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Public Issues Anthropology

18 months
13674 CAD/year
4754 CAD/year
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The Public Issues Anthropology program of University of Guelph has an emphasis on sociocultural anthropology.


Key facts

The Public Issues Anthropology program of University of Guelph is focusing on the interface between anthropological knowledge and issues crucial to governance, public discourse, livelihoods, civil society and contemporary public issues.

Students may choose one of two study options: 1) Thesis and complete a minimum of 2.0 credits (4 courses) 2) Major research paper and complete a minimum of 4.0 credits (6 courses and a 1.0 credit major paper).

Research Areas

Our program draws on the expertise of anthropologists who conduct research on a wide range of public issues, including: migration, globalization, human rights, indigenous peoples’ issues, climate change, environmental ethics, food, culinary and dietary practices, agriculture and rural livelihoods, families, disabilities, social inequalities, and the anthropology of development. Faculty ethnographic areas include Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, and North America.

Are you interested in:

  • Food and livelihoods
  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • Families, Aging, or Disabilities
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Issues
  • Environmental Issues

Career opportunities

  • Education
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Law and Advocacy
  • International Development
  • Cultural and Natural Resource Management

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Public Issues Anthropology
  • Anthropological Theory
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Diversity and Social Equality
  • Global Agro-Food Systems, Communities and Rural Change
  • Gender and Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


45 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A four-year honours degree in Anthropology will be preferentially considered
  • Students with a background in other disciplines should have taken at least five Anthropology courses, including Ethnography and Anthropological Theory
  • Minimum B+ average over their last two years of academic study

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13674 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6837 CAD per semester during 18 months.
  • National

    4754 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2377 CAD per semester during 18 months.

Living costs for Guelph

1157 - 1804 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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