Spring 2015

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Anthropology

ANTH 1101. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.
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.
ANTH 1102. Introduction to Archaeology.
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 20th century. Topics covered will 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. Three well-known archaeological field projects will be used as source material for the course.
ANTH 2010. Anthropological Research.
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.
ANTH 2320. Indigenous Peoples and the Modern State.
Across the world, indigenous peoples are facing racism and the violence of states, corporations, and/or majority populations. This course will approach indigeneity as a phenomenon of the modern state rather than explaining it with cultural, religious, or linguistic differences or histories of prior settlement. We will first focus on the transnational movement for indigenous rights, then develop an analytical understanding of the modern state, and pay special attention to questions of governance and of sovereignty. This conceptual toolset will then be applied to case studies concerning indigeneity, based on readings of current ethnographic texts and the discussion of films and media reports.
ANTH 2371. Children and Youth in Global Perspective.
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.
ANTH 2430. Opium for the Masses: Anthropological Perspectives on Drugs and Politics.
People produce, trade, and use a wide range of substances as intoxicants, stimulants, or pharmaceuticals. Such “drugs” are agents of transformations that do not simply result from interactions between substances and bodies, but are mediated by law, religion, economy, science, etc. The study of drugs poses conceptual and methodological challenges that we will engage by investigating how states and people are interlinked by the use, trade, and regulation of drugs. By exploring key areas of anthropological interest we will look at the ways drugs work in and on the body, the person, and the collective, and examine the place of drugs in society, law, economy, religion, medicine, and the family.
ANTH 2572. Contemporary Arctic Environmental and Cultural Issues.
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.
ANTH 2735. Contemporary Haiti.
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.
ANTH 3010A. Contemporary Issues in Anthropology.
Close readings of recent ethnographies and other materials are used to examine current theoretical and methodological developments and concerns in anthropology.
ANTH 3010B. Contemporary Issues in Anthropology.
Close readings of recent ethnographies and other materials are used to examine current theoretical and methodological developments and concerns in anthropology.

Sociology

SOC 1101. Introduction to Sociology.
The major perspectives of sociology. Application of the scientific method to sociological theory and to current social issues. Theories ranging from social determinism to free will are considered, including the work of Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Merton, and others. Attention is given to such concepts as role, status, society, culture, institution, personality, social organization, the dynamics of change, the social roots of behavior and attitudes, social control, deviance, socialization, and the dialectical relationship between individual and society.
SOC 2010. Introduction to Social Research.
Provides firsthand experience with the specific procedures through which social science knowledge is developed. Emphasizes the interaction between theory and research, and examines the ethics of social research and the uses and abuses of research in policy making. Reading and methodological analysis of a variety of case studies from the sociological literature. Field and laboratory exercises that include observation, interviewing, use of available data (e.g., historical documents, statistical archives, computerized data banks, cultural artifacts), sampling, coding, use of computer, elementary data analysis and interpretation. Lectures, laboratory sessions, and small-group conferences.
SOC 2112. Gender and Crime.
Examines how gender intersects with the understanding of crime and the criminal justice system. Gender is a salient issue in examining who commits what types of crimes, who is most often victimized, and how the criminal justice system responds to these victims and offenders. Students explore the social context of crime, as well as how the correctional system and social policy are affected by the issue of gender.
SOC 2209. Space, Place, and Inequality.
Explores spaces and places as sites that are constructed, bounded and made meaningful. Draws from sociological theories of space including texts in urban and rural sociology and analyzes the ways in which places are formed through and produce power and authority. Focuses on topics such as racial segregation, refugee camps, gated communities, free economic zones, extraterritorial space, atrocity sites, and virtual space. Explains the relationship between space and identity, the political economy of spaces, the construction and definition of borders, and challenges of making space democratic.
SOC 2220. “The Wire”: Race, Class, Gender, and the Urban Crisis.
Postwar U.S. cities were considered social, economic, political, and cultural zones of “crisis.” African Americans—their families; gender relations; their relationship to urban political economy, politics, and culture—were at the center of this discourse. Uses David Simon’s epic series The Wire as a critical source on postindustrial urban life, politics, conflict, and economics to cover the origins of the “urban crisis,” the rise of an “underclass” theory of urban class relations, the evolution of the urban “underground economy,” and the ways the “urban crisis” shaped depictions of African Americans in American popular culture.
SOC 2221. Environmental Sociology.
Applies sociological insights to investigating the ways that humans shape and are shaped by their ecological surroundings. Introduces theories and concepts for exploring how western society and more specifically contemporary American society interact with nature. Reviews central academic questions, including social constructions of nature and perceptions of ecological risks, and drawing from complementary readings and student-led dialogue, examines in greater depth ongoing struggles over conservation, sustainability, development, and social justice.
SOC 2226. Power, Knowledge, and Vision.
How do politics, technologies, and cultural practices shape what we can see? How do they affect what we know and how we understand the world? How can representation be historically constituted and technologically shaped? Explores the social and political dimensions of vision and perception. Investigates how knowledge is lodged in structures of authority and power. Often, vision is considered as a biophysical process. Likewise, technologies of seeing are often considered to be neutral tools that expand human potential. In this course we will examine these two phenomena together. We will consider who designs technologies, the political economy of visual representations, and the social systems within they are embedded. Topics will include cultural identities and differences, national borders, mass spectatorship and witnessing, humanitarian projects, digital perceptions, geoinformational systems (GIS) and Google Earth, environmental visions, and war technologies.
SOC 2250. Epidemiology: Principles and Practices.
Introduces epidemiology, the study of the patterns and influences of disease (and health) in populations and communities. Focusing on the social, political, and economic influences and consequences of patterns of disease and death, considers how these patterns reflect and affect the demographics, social structure, economy, and culture of societies and how societies mobilize to combat disease and promote health. Focuses particularly on the role of socioeconomic inequality—both within and between countries—in how diseases spread and are managed.
SOC 2320. Latinas/os in the United States.
Latinas/os are the largest minority group in the United States. Analyzes the Latina/o experience in the United States with special focus on migration, incorporation, and strategies for economic and social empowerment. Explores diversity within the U.S. Latina/o community by drawing on comparative lessons from Cuban-American, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Chicano/Mexican, and Central American patterns of economic participation, political mobilization, and cultural integration.
SOC 2350. Applied Demography for Planning and Policy Analysis.
An introduction to basic demographic techniques for use in applications related to public and private-sector planning and policy situations. Students will gain skills and analytic insights useful for understanding research, planning, and policy development in government, nonprofits, healthcare, and business. Learning and using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will be a central component of the course. The course will also consist of readings, lectures, discussions, laboratory sessions, homework assignments, and a final project.
SOC 3010. Advanced Seminar: Current Controversies in Sociology.
Draws together different theoretical and substantive issues in sociology in the United States, primarily since 1950. Discusses current controversies in the discipline, e.g., quantitative versus qualitative methodologies, micro versus macro perspectives, and pure versus applied work.