Experiential Learning

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The Department of Anthropology has implemented rigorous safety protocols for in-person course activites to ensure that students can engage in experiential learning activities despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that not all courses or opportunities are offered each year; consult the UTM Timetable for current course offerings.


UTM Anthropology courses with local or international experiential learning components can provide students with opportunities to:

  • gain hands-on experience;
  • acquire new skills;
  • develop closer ties to communities;
  • learn about the diversity of cultures that exist in our world;
  • network with professionals in a specific industry;
  • and more!


Spotlight on:

Experiential Learning in Anthropology Science

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Forensic Anthropology 
Field School

Get hands-on experience learning about crime scene protocols and record keeping. We examine casts, maps, photos and other evidence collected in the field, for the purposes of scene reconstruction and presentation in court.


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Archaeological Fieldwork

Gain hands-on experience and a basic grounding in the techniques and methods employed by archaeologists to extract data from an archaeological site and to process these data in the lab. 


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Advanced Bioarchaeology

This course provides students with problem-based, experiential learning in bioarchaeology, including methods of skeletal analysis, the application of theory, and interpretation of a cemetery burial pattern. Labs address analyses and approaches used in Cultural Heritage Management.



Experiential Learning in Anthropology Social Science

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Anthropology and the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (in Canada) 

We’ll examine the relationship between anthropology and the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. Indigenous, decolonial, and community scholars are emphasized in this exciting new course.

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Fieldwork in Language, Culture, and Society

Students will gain hands-on experience in methods for recording, transcribing, coding, and analyzing ethnographic data in linguistic anthropology.


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World Religions and Ecology

Students may have an opportunity to complete ten hours of volunteer immersion experience with a local organization working on environmental issues as part of the coursework as we learn about religious traditions and their responses to the environmental crisis.


List of UTM Anthropology courses with experiential learning components

View course descriptions in the UTM Academic Calendar. Be sure to consult the UTM Timetable for current course offerings, as not all courses are offered each year.


Biological Anthropology

  • ANT338H5 Laboratory Methods in Biological Anthropology

Forensic Anthropology

  • ANT306H5 Forensic Anthropology Field School
  • ANT439H5 Advanced Forensic Anthropology

Linguisitc Anthropology

  • ANT364H5 Fieldwork in Language, Culture, and Society

Sociocultural Anthropology

  • ANT241H5 Anthropology and the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (in Canada)
  • ANT335H5 Anthropology of Gender
  • ANT368H5 World Religions and Ecology
  • ANT462H5 Living and Dying: Topics in Medical Anthropology & Global Health
  • ANT463H5 Anthropologies of Water: On Meaning, Value, and Futures
  • ANT464H5 The End of Coal: An Ethnographic Approach

Funding Opportunity: UTM Experiential Learning Bursaries

The following UTM Anthropology courses may be eligible for the UTM Experiential Learning Bursary program: 

  • ANT241H5 Anthropology and the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (in Canada)
  • ANT306H5 Forensic Anthropology Field School
  • ANT318H5 Archaeological Fieldwork
  • ANT312H5 Archaeological Analysis
  • ANT418H5 Advanced Archaeological Fieldwork
  • ANT439H5 Advanced Forensic Anthropology
  • ANT441H5 Advanced Bioarchaeology

Eligibility and application information for EL Bursaries at UTM

Visit the UTM EL Bursary page for current course eligibility and application information.

    Other UTM Experiential Learning Opportunities

    Update for 2021-22: Dr. Laura Bolt is available to supervise undergraduate students through UTM’s Research Opportunities Program and to act as an advisor for independent research projects. Interested students can contact Dr. Bolt by email. 

    Dr. Bolt also provides the opportunity for interested students at UTM to complete a primate field school in Costa Rica or Nicaragua under her direction and to earn course credit for this experience.

    The UTM Research Opportunity Program (ROP) gives students from second to fourth year a chance to participate in the research of a faculty member while earning course credit. 

    UTM Abroad provides students with the opportunity to participate in short-term experiential learning opportunities abroad during term breaks.