Anthropology Student Forum – April 14


WHERE:  VIU Cowichan. 2011 University Way, Duncan, BC. Lecture hall.
WHEN:  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, on 14 April 2015.
WHAT:  VIU Anthropology students will be presenting on their work locally and internationally.
Special Guest: Chris Arnett, UBC PhD candidate, speaking on the issues around Grace Islet.

Refreshments provided by Cowichan Campus Student Affairs.

Admission is FREE!
Open to the all VIU Students, Faculty, and Staff* and the Public!

The forum is hosted by the Anthropology Student Club (ASC) and the Department of Anthropology. The forum gives student the chance to present on their field schools, internships, research projects they have participated in, plus more! Plus the Department of Anthropology will be presenting student awards.

Presentation sneak peek:

  • Katriona S. Auerbach will be discussing her time spent working at Omaere Ethnobotanical Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon. During this internship she worked closely with Shuar Indigenous groups and learned much about both the Shuar and Waorani cultures with an emphasis on their practical, medicinal and spiritual use of plants.
  • Vic did an internship at Cowichan Women Against Violence Society, and will be talking about working with vulnerable populations, the importance of volunteerism, and the relevance of feedback.

For more information, contact the ASC at

*Students, faculty and staff may contact the ASC about carpooling.

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

Homelessness Action Week, Oct 13-19, Cowichan

Many individuals often talk about making a difference–often in far off lands.  Here’s your opportunity to contribute to your community, specifically the Cowichan Valley.  Social Planning Cowichan’s Affordable Housing Project is looking for donations of items  for the care packages they will be distributing during Homelessness Action Week, as well as, volunteers.

From Joy Emmanual, Social Planning Cowichan:

Homelessness Action Week is coming up – October 13-19.  This year we are hosting an event at Duncan United Church Hall on Wednesday, October 16 called: Connect-In – A Day of Direct Services for the Homeless.  We are inviting a number of different community agencies and service providers to participate (Legal Aid, First Aid, Public Health, ID Replacement and also barbers, hand message, chiropractors, etc.) The intent is to have all these services available in one location where homeless and low income people may access them. A meal will also be provided.

If you are interested in donating or helping  with this event – either before the event or at it – please contact Joy at:
Joy Emmanuel
Coordinator – Affordable Housing Project
Social Planning Cowichan
250-746-1004 Ext 260

Items we are looking for as part of care packages for 60 to 80 guests during Homelessness Action Week – Connect-In: Day of Services:

  • Seasonal clothing
  • Work Clothing
  • Blankets
  • Tents
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Boots
  • Back Packs
  • Sewing Kits
  • First Aid Items
  • Foot wear
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Granola Bars, Juice Box
  • Flashlights
  • Hats, scarves, mitts, rain gear
  • Razors
  • Nail Clippers