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Sociology and Anthropology – Anthropology Courses

First-Year Seminars

For a full description of first-year seminars, see the First-Year Seminar section.

[1013 {13} b. Beyond Pocahontas: Native American Stereotypes.]

1026 b. The Borderlands of United States Empire: Puerto Rican Histories and Identities. Fall 2014. Melissa Rosario. (Same as Latin American Studies 1026.)

[1027 {27} b. Understanding Ourselves in the Digital Age.]

Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Courses

1101 {101} b. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. Fall 2014. Krista Van Vleet. Spring 2015. The Department.

Cultural anthropology explores the diversities and commonalities of cultures and societies in an increasingly interconnected world. Introduces students to the significant issues, concepts, theories, and methods in cultural anthropology. Topics may include cultural relativism and ethnocentrism, fieldwork and ethics, symbolism, language, religion and ritual, political and economic systems, family and kinship, gender, class, ethnicity and race, nationalism and transnationalism, and ethnographic representation and validity.

1102 b. Introduction to Archaeology. Spring. 2015. Scott MacEachern.

An introduction to the practice of archaeology as the study of the human past. Introduces students to the methods and theories through which archaeologists use material traces to analyze the behaviors of people, from our earliest tool-making ancestors to the twenty-first century. Topics covered include the history of archaeology as a professional discipline, the role of theory in archaeological interpretation, and the archaeological examination of ancient economic, social, and ideological systems. Well-known archaeological field projects are used as source material.

[1138 {138} b - ESD, IP. Everyday Life in India and Pakistan. (Same as Asian Studies 1625 {138}.)]

[1150 {102} b. Introduction to World Prehistory.]

2010 {201} b. Anthropological Research. Spring 2015. Krista Van Vleet.

Anthropological research methods and perspectives are examined through classic and recent ethnography, statistics and computer literacy, and the student’s own fieldwork experience. Topics include ethics, analytical and methodological techniques, the interpretation of data, and the use and misuse of anthropology.

Prerequisite: Anthropology 1101 {101}.

2020 {202} b. Essentials of Archaeology. Fall 2014. Scott MacEachern.

Introduces students to the methods and concepts that archaeologists use to explore the human past. Shows how concepts from natural science, history, and anthropology help archaeologists investigate past societies, reveal the form and function of ancient cultural remains, and draw inferences about the nature and causes of change in human societies over time. Incorporates a significant fieldwork component, including excavations on campus.

Prerequisite: One of the following: Anthropology 1102 {102} or 1150 {102}, Archaeology 1101 {101} (same as Art History 2090 {209}), or Archaeology 1102 {102} (same as Art History 2100 {210}), or permission of the instructor.

2030 {203} b. History of Anthropological Theory. Fall 2014. Sara Dickey.

An examination of the development of various theoretical approaches to the study of culture and society. Anthropology in the United States, Britain, and France is covered from the nineteenth century to the present. Among those considered are Morgan, Tylor, Durkheim, Boas, Malinowski, Mead, Geertz, and Lévi-Strauss.

Prerequisite: Anthropology 1101 {101}.

[2105 {205} c - IP. Who Owns the Past? The Roles of Museums in Preserving and Presenting Culture. (Same as Archaeology 2207 {207}.)]

2116 b - ESD, IP. Ordinary Ethics: Value and Action in Everyday Life. Fall 2014. Greg Beckett.

Focuses on anthropological approaches that treat ethics as a mode of action and value embedded within culture. Treats ethical and moral values as historically, socially, and culturally constituted ways of knowing, thinking, and acting, rather than as universal ideals that we contemplate. Considers how ideas of the right and the good emerge out of everyday social interaction. Explores ethnographic and historical cases from around the world to provide a range of perspectives on ethics, morality, meaning, and action. Also explores contexts in which alternative or competing ethical registers come into contact or conflict. Topics may include: virtue, character, and care; gifts and reciprocity; charity, volunteerism, and affective labor; agency and responsibility; medicine and bioethics; and rights, dignity, and respect.

Prerequisite: Anthropology 1101 {101} or Sociology 1101 {101}, or permission of the instructor.

[2170 {270} b. Changing Cultures and Dynamic Environments. (Same as Environmental Studies 2311 {237}.)]

2218 b - ESD. The Anthropology of Social Movements: Theories of Justice, Practices of Becoming. Fall 2014. Melissa Rosario.

Illuminates the dynamics of contemporary social movements, including those advocating for women and indigenous groups, environmental justice, and postcapitalist economies (that is, economies that are cooperative rather than exploitative). Asks how social movements are spaces of both theorizing and practicing justice. Surveys a range of social theories that propose ways to rethink binaries that structure social life—e.g. mind/body, theory/practice, feeling/thinking. Considers a series of ethnographies from a range of cross-cultural examples in order to identify similarities and differences between them. Authors include: Chela Sandoval, Maple Rasza, J.K. Gibson-Graham, and Jeffrey Juris.

Prerequisite: Anthropology 1101 {101} or Sociology 1101 {101}, or permission of the instructor.

[2227 {227} c - ESD, VPA. Protest Music. (Same as Africana Studies 2228 {228} and Music 2292 {227}.)]

[2230 {230} b - ESD. Language, Identity, and Power.]

[2245 {245} b - ESD, IP. We Are Family: Anthropological Understandings of Kinship.]

2254 {254} b. Understanding Crisis: Anthropological Perspectives on Emergency. Fall 2014. Greg Beckett.

Introduces cross-cultural and historical perspectives on crisis. Focuses on the relationship between modern systems of continuity and order and the experience of discontinuity and disorder. Examines the various meanings that communities and individuals give to crises, disasters, and emergencies. Considers a variety of cultural and historical cases from around the world. Topics may include illness and disease, natural disasters, industrial accidents, human insecurity and vulnerability, crises of meaning, law and disorder, social breakdown, state failure, civil war, and military and humanitarian intervention.

Prerequisite: Anthropology 1101 {101} or Sociology 1101 {101}, or permission of the instructor.

[2274 b. The Borderlands of United States Empire: Puerto Rican Identities and Histories. (Same as Latin American Studies 2774.)]

[2350 {235} b - ESD. Not Just Cowboys and Indians: Examining Native Americans in Film and Media beyond Hollywood. (Same as Cinema Studies 2350 {235}.)]

2371 {277} b. Children and Youth in Global Perspective. Spring 2015. Krista Van Vleet.

Explores research on children as a window into issues of individual agency and social, political, and economic inequality in the contemporary world. Children move between families, communities, and nations; claim belonging to divergent communities; create distinct identities; and navigate hierarchies. Highlights the circulation of children as structured by broad relationships of power. Forefronts youth as social actors. Considers culturally specific notions of childhood and methodological and ethical implications of research with children. Topics include adoption, migration, human trafficking, child labor, tourism, and social movements in the Americas, Asia, Oceania, and/or Africa. (Same as Latin American Studies 2771 {277}.)

Prerequisite: Anthropology 1101 {101} or Sociology 1101 {101}, or permission of the instructor.

[2449 {249} b - IP. Alienation and Repression: The Figure of the Zombie in Haiti and the United States.]

2533 {233} b - ESD, IP. Peoples and Cultures of Africa. Fall 2014. Scott MacEachern.

Introduction to the traditional patterns of livelihood and social institutions of African peoples. Following a brief overview of African geography, habitat, and cultural history, lectures and readings cover a representative range of types of economy, polity, and social organization, from the smallest hunting and gathering societies to the most complex states and empires. Emphasis upon understanding the nature of traditional social forms. Changes in African societies in the colonial and post-colonial periods are examined but are not the principal focus. (Same as Africana Studies 2233 {233}.)

Prerequisite: One course in anthropology or Africana Studies 1101 {101}.

2572 {272} b - ESD, IP. Contemporary Arctic Environmental and Cultural Issues. Spring 2015. Susan Kaplan.

Throughout the Arctic, northern peoples face major environmental changes and cultural and economic challenges. Landscapes, icescapes, and seascapes on which communities rely are being transformed, and arctic plants and animals are being affected. Many indigenous groups see these dramatic changes as endangering their health and cultural way of life. Others see a warming Arctic as an opportunity for industrial development. Addressing contemporary issues that concern northern peoples in general and Inuit in particular involves understanding connections between leadership, global environmental change, human rights, indigenous cultures, and foreign policies, and being able to work on both a global and local level. (Same as Environmental Studies 2312 {272}.)

Prerequisite: Anthropology 1050 {102} or 1101 {101}, and Environmental Studies 1101 {101}; or permission of the instructor.

2601 {232} b - ESD, IP. Bollywood and Beyond: Indian Cinemas and Society. Fall 2014. Sara Dickey.

Explores Indian films, film consumption, and film industries since 1947. Focuses on mainstream cinema in different regions of India, with some attention to the impact of popular film conventions on art cinema and documentary. Topics include the narrative and aesthetic conventions of Indian films, film magazines, fan clubs, cinema and electoral politics, stigmas on acting, filmmakers and filmmaking, rituals of film watching, and audience interpretations of movies. The production, consumption, and content of Indian cinema are examined in social, cultural, and political contexts, particularly with an eye to their relationships to class, gender, and nationalism. Attendance at weekly evening screenings is required. Note: Fulfills the non-US cinema requirement for Cinema Studies minors. (Same as Asian Studies 2561 {247} and Film Studies 2232 {232}.)

Prerequisite: One of the following: Anthropology 1101{101}, Sociology 1101{101}, Film Studies1101 {101} or 2202 {202}, one course in Asian studies; or permission of the instructor.

[2647 {248} b. Activist Voices in India. (Same as Asian Studies 2562 {248}, Cinema Studies 2248 {248}, and Gender and Women’s Studies 2250 {246}.)]

[2711 {271} b. The Caribbean in the Atlantic World. (Same as Latin American Studies 2711 {271}.)]

[2723 {224} b - ESD. Religion and Social Transformation in South America. (Same as Latin American Studies 2724 {223}.)]

2729 {238} b - IP. Culture and Power in the Andes. Fall 2014. Krista Van Vleet.

Explores the anthropology and history of the Andes, focusing on questions of cultural transformation and continuity among Native Andeans. Examines ethnography, popular culture, and current events of Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru. Topics include the Inca state and Spanish colonization; Native Andean family and community life; subsistence economies; gender, class, and ethnic inequalities and social movements; domestic and state violence; religion; tourism; coca and cocaine production; and migration. (Same as Latin American Studies 2738 {238}.)

Prerequisite: Anthropology 1101 {101} or permission of the instructor.

2735 b - IP. Contemporary Haiti. Spring 2015. Greg Beckett.

Examines contemporary Haitian culture and society in the context of a prolonged series of crises and international interventions. Focuses on the democratic transition of the late twentieth century and the recent humanitarian intervention in the wake of a series of natural disasters. Considers the historical roots of the Haitian crisis with a particular focus on Haiti’s marginalization within the world system. Explores the relationship between Haiti and the international community, especially the role of nongovernmental organizations, humanitarian organizations, and international institutions in the everyday lives of Haitians. (Same as Africana Studies 2735 and Latin American Studies 2735.)

Prerequisite: One of the following: Anthropology 1101 {101}, Sociology 1101 {101}, or Africana Studies 1101 {101}.

[2840 {240} b - ESD. Contemporary Issues of Native North America.]

[2901 b - IP. Archaeology of the Black Atlantic. (Same as Africana Studies 2901.)]

2970–2973 {291–294} b. Intermediate Independent Study in Anthropology. The Department.

2999 {299} b. Intermediate Collaborative Study in Anthropology. The Department.

3010 {310} b. Contemporary Issues in Anthropology. Spring 2015. Greg Beckett, Scott MacEeachern.

Close readings of recent ethnographies and other materials are used to examine current theoretical and methodological developments and concerns in anthropology.

Prerequisite: Anthropology 1101 {101}, 1150 {102}, 2010 {201}, and 2030 {203}; or permission of the instructor.

[3100 {313} b - ESD, IP. Global Sexualities/Local Desires. (Same as Gay and Lesbian Studies 3100 {313}, Gender and Women’s Studies 3100 {313}, and Latin American Studies 3711 {311}.)]

3210 {321} b. Animal Planet: Humans and Other Animals. Fall 2014. Susan Kaplan.

Cultures around the world maintain different stances about non-human animals. People eat meat or avoid doing so. Religions advocate veneration, fear, or loathing of certain animals. Domesticated animals provide us company, labor, and food. Wild animals are protected, studied, photographed, captured, and hunted. Animals inhabit novels, are featured in art, and adorn merchandise. Students read ethnographies, articles, animal rights literature, and children’s books; study museum collections; and examine animal themes in films and on the web. Employing anthropological perspectives, considers what distinguishes humans from other animals, how cultures are defined by peoples’ attitudes about animals, and what might be our moral and ethical responsibilities to other creatures. (Same as Environmental Studies 3920 {320}.)

Prerequisite: Anthropology 1101{101} or 1150{102}, and one course numbered 2000-2969 {200-289} in anthropology; or permission of the instructor.

4000–4003 {401–404} b. Advanced Independent Study in Anthropology. The Department.

4029 {405} b. Advanced Collaborative Study in Anthropology. The Department.

4050–4051 b. Honors Project in Anthropology. The Department.


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