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Fall 2019

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ANTH B101-001Introduction to Biological and Archaeological AnthropologySemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHDalton Hall 300Barrier,C., Seselj,M.
ANTH B101-002Introduction to Biological and Archaeological AnthropologySemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 300Barrier,C., Seselj,M.
ANTH B101-00AIntroduction to Biological and Archaeological AnthropologySemester / 1Laboratory: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TDalton Hall 315Wolff Mitchell,P.
ANTH B101-00BIntroduction to Biological and Archaeological AnthropologySemester / 1Laboratory: 4:10 PM- 5:30 PM TDalton Hall 315Wolff Mitchell,P.
ANTH B101-00CIntroduction to Biological and Archaeological AnthropologySemester / 1Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM WDalton Hall 315Wolff Mitchell,P.
ANTH B101-00DIntroduction to Biological and Archaeological AnthropologySemester / 1Laboratory: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM WDalton Hall 315Wolff Mitchell,P.
ANTH B102-001Introduction to Cultural AnthropologySemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHDalton Hall 300Pashigian,M.
ANTH B239-001Anthropology of MediaSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWCarpenter Library 25Weidman,A.
ANTH B283-001The Living Primates: Biology, Bones, and BehaviorSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHDalton Hall 1Seselj,M.
ANTH B303-001History of Anthropological TheorySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM FDalton Hall 212AFioratta,S.
ANTH B316-001Beyond Bollywood: Gender, Performance and Popular Culture in South AsiaSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM TDalton Hall 212EWeidman,A.
ANTH B339-001Migrants, Refugees, and Life Across BordersSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM WFioratta,S.
ANTH B398-001Senior ConferenceSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM MDept. staff, TBA
CITY B185-001Urban Culture and SocietySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWTaylor Hall DRaddatz,L., Restrepo,L.

Spring 2020

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ANTH B102-001Introduction to Cultural AnthropologySemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHFioratta,S.
ANTH B102-002Introduction to Cultural AnthropologySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWWeidman,A.
ANTH B204-001North American ArchaeologySemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWBarrier,C.
ANTH B208-001Human BiologySemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHSeselj,M.
ANTH B213-001Anthropology of FoodSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHFioratta,S.
ANTH B246-001Doing Things With WordsSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW
ANTH B254-001Anthropology and Social Science Research MethodsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM FBarrier,C., Pashigian,M.
ANTH B301-001Anthropology of GlobalizationSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM WFioratta,S.
ANTH B354-001Political Economy, Gender, Ethnicity and Transformation in VietnamSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM TPashigian,M.
ANTH B399-001Senior ConferenceSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM MDept. staff, TBA
BIOL B236-001EvolutionSemester / 1LEC: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHPark 25Davis,G.
CITY B229-001Topics in Comparative Urbanism: Divided Cities: Race, Class, Gender & Other DebateSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWRestrepo,L.
HIST B200-001The Atlantic World 1492-1800Semester / 1

Fall 2020

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2019-20 Catalog Data

ANTH B101 Introduction to Biological and Archaeological Anthropology
Fall 2019
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 agricultural societies in the Americas, Eurasia and Africa. In addition to the lecture/discussion classes, students must select and sign up for one lab section.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Scientific Investigation (SI)

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ANTH B102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Fall 2019, Spring 2020
This course will explore the basic principles and methods of sociocultural anthropology. Through field research, direct observation, and participation in a group's daily life, sociocultural anthropologists examine the many ways that people organize their social institutions and cultural systems, ranging from the dynamics of life in small-scale societies to the transnational circulation of people, commodities, technologies and ideas. Sociocultural anthropology examines how many of the categories we assume to be "natural," such as kinship, gender, or race, are culturally and socially constructed. It examines how people's perceptions, beliefs, values, and actions are shaped by broader historical, economic, and political contexts. It is also a vital tool for understanding and critiquing imbalances of power in our contemporary world. Through a range of topically and geographically diverse course readings and films, and opportunities to practice ethnographic methodology, students will gain new analytical and methodological tools for understanding cultural difference, social organization, and social change.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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ANTH B202 Africa in the World
Not offered 2019-20
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 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, 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. This course fulfills the BMC Anthropology major/minor ethnographic area requirement. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ANTH B204 North American Archaeology
Spring 2020
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.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ANTH B208 Human Biology
Spring 2020
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 toward Health Studies

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ANTH B209 Human Evolution
Not offered 2019-20
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.
Scientific Investigation (SI)

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ANTH B210 Medical Anthropology
Not offered 2019-20
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, H103 or permission of instructor.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Environmental Studies
Counts toward Health Studies

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ANTH B213 Anthropology of Food
Spring 2020
Food is part of the universal human experience. But everyday experiences of food also reveal much about human difference. What we eat is intimately connected with who we are, where we belong, and how we see the world. In this course, we will use a socio-cultural perspective to explore how food helps us form families, national and religious communities, and other groups. We will also consider how food may become a source of inequality, a political symbol, and a subject of social discord. Examining both practical and ideological meanings of food and taste, this course will address issues of identity, social difference, and cultural experience.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ANTH B220 Theory and Method in Archaeology
Not offered 2019-20
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.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Geoarchaeology

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ANTH B232 Human Diets Past and Present: Nutritional Anthropology
Not offered 2019-20
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ANTH B234 Forensic Anthropology
Not offered 2019-20
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.
Scientific Investigation (SI)

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ANTH B239 Anthropology of Media
Fall 2019
Life throughout much of the world today is saturated by forms of media and media technologies: films, television, radio, cell phones, the internet and social media. This course examines media from an anthropological perspective, focusing on the impact of these various non-print media on social and political life. We will also explore the distinctive properties of two media phenomena specific to our time: reality TV and social media. Throughout, we will be concerned with the constitutive power of media at two 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, consolidating or resisting state power, giving voice to indigenous claims, or creating alliances.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ANTH B244 Global Perspectives on Early Farmers and Social Change
Not offered 2019-20
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.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Environmental Studies

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ANTH B246 Doing Things With Words
Spring 2020
The goal of this course is to develop an awareness of how language operates in various interactional and other (eg. ritual, performance, political) contexts that we commonly experience. The focus will be on gaining hands-on experience in doing linguistic anthropological data collection and analysis, and putting the results of individual student projects together as part of initiating an ongoing, multi-year project. Topics that students explore ethnographically may include: language and gender; language, race and social indexicality; sociolinguistic variation; codeswitching; register and social stance; language and social media. Student research will involve ethnographic observation, audio-recording of spoken discourse, conducting interviews, and learning how to create a transcript to use as the basis for ethnographic analysis. Students will work in parallel on individual projects cohering around a particular topic, and class time will be used to discuss the results and synthesize insights that develop from bringing different ethnographic contexts together. For the praxis component of the course, students will use the experience they have gained to generate ideas for components of a middle school/high school language arts curriculum that incorporates linguistic anthropology concepts and student-driven research on language.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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ANTH B254 Anthropology and Social Science Research Methods
Spring 2020
This course is designed for students interested in learning ethnographic methods, qualitative and quantitative social science methods, and how to learn from and write about quantitative and qualitative results. Students will learn and practice ethnographic field methods, for example, observation, participant observation, interviewing, generating and analyzing statistical data, and ways to productively transform qualitative and quantitative data into contextual information. An introduction to the basics of statistical methods for social scientists will also be covered. Ethics in ethnographic research will be a central theme, as well as ways to envision and design projects that protect human subjects. The purpose of this course is to provide anthropology majors and other students in the social sciences and humanities an opportunity to learn methods that can be used in their thesis research, Hanna Holborn Gray summer research, and other social science research opportunities. Anth 102, or permission of instructor.
Course does not meet an Approach

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ANTH B259 The Creation of Early Complex Societies
Not offered 2019-20
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 Latino Studies minor. Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP) and Cross-Cultural (CC).
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ANTH B266 Waves of Power: Sound in Culture, Politics, and Society
Not offered 2019-20
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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ANTH B274 Bioarchaeology
Not offered 2019-20
Since the earliest days of excavations, people have been fascinated by human skeletons recovered from ancient sites. However, skeletal remains are more than a physical bridge between the present and a romanticized past - they also encode valuable information about demography, gender differences, social identities and the daily lives of past peoples. Bioarchaeology is the study of human skeletal material from archaeological sites to address questions about these topics. In this course, students will learn about the methods used to analyze skeletal remains (e.g., how to estimate age and sex) and the hypotheses those methods are used to test (e.g., what health differences existed between social classes in the past?).. Prerequisite: ANTH B101 or permission of the instructor.
Scientific Investigation (SI)

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ANTH B278 Paleoanthropology Methods
Not offered 2019-20
Paleoanthropology is the study of how human ancestors evolved. Part biological anthropology and part archaeology, this sub-discipline uses a variety of methods to test hypotheses about the human past. This class provides an overview of some of the most useful and commonly employed methods. We will also practice using many of these techniques first-hand. Methods will come from geology (e.g., how to date a fossil site), chemistry (e.g., how to reconstruct an ancient environment), demography (e.g., how to identify gene flow between populations in the past), genetics (e.g., what ancient DNA from fossils tells us about evolution), and more. The techniques that we will explore include modeling the past using primatology, ethnology, and archaeology; assessing evidence of ancient disease through paleopathology; reconstructing diets and developmental stages of fossils based on microscopic tooth anatomy, and using virtual reconstructions to compare hominin morp hologies. Prerequisites: ANTH B101 or instructor permission.
Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts toward Geoarchaeology

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ANTH B279 Anthropology of Childhood and Youth
Not offered 2019-20
This course will challenge you to think about childhood and youth as a diverse global experience by exploring a set of fundamental questions. How do children's daily lives differ from place to place, and how are race, class and gender linked to discourses and experiences of childhood? How do children stand in as symbols for broader political and cultural concerns? The course will explore these questions by considering the ways childhood is constructed and experienced in relation to controversial topics such as education, labor, migration, human rights, violence, consumerism, and media.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ANTH B281 Language in Social Context
Not offered 2019-20
This course provides an introduction to the concepts and methods of linguistic anthropology, which can help us understand the role language plays in constructing identities, creating social and political hierarchies, and shaping understandings and experiences of the world. The course considers topics relevant to the everyday life of language in the U.S. context, including the relationship between language and gender, race, and socioeconomic inequality, and uses ethnographic materials from a variety of cultural contexts to explore three perspectives that are central to linguistic anthropology. These are: language, power, and the linguistic market: how different languages and the ways of speaking get associated with particular social groups and become valued or devalued; linguistic ideologies and semiotic processes: how language as a system of signs becomes meaningful, to whom, and in what ways; poetics and performance: how people "do things with words" and how the non-referential (sonic, poetic) aspects of language matter. Prerequisite: ANTH B102, ANTH H103 or permission of instructor.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ANTH B283 The Living Primates: Biology, Bones, and Behavior
Fall 2019
This course provides a comprehensive review of the order Primates, focusing on morphology, biological adaptations, and behavioral diversity characterizing non-human primates. First, we will investigate the morphological traits that characterize major primate groups, and their evolutionary history. As many primate taxa are endangered or vulnerable to extinction, we will explore the approaches and challenges to primate conservation. In the second half of the course, we will focus on primate socioecology, examining how different environments influence primate distribution and social relationships. We will then delve further into primate behavior and cognition, examining interpersonal relationships, social dynamics, communication strategies, and learning modes. In doing this, we will address the questions concerning the recognition and definition of culture, self-awareness, and personhood among non-human primates using a comparative perspective. Prerequisites: ANTH B101 or permission of the instructor
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ANTH B285 Anthropology of Development, Aid, and Activism
Not offered 2019-20
This course will provide tools to reflect critically on the meanings and effects of aid, or "doing good" for others in a world characterized by historically-rooted social, political, and economic inequalities. What goes into defining specific people or geographic regions as "in need"? What complex dynamics are at play when an outside actor - whether in the form of a government aid agency, an NGO, or an individual volunteer - enters a community in order to aid its members? How do those categorized as beneficiaries assert their own identities and offer their own perspectives on social change?
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward International Studies
Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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ANTH B288 Global Latin America
Not offered 2019-20
This course will explore how the region has been constituted and shaped by global forces and how Latin America and its people also influence the world on a global scale. We will focus on three historical moments - the colonial encounter, the Cold War, and the neoliberal era - and their legacies. Guiding questions will include: how has the patriarchal system instituted under Spanish colonialism influenced ideas about gender, race, and religion? How does the legacy of U.S. Cold War intervention in Latin America subtly play out in within contemporary discussions about democracy, human rights, and development? How have neoliberal policies produced a discourse of economic growth that ignores increasing economic polarization in the region? How do these broad structures of power influence the everyday lives of Latin Americans? The course will focus primarily, although not exclusively, on South America.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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ANTH B294 Culture, Power, and Politics
Not offered 2019-20
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. We will investigate how people perceive the meanings and effects of the state; how nationalism and citizenship shape belonging on the one hand, and exclusion on the other; how understandings of gender, race, and difference converge with political action, ideology, and power; and how politics infuse everyday spaces including schools, businesses, homes, and even the dinner table. Prerequisite: ANTH B102, H103 or permission of the instructor.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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ANTH B301 Anthropology of Globalization
Spring 2020
This class explores globalization from an anthropological perspective. With a focus on the social, cultural, and historical aspects of global connections, we seek to understand how the growing integration of different places and systems around the world shapes everyday life experience. Conversely, we also explore how individuals actively engage with, and sometimes help shape, dynamic global processes. Questioning assumptions that link globalization with worldwide cultural and economic homogeneity, we will examine how gender, race, class, and other structures of difference and inequality become meaningful within a global systems of power. 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.
Counts toward International Studies

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ANTH B303 History of Anthropological Theory
Fall 2019
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: ANTH B102/ANTH H103 and at least one additional anthropology course at the 200 or 300 level.

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ANTH B312 Anthropology of Reproduction
Not offered 2019-20
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 toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Health Studies

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ANTH B316 Beyond Bollywood: Gender, Performance and Popular Culture in South Asia
Fall 2019
The countries of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka) have produced vibrant and varied forms of popular culture, including cinema, theatrical and other forms of performance, and sonic and visual culture. Using cinema and other audio-visual materials, this course will examine media and performance as crucial sites for the construction and negotiation of gender ideologies and hierarchies in these different national contexts. The issues we will explore include: questions of agency, constraint, and identity in performance; the role of mass mediation in creating new masculinities and femininities; and the relationship between popular culture and larger sociopolitical identities.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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ANTH B317 Disease and Human Evolution
Not offered 2019-20
This courses provides an introduction to evolutionary, or Darwinian, medicine, a relatively new field that recognizes that evolutionary processes and human evolutionary history shape health among contemporary human populations, aiming to answer the question "why do we get sick?" The field of evolutionary medicine emphasizes ultimate explanations, such as how natural selection and other evolutionary forces shape our susceptibility to disease, and how we have adapted to resist disease. This perspective complements that of biomedicine, which generally focuses on identifying the proximate mechanisms that give rise to diseases and malfunctions. This course will examine a variety of diseases using an evolutionary perspective, such as emerging infectious diseases, mental health issues, and cancers. We will emphasize chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes, and will focus particularly on the role of diet and psychosocial stress in the development and progression of these conditions.
Counts toward Health Studies

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ANTH B322 Anthropology of the Body
Not offered 2019-20
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, ANTH H103 or permission of instructor.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Health Studies

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ANTH B325 Mobility, Movement, and Migration in the Past
Not offered 2019-20
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.

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ANTH B328 Race, Inequality and Human Variation
Not offered 2019-20
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.

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ANTH B329 The politics of belonging and exclusion in India
Not offered 2019-20
Since India's economic liberalization in the early 1990s, the globalizing dynamics of cultural and economic liberalization have been accompanied by renewed articulations of who belongs in the "New India" and who doesn't. In this context, caste, class, religious community, language, and gender have become crucial sites for claiming citizenship, articulating distinctions among people, and constructing senses of what and who can inhabit the public sphere. Using materials from different regions of India, our focus will be on how fine-grained ethnographic study can be a tool to examine the broader dynamics of belonging and exclusion and its political and social effects. This course fulfills the BMC Anthropology major/minor ethnographic area requirement.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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ANTH B331 Medical Anthro Seminar: Critical Thinking for Critical Times
Not offered 2019-20
Advanced Medical Anthropology: Critical Thinking for Critical Times explores theoretical and applied frameworks used in medical anthropology to tackle pressing problems in our world today. Coupled with topical subjects and ethnographic examples, this seminar will enable students to delve deeply into sub-specialization areas in the field of medical anthropology, including: global health inequalities, cross-border disease transmission, genomics, science and technology studies, ethnomedicine, cross-cultural psychiatry/psychology, cross-cultural bioethics, and ecological approaches to studying health and behavior, among others. No prior experience in medical anthropology is required. Prerequisite: ANTH B102, ANTH H103, or permission of instructor.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Health Studies

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ANTH B334 Digital Cultures
Not offered 2019-20
How do we do anthropology in, and of, the digital age? What does it mean to do ethnography of digital spaces, when we, as humans, exist simultaneously in overlapping virtual and actual worlds? Specific topics to be covered include surveillance, telecommunications infrastructures, activism, social movements, gender and sexuality, disability, space and place, and virtual ethnography. Prerequisite: Anth B102 or Anth H103 or permission of instructor.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ANTH B339 Migrants, Refugees, and Life Across Borders
Fall 2019
Borders are often taken for granted as natural divisions in the world, but they are actually the products of political, historical, and social processes. Border crossing is often framed as an aberration or even a crisis, but people have moved for as long as humans have existed. This course approaches borders from an anthropological perspective by foregrounding the experiences of the people who move across them. We explore the interconnected categories of migrants and refugees to understand how people cross borders under different kinds of circumstances: some voluntary, others fleeing conflict or persecution, and still others that seem to fall between these ideal types. We will critically examine how migrants and refugees are qualitatively described and quantitatively defined, as these discursive constructions often determine legal status and reception in host countries, and also inform governmental and humanitarian responses. We will read a selection of ethnographies examining different kinds of migrant and refugee movements in Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia, culminating in an extended case study of Africans in China.
Current topic description: Borders are often taken for granted as natural divisions in the world, but they are actually the products of political, historical, and social processes. Border crossing is often framed as an aberration or even a crisis, but people have moved for as long as humans have existed. How do we make sense of these contradictions? How do borders give meaning to movement? How do people who move--or, who desire to move--engage, evade, or make use of borders? This course approaches borders from an anthropological perspective by foregrounding the experiences of the people who move across them. Focusing on specific instances of mobility in their sociocultural contexts, we will investigate moving and belonging across borders from the viewpoints of people variously categorized as migrants and refugees, giving particular attention to how these categories take on meaning in everyday life. From here, we will consider how broader issues of state power and sovereignty, belonging and exclusion, and global inequality intersect with the movements of people around the world.

Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward International Studies

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ANTH B348 In Search of Women in the Paleolithic
Not offered 2019-20
What was the role of women in Paleolithic times? How does female form reflect evolutionary changes to our species? Paleoanthropologists reconstruct how humans evolved based on evidence from fossilized bones, ancient DNA, and archaeological artifacts. This complex narrative is often presented as androcentric, focusing on the importance of male-bodies, while de-emphasizing or even ignoring female-bodies. In this seminar, students will read and discuss historical and modern works on paleoanthropology and its critical intersection with feminist theory. The goal will be to find out what women were doing in our evolutionary past, and identify methodological and theoretical approaches to prevent gender-biased, androcentric paleoanthropological research from occurring. Prerequisites: ANTH B101
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ANTH B354 Political Economy, Gender, Ethnicity and Transformation in Vietnam
Spring 2020
Today, Vietnam is in the midst of dramatic social, economic and political changes brought about through a shift from a central economy to a market/capitalist economy since the late 1980s. These changes have resulted in urbanization, a rise in consumption, changes in land use, movement of people, environmental consequences of economic development, and shifts in social and economic relationships and cultural practices as the country has moved from low income to middle income status. This course examines culture and society in Vietnam focusing largely on contemporary Vietnam, but with a view to continuities and historical precedent in past centuries. In this course, we will draw on anthropological studies of Vietnam, as well as literature and historical studies. Relationships between the individual, family, gender, ethnicity, community, land, and state will pervade the topics addressed in the course, as will the importance of political economy, nation, and globalization. In addition to class seminar discussions, students will view documentary and fictional films about Vietnamese culture. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher or first years with ANTH 102.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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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.

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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. Senior requirement.

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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.

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ANTH B420 Praxis Fieldwork Seminar
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Philadelphia's Buried Past
This Praxis Fieldwork Seminar will provide an opportunity for hands-on work with the archaeological material and skeletal remains from the 18th-19th century cemetery on Arch Street in Old City Philadelphia, excavated and salvaged during the summer of 2017. The materials are currently housed at several institutions in Philadelphia and the surrounding area, including the Mutter Museum, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rutgers-Camden, and The College of New Jersey. Approximately 1-2 students will be able to work with material culture remains, and 4-5 will be able to work with skeletal remains. For students pursuing a geoarchaeology concentration, there may be possibilities for conducting soil sample and stable isotope analyses.
Counts toward Praxis Program

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ARCH B260 Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome
Not offered 2019-20
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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BIOL B236 Evolution
Spring 2020
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.
Scientific Investigation (SI)

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CITY B185 Urban Culture and Society
Fall 2019
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CITY B229 Topics in Comparative Urbanism
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Colonial and Post-Colonial Cities
Section 001 (Spring 2020): Divided Cities: Race, Class, Gender & Other Debate
Spring 2020
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description:
Current topic description: Probing the relations of power that both structure and are structured by the urban condition, this writing-intensive class employs a comparative case study approach to explore the social and spatial realities of everyday life in deeply divided cities. We will survey the planning literature on conflict and peacebuilding in urban space and examine the relationship between built forms and social processes at sites of pluralist and ethno-national contestation in Belfast, Capetown, Jerusalem, and Philadelphia.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CITY B335 Topics in City and Media
Not offered 2019-20
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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CITY B365 Topics: Techniques of the City
Not offered 2019-20
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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GERM B231 Cultural Profiles in Modern Exile
Not offered 2019-20
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, Albert Camus, Ana Castillo, Sigmund Freud, Eva Hoffman, Maxine Hong Kingston, Milan Kundera, Friedrich Nietzsche, Salman Rushdie, W. G. Sebald, Kurban Said, and others.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800
Spring 2020
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.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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