Fall 2013 Courses

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Anthropology

027. Understanding Ourselves in the Digital Age
Melissa Rosario M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
Through journal articles, films, and Internet sites explores how the Internet has cultivated new modes of communication and a new sense of selfhood among individuals and in society. Investigates the blurring of human and technological worlds and how that has shaped people's perception of the boundary of self and world. Also, asks how prevalent social inequalities have made their way online. To understand this massive technological transformation and its impact on societies, students will turn to their own lives, exploring how their identities and everyday lives are shaped by the Internet.
101. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Krista Van Vleet 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.
102. Introduction to World Prehistory
A MacEachern T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55
An introduction to the discipline of archaeology and the studies of human biological and cultural evolution. Among the subjects covered are conflicting theories of human biological evolution, debates over the genetic and cultural bases of human behavior, the expansion of human populations into various ecosystems throughout the world, the domestication of plants and animals, the shift from nomadic to settled village life, and the rise of complex societies and the state.
201. Anthropological Research
Kelly Fayard T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
Anthropological research methods and perspectives are examined through classic and recent ethnography, statistics and computer literacy, and the studentís 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
A 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
Sara Dickey M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
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 LÈvi-Strauss.
205. Who Owns the Past? The Roles of Museums in Preserving and Presenting Culture
Susan Kaplan T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
Examines the storied place of museums in the acquisition, preservation, and display of cultural heritage. The past practices of museums are studied with an eye to how they inform present policies. Aims to examine museumsí responses when confronting national and ethnic claims to items in museumsí permanent collections; the ethical choices involved in deciding what should be exhibited; the impact of politics, conflicts, and war on museum practices; and the alliances between museums, archaeologists, art historians, and anthropologists. Students benefit from conversations with a number of Bowdoin faculty and staff, as well as a series of guest speakers from other organizations. Selected readings and class discussion are augmented by visits to the collegeís two museums and other local museums.
240. Contemporary Issues of Native North America
Kelly Fayard T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 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. Analyzes 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. Efforts to reclaim traditional languages, hunting grounds, and arts discussed.
248. Activist Voices in India
Sara Dickey T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55
Examines contemporary social and political activism in India. Focuses on film, essays, and fiction to investigate the ways that political messages are constructed through different media and for specific audiences. Case studies include activism concerning religious conflict, gender inequalities, gay and lesbian identities, and environmental issues.
313. Global Sexualities/Local Desires
Krista Van Vleet M 10:00 - 11:25, W 10:00 - 11:25
Explores the variety of practices, performances, and ideologies of sexuality through a cross-cultural perspective. Focusing on contemporary anthropological scholarship on sexuality and gender, asks how Western conceptions of ìsexuality,î ìsex,î and ìgenderî help (or hinder) our understanding of the lives and desires of people in other social and cultural contexts. Topics may include ìthird genderedî individuals; intersexuality and the naturalization of sex; language and the performance of sexuality; drag; global media and the construction of identity; lesbian and gay families; sex work; AIDS and HIV and health policy; migration, asylum and human rights issues; ethical issues and activism. Ethnographic examples are drawn from United States, Latin America (Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba); Asia (India, Japan, Indonesia) and Oceania (Papua New Guinea); and Africa (Nigeria, S. Africa). Presents issues of contemporary significance along with key theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches used by anthropologists. Integrates perspectives on globalization and the intersection of multiple social differences (including class, race, and ethnicity) with discussion of sexuality and gender. Not open to students who have credit for Anthropology 2110 {210} (same as Gay and Lesbian Studies 2110 {210}, Gender and Womenís Studies 2210 {210}.)

Sociology

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.
101. Introduction to Sociology
Shaun Golding T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55
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
Susan Bell 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.
206. Sociology of Education
Ingrid Nelson T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
Examines the ways that formal schooling influences individuals and the ways that social structures and processes affect educational institutions. Explores the manifest and latent functions of education in modern society; the role education plays in stratification and social reproduction; the relationship between education and cultural capital; the dynamics of race, class, and gender in education; and other topics.
208. Race and Ethnicity
Ingrid Nelson T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
The social and cultural meaning of race and ethnicity, with emphasis on the politics of events and processes in contemporary America. Analysis of the causes and consequences of prejudice and discrimination. Examination of the relationships between race and class. Comparisons among racial and ethnic minorities in the United States.
211. Classics of Sociological Theory
Marcos Lopez 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.
222. Introduction to Human Population
Nancy Riley T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
An introduction to the major issues in the study of population. Focuses on the social aspects of the demographic processes of fertility, mortality, and migration. Also examines population change in Western Europe historically, recent demographic changes in Third World countries, population policy, and the social and environmental causes and implications of changes in births, deaths, and migration.
237. Immigration and the Politics of Exclusion
Marcos Lopez M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
The United States, like other nations in the global north, relies on immigrants. In this course we will look at comparative lessons in global immigration to understand the political, economic, and social causes of migration, ; the politics of immigrant inclusion/exclusion, ; and the making of diaspora communities. Specific topics will include: the politics of citizenship and the condition of illegality; the global migrant workforce; and how class, gender, race, and sexuality influence the migrant experience.
240. Social Class in Popular Culture
Shaun Golding T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55
In contemporary American society, we are surrounded by imagery that reflects and reinforces hierarchical divisions amongst us. This course applies sociological theories of class in examining artifacts of popular culture that emphasize these social divisions. Drawing from popular television, film, and literature, the course pursues an academic understanding of how social class is portrayed in and projected upon society. As well, it contemplates explanations and repercussions of those processes. The course will require periodic and mandatory evening film viewings.
266. Asian America: History, Society, Literature
Nancy Riley T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
Focuses on Asian American experiences from an interdisciplinary perspective, including history, English, Asian Studies, and sociology. Examines major issues in the experience of Asian Americans including immigration, the politics of racial/ethnic formation and identity, the political and economic forces that have shaped the lives of Asians in the U.S., historical experiences and influences on today's situation, and ways that Asian Americans have resisted and accommodated these influences. Uses a variety of lenses to gain critical perspective, including history, social relations and practices, and cultural production.
314. Big Pharma, Big Medicine, and Technoscience
Susan Bell T 6:30 - 9:25
Explores from a sociological perspective the global circulation of pharmaceuticals and medicine from the 1960s to the present. Begins by looking at how and why more and more problems have become defined in medical terms, usually as illness or disorders, and treated with medical interventions (e.g., hyperactivity, aging, sexual dysfunction, restless legs, shyness, sadness, sleepiness, and wakefulness). Also gives attention to what some call the over-medicalization of some societies and the under-medicalization of others. Considers the growth of the pharmaceutical industry, strategies for regulating the development and distribution of pharmaceuticals nationally and globally, and the role of pharmaceuticals in the medicalization process. Finally, focuses on the coproduction of science and technology in fields such as molecular biology, genetics, transplant medicine, and computer and information sciences. Explores how these technoscientific changes since the 1980s have affected the expansion of medicine, distribution of pharmaceuticals, and the health of populations, and the meaning of health itself. Students will participate in a two-day symposium at Bowdoin organized concurrently with the course.