Fonds F-20 - Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology fonds

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Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology fonds

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  • 1964 - 1975 (Creation)
    Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology

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2.63 m of textual records

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(1965 - 1974)

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The Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology (P.S.A.) was established by the Board of Governors in 1965 as one of the original Departments in the Faculty of Arts. It was dissolved on 19 February 1974. The Department was originally conceived as an experiment in interdisciplinary, and it was responsible, through its Chair, for the promotion of research and the development and delivery of programs which combined the fields of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology. In 1965, P.S.A. consisted of seven faculty members and offered courses leading to a B.A. degree. In 1966, the number of courses and programs greatly expanded, to include both M.A. and Ph.D. programs. In 1969, the Archaeology program was removed and placed as a distinct unit under the administration of the Faculty of Arts. It later became a full department. The history of P.S.A. was marked by a prolonged period of dissension between faculty members, the Department, and the University which included a period of trusteeship and a strike by students and faculty in 1969, the suspension of faculty, and the subsequent censure of the University by the Canadian Association of University Teachers in May 1971. In 1974, P.S.A. was split into two successor departments: Political Science, and Sociology and Anthropology.

The Department was administered by a Chair and a number of standing committees. The Chair was the chief administrative officer, whose responsibilities included the management of the operational budget; faculty tenure, promotion and salary recommendations; teaching assignments; and representation of the Department to external bodies. The Departmental Assistant was responsible for much of the day-to-day administration and the management of the departmental budget, the scheduling of courses, the provision of liaison with administrative offices, and advising students.

The number and composition of departmental committees varied greatly over time. In 1969, there were eleven committees, including Budget; Curriculum; Executive; Faculty/Staff Relations; Graduate Admissions; Graduate Programme; Grievance; Library; Salary; Tenure and Promotions; Teaching Methods and Grades; and Visiting Lecturers. By the next year, there remained only the Executive, Budget, Curriculum, Graduate Studies, and Appointments committees. This structure remained until the dissolution of the Department. Other short-lived committees, such as Majors and Honours, were also formed. P.S.A. also struck ad hoc committees, such as the Chairman's Search Committee, when required.

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The fonds of the Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology consists of records created and received in the course of the administration of the Department and the carrying out of its functions of providing instruction and promoting research. The activities documented include policy and procedures development; the planning, initiation and administration of curricula and programs; departmental and faculty meetings; faculty salary, appointment, promotion and tenure deliberations; departmental reviews; and the publication of journals and reports. The types of documents include meeting agenda, correspondence, course outlines and examinations, an external review, faculty files, memoranda, minutes of meetings, and reports.

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The records were transferred in a number of accessions from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in 1981.


The fonds was arranged and orginally described by the archivist in 1990. The arrangement and titles of series were provided by the archivist.

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Some files may contain personal or confidential information. Access to these files may be restricted as required by law. Files marked 'pending review' must be reviewed by an archivist prior to release, and as a result of the review access restrictions may apply. Please see the file lists and consult the archivist for more details.

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Consult the inventory of the Faculty of Arts fonds (F-2). Also consult the records of the departmental fonds of the successor bodies: Political Science (F-43) and Sociology and Anthropology (F-44). For material related to the Archaeology fonds, see F-4. For material relating to the PSA crisis, consult the inventory to the Norman Swartz PSA collection (F-131), which comprises materials collected by Prof. Swartz of the Department of Philosophy on the subject of the PSA strike of 1969. Also consult the Office of the Registrar (F-85), series 1; and the Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology collection / SFU Archives collector (F-150).

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All accessions have been processed as of September 2002. No further accruals are expected.

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Finding aid prepared by Bruce Schinkelwitz, Ian Forsyth, Enid Britt, Kadimola Lomamba, Judith Thiessen (October 1997).

Updated by Enid Britt (July 2006).

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