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Learning Objectives for the Anthropology Program


Learning Objectives for the Undergraduate Program in Anthropology (adapted from the Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents (OCAV) Guidelines for University Undergraduate Degree Level Expectations)



1.  Depth and Breadth of Knowledge

A developed knowledge and critical understanding of key concepts, methodologies, current advances, theoretical approaches and assumptions in the discipline of Anthropology as well as a specialized area of the discipline such as archaeology, cultural or biological anthropology.


2.  Knowledge of Methodologies

An understanding of the methods of inquiry in Anthropology to enable a student to:

  • evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems using well established ideas and techniques;
  • devise and sustain arguments or solve problems using these methods;
  • describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research or equivalent advanced scholarship.

3.  Application of Knowledge

The ability to:

  • review, present and critically evaluate qualitative and quantitative information;
  • use a range of established techniques;
  • make critical use of scholarly reviews and primary sources.


4.  Communication Skills

The ability to communicate information, arguments, and analyses accurately and reliably, orally and in writing to a range of audiences.


5.   Awareness of Limits of Knowledge

An understanding of your limits to knowledge and ability in Anthropology, and an appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits to knowledge and how this might influence analyses and interpretations.


6.  Autonomy and Professional Capacity

The ability to develop qualities and transferable skills necessary for further study, employment, community involvement and other activities.




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