|Anthropology Course List & Descriptions|
|ANT 1020. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANT 2270. Anthropology in Contemporary Society
ANT 2450. Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANT 3120. Ethnographic Studies
ANT/SOC 3220. Religion and Politics in Latin America
ANT/SOC 4012. Gender, Economics, and Culture
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ANT 1020. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. Cultural anthropology is the comparative study of society, culture, and human diversity. This class will focus on the various ways that peoples’ lives are shaped by social relations, history, political economy, and cultural images. In this course, anthropology will be explored through diverse readings from within the discipline as well as present a survey of the different theoretical approaches that anthropologists have taken in their studies of various cultures and societies. The course will introduce students to the areas of inquiry of cultural anthropology: family and social organization, religion, beliefs and rituals, conflict, social control, exchange and transactions, social suffering and healing, globalization, transformations of citizenship, alterations in local worlds, individual agency and social structure, and other topics. This course will also serve to introduce students to ethnographic fieldwork methods and to the practice of anthropology. Four credits.
ANT 2270. Anthropology in Contemporary Society. This course examines a broad range of theories in contemporary cultural anthropology and investigates how these frameworks are applied to important issues and questions in today’s society. Focus will include how these theories relate to various methodologies for understanding different aspects of culture. The course is organized around readings, discussions, and writing assignments that reflect a wide range of important contemporary topics. These include consideration of the role of structure and agency in shaping social and cultural phenomena, as well as an assessment of several central intellectual constructs in anthropology, including the body, gender, power, and property. A central question of the course is: What critical issues do anthropologists attempt to address as they develop and apply explanatory frameworks to contemporary social and cultural processes? Four credits. Prerequisite: ANT 1020.
ANT 2450. Introduction to Biological Anthropology. This course will focus on the biology and evolution of humans and their closest living relatives. As a result, it will cover introductions to human genetics and evolutionary theory, primate behavior and ecology, human prehistory and evolution, and the origins of civilization and biological variation of modern humans. It will use a combination of lectures and discussion and lab groups to leave students with a better understanding of their biology and heritage, and better problem-solving skills as they begin to think critically about what has been written about a variety of topics.
ANT 3120. Ethnographic Studies. This course is an introduction to the practice of ethnography. Utilizing both classic and contemporary ethnographic studies, students will explore and investigate a variety of intersecting cultural anthropological topics, in each case examining what evidence is available, how this information is packaged, and what is revealed about human nature. Students will not only be exposed to a wide variety of topics within cultural anthropology but will also have the opportunity to conduct their own ethnographic projects both independently and in collaboration with others. Four credits. Prerequisite: ANT 1020 and ANT 2270.
ANT/SOC 4012. Gender, Economics, Culture. This course is introduces the issues, methods, and concepts of anthropological economics, taking as a starting point the cultural construction of gender. We will consider issues of production, distribution, and consumption in Western as well as non-Western societies, evaluating in the process the generalizability of economic categories of thought. In particular, drawing on feminist perspectives on economics, we will pay attention to underrepresented (gendered) domains of carework, domestic work, and other “invisible” forms of labor and exchange that are nevertheless foundational to any economic process