Focus in Sociocultural Anthropology

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What is Sociocultural Anthropology?

Sociocultural Anthropology is the study of human individuals and societies, their behaviours and beliefs, and everything about human culture. It is one of the four traditional subfields of Anthropology. At UTM, our sociocultural courses include topics in political, legal, and environmental anthropology.

Career areas include:

  • Consulting
  • Non-profit associations
  • Non-governmental organizations (globalization, environment)
  • Government agencies (foreign affairs, justice, immigration, multiculturalism, social services)
  • Health care (cross-cultural health research, cultural sensitivity training, and research in health care)
  • Journalism
  • Publishing and Advertising
  • Human relations
  • Market research
  • Academia

"Anthropology was crucial in honing my analytical skills for law school, specifically socio-cultural anthropology."
-Revathi Moturi: Studying for J.D degree at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law

“As an independent writer, editor, and journalist, I'm often struck by how much my current work mirrors the skills and methods emphasized by socio-cultural anthropology: structuring interviews, observing individual or group behaviour, paying attention to people's narratives/stories, etc. Writing about society and people today also requires a healthy appreciation for how different individuals of various backgrounds interpret the world differently."
-Steven Zhou: Senior Online Writer for CBC News

Virtual Showcase Information Sessions:

A brief overview of Sociocultural / Environmental Anthropology at UTM presented by Dr. Steven Dorland (3:15)


A brief overview of Sociocultural / Legal / Political Anthropology at UTM presented by Dr. Steven Dorland (2:01)


Undergraduate programs

UTM undergraduate students who focus in Sociocultural Anthropology normally enrol in one of the following programs:

  • Specialist Program in Anthropology (Arts) ERSPE1775 
  • Major Program in Anthropology (Arts) ERMAJ1775

Learn more about Anthropology programs at UTM.

Undergraduate courses

Most of our recommended upper-level courses for a focus in Sociocultural Anthropology are Anthropology Social Science (SSc) credits.

Learn more about course selection for Anthropology programs at UTM.

Teaching and Research Specialites

At UTM, our faculty teaching and research specialties in Sociocultural Anthropology include:

  • Work, labour, economics, ethics
  • Inter-relations between the environment, religion, and science
  • Media (newspapers, video, film)
  • Neoliberalism and globalization

Regions of interest include:

  • Eastern Africa
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • South Asia
  • Southern Africa