Course offerings – Cowichan campus 2014/15

Course offerings at Vancouver Island University Cowichan Campus 2014/2015

ANTH 111 (3) Introductory Anthropology: Physical Anthropology /Archaeology
An introduction to the theories, methods and research findings of physical/biological anthropology and archaeology, focusing on the origin and evolution of humans and of cultures.
Research Project: archeological site map, making a tool without the use of modern materials or technology, and creating a replica of an Upper Paleolithic sculpture.

ANTH 112 (3) Introductory Anthropology: Sociocultural Anthropology
A cross-cultural approach to sociocultural anthropology, involving both simple and complex societies. Topics include the relationship between anthropology and the philosophy of science, cultural ecology, systems of government, supernatural beliefs and practices, marriage and the family, law and social control, economy, age and gender, art and aesthetics, technology, and the dynamics of cultural change.
Projects: your family history

NOTE: The following two courses are taught together
ANTH 267 (3) Anthropology of Education
An introduction to the basic concepts, theories, and methodologies of anthropology of education. Topics include cross-cultural methods of transmission and retention of cultural and social knowledge; linguistic diversity; and the history of education in Canada including segregation, assimilation, integration and multiculturalism. Major units of analysis include gender, ethnicity, and class.
Prerequisite: Second-year standing or permission of instructor.
ANTH 307 (3) Culture and Education in Global Context
A cross-cultural analysis of education addressing cultural, social, political, and economic dynamics in North America and abroad. Topics include ethnography in the classroom; critical analysis of multicultural, anti-racist, and indigenous forms of education; theories of cultural difference and production; and practical implications for students and teachers. Prerequisite: Third-year standing.
Projects: TBA

ANTH 280 (3) Oral Tradition Through Time: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
An introduction to the oral traditions of various cultures. Topics include oral history methodology, research ethics, the role of the researcher, the joint construction of life history documents, and the value of oral history research as a resource to the community. Prerequisite: ANTH 112 or ANTH 121 or permission of instructor.
Research Project: recording a life history

ANTH 316 (3) The Anthropology of Homelessness
An examination of homelessness in a cross-cultural perspective. Topics include urban homelessness; rural homeless-ness; possible pathways out of homelessness; local initiatives; gender and age; identity and place; and diasporas and diaspora communities. Prerequisite: Third-year standing or permission of the instructor.
Projects: community based research (TBA) and participation in Cowichan Valley Homelessness Action Week

For information, contact: Helene Demers or Imogene Lim (chair)

Anthropology: The study of humankind in all places and in all times
Respect, Cross-Cultural Awareness, and Cross-Cultural Understanding

Employment opportunity – Nanaimo Art Gallery

Visitor Services Coordinator

Nanaimo Art Gallery seeks an energetic, creative, and highly motivated individual for the position of Visitor Services Coordinator. Reporting to the Executive/Artistic Director, the Visitor Services Coordinator will be responsible for the daily operations of the Downtown Gallery, Gallery Store sales, administration, and development, and a range of tasks related to visitor services. The successful candidate will have marketing experience and possess superior organizational skills, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and have a strong interest in contemporary art.

Gallery Store
• actively recruit and liaise with Gallery Store artists in consultation with Executive/Artistic Director
• maintain stock in the Gallery Store
• process transactions for the Gallery Store
• manage cash balancing and prepare deposits
• maintain records related to the Gallery Store
• manage the promotion of the Gallery Store

• open and close the Downtown Gallery and maintain security
• recruit volunteers
• provide direction to volunteers and maintain schedule
• maintain the reception and gallery area
• process membership applications and renewals
• greet visitors, address enquiries and maintain attendance log
• maintain supplies
• assist with maintenance of website and social media
• identify and implement changes to Downtown Gallery procedure, in consultation with Executive/Artistic Director
• manage facility rentals
• assist in the organization and facilitation of special events including exhibition openings and artist talks
• other administrative assistance as needed

• Post-secondary degree or equivalent in a field related to arts administration, visual art, or business
• Knowledge and experience in retail and merchandising
• Superior communication and organizational skills
• Excellent computer and organizational skills
• Ability to lift heavy objects and understanding of art handling and installation
• Strong interpersonal skills and customer service experience
• Passion for historical and contemporary art practice
• Experience dealing with cash, accounting and budgets
• Valid driver’s license and vehicle

Start Date: June 18, 2014
Length: 12-month contract
Rate of Pay: $15 per hour

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm; some evenings and weekends required.

Application Deadline: June 11, 2014, midnight

To apply please email a letter of interest with a CV to
Note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.