaning of development and women's work through a theoretical and thematic exploration of issues which may seem specifically based in the global South but are commonly shared throughout the world. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W. Students with credit for SA 429 are not eligible to take this course for further credit.

SA 330 - Global Islam (SA) (4)

Explores the interplay between global Islamic politics and European modernity, including the neoliberal remaking of citizens, societies and states. Historical, comparative and global perspectives address the limitations of conventional approaches that situate Islam within dichotomous models of what is western and what is eastern, and modern versus non-modern. Prerequisite: SA 101 or SA 150 or SA 201W.

SA 340 - Social Issues and Social Policy Analysis (SA) (4)

How do environmental challenges, the contradictions of capitalism, and histories of violence shape contemporary life? How do social issues affect our identities, communities, and sense of belonging? Students learn how to wield sociological and anthropological concepts and theories through clear and analytical communication and writing. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 345 - Race, Immigration and the Canadian State (S) (4)

An introduction to critical perspectives on the social construction of race, nation building and transnational migration, with an emphasis on state policies and the experiences of immigrants. The course will cover a review of colonialism and the construction of racialized labour market. Core topics may include: racialization of space, anti-racist feminist thought, immigration policy, settlement services, multiculturalism, citizenship, racial profiling, diasporas, and refugees. Comparative material will be used to complement the Canadian focus. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
SA 356W - Ethnography and Qualitative Methods (SA) (4)

An examination of qualitative field methods, including participant observation, interviewing, archival research, cross-cultural research, life histories, network analysis, mapping, and ethical problems of fieldwork. Prerequisite: SA 255. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Natasha Ferenczi
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2200, Burnaby
SA 358 - The Philosophy of the Social Sciences (S) (4)

An analysis of the nature of explanation in the social sciences: 'mind' and action, positivist and interpretive modes of explanation, sociological and historical explanation, objectivity, forms of relativism, the concept of rationality. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
SA 360 - Special Topics in Sociology and Anthropology (SA) (4)

A seminar exploring a topic not regularly offered by the department. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 363 - Process of Development and Underdevelopment (S) (4)

An examination of sociological and anthropological theories of development and underdevelopment as applied to the Third World. The nature and consequences of world system linkages; colonialism and decolonization; patterns of social change in selected societies and regions. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 364 - Urban Communities and Cultures (SA) (4)

Anthropological approaches to urbanization, the nature of the city as a social system, and urban cultures and lifestyles. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W. Students with credit for SA 464 are not eligible to take SA 364 for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
J100 Bascom Guffin
Th 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 2205, Vancouver
SA 371 - The Environment and Society (SA) (4)

An examination of environmental issues in their social context. Environmental issues are on the leading edge of contemporary public concern and public policy debates. This course will examine such issues as the relationship between social organization and mode of subsistence, the politics of hunger, and the way in which human societies in their particular social, historical, and cultural contexts view and interact with the natural world. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 386 - The Ethnography of Politics (SA) (4)

An examination of the ways in which ethnographers seek to understand a world experiencing profound changes in the relationships between governments and the societies they govern. Topics to be considered may include: relations between indigenous peoples and governments; the social and cultural dynamics of public policy making; the articulation of human rights issues. The focus of the course will vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 396 - Selected Regional Areas (SA) (4)

An examination of selected aspects of social structure, culture and processes of social change in a specific regional area. The focus will vary from term to term. Prerequisite: SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 460 - Special Topics in Sociology and Anthropology I (SA) (4)

An advanced seminar devoted to an in-depth examination of a topic not regularly offered by the department. Prerequisite: Minimum 72 units including SA 101 or 150 or 201W.

SA 498 - Field Study in Sociology and/or Anthropology (SA) (8)

Advanced field project in a research setting. Admission dependent on availability of appropriate field placements and departmental supervisory capacity. Prerequisite: Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.

SA 499 - Honours Essay (SA) (8)

An honours essay to be written under the direction of a member of faculty, a copy of which is to be permanently lodged with the department. Applications should be submitted to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the term in which SA 499 is to be undertaken. Students should submit a paper proposal, a work plan, and confirmation of faculty supervisor.

Theory and methods requirements should be completed early in the upper division. Students are strongly urged to balance theory courses with methods courses over the required minimum.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Degree Requirements

For all bachelor of arts (BA) programs, students complete 120 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 65 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0, and a program (major, joint major, extended minor, minor) CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.