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.
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.
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.
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.
Focuses on a comparative analysis of children's lives in the U.S. and other cultures. Examines the interplay of culture and biology in the socialization process. Children will be viewed at work and at play. Explores significant social problems affecting children.
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 ways cultural meanings of disability and experiences of people with disabilities vary across cultures and historical eras. Investigates impact of social institutions, such as education, family, government, media and medicine, on the lives of disabled. Explores disability as a site of cultural creativity, as evidenced by interactive strategies, performance art, and life writing, as well as a site of oppression and exclusion. Compares global disability rights movements.
Explores nation-states as social and historical creations. Examines the forces and factors that produce national, ethnic, indigenous and popular culture. Investigates gendered, ethnic and religious dissent, and controversies concerning diverse cultural claims and transnational processes. Considers the role of popular culture in shaping representations of self and others. Examples are drawn from the U.S., Israel/Palestine, South Africa, Egypt, Tibet, and more.
Explores nation-states as social and historical creations. Examines the forces and factors that produce national, ethnic, indigenous and popular culture. Investigates gendered, ethnic and religious dissent, and controversies concerning diverse cultural claims and transnational processes. Considers the role of popular culture in shaping representations of self and others. Examples are drawn from the U.S. Israel/Palestine, South Africa, Egypt, Tibet, and more.
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.
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.