Anthropology

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

Faculty

Casey Barrier, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Susanna Fioratta, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Melissa Pashigian, Associate Professor of Anthropology (on leave semester II)

Maja Seselj, Assistant Professor of Anthropology (on leave semesters I & II)

Caroline VanSickle, Visiting Assistant Professor

Amanda Weidman, Chair and Associate Professor of Anthropology

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. ANTH B303 fulfills the major writing intensive requirement.

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

Qualified students may earn departmental honors in their senior year. Honors are based on the quality of the senior thesis (398, 399) and grade point average in courses taken for the anthropology major.

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, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Health Studies. In addition, Anthropology cross-lists several courses with Biology, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, German, Growth and Structure of Cities, History, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, 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, evolutionary theory, living 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. In addition to the lecture/discussion classes, students must select and sign up for one lab section.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Barrier,C., VanSickle,C.
(Fall 2016)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; International Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Weidman,A., Fioratta,S.
(Spring 2017)

ANTH B202 Africa in the World

In this course, we will approach Africa with an emphasis on the many interconnections that link the continent with the rest of the world, through both time and space. Much popular talk about Africa in the U.S. is overwhelmingly negative—focusing on poverty, violence, and failed states—and often portrays Africa as something “other,” both different from and unrelated to the United States and much of the rest of the world. But such preconceptions blatantly overlook what we know about historical and contemporary movements of people, ideas, materials, and money around the globe. Rather than regarding Africa as separate or apart, in this course we will examine the centrality of African engagements with these global movements. Rather than attempting a survey of particular, bounded African “peoples” or “cultures,” we will explore complex issues and processes through interconnected topics including colonial and postcolonial politics, urban life, gender and sexuality, religion, economic networks, development, and transnational migration. We will use these themes as guides for exploring larger, interlinked questions of social life in Africa and around the world. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Fioratta,S.
(Fall 2016)

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 complex Pueblos of the Southwest and urban Cahokia in the East, 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.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Barrier,C.
(Spring 2017)

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.
Counts towards: Health Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

ANTH B209 Human Evolution

This course explores the biological and cultural evolution of humans as viewed from the fossil and archaeological record, beginning with our earliest ancestors and continuing to the dispersal of modern humans around the globe. We will use comparative, functional, and evolutionary anatomy to interpret past behaviors and relationships among fossil hominins, as well as their relationship to modern humans. Furthermore, we will use geology, archaeology, and paleoecology to reconstruct behavioral aspects of fossil hominins and their environmental influences. Throughout the course, we will focus our discussions on major debates in paleoanthropology. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or permission of instructor.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): VanSickle,C.
(Fall 2016)

ANTH B210 Medical Anthropology

This course examines the relationships between culture, society, disease and illness. It considers a broad range of health-related experiences, discourses, knowledge and practice among different cultures and among individuals and groups in different positions of power. Topics covered include sorcery, herbal remedies, healing rituals, folk illnesses, modern disease, scientific medical perceptions, clinical technique, epidemiology and political economy of medicine. Prerequisite: ANTH 102 or permission of instructor.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Pashigian,M.
(Fall 2016)

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: Sophomore standing or higher.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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 anthropological archaeology are reviewed and the place of archaeology in the general field of anthropology is discussed. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or permission of instructor.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Barrier,C.
(Spring 2017)

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: Sophomore standing or higher.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

ANTH B230 Religion in the Pacific Rim

Using ethnography as the foundation for study, this course provides an introduction to religious beliefs throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including shamanism, sorcery, and the advent of Christianity. The role of ritual and religion in forming identity, enforcing social structures, and managing cultural change will be examined. We also will explore the difficulties anthropologists have had in understanding and interpreting the rich religious heritage of the Pacific Rim. Students will consider how the interpretation and representation of religious practices in the Pacific Rim have influenced anthropological approaches to perceptions of reality, power, and difference. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

ANTH B232 Human Diets Past and Present: Nutritional Anthropology

This course will explore the complex nature of human experiences in satisfying needs for food and nourishment. The approach is biocultural, exploring both the biological basis of human food choices and the cultural context that influences food acquisition and choice. Material covered will primarily be from an evolutionary and cross-cultural perspective. Also included will be a discussion of popular culture in the U.S. and our current obsession with food, such as dietary fads. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or instructor permission.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): VanSickle,C.
(Spring 2017)

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.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

ANTH B244 Global Perspectives on Early Farmers and Social Change

Throughout most of human history our ancestors practiced lifestyles focused upon the gathering and hunting of wild plants and animals. Today, however, a globalized agricultural economy supports a population of over seven billion individuals. This course utilizes information produced by archaeologists around the globe to examine this major historical transition while asking big questions like: What impact did the adoption of agriculture have on communities in the past, and how did farming spread to different world regions? We will also consider how the current farming system influences our own society. How does farming still affect our lives today, and how will the history of agricultural change shape our collective future? Counts toward Environmental Studies minor.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

ANTH B259 The Creation of Early Complex Societies

In the last 10,000 years, humans around the world have transitioned from organizing themselves through small, egalitarian social networks to living within large and socially complex societies. This archaeology course takes an anthropological perspective to seek to understand the ways that human groups created these complex societies. We will explore the archaeological evidence for the development of complexity in the past, including the development of villages and early cities, the institutionalization of social and political-economic inequalities, and the rise of states and empires. Alongside discussion of current theoretical ideas about complexity, the course will compare and contrast the evolutionary trajectories of complex societies in different world regions. Case studies will emphasize the pre-Columbian histories of complex societies in the Americas as well as some of the early complex societies of the Old World. Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latina/o Studies minor. Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP) and Cross-Cultural (CC)
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

ANTH B266 Waves of Power: Sound in Culture, Politics, and Society

From the chants of protesters to the hum of engines, from the ring of church bells to the background tracks of our favorite songs, sound matters. It is not just a background to what we see, but a crucial and powerful part of social life. This course builds an understanding of sound through anthropological investigation, as a product of human creativity, human conflict, and human interaction with the material world. We will explore the ways that sound is conceptualized and endowed with meaning; how sound becomes linked to identity; and how sound can become a call to action in different cultural and historical contexts. The kinds of sounds we will encounter in this course include, but are not limited to, music and spoken language; we will also be studying environmental, industrial, and religious sounds. You will also be learning about different ways to record, document, and write about sound by engaging in your own sound-based ethnographic research. Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing or higher.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Weidman,A.
(Fall 2016)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

ANTH B271 Museum Anthropology: History, Politics, Practices

This course provides an in-depth exploration of museum anthropology: the critical study of museum practices from an anthropological perspective. The course will fundamentally consider the role of museums in exhibiting culture—the politics of placing cultures on display, from living humans and human remains to cultural objects and artifacts. The course will also consider changing practices in museum anthropology, including repatriation efforts, shifting notions of heritage and identity and the emergence of community-curated exhibitions. This course complements the theoretical explorations of the museum with visits to area museums and hands-on work in Special Collections.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

ANTH B277 Biology and Gender

This course will explore how ideas about sex and gender influence scientific understanding of human evolution. It examines how biological research has been influenced by social context and beliefs about evolution over time and the legacy of such interaction for research on biology and sex differences today. Topics will range from how Charles Darwin and his contemporaries were influenced by their social context, to current biological research and what the legacy of biases mean for how biological research on sex differences is done today. Focusing on the importance of who gets to do science, this course culminates with a study of social factors affecting and impeding gender diversity in biology and other STEM fields. Prerequisite: At least sophomore standing.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): VanSickle,C.
(Spring 2017)

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 B102, ANTH H103 or permission of instructor.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies; Peace, Justice and Human Rights
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Weidman,A.
(Spring 2017)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

ANTH B294 Culture, Power, and Politics

What do a country’s national politics have to do with culture? Likewise, how are politics hidden below the surface of our everyday social lives? This course explores questions like these through anthropological approaches. Drawing on both classic and contemporary ethnographic studies from the U.S. and around the world, we will examine how social and cultural frameworks help us understand politics in new ways. Topics will include states and political systems, nationalism and citizenship, gender, violence, rumor and conspiracy theory, and non-state forms of governance. Prerequisite: ANTH 102 or permission of the instructor.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: International Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Fioratta,S.
(Spring 2017)

ANTH B301 Anthropology of Globalization: Wealth, Mobility, Insecurity

This course explores economic globalization from an anthropological perspective. With a focus on the social, cultural, and historical aspects of global connections, we seek to understand not only large-scale change in the world, but also how the growing integration of different countries and economic systems shapes everyday life experience. Conversely, we will also explore how individuals actively engage with, and sometimes help shape, changing global processes. We will examine the meanings and motivations that guide some people to accumulate capital, and we will consider the structural inequalities and barriers that prevent others from doing so. We will study the paths of mobile individuals around the world—those who cross borders “legally” as well as those whose movements are deemed “illegal”—and think critically about what exclusion and forced immobility means for people socially as well as economically. Finally, we will investigate patterns of economic, political, and social insecurity that often accompany processes of globalization. Working through a series of ethnographic analyses and conducting our own research, we will gain a better understanding of how people around the world experience and actively make “the global.” Prerequisite: ANTH B102, ANTH H103 or permission of the instructor.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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. This course qualifies as completion of the writing requirement. Prerequisite: at least one additional anthropology course at the 200 or 300 level.
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Weidman,A.
(Fall 2016)

ANTH B312 Anthropology of Reproduction

An examination of social and cultural constructions of reproduction, and how power and politics 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 B102 (or ANTH H103) or permission of instructor.
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Pashigian,M.
(Fall 2016)

ANTH B316 Media, Performance, and 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: Sophomore standing or higher.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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. Prerequisite: ANTH B101 or permission of the instructor. Counts towards: Health Studies, Biology
Counts towards: Health Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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 or permission of instructor.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Pashigian,M.
(Fall 2016)

ANTH B325 Mobility, Movement, and Migration in the Past

The movement of human social groups across landscapes, borders, and boundaries is a dominant feature of today’s world as well as of the recent historic past. Archaeological research has demonstrated that migration, movement, and mobility were also common features of human life in the more distant past. From examining cases of small-scale groups that were largely defined by constant movements across their social landscapes, to the study of the spread of complex societies and early political states, this course will consider the role of migration in the formation, reproduction, and alteration of human societies. Attention will be paid to how archaeologists recognize and study movement, as well as to how knowledge of the past contributes to a broader anthropological understanding of human migration. Prerequisite: ANTH B101, or permission of instructor
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

ANTH B328 Race, Inequality and Human Variation

In this seminar, students will examine the relationship between science and social policies that impact “race” historically and in the present day. The course will focus on the role that anthropology has played in the study of race and how anthropological work has been used and abused in socio-political arenas, both with and without the complicity of the scientists themselves. We will discuss the history of the study of evolution and how race concepts have affect its study, how the worlds of science, politics and society are interrelated and how their relationship has been used to undermine, and sometimes promote, different racial and ethnic groups. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or instructor permission.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): VanSickle,C.
(Spring 2017)

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 including genomics, science and technology studies, ethnomedicine, cross-cultural psychiatry/psychology, cross-cultural bioethics, ecological approaches to studying health and behavior, and more. Prerequisite: ANTH B102, ANTH H103, or permission of instructor.
Counts towards: Health Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

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
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

ANTH B354 Identity, Ritual and Cultural Practice in Contemporary Vietnam

This course focuses on the ways in which recent economic and political changes in Vietnam influence and shape everyday lives, meanings and practices there. It explores construction of identity in Vietnam through topics including ritual and marriage practices, gendered socialization, social reproduction and memory. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

ANTH B398 Senior Conference

Research design, proposal writing, research ethics, 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 thesis proposal is the most significant writing experience in the seminar. Prerequisite: Senior Anthropology majors only.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Barrier,C., Fioratta,S.
(Fall 2016)

ANTH B399 Senior Conference

Coding research notes, discussion of ongoing field work and research. A senior’s thesis is the most significant writing experience in the seminar.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Barrier,C., Fioratta,S.
(Spring 2017)

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
(Fall 2016)

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 2016-2017)

ANTH B210 Medical Anthropology

This course examines the relationships between culture, society, disease and illness. It considers a broad range of health-related experiences, discourses, knowledge and practice among different cultures and among individuals and groups in different positions of power. Topics covered include sorcery, herbal remedies, healing rituals, folk illnesses, modern disease, scientific medical perceptions, clinical technique, epidemiology and political economy of medicine. Prerequisite: ANTH 102 or permission of instructor.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Pashigian,M.
(Fall 2016)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

ARCH 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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Donohue,A.
(Spring 2017)

ARTD B223 Anthropology of Dance

This course surveys ethnographic approaches to the study of global dance in a variety of contemporary and historical contexts, including contact improvisation, Argentinian tango, Kathak dance in Indian modernity, a range of traditional dances from Japan and China, capoeira in today’s Brazil, and social dances in North America and Europe. 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 fieldwork are included. Prerequisite: a course in anthropology or related discipline, or a dance lecture/seminar course, or permission of the instructor.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

ARTD 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 and Conflict Studies, or permission of the instructor.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

ARTD B310 Performing the City: Theorizing Bodies in Space

Building on the premise that space is a concern in performance, choreography, architecture and urban planning, this course will interrogate relationships between (performing) bodies and (city) spaces. Using perspectives from dance and performance studies, urban studies and cultural geography, it will introduce space, spatiality and the city as material and theoretical concepts and investigate how moving and performing bodies and city spaces intersect in political, social and cultural contexts. Lectures, discussion of assigned readings, attendance at a live performance and 2-3 field trips are included. Prerequisites: One Dance lecture/seminar course or one course in relevant discipline e.g. cities, anthropology, sociology or permission of the instructor.
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

BIOL 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.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Davis,G., Marenco,P.
(Spring 2017)

CITY 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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): McDonogh,G., Reyes,V.
(Fall 2016)

CITY B229 Topics in Comparative Urbanism

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Counts towards: Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): McDonogh,G.

Spring 2017: Colonial and Post-Colonial Cities. Probing the relations of power at the heart of power and society in many cities worldwide, this class uses case studies to test urban theory, forms and practice. In order to grapple with colonialism and its aftermaths, we will focus on cities in North Africa, France, Ireland, Hong Kong and Cuba, systematically exploring research, writing and insights from systematic interdisciplinary comparisons.

CITY B335 Topics in City and Media

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): McDonogh,G.

Spring 2017: Public/Private/Control/Freedom. Cities demand and create information. Urbanism has thrived on, through and by media from monumental constructions to newspapers and film to today’s social networks. This seminar explores global practices, major theoretical debates, social exclusions and resistance, and diasporic extensions of the mediated city. Looking through the prism of public, counter-public and private spheres we examine the dialectic of control and freedom these urbane connections embody.

EALC B238 Chinese Culture and Society

This course encourages students to think critically about major developments in Chinese culture and society that have occurred during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with an emphasis on understanding both cultural change and continuity in China. Drawing on ethnographic material and case studies from rural and urban China over the traditional, revolutionary, and reform periods, this course examines a variety of topics including family and kinship; marriage, reproduction, and death; popular religion; women and gender; the Cultural Revolution; social and economic reforms and development; gift exchange and guanxi networks; changing perceptions of space and place; as well as globalization and modernity. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; International Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

GERM 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 Felipe Alfau, Julia Alvarez, Sigmund Freud, Eva Hoffman, Maxine Hong Kingston, Milan Kundera, Friedrich Nietzsche, Salman Rushdie, W. G. Sebald, and others.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies; International Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Seyhan,A.
(Spring 2017)

HIST 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.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies; International Studies; Peace, Justice and Human Rights
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)

SOCL B238 Perspectives on Urban Poverty

This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to 20th century urban poverty knowledge. The course is primarily concerned with the ways in which historical, cultural, political, racial, social, spatial/geographical, and economic forces have either shaped or been left out of contemporary debates on urban poverty. Of great importance, the course will evaluate competing knowledge systems and their respective implications in terms of the question of “what can be known” about urban poverty in the contexts of social policy and practice, academic research, and the broader social imaginary. We will critically analyze a wide body of literature that theorizes and explains urban poverty. Course readings span the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, critical geography, urban studies, history, and social welfare. Primacy will be granted to critical analysis and deconstruction of course texts, particularly with regard to the ways in which poverty knowledge creates, sustains, and constricts channels of action in urban poverty policy and practice interventions.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2016-2017)