ANTHRCUL 298 - Topics in Cultural Anthropology
Section: 101 The Anthropology of the Beginnings and Ends of Life
Term: SP 2009
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Requirements & Distribution:
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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  • When does life begin?
  • What happens when a person dies?
  • What is the relationship between the living and the dead?

This course explores the diversity of beliefs and practices with which human communities across both time and space have confronted these eternal questions.

Drawing from ethnography, film, radio stories and news media, we will also examine the changing perspectives that anthropologists have used to analyze the beginnings and ends of life. Throughout the course, we will develop a comparative perspective from which to examine contemporary ethical questions engendered by new technologies of life and death such as organ donation, markets in gametes, brain death and stem cell research. We will pay particular attention to the ways that forms of inequality and social change condition possibilities for how people come into and leave this world. In doing so, we examine the ways that human practices at the margins of life are involved in the constitution and dissolution of both social and corporeal bodies.

ANTHRCUL 298 - Topics in Cultural Anthropology
Schedule Listing
101 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 1:00PM
102 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 4:00PM
103 (LEC)
WF 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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