Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences
The Co-op program in Anthropology is designed to allow students to gain experience applying anthropological perspectives and methods in diverse workplace experiences. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers three types of courses: sociology courses with the prefix SOC*; anthropology courses with the prefix ANTH*; and departmental courses with the prefix SOAN*. The departmental category of courses recognizes the fact that the disciplines of sociology and sociocultural anthropology have developed in tandem and it is possible to identify large areas of overlap and convergence in the work of practitioners both historically and in the present. Departmental courses include most of the core theory and methods courses as well as many elective courses. They contribute equally to the subject matter of sociology as well as the subject matter of sociocultural anthropology for purposes of the undergraduate programs of study in both disciplines. Please see the listings for all courses required for the Anthropology program.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Analyse, evaluate and apply anthropological theories to address contemporary social and global issues: These learning outcomes will be further engaged in co-op work terms through the practical consideration of anthropological theory in the contemporary issues that are being engaged within the workplace context.
- Critically reflect on culture, social relations and social structures in order to develop a broader and deeper understanding of social problems: Given that we anticipate that work terms will include work with community-based, governmental, and non-governmental organizations, students will be able to experience hands-on understandings of social problems and approaches to addressing them. This will further their ability to critically reflect on these things inside the classroom as well.
- Interpret, use and mobilize historical and contemporary disciplinary knowledge for a variety of audiences: Work terms are likely to include the need to write reports for different stakeholders/readers, and as such, students will be able to enhance their writing and knowledge translation skills.
- Apply anthropological theories and methods to develop and evaluate policy: This will also be enhanced through work terms, given that we expect some work terms to involve governmental or private organizations that create and implement policies.
- Demonstrate leadership, teamwork, personal organization and time management: Each of these are critical in a workplace, and students in work placements will gain practical understandings of how to work in teams, best manage time and personal accountability, and gain insight into leadership. While this is also done in the classroom, co-op students will gain a different perspective on these as critical to workplace success.
- Demonstrate personal, professional, and academic integrity and ethical reasoning: Through work terms, students will gain further insight into the importance of professional ethics and integrity, which will further their personal and academic integrity and ethical reasoning in other aspects of the program and outside of the classroom.
- Demonstrate personal responsibility and initiative for current and on-going learning: Many workplaces require initiative and on-going learning, and gaining practical knowledge and experience of this in work terms will build students’ capacity both inside and outside of the classroom.
- Apply anthropological theories, methods, and diverse perspectives in real-world workplace settings.
- Critically assess the ways anthropological theories, methods, and perspectives are applied and practiced by different actors in diverse real-world workplace settings.
- Demonstrate professional responsibility and integrity in diverse workplace settings.
- Communicate effectively to diverse audiences, in diverse formats, both written and visual, using relevant technologies, within workplace and academic settings.
The Anthropology Co-op program is a four and a half year program, including three required work terms. Students must complete a Fall, Winter and Summer work term and must follow the academic work schedule as outlined below (also found on the Co-operative Education website: https://www.recruitguelph.ca/cecs/). Prefer refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to adjusting this schedule.
Anthropology Academic and Co-op Work Term Schedule
|1||Academic Semester 1||Academic Semester 2, COOP*1100||Off|
|2||Academic Semester 3||COOP*1000 Work Term I||Academic Semester 4|
|3||Academic Semester 5||Academic Semester 6||COOP*2000 Work Term II|
|4||COOP*3000 Work Term III||Academic Semester 7||COOP*4000 Work Term IV|
|5||Academic Semester 8||N/A||N/A|
Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to work term performance grading, work term report grading and program completion requirements.
For additional program information students should consult with their Co-op Co-ordinator and Co-op Faculty Advisor, listed on the Co-operative Education web site.
(21.50 Total Credits)1
|Required Core Courses||4.50|
|Additional ANTH credits||2.00|
|Additional SOAN credits||2.00|
|Co-op Work Terms||1.50|
A fourth Co-op work term is optional and if completed, the total number of credits will equal 22.00.
Note: 1.00 of these additional credits must be completed at the 4000 level. A minimum of three Co-op work terms including a Summer, Fall and Winter are necessary to complete the Co-op requirement.
The recommended program sequence is outlined below.
Major (Honours Program)
|Semester 1 - Fall|
|ANTH*1150||Introduction to Anthropology||0.50|
|2.00 electives 2||2.00|
|Semester 2 - Winter|
|COOP*1100||Introduction to Co-operative Education||0.00|
|No academic semester or work term|
|Semester 3 - Fall|
|COOP*1000||Co-op Work Term I||0.50|
|Semester 4 - Summer|
|SOAN*2400||Introduction to Gender Systems||0.50|
|Semester 5 - Fall|
|ANTH*3690||Engaging Anthropological Theory||0.50|
|Semester 6 - Winter|
|ANTH*3770||Kinship, Family, and Power||0.50|
|SOAN*3070||Qualitative and Observational Methods||0.50|
|COOP*2000||Co-op Work Term II||0.50|
|COOP*3000||Co-op Work Term III||0.50|
|Semester 7 - Winter|
|ANTH*4700||Issues in Contemporary Anthropological Theory||0.50|
|2.00 electives 3||2.00|
|COOP*4000||Co-op Work Term IV||0.50|
|Semester 8 - Fall|
|2.50 electives 4||2.50|
It is recommended that ANTH*1120 Biological Anthropology is one of these electives.
It is recommended that ANTH*4440 Culture, Rights and Development is one of these electives.
It is recommended that ANTH*3650 The Anthropology of Indigenous Peoples Before Canada, ANTH*4300 Anthropological Issues and ANTH*4550 Topics in the Anthropology of Health be included in these electives.