Call for Undergraduate Course Proposals


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Please note the 2022 call period is now closed. The Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) invites currently enrolled doctoral students to apply to create and teach a 400-level undergraduate seminar course on a stipend basis.


Course Information

The courses will be offered as an “H” unit (12 weeks, two hours per week) and will be taught under the rubrics of:

  • "Special Problems in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology" (ANT430H5)
  • "Special Problems in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology" (ANT431H5)

Course Schedule for Fall 2022 "F" term at UTM: 

  • ANT430H5: Wednesdays from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Fall 2022 "F" term at UTM (cap of 25)
  • ANT431H5: Wednesdays from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Fall 2022 "F" term at UTM (cap of 25)

Applicants are invited to propose topics within their own areas of expertise; the proposals will be adjudicated on a competitive basis on the basis of academic promise and appropriateness to the U of T Mississauga undergraduate curriculum. 

Please ensure that your submission meets the following criteria

  • The format of the course must be clearly designed as a seminar course that targets the knowledge of fourth-year undergraduate students who are completing Specialist or Major programs. The course must be an excellent capstone fitting the trajectory of the program. Submissions will be evaluated on how well they address the skills and curricular needs of UTM students. 
  • The syllabus must include clear learning objectives. Evaluations must be explained in terms of content, format, and percentage of the final grade. The syllabus should include the UTM standard rules and policies for missed and late term work.
  • Weekly seminar topics must have a direct connection to the assigned readings and evaluations.
  • The successful syllabus should speak to more than one subfield in anthropology. Courses which appeal across sub-disciplines will receive preference.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants should be an upper-level doctoral student with an ABD status (all course work and qualifying exams completed). The topics may be related to the applicant’s dissertation topic, but this is not obligatory.

Application Deadline & Method

Applications for the 2022 call were due by Monday, May 2, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.

Two-step application method (both steps must be completed by the deadline date):

  1. Applicants must submit the online Undergraduate Course Proposal Application Form.
  2. Applicants must also submit the following documentation via email to the Departmental Assistant at
    1. a proposed course syllabus; and
    2. an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV).

Examples of Previous Special Topic Courses

The following are examples of previous Special Topic courses from the UTM Anthropology Call for Course Proposals:

Previous ANT430H5 Special Problems in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology topics:

  • We Exist in Space - Biological Analysis through Geographic Space
  • Ancient Biomolecules
  • After Excavation: Topics in the Archaeology of the Contemporary World
  • Palaeodiet and Ancient Societies
  • Meanwhile, In Japan: How Society Uses the Past

Previous ANT431H5F Special Problems in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology (SSc) topics:

  • The refugee in a world without refuge
  • Crisis and its continuities
  • Visual Sovereignty: Black/Indigenous Representation in the Mainstream and Popular Culture
  • Anthropology of Transport: Mobility, Infrastructures, Work
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Anthropology of Climate Change, Crisis, and Catastrophe


If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Loos, Department Manager at