Elective Course Options

Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 Course options will be updated soon.

Fall 2021

Course Code Course Title & Outline Department Instructor Scheduled
ANT 9208A Anthropology of the State Anthropology Kim Clark W 1:30-4:30
GEO 9107A Environment and Health Geography Isaac Luginaah T 1:00-4:00
GEO 9113A Geographical Data and Analysis Geography Jed Long W 10:00-12:00
POL 9755A *Globalization and Urban Politics Political Science Martin Horak TH 1:30-3:30
PSY 9621A *Work Attitudes and Behaviour Psychology John Meyer TH 1:00-4:00
SOC 9147A **Social Inequality Sociology Sean Waite W 9:30-12:30
SOC 9177A **The Social Context of Racial Inequality Sociology Patrick Denice TH 9:30-12:30
SOC 9611A ***Class and Politics Sociology Robert Andersen F 1:00-4:00

Winter 2022

Course Code Course Title & Outline Department Instructor Scheduled
ANT 9225B Special Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology - Deviance, Difference and Resistence Anthropology Pamela Block W 10:30-1:30
ANT 9230B Advanced Disability and Health in Local and Global Worlds Anthropology Pamela Block T 10:30-12:30
GEO 9110B Introduction to GIS Geography Jacek Malczewski T 1:00-3:00 &      W 2:30-4:30
GEO 9116B Indigenous Health Geography Chantelle Richmond W 9:30-12:00
GEO 9117B *Urban Geography of the Developing World Geography Godwin Arku M 1:00-3:00
GEO 9410B *Urban Data Analysis Geography Jinhyung Lee W 11:00-1:00
HIS 9777B Digital Research Methods History William Turkel T 5:30-7:30
SOC 9268B **Social Inequalities in Health Sociology Andrea Willson T 1:30-4:30
SOC 9331B **Death, Fertility and Migration: Deomographic Analysis of Social Change Sociology Anna Zajacova M 1:30-4:30
SOC 9373B **Migration Sociology Teresa Abada T 9:30-12:30

*Courses require department and instructor approval or prerequisite.  Please contact Leha Huffman at mrpe@uwo.ca for further information on enrollment procedures.

**Courses are limited to 3 MRPE students.  ***Courses are limited to 5 MRPE students.  Pleaes contact Leha Huffman at mrpe@uwo.ca for enrollment.

Course Outlines will be posted as they come available.

Please note that delivery mode of courses may change due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Course Descriptions

Fall 2021

ANT 9208A - Anthropology of the State
In this graduate seminar we will discuss readings that may assist us in thinking anthropologically about state formation, state projects, and state effects (rather than focusing on formal theories of the state). The kinds of questions examined include: How are state subjects and citizens made? How can the state itself – as a set of institutions and as an idea – be examined ethnographically? What kinds of cultural understandings underlie a range of state projects and interventions? How can we understand how local populations and/or subordinate groups experience and respond to such projects? The course has been organized around an exploration of concepts for the study of the state, and readings have been selected to cover many different geographic areas in addition to engaging different theoretical concepts. Given the range of student interests, the aim is to allow students to familiarize themselves with analytical tools that can be applied to their own research, rather than to review thoroughly the literature on state formation in any specific region.

GEO 9107A - Environment and Health
The conceptual frameworks for environmental health research and policy analysis. Appraisal of methods of deriving and substantiating evidence in environment and health research. Approaches to environmental health policy formulation and the uses of evidence in the environmental health policy arena.

GEO 9113A - Geographical Data & Analysis
This course will expose students to modern techniques for processing and analyzing geospatial data using computational and statistical methods. We will explore ideas related to 'big data;, 'machine learning', 'data mining', and 'data science'. Students will develop skills in computer programming, data handling, statistics, and geographical data analysis.

POL 9755A - Globalization and Urban Politics
Cities have long been the engines of social and economic change. Today, as the geographical epicenters of globalization, large urban areas are growing and developing in ways that challenge the abilities of local governments to deal with emerging social and economic issues. How social and economic change affects city politics at the local level is the central theme of this course. How are urban societies and economies affected by globalization, and what can local governments do about it? How can local governments respond when they lack the powers and resources to do so on their own? How can rapidly growing, changing cities keep up with the need for new infrastructure? Can urban politics help to overcome social and economic divisions, or does it make them worse? These are the kinds of questions that we will be discussing.

PSY 9621A - Work Attitudes and Behaviour
Information Coming Soon

SOC 9147A - Social Inequality
This graduate seminar course explores the extent, causes, and consequences of social inequality in Canada and abroad. We start the course with a discussion on recent trends in income inequality and some foundational stratification theory (Marx, Weber and Durkheim). We then move on to specialized topics, such as: the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19; black lives matter and the criminal justice system; race, residential segregation, and discrimination; colonization and the Indigenous peoples in Canada; residential segregation; poverty; the gender wage gap; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender+ (LGBTQ2+) labour market inequality; beauty premiums; disability discrimination; and intersectional disadvantage.

SOC 9177A - The Social Context of Racial Inequality
This course provides an in-depth overview of sociological understandings of race and ethnicity, with a particular focus on the institutional underpinnings of racial and ethnic inequality in the United States and Canada. The core question we seek to address is: What are the sociological origins of racial inequality? To answer this, we begin by investigating how sociologists understand racial and ethnic distinctions. What comprises a racial or ethnic group? We then shift our attention to patterns of racial and ethnic inequality, focusing on the major institutions through which racial inequality is generated: the housing market, the labor market, schools, and the criminal justice system.

SOC 9611A - Class and Politics
Information Coming Soon

Winter 2022

ANT 9225B - Special Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology - Deviance, Difference and Resistence
This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of deviance, difference, and resistance from several distinct and relevant theoretical perspectives from the 19th and 20th centuries. This course traces the development of these concepts in anthropology and the social sciences beginning with 19th and early 20th century theories of degeneration and eugenics as well as scholarship from the same period that countered eugenics. We will use period sources to study 20th century movements to surveil, incarcerate, sterilize, and euthanize specific populations identified as deviant or dangerously different as well as resistance to these practices and theoretical conceptualizations of resistance as articulated in global north and south contexts.

ANT 9230B - Advanced Disability and Health in Local and Global Worlds
This course will provide students with a foundation to think critically about occupying and decolonizing health and disability and to use an anthropological lens to provide students with skills to critically evaluate health- occupation- and disability-related experiences both locally and globally.

GEO 9110B - Introduction to GIS
Introduction to fundamental concepts, techniques and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This is an entry-level course for students who wish to apply GIS to their own research. Students gain hands-on experience using the ArcGIS software and develop problem-solving skills.

GEO 9116B - Indigenous Health
In this seminar-based course, we will critically examine key determinants of Indigenous health, including basic concepts, theories, methods and ethical issues outlined in the contemporary Indigenous health literature.

GEO 9117B - Urban Geography of the Developing World
An examination of physical, economic, and social characteristics of cities in the developing world in global and historical context. A critical examination of planning ideologies, principles, and recent global processes that have shaped and continues to shape the character of cities in developing countries as well as their outcomes.

GEO 9410B - Urban Data Analysis
This seminar is targeted at Geography and Social Science graduate students and will introduce them to the emerging topics and methodologies in urban (big) data analytics, GeoAl and GIScience. The goal is to bring students up to speed on the frontiers in spatial data science and urban computing. With this, the theme of the course may be adjusted, following research trends in urban GIScience and students’ needs.

HIS 9777B - Digital Research Methods
Historical research now crucially involves the acquisition and use of digital sources. In History 9877A, students will learn to find, harvest, manage, excerpt, cluster and analyze digital materials throughout the research process, from initial exploratory forays through the production of an electronic article or monograph which is ready to submit for publication.

SOC 9268B - Social Inequalities in Health
In this seminar, we will examine how a sociological perspective can assist us in understanding inequality in health. Health in adulthood is the result of lifelong experiences that begin at conception, and therefore we will focus on the mechanisms that maintain and magnify disparities in physical and mental health over the life course. The study of health inequality is multidisciplinary, cross-fertilization has occurred across disciplines, and the literature is vast; therefore this course focuses on an introduction to the major sociological conceptual frameworks and empirical research from Canada and the U.S. examining social inequalities in health.

SOC 9331B - Death, Fertility and Migration: Demographic Analysis of Social Change
This course introduces students to the field of population studies and the tools used by demographers to study the size, structure, and dynamics of human populations. It covers the collection, evaluation, and analysis of demographic data; census and vital registration systems; morbidity, disability, mortality, fertility, and migration; life table construction; and population projections. We will also discuss how demographic methods can be used to study other topics, such as education, health disparities, disability, and prison populations, in order to provide an understanding of how these methods are applied outside the field of traditional demography.

SOC 9373B - Migration
Determinants and consequences of internal and international migration are studied. Theory and methods, as well as demographic and socio-economic issues related to both types of migration, are discussed.