Introduces students to the basic concepts, theories and methodologies of sociocultural anthropology. Creates an awareness of the wide spectrum of cultural variation throughout the world. Demonstrates that through the study of anthropology, we may not only gain an understanding of "exotic" cultures but also of our own sociocultural experience.
Introduces students to the basic concepts, theories, and methodologies of sociocultural anthropology. Creates an awareness of the wide spectrum of cultural variation throughout the world. Demonstrates that through the study of anthropology, we may not only gain an understanding of "exotic" cultures, but also of our own sociocultural experience.
Draws upon themes in visual anthropology and visual studies to study the nature of images. Examines how images are produced and circulated, how they acquire distinct meanings within different cultures, and how they relate to human experience, affects, culture, and violence.
Exposes students to the concepts and methods of sociocultural anthropology through the examination of several cultural groups around the world. Delves into several important topics within anthropology such as economic systems, indigenous peoples, migration, and health. Introduces and practices basic anthropological methods.
Uses frameworks developed by environmental anthropologists, social theorists, and historical ecologists to examine social and political effects of living with the risk of natural disaster within a capitalist system. Surveys cultural practices and critiques that have emerged in response to ecological disasters.
Draws upon anthropological resources to examine how violence appears in structural, symbolic, and direct forms; how it poisons the past, harms human togetherness in the present, and makes the future precarious, and; how ending violence requires empathy with the vulnerability of others and re-imaging the idea of the "social" itself.
Explores the refugee experience in socio-cultural perspective. Considers the role of nationalism, capitalism, ethnicity, race, violence, trauma, and human rights in refugee processes. Examines and critiques the four components of the refugee journey: displacement, the refugee camp, asylum processes, and the durable solutions.
Introduces students to the history of documentary as an art of socially engaged visual storytelling. It examines the different political and ideological properties of documentaries and studies documentary as a distinctive signifying practice and a powerful project for representing culture.
Explores global health issues and crises such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, polio, and food insecurity in social and cultural perspective. Critically examines the colonial history, socio-medical impacts, and cultural contexts of global health interventions. Investigates a current event in global health.
Examines the impact of social inequality, culture, violence, environment, and gender on health outcomes. Investigates the socio-cultural components of major local health issues, including food insecurity, metabolic disease, mental health, and addiction. Assesses the effectiveness of public health interventions both locally and globally. Introduces anthropological approaches to developing public health interventions.
Scrutinizes the experience and legacy of colonialism, independence, and social change in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Challenges common representations of Africa in media and scholarship. Possible topics include: the aftermath of revolution, religious practices, health, inequality, urban life, and cultural productions.
Introduces India, its diversity, complexities and socio-historical issues, as a subject of anthropological inquiry. Explores ways in which anthropologists and other scholars illuminate different aspects of the lived realities of people in India and their varied cultures.
Compares medical beliefs and practices in Western and non-Western societies. Examines cultural beliefs, social behaviors, and economic and environmental factors that influence susceptibility to disease. Addresses issues concerning patient-doctor communication and psychosocial management of illness.
Examines the roles and statuses of women and men in Western and non-Western societies, treating gender as a social construct rather than a biological given. Considers theories about the bases of sexual inequality and the relationship between gender and other social hierarchies. Investigates how cultural notions of gender influence an individual's religious, political, sexual and familial experiences.
Compares the forms of resistance practiced by oppressed groups in a variety of societies. Considers the assumptions that have influenced researchers' assessments of social action. Emphasizes that numerous cultural practices, ranging from religious rites to oratory to spirit possession, have political implications.
Focuses on issues related to gender and health in the U.S. and around the world. Examines topics such as: reproduction, fertility, reproductive justice, eating disorders, gender-based violence, sexuality, medical technologies, gender confirmation surgeries, and health activism.
A course or seminar for students who have taken a substantial number of anthropology courses. Such courses or seminars may explore any of a variety of topics concerning social anthropology, physical anthropology, archeology, applied anthropology or linguistics, or courses in theory and method.
Introduces students to concepts and methods that anthropology employs to understand the phenomenon of religion as a complex social and experiential phenomenon. Approaches religion as deeply enmeshed within the broader cultural systems as well as a contested category for classifying varied systems of belief and ritual.
Provides advanced anthropology students an opportunity to explore advanced topics, current issues, methods, and theories in the field of anthropology.
Supervised academic class presentation(s), assistance with study sessions and tutorials, attendance at all classes, final paper and other duties negotiated with course instructor. Must have completed a minimum of four (4) courses in the discipline, have a 3.0 overall GPA or better, and a B+ or better in the course. This course can be taken for either pass/fail or traditional letter grading. The course requires approval of the department prior to enrollment.
Open to juniors and seniors who wish to read in a given area or to study a topic in depth under the direction of an anthropologist. Requires written reports and frequent conferences with the advisor.
Students will assist faculty member in conducting original quantitative and/or qualitative research projects. The responsibilities may include collecting archival, ethnographic, interview, or focus group data, working with data sets, or other research activities. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits.
Placement of advanced students in a public or private organization which actively apply anthropology, archeology or ethnohistory as part of their work routine. Internships may be developed in such areas as interethnic services, cultural resource management, museum work, local history, etc. Internships are awarded from 3 to 15 credits per semester, depending on the extent of student involvement.