See graduate general regulation 1.3 for general requirements. In addition to these requirements, the department also requires a written statement about current interests and prospective research. How well the applicant’s proposed research coincides with the research and teaching interests of the faculty is an important admission consideration.
Admission applications are normally considered once each year at the end of January. The program commences in September. Contact the graduate program chair or the graduate program assistant for further information.
All full-time graduate students must attend and actively participate in the graduate seminar during their program terms. In subsequent terms, attendance and enrolment is voluntary.
Although French or a foreign language is desirable, there is no prescribed language requirement but, where a language other than English is necessary for field work or reading, proficiency is required.
Normally, the MA program is completed within six terms, or two full years of study. Required courses are normally completed within the first two terms of MA program enrolment.
Students may be required to complete more than these courses at the discretion of the supervisory committees.
Students must complete a minimum of 30 units, including all of
Orientation to university, professional development, and cohort building. Required course for the first year MA and PhD students in Sociology and Anthropology. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
Examines the dynamic relationship among conceptual aims, social relations in research, and the socio-political contexts of anthropological work through close study of selected classical and contemporary works in anthropology. Students from other departments and faculties may enrol with permission of instructor.
Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
AQ 5067, Burnaby
In depth study of ethnographic methodology as practiced, theorized and debated by social and cultural anthropologists. Course will include anthropological analyses of multi- and interdisciplinary approaches to, and adaptations of, ethnographic methodology and methods. Elective course for MA and PhD students in Sociology and Anthropology. Students from other departments and faculties may enrol with permission of instructor. Course will be offered in response to student demand, dependent on availability of departmental resources.
and two of
Asynthetic introduction to historical and contemporary theories of development in Latin America. Topics include political economy of development, sociological theories of development, an introduction to neoliberalsim, and the contemporary experience of globalization and development in Latin America. Students who have taken IS 815 or LAS 815 for credit may not take this course for further credit.
A general overview of social and political change in Latin America, including revolutions, independence, transition to democracy, and contemporary social movements. Theoretical approaches may include social-movement theory, democratic theory, etc. Students who have taken IS 835 or LAS 835 for credit may not take this course for further credit.
Examines different historical and contemporary perspectives from the body of social theory. Students from other departments and faculties may enroll with permission of instructor.
Examines approaches to qualitative methodology and research design in Sociology and Anthropology including epistemological and ethical debates surrounding the practice of qualitative methodology and research design in diverse contexts. Students will investigate research methods applicable to their graduate research projects. Students from other departments and faculties may enroll with permission of instructor.
Fr 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
An advanced seminar devoted to an in-depth examination of a topic not regularly offered by the department.
* Students may also choose a graduate course or graduate directed readings course in another Simon Fraser University department, or from another university that is part of the Western Dean's Agreement. Supervisory committee and departmental graduate program committee approval is required.
The thesis, completed by all students, will normally consist of no more than 75 pages, inclusive of bibliographies, appendices and tables. At the discretion of the supervisory committee, the maximum number of pages may be increased, normally only to facilitate the inclusion of large appendices and tables.
Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations
All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.