Fall 2011 Courses


019. Archaeology: Rethinking the Past
Leslie Shaw T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55
Archaeologists unearth information that can be used to explore how the past continues to shape the modern discourse on human variation and cultural difference. Archaeological excavations can provide new insights about people without written histories, or expose human actions that were overlooked by historians or anthropologists. Case studies from North America will include a reexamination of English and Native American interactions during the settlement of Jamestown in 1607, a new look at 18th century racial tensions through the excavations at the New York African Burial Ground, and a look at poverty and labor in the 19th century factories of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
101. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Aaron Thornburg  T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
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.
201. Anthropological Research
Sara Dickey T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55
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.
202. Essentials of Archaeology
S MacEachern M 1:00 - 3:55
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. Will include a significant fieldwork component, including excavations on campus.
203. History of Anthropological Theory
Krista Van Vleet T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
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.
213. Fantastic Archaeology
S MacEachern T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55
Chariots of the Gods. Refugees from Atlantis. Tomb raiders. Stargates. Archaeology occupies a curious place in the popular imagination, as an academic pursuit but also a highly romanticized--and often fictionalized--quest. Its involuntary association with strange theories and fraudulent hangers-on may thus not be too surprising. Students will examine a variety of the weird and wonderful ideas that inhabit the fringes of archaeology, and thus come to an understanding of what the discipline is through analysis of what it is not.
217.  Controversies in Soc Sci Research
Aaron Thornburg  T  1:00  2:25   TH  1:00  2:25     Adams-208
Considers a range of ethical controversies/debates from the sub-disciplines of anthropology. Participation in research sponsored by the military or governmental agencies, the controversy initiated by publication of Patrick Tierney's Darkness in El Dorado, human-subjects protections, animal care issues associated with research, archaeology and cultural patrimony protections, questions regarding applied research, the representation of the "other" in social-scientific writing, and questions regarding the recording and presentation of ethnographic film will be explored.
238. Culture and Power in the Andes
Krista Van Vleet T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55
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.
240. Contemporary Issues of Native North America
Kelly Fayard M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
Explores contemporary issues within Native American communities to gain a better understanding of legal issues between tribal governments and the Federal government, reservations, and urban Indian populations. We analyze issues facing contemporary Native American nations, including Indian gaming and casinos, federal recognition and sovereignty, blood quantum and biological race, religious freedom and sacred sites, mascots, and repatriation of human remains and important artifacts. Finally, efforts to reclaim traditional languages, hunting grounds, and arts are discussed.
245. We are Family: Anthropological Understandings of Kinship
Kelly Fayard M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
Anthropologists have long been fascinated with defining who is related to whom. In the first half of this course we will read works by leading anthropologists in order to gain an understanding the various ways kinship has been defined in anthropology and defined in a diversity of cultures. These works will help us understand various kinship systems throughout the world and explore how anthropologists have worked with the concept of relatedness. The course will then turn to contemporary issues and the class will be devoted to discussing current kinship studies of relatedness and how those apply to new reproductive technologies such as surrogate mothers, in vitro fertilization, the buying and selling of eggs and sperm, and the legal implications of these new ways of having children.


010. Racism
H. Partridge T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55
Examines issues of racism in the United States, with attention to the social psychology of racism, its history, its relationship to social structure, and its ethical and moral implications. Note: This course counts toward the major and minor in gender and women's studies.
101. Introduction to Sociology
Nancy Riley M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
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.
101. Introduction to Sociology
Maria Rivera-Beckstrom T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
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.
210. Politics, Power, and Society
Maria Rivera-Beckstrom T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
Explores politics from a sociological perspective that emphasizes the role of power, ideology, and culture. Provides tools to understand political behavior, institutions, and events in social contexts such as class, nationality, and race. Gives particular attention to processes that bring about social-political and economic changes such as nationalism and the founding of nation-states, revolutions, de/colonization, and globalization. Explores case studies from Asia, Africa, and Western Europe.
211. Classics of Sociological Theory
Wendy Christensen M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
An analysis of selected works by the founders of modern sociology. Particular emphasis is given to understanding differing approaches to sociological analysis through detailed textual interpretation. Works by Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and selected others are read.
215. Criminology and Criminal Justice
Craig McEwen M 1:00 - 2:25, W 1:00 - 2:25
Focuses on crime and corrections in the United States, with some cross-national comparisons. Examines the problematic character of the definition of ìcrime.î Explores empirical research on the character, distribution, and correlates of criminal behavior, and interprets this research in the light of social structural, cultural, and social psychological theories of crime causation. Discusses the implications of the nature and causes of crime for law enforcement and the administration of justice. Surveys the varied ways in which prisons and correctional programs are organized and assesses research about their effectiveness.
219. Sociology of Gender
Wendy Christensen M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
Our ideas about gender--about women, men, masculinity, femininity--organize our social life in important ways that we often do not even notice. Critically examines the ways gender informs the social world in which we live and how beliefs about gender create and enforce a system of gender difference and inequality. Examines how gender is involved in and related to differences and inequalities in social roles, gender identity, sexual orientation, and social constructions of knowledge. Particular attention paid to exposing the gendered workings of institutions such as family and the workplace, the link between gender and sexuality, and how race and class inform our ideas about gender.
230. National Cultures in the Modern World
Benjamin Moodie T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
Explores what ìcultureî means in the modern world. Emphasizes cultural comparisons, particularly between and within the United States, France, and Japan, as a way to illuminate how different cultures influence people's thinking about fundamental issues such as how the social world works or what it means to lead a good life. We think about what determines culture and what distinguishes it from non-cultural influences on action. Throughout the course we consider whether a nation can ìhaveî a culture when individuals differ from one another so much. Is it possible to identify an American or French or Japanese way of thinking and behaving?
275. Cultural Encounters with/in Hawai'i
Nancy Riley M 8:00 - 9:25, W 8:00 - 9:25
Examines Hawai'i as a site of cultural encounter. Topics include the ways that Hawai'i's tourism industry is connected to constructions of and consumption of ethnic identities by those within and outside Hawai'i; the ways historical and contemporary encounters between different ethnic groups (Hawai'ian, haole, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Pacific Islanders) have created the contemporary Hawai'ian social landscape; and the relations between mainland United States and Hawai'ian culture and politics, particularly the rising Hawai'ian sovereignty movement. Draws from theories of ethnic tourism, race/ethnicity, and colonialism.