Call for Undergraduate Course Proposals

speech bubble with light bulb representing ideaThe Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) would like to invite currently enrolled doctoral students to apply to create and teach a 400-level undergraduate seminar course on a stipend basis. The application deadline is Friday, May 7, 2021 at 9am.

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Course Information

The courses will be offered as an “H” unit (12 weeks, two hours per week) in the Fall 2021 "F" session at UTM and will be taught under the rubric of:

  • "Special Problems in Biological Anthropology and Archaeology"

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. You are welcome to submit online courses for consideration.

Course Schedule: Fridays from 11am – 1pm in the Fall 2021 term at UTM.


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

The application deadline is Friday, May 7, 2021 at 9 am.

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 secretary.utmanthro@utoronto.ca:
    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 offered by the Department of Anthropology at UTM:

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

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact the Chair, Dr. Esteban Parra at esteban.parra@utoronto.ca.