2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog

Anthropology

Students may complete a major or a minor in Anthropology. Within the major, students may complete a concentration in geoarchaeology.

Faculty

Richard S. Davis, Professor (on leave semester II)
Carolyn Merritt, Lecturer
Casey J. Miller, Visiting Assistant Professor
Melissa Pashigian, Chair and Associate Professor
Maja Seselj, Assistant Professor
Beth A. Uzwiak, Lecturer
Amanda Weidman, Associate Professor

Anthropology is a holistic study of the human condition in both the past and the present. The anthropological lens can bring into focus the social, cultural, biological and linguistic variations that characterize the diversity of humankind throughout time and space. The frontiers of anthropology can encompass many directions: the search for early human fossils in Africa, the excavations of prehistoric societies and ancient civilizations, the analysis of language use and other expressive forms of culture, or the examination of the significance of culture in the context of social life.

Major Requirements

Requirements for the major are ANTH 101, 102, 303, 398, 399, an ethnographic area course that focuses on the cultures of a single region, and four additional 200- or 300-level courses in anthropology. Students are encouraged to select courses from each of four subfields of anthropology: archaeology, bioanthropology, linguistics or sociocultural.

Students may elect to do part of their work away from Bryn Mawr. Courses that must be taken at Bryn Mawr include ANTH 101, 102, 303, 398 and 399. (ANTH 103 at Haverford may be substituted for ANTH 102.)

Minor Requirements

Requirements for a minor in anthropology are ANTH 101, 102, 303, one ethnographic area course and two additional 200- or 300-level courses in anthropology.

Honors

Requirements for a minor in anthropology are ANTH 101, 102, 303, one ethnographic area course and two additional 200- or 300-level courses in anthropology.

Concentration in Geoarchaeology

The Department of Anthropology participates with Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and Geology in offering a concentration within the major in geoarchaeology.

Cooperation with Other Programs

The Department of Anthropology actively participates and regularly contributes to the minors in Africana Studies, Environmental Studies, and Gender and Sexuality. In addition, Anthropology cross-lists several courses with Biology, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, German, Growth and Structure of Cities, History, Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies, Political Sciences, and Sociology. Anthropology at Bryn Mawr also works in close cooperation with our counterpart department at Haverford College.

COURSES

ANTH B101 Introduction to Anthropology: Prehistoric Archaeology and Biological Anthropology
An introduction to the place of humans in nature, primates, the fossil record for human evolution, human variation and the issue of race, and the archaeological investigation of culture change from the Old Stone Age to the rise of early civilizations in the Americas, Eurasia and Africa. There are four lab sections for ANTH 101. In addition to the lecture/discussion classes,students must select and sign up for one lab section. Limited enrollment: 18 students per lab section.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Davis,R., Seselj,M.
(Fall 2013)

ANTH B102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
An introduction to the methods and theories of cultural anthropology in order to understand and explain cultural similarities and differences among contemporary societies .
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; International Studies Major
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Weidman,A., Uzwiak,B.
(Spring 2014)

ANTH B111 Introduction to Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
A broad and interdisciplinary overview of the study of conflict management. Areas to be introduced will include interpersonal conflict and conflict management, alternative dispute resolution and the law, community conflict and mediation, organizational, intergroup, and international conflict, and conflict management. This course will also serve as a foundation course for students in or considering the Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies concentration.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B111
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B185 Urban Culture and Society
Examines techniques and questions of the social sciences as tools for studying historical and contemporary cities. Topics include political-economic organization, conflict and social differentiation (class, ethnicity and gender), and cultural production and representation. Philadelphia features prominently in discussion, reading and exploration as do global metropolitan comparisons through papers involving fieldwork, critical reading and planning/problem solving using qualitative and quantitative methods.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B185
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): McDonogh,G., Zhang,J.
(Fall 2013)

ANTH B190 The Form of the City: Urban Form from Antiquity to the Present
This course studies the city as a three-dimensional artifact. A variety of factors—geography, economic and population structure, politics, planning, and aesthetics—are considered as determinants of urban form.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B190; HART-B190
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hein,C.
(Spring 2014)

ANTH B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800
The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the way in which peoples, goods, and ideas from Africa, Europe. and the Americas came together to form an interconnected Atlantic World system. The course is designed to chart the manner in which an integrated system was created in the Americas in the early modern period, rather than to treat the history of the Atlantic World as nothing more than an expanded version of North American, Caribbean, or Latin American history.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures; International Studies Major; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B200
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B203 Human Ecology
The relationship of humans with their environment; culture as an adaptive mechanism and a dynamic component in ecological systems. Human ecological perspectives are compared with other theoretical orientations in anthropology. Prerequisites: ANTH 101, 102, or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B204 North American Archaeology
For millennia, the North American continent has been home to a vast diversity of Native Americans. From the initial migration of big game hunters who spread throughout the continent more than 12,000 years ago to the high civilizations of the Maya, Teotihuacan, and Aztec, there remains a rich archaeological record that reflects the ways of life of these cultures. This course will introduce the culture history of North America as well as explanations for culture change and diversification. The class will include laboratory study of North American archaeological and ethnographic artifacts from the College’s Art and Archaeology collections.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Davis,R.
(Fall 2013)

ANTH B206 Conflict and Conflict Management: A Cross-Cultural Approach
This course examines cross-cultural differences in the levels and forms of conflict and its management through a wide range of cases and alternative theoretical perspectives. Conflicts of interest range from the interpersonal to the international levels and an important question is the relevance of conflict and its management in small-scale societies as a way to understand political conflict and dispute settlement in the United States and modern industrial settings. Prerequisite: one course in Political Science, Anthropology, or Sociology.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B206
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B208 Human Biology
This course will be a survey of modern human biological variation. We will examine the patterns of morphological and genetic variation in modern human populations and discuss the evolutionary explanations for the observed patterns. A major component of the class will be the discussion of the social implications of these patterns of biological variation, particularly in the construction and application of the concept of race. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B209 Human Evolution
The position of humans among the primates, processes of biocultural evolution, the fossil record and contemporary human variation. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Seselj,M.
(Spring 2014)

ANTH B211 The Archaeology and Anthropology of Rubbish and Recycling
This course serves as an introduction to a range of approaches to the study of waste and dirt as well as practices and processes of disposal and recycling in past and present societies. Particular attention will be paid to the interpretation of spatial disposal patterns, the power of dirt(y waste) to create boundaries and difference, and types of recycling.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): ARCH-B211
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Lindenlauf,A.
(Fall 2013)

ANTH B212 Primate Evolution and Behavior
An exploration of the aspects of the biology and behavior of living primates as well as the evolutionary history of these close relatives. The major focus of this study is to provide the background upon which human evolution is best understood.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B219 Visual Anthropology, Latin America and Social Movements
Focusing on indigenous communities and social movements, this course examines the cultural uses of visual art, photography, film, and new media in Latin America. Students will analyze a variety of materials to reconsider western conceptions of art. As well, students will explore how anthropologists employ visual methods in ethnographic research. Prerequisites: ANTH B102 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Uzwiak,B.
(Spring 2014)

ANTH B220 Methods and Theory in Archaeology
An examination of techniques and theories archaeologists use to transform archaeological data into statements about patterns of prehistoric cultural behavior, adaptation and culture change. Theory development, hypothesis formulation, gathering of archaeological data and their interpretation and evaluation are discussed and illustrated by examples. Theoretical debates current in American archaeology are reviewed and the place of archaeology in the general field of anthropology is discussed. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B221 Performance in Latin America
This course examines performance in Latin America, addressing performances that range from the everyday to the staged. Topics include: self-presentation and gender; food and sports; political ceremonies, personalities, and protest; religion, ritual, and rites of passage; literature, music, theater, dance, and performance art. In particular, students will attend to the situation of local practices within a global context, and to the relationship between culture, politics, and aesthetics. Prerequisites: ANTH B102, or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 0
Instructor(s): Merritt,C.
(Fall 2013)

ANTH B223 Anthropology of Dance
This course surveys ethnographic approaches to the study of global dance in a variety of contemporary and historical contexts. Recognizing dance as a kind of shared cultural knowledge and drawing on theories and literature in anthropology, dance and related fields such as history, and ethnomusicology, we will examine dance’s relationship to social structure, ethnicity, gender, spirituality and politics. Lectures, discussion, media, and guest speakers are included. Prerequisite: a course in anthropology or related discipline, or a dance lecture/seminar course, or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): ARTD-B223
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B229 Topics in Comparative Urbanism
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B229; SOCL-B230; HART-B229; EAST-B229
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): McDonogh,G.

Spring 2014: Current topic description: Comparative Urbanism insists that our understanding of cities must incorporate systematic analysis, testing theory and practice. This year, the class explores questions raised about cities through crime literature, ranging from depictions of criminality (across race, class and gender) to visions of form and movement. The key cities for comparison this year will be Barcelona, Los Angeles, Havana, Buenos Aires and Shanghai. Readings will include literary sources, films and social histories.

ANTH B231 Cultural Profiles in Modern Exile
This course investigates the anthropological, philosophical, psychological, cultural, and literary aspects of modern exile. It studies exile as experience and metaphor in the context of modernity, and examines the structure of the relationship between imagined/remembered homelands and transnational identities, and the dialectics of language loss and bi- and multi-lingualism. Particular attention is given to the psychocultural dimensions of linguistic exclusion and loss. Readings of works by Julia Alvarez, Anita Desai, Sigmund Freud, Milan Kundera, Friedrich Nietzsche, Salman Rushdie, and others.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures; International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): GERM-B231; COML-B231
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B233 Battle of the Sexes? Cooperation and Conflict in Primates
Using the framework provided by evolutionary biology, this course examines the behavior and underlying biology of primate males and females as they pursue strategies for survival and reproduction. Particular attention will be given to the conflicts that emerge between males and females in gregarious species, including humans. Prerequisites: ANTH B101 or equivalent is required. One additional course in biological anthropology is strongly recommended.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B234 Forensic Anthropology
Introduces the forensic subfield of biological anthropology, which applies techniques of osteology and biomechanics to questions of forensic science, with practical applications for criminal justice. Examines the challenges of human skeletal identification and trauma analysis, as well as the broader ethical considerations and implications of the field. Topics will include: human osteology; search and recovery of human remains; taphonomy; trauma analysis; and the development and application of innovative and specialized techniques. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Pashigian,M., Seselj,M.
(Fall 2013)

ANTH B236 Evolution
A lecture/discussion course on the development of evolutionary biology. This course will cover the history of evolutionary theory, population genetics, molecular and developmental evolution, paleontology, and phylogenetic analysis. Lecture three hours a week.
Requirement(s): Division II: Natural Science
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Crosslisting(s): BIOL-B236; GEOL-B236
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Davis,G.
(Spring 2014)

ANTH B237 Environmental Health
This course introduces principles and methods in environmental anthropology and public health used to analyze global environmental health problems globally and develop health and disease control programs. Topics covered include risk; health and environment; food production and consumption; human health and agriculture; meat and poultry production; and culture, urbanization, and disease. Prerequisite: ANTH 102 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B239 Anthropology of Media
This course examines the impact of non-print media such as films, television, sound recordings, radio, cell phones, the internet and social media on contemporary life from an anthropological perspective. The course will focus on the constitutive power of media at two interlinked levels: first, in the construction of subjectivity, senses of self, and the production of affect; and second, in collective social and political projects, such as building national identity, resisting state power, or giving voice to indigenous claims. Prerequisite: ANTH B102 or ANTH H103, or permission of instructor
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Weidman,A.
(Spring 2014)

ANTH B240 Traditional and Pre-Industrial Technology
An examination of several traditional technologies, including chipped and ground stone, ceramics, textiles, metallurgy (bronze), simple machines and energy production; emphasizing the physical properties of various materials, production processes and cultural contexts both ancient and modern. Weekly laboratory on the production of finished artifacts in the various technologies studied. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B242 Urban Field Research Methods
This Praxis course intends to provide students with hands-on research practice in field methods. In collaboration with the instructor and the Praxis Office, students will choose an organization or other group activity in which they will conduct participant observation for several weeks. Through this practice, students will learn how to conduct field-based primary research and analyze sociological issues.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Crosslisting(s): SOCL-B242; CITY-B242
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Takenaka,A.
(Spring 2014)

ANTH B248 Race, Power and Culture
This course examines race and power through a variety of topics including colonialism, nation-state formation, genocide, systems of oppression/privilege, and immigration. Students will examine how class, gender, and other social variables intersect to affect individual and collective experiences of race, as well as the consequences of racism in various cultural contexts. Prerequisite: ANTH B102 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Uzwiak,B.
(Fall 2013)

ANTH B249 Asian American Communities
This course is an introduction to the study of Asian American communities that provides comparative analysis of major social issues confronting Asian Americans. Encompassing the varied experiences of Asian Americans and Asians in the Americas, the course examines a broad range of topics—community, migration, race and ethnicity, and identities—as well as what it means to be Asian American and what that teaches us about American society.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): SOCL-B249; CITY-B249
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Takenaka,A.
(Fall 2013)

ANTH B253 Childhood in the African Experience
An overview of cultural contexts and indigenous literatures concerning the richly varied experience and interpretation of infancy and childhood in selected regions of Africa. Cultural practices such as pregnancy customs, naming ceremonies, puberty rituals, sibling relationships, and gender identity are included. Modern concerns such as child abuse, street children, and other social problems of recent origin involving children are considered in terms of theoretical approaches current in the social sciences. Prerequisites: anthropology major, any social sciences introductory course, Africana studies minor, or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Child and Family Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B257 Ethnographic Writing
This course explores the differences between ethnographic and other forms of writing, focusing on what makes ethnography unique, the forms it may take, and the features that make it most effective. Students will analyze different forms of argumentation and writing (quantitative vs. ethnographic, inductive vs. deductive, interpretive vs. casual), explore their varying degree of efficacy, and produce one final research paper. Although the end goal of this course is a mini-ethnography, the structure of the course is writing intensive with regular short writing exercises and assignments, review sessions, and drafts that build up to the final paper. Prerequisite: ANTH B102 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Merritt,C.
(Spring 2014)

ANTH B258 Immigrant Experiences
The course will examine the causes and consequences of immigration by looking at various immigrant groups in the United States in comparison with Western Europe, Japan, and other parts of the world. How is immigration induced and perpetuated? How are the types of migration changing (labor migration, refugee flows, return migration, transnationalism)? How do immigrants adapt differently across societies? We will explore scholarly texts, films, and novels to examine what it means to be an immigrant, what generational and cultural conflicts immigrants experience, and how they identify with the new country and the old country.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): SOCL-B246
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Takenaka,A.
(Fall 2013)

ANTH B260 Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome
The often-praised achievements of the classical cultures arose from the realities of day-to-day life. This course surveys the rich body of material and textual evidence pertaining to how ancient Greeks and Romans -- famous and obscure alike -- lived and died. Topics include housing, food, clothing, work, leisure, and family and social life.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): ARCH-B260; CSTS-B260; CITY-B259
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Donohue,A.
(Spring 2014)

ANTH B265 Dance, Migration and Exile
Highlighting aesthetic, political, social and spiritual powers of dance as it travels, transforms, and is accorded meaning both domestically and transnationally, especially in situations of war and social and political upheaval, this course investigates the re-creation of heritage and the production of new traditions in refugee camps and in diaspora. Prerequisite: a Dance lecture/seminar course or a course in a relevant discipline such as anthropology, sociology, or Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies, or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): ARTD-B265
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2013)

ANTH B267 The Development of the Modern Japanese Nation
An introduction to the main social dimensions central to an understanding of contemporary Japanese society and nationhood in comparison to other societies. The course also aims to provide students with training in comparative analysis in sociology.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): SOCL-B267; EAST-B267
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Takenaka,A.
(Spring 2014)

ANTH B268 Cultural Perspectives on Marriage and Family
This course explores the family and marriage as basic social institutions in cultures around the world. We will consider various topics including: kinship systems in social organization; dating and courtship; parenting and childhood; cohabitation and changing family formations; family planning and reproductive technologies; and gender and the division of household labor. In addition to thinking about individuals in families, we will consider the relationship between society, the state, and marriage and family. Prerequisite: ANTH B102 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Merritt,C.
(Fall 2013)

ANTH B270 Geoarchaeology
Societies in the past depended on our human ancestors’ ability to interact with their environment. Geoarchaeology analyzes these interactions by combining archaeological and geological techniques to document human behavior while also reconstructing the past environment. Course meets twice weekly for lecture, discussion of readings and hands on exercises. Prerequisite: one course in anthropology, archaeology or geology.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Crosslisting(s): ARCH-B270; GEOL-B270
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B275 Cultures and Societies of the Middle East
Through a close reading of ethnographic, historical, and literary materials, this course will introduce students to some of the key conceptual issues and regional distinctions that have emerged from classic and contemporary studies of culture and society in the Middle East. The course will survey the following themes: orientalism; gender and patriarchy; democracy and state-formation; political Islam; oil and Western dominance; media and religion; violence and nationalism; identity and diaspora. Prerequisite: ANTH B102 or equivalent. No knowledge of the Middle East is assumed.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Middle East Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B281 Language in Social Context
Studies of language in society have moved from the idea that language reflects social position/identity to the idea that language plays an active role in shaping and negotiating social position, identity, and experience. This course will explore the implications of this shift by providing an introduction to the fields of sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. We will be particularly concerned with the ways in which language is implicated in the social construction of gender, race, class, and cultural/national identity. The course will develop students’ skills in the ethnographic analysis of communication through several short ethnographic projects. Prerequisite: ANTH 102 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): LING-B281
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B286 Cultural Perspectives on Ethnic Identity in the Post Famine Irish Diaspora
Theoretical perspectives and case studies on exclusion and assimilation in the social construction of Irish ethnic identity in the United States and elsewhere in the Irish diaspora. Symbolic expressions of Irish ethnicity such as St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will consider race, class, gender, and religion. Racism and benevolence in the Irish experience will highlight a cultural perspective through use of ethnographies, personal biographies, and literary products such as novels and films. Prerequisite: introductory course in social science or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): SOCL-B286
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B287 Sex, Gender and Culture
Introduces students to core concepts and topics of the cultural anthropological study of gender, sexuality difference and power in today’s world. Focusing on the body as a site of lived experience, the course explores the varied intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, economics, class, location and sexual preference that produce different experiences for people both within and across nations. Particular attention will be paid to how gender and other forms of difference are shaped and transformed by global forces, and how these processes are gendered and raced. Topics include: scientific discourses, femininity/masculinity, marriage and intimacy, media and childhood, gender and variance, systems of inequality, race and ethnicity, sexuality, queer theory, labor, globalization and social change, and others. Prerequisites: ANTH 102 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
(Spring 2014)

ANTH B290 The Prehistory of Iberia
During the past million years, the Iberian Peninsula has served as a crossroads for many waves of human and hominid migration. In this course, we will examine the traces that these peoples have left behind as well as fluctuations and changes in their environment that shape where they settle and how they make their living. We will look at Pre-Neandertal and Neandertal sites (Atapuerca, Gibraltar, Lagar Velho, Zafarraya), Upper Paleolithic tool cultures and art, later migrations of cultures into the region via the Mediterranean and the Atlantic during the Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Bronze Ages (Bell-Beaker phenomenon, Celts, Phoenicians, and Greeks), the origin of the Basques, and finally the coalescence of Iberian cultures recorded by the Romans. Prerequisites: ANTH B101 or permission of the instructor
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B303 History of Anthropological Theory
A consideration of the history of anthropological theories and the discipline of anthropology as an academic discipline that seeks to understand and explain society and culture as its subjects of study. Several vantage points on the history of anthropological theory are engaged to enact an historically charged anthropology of a disciplinary history. Anthropological theories are considered not only as a series of models, paradigms, or orientations, but as configurations of thought, technique, knowledge, and power that reflect the ever-changing relationships among the societies and cultures of the world. Prerequisite: at least one additional anthropology course at the 200 or 300 level.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Merritt,C.
(Spring 2014)

ANTH B312 Anthropology of Reproduction
An examination of social and cultural constructions of reproduction, and how power in everyday life shapes reproductive behavior and its meaning in Western and non-Western cultures. The influence of competing interests within households, communities, states, and institutions on reproduction is considered. Prerequisite: ANTH 102 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Pashigian,M.
(Fall 2013)

ANTH B316 Gender in South Asia
Examines gender as a culturally and historically constructed category in the modern South Asian context, focusing on the ways in which everyday experiences of and practices relating to gender are informed by media, performance, and political events. Prerequisite: ANTH 102 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Weidman,A.
(Fall 2013)

ANTH B317 Disease and Human Evolution
Pathogens and humans have been having an “evolutionary arms race” since the beginning of our species. In this course, we will look at methods for tracing diseases in our distant past through skeletal and genetic analyses as well as tracing the paths and impacts of epidemics that occurred during the historic past. We will also address how concepts of Darwinian medicine impact our understanding of how people might be treated most effectively. There will be a midterm, a final, and an essay and short presentation on a topic developed by the student relating to the class. Prerequisites: ANTH B101 or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B318 Argentine Tango
This course examines Argentine tango in anthropological perspective, from its origins among disenfranchised populations in late 19th century Río de la Plata society, its journey to the dance salons of Europe and New York, and ultimate transformation into local/ national symbol. Topics include: the performance of gender roles in tango lyrics, movement vocabulary, advertising images, stage performances, and films; the impact of globalization, fusion, and improvisation upon the development of tango music and dance; debates surrounding authenticity and cultural ownership; the commodification of memory and nostalgia in Argentine government, tourism, and industry promotional campaigns. Students will be introduced to basic tango dance vocabulary and etiquette in class, as well as through participant observation at Argentine tango events in the Philadelphia area. Prerequisites: ANTH B102, or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Crosslisting(s): ARTD-B318
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Merritt,C.
(Spring 2014)

ANTH B320 Culture Change, Heritage and Tourism
This course will examine change among individuals and groups in various cultural contexts, with a focus on heritage and tourism, and the tensions between preservation and evolution in the survival of cultural phenomena and practice. Readings will address topics including: identity construction; public celebrations such as festivals, parades, and processions; religious belief and ritual practices; transformations in food, music, dance, and performance; the commodification of “ethnic” arts and crafts and “untouched” landscapes; debates over public space and historic preservation; and economic and cultural arguments surrounding tourism and heritage programs. Special attention will be directed towards the impact of migration, colonialism, nationalism, and global capitalism upon cultural change. Prerequisite: ANTH B102, or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Merritt,C.
(Fall 2013)

ANTH B322 Anthropology of the Body
This course examines a diversity of meanings and interpretations of the body in anthropology. It explores anthropological theories and methods of studying the body and social difference via a series of topics including the construction of the body in medicine, identity, race, gender, sexuality and as explored through cross-cultural comparison. Prerequisite: ANTH B102, Suggest Preparation: 200 level cultural anthropology course.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B330 Archaeological Theory and Method
A history of archaeology from the Renaissance to the present with attention to the formation of theory and method; special units on gender and feminist theory and post-modern approaches.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): ARCH-B330
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B331 Advanced Topics in Medical Anthropology
The purpose of the course is to provide a survey of theoretical frameworks used in medical anthropology, coupled with topical subjects and ethnographic examples. The course will highlight a number of sub-specializations in the field of medical anthropology, coupled with topical subjects and ethnographic examples. The course will highlight a number of sub-specializations in the field of Medical Anthropology including genomics, science and technology studies, ethnomedicine, cross-cultural psychiatry/psychology, cross-cultural bioethics, ecological approaches to studying health and behavior, and more. Prerequisites: ANTH B102
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B333 Anthropological Demography
Anthropological demography examines human population structure and dynamics through the understanding of birth, death and migration processes. It includes study of the individual’s life history. Population dynamics in small- and large-scale societies, the history of human populations and policy implications of demographic processes in the developed and developing world will be discussed through a cross-cultural perspective.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B335 Topics in City and Media
This is a topics course. Topics vary. Mass media raises ever-changing global issues in study and praxis in Cities. This advanced seminar looks closely at media through a limited lens - the mediation of a single city (Hong Kong, Philadelphia, Los Angeles), questions of genre (cinema, television, web) or around particular theoreticians and questions (Barthes and myth; Marxism and media).
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B335; EAST-B336
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Zhang,J.

Fall 2013: Current topic description: Looking at TV drama, animation, pop music, fashion and fast food, this course investigates how popular culture works and how it shapes people’s lives in East Asian countries. Seeing popular culture as terrains of power struggles and articulation, we explore how class, gender and national identities are constructed and contested through pop culture that is in turn shaped by these social relationships in specific political and historical context.

ANTH B338 Applied Anthropology: Ethics, Methods & Rights
This course will explore anthropology and social change, specifically how anthropologists challenge forms of oppression and injustice. Through readings, discussions, and practice, we will examine and radically reconsider what anthropology has been, what it is, and what it can be as a tool for engaging the world outside academia. We will read a variety of examples of how public anthropologists have used ethnographic methods to address social inequalities both in the United States and globally. We will discuss both the process and product of such research and myriad ways that insight from ethnographic fieldwork and qualitative analysis lends visibility and public voice to a variety of issues including human rights, health, poverty and inequality, homelessness, humanitarian aid, and war. Prerequisites: ANTH B102 or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Uzwiak,B.
(Spring 2014)

ANTH B341 Cultural Perspectives on Marriage and Family
This course considers various theoretical perspectives that inform our understanding of cross-cultural constructions of marriage and the family. Sociobiology, deviance, feminism, social constructionism, and cultural evolutionary approaches will be compared using primarily anthropological-ethnographic case examples. Cultural material from Africa and the United States will be emphasized. Applications will emphasize current U.S. socially contested categories such as same-sex marriage, plural marriage, gender diversity, divorce, and the blended family. Prerequisites: any history, biology, or social science major.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Child and Family Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B343 Human Growth and Development and Life History
In this seminar we will examine various aspects of the human life history pattern, highly unusual among mammals, from a comparative evolutionary perspective. First, we will survey the fundamentals of life history theory, with an emphasis on primate life histories and socioecological pressures that influence them. Secondly, we will focus on unique aspects of human life history, including secondary altriciality of human infants, the inclusion of childhood and pubertal life stages in our pattern of growth and development, and the presence of a post-reproductive life span. Finally, we will examine fossil evidence from the hominin lineage used in reconstructing the evolution of the modern human life history pattern. Prerequisite: ANTH B101 or permission of instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Seselj,M.
(Spring 2014)

ANTH B347 Advanced Issues in Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
An in-depth examination of crucial issues and particular cases of interest to advanced students in Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies through common readings and student projects. Various important theories of conflict and conflict management are compared and students undertake semester-long field research. The second half of the semester focuses on student research topics with continued exploration of conflict-resolution theories and research methods. Prerequisite: POLS B206, B111, or POLS H247.
Counts towards: Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B347
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B350 Advanced Topics in Gender Studies
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B351 Transnationalism, Culture and Globalization
Introduces students to transnationalism, globalization and what it means to live in culturally diverse societies. Through media, art, technology, fashion, food, and music this course examines the sociopolitical contours of contemporary multiculturalism in our globalizing world. The course will examine the impact of global forces such as immigration, media, and labor markets on cultural diversity. We will look critically at the concept of multiculturalism as it differs across the world, and consider the power of culture as a means of oppression as well as a tool for social change. We will consider how people create and deploy culture through art production, visual media, social movements and other phenomena. Prerequisites: ANTH B102 or permission of the instructor
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Uzwiak,B.
(Fall 2013)

ANTH B359 Topics in Urban Culture and Society
This is a topics course. Topics vary. Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B360; SOCL-B360; HART-B359
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): McDonogh,G.

Spring 2014: Current topic description: Brazilian metropoles embody multiple tensions between cities and nature mediated by divisions of race, wealth, gender and immigration. While colonial and 19th century foundations speak to slave wealth and exploitation of the land, 20th century Brazil has become a laboratory for social change, and experiments to rethink the relationships of citizens and the environment. Readings will include history, geography, environmental studies, and literature; films will also be regularly screened in class.

ANTH B360 Advanced Topics in Human Evolution
This course will explore central issues in the study of human origins. We will examine Miocene hominoids from Africa, Asia, and Europe to better understand the ongoing debate about the origins of the hominin lineage, particularly issues pertaining to the location and hominoid group from which hominins arose. We will also look at the earliest putative hominins from Africa within the context of the earlier Miocene hominoids for a better understanding of their taxonomic position. Prerequisite: ANTH B209.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B382 Religious Fundamentalism in the Global Era
Through a comparison of Jewish, Islamic, Christian and Hindu political movements, the course seeks to investigate the religious turn in national and transnational contexts. We will also seek to find commonalities and differences in religious movements, and religious regimes, while considering the aspects of globalization which usher in new kinds of transnational affiliation. Prerequisite: An introductory course in Anthropology, Political Science or History or permission of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Counts towards: Middle East Studies; Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B382; HIST-B382
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)

ANTH B398 Senior Conference
The topic of each seminar is determined in advance in discussion with seniors. Sections normally run through the entire year and have an emphasis on empirical research techniques and analysis of original material. Class discussions of work in progress and oral and written presentations of the analysis and results of research are important. A senior’s thesis is the most significant writing experience in the seminar.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Pashigian,M., Weidman,A.
(Fall 2013)

ANTH B399 Senior Conference
The topic of each seminar is determined in advance in discussion with seniors. Sections normally run through the entire year and have an emphasis on empirical research techniques and analysis of original material. Class discussions of work in progress and oral and written presentations of the analysis and results of research are important. A senior’s thesis is the most significant writing experience in the seminar.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Pashigian,M.
(Spring 2014)

ANTH B403 Supervised Work
Independent work is usually open to junior and senior majors who wish to work in a special area under the supervision of a member of the faculty and is subject to faculty time and interest.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Dept. staff, TBA
(Fall 2013)

ANTH B403 Supervised Work
Independent work is usually open to junior and senior majors who wish to work in a special area under the supervision of a member of the faculty and is subject to faculty time and interest.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Dept. staff, TBA
(Spring 2014)

ANTH B425 Praxis III: Independent Study
Praxis III courses are Independent Study courses and are developed by individual students, in collaboration with faculty and field supervisors. A Praxis courses is distinguished by genuine collaboration with fieldsite organizations and by a dynamic process of reflection that incorporates lessons learned in the field into the classroom setting and applies theoretical understanding gained through classroom study to work done in the broader community.
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013–14)