Fall '99 Course Guide

Courses in Cultural Anthropology (Division 319)

Fall Term, 1999 (September 8 December 22, 1999)

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Anthro. 101. Introduction to Anthropology.

Introductory Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Elisha Renne (erenne@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Primarily for first- and second-year students. (4). (SS). (R&E). Does not count toward anthropology concentration requirements.

R&E

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This introductory course explores the distinctive modes of anthropological inquiry and surveys the field's four subdisciplines (biological, archaeological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology). It provides a first glimpse of the field's overall context, history, present concerns, and importance. The principal aim of the course is to help students develop a coherent view of the essential concepts, structures, and intellectual methods that typify the discipline. It stresses unifying principles that link the subdisciplines and thereby create anthropology's comprehensive, holistic world view. It teaches students various ways of learning and thinking about the world's many cultures in time and space. It prepares them to integrate and interpret information, to evaluate conflicting claims about human nature and diversity, and to think critically.

Topics covered include: the nature of culture and ethnicity; human genetics, evolution, and the fossil record; the concept of race; primate (monkey and ape) behavior; language and culture; systems of marriage, kinship and family organization; gender roles and personality; economics, politics, religion, and the arts in global perspective; and the cultural dimension of economic development and contemporary social change. Required readings include an introductory text and two paperbacks. Lectures and section discussion. Two objective exams (multiple choice) cover the two halves of the course. The second exam is given on the last day of class. There is no final exam and no term paper. Section leaders require quizzes and perhaps a short paper.

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Anthro. 101. Introduction to Anthropology.

Introductory Courses

Section 150.

Instructor(s): Rich Freeman (richfree@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Primarily for first- and second-year students. (4). (SS). (R&E). Does not count toward anthropology concentration requirements.

R&E

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This introductory course exposes and explores the structures of inquiry characteristic of anthropology and surveys the field's four subdisciplines (biological, archaeological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology), providing a first glimpse of the field's overall context, history, present status, and importance. The principal aim of the course is to help students develop a coherent view of the essential concepts, structures, and intellectual methods that typify the discipline. It stresses unifying principles that link the subdisciplines and thereby create anthropology's comprehensive, holistic world view. It teaches students various ways of learning and thinking about the world's many designs for living in time and space. It prepares them to integrate and interpret information, to evaluate conflicting claims about human nature and diversity, and to think critically.

Topics covered include: the nature of culture and ethnicity; human genetics, evolution, and the fossil record; the concept of race; primate (monkey and ape) behavior; language and culture; systems of marriage, kinship and family organization; sex and gender roles; economics, politics, and religion in global perspective; the cultural dimension of economic development and contemporary social change; and globalization. Required readings may include an introductory text and various paperbacks. Lectures and discussion/recitation. Two objective exams (multiple choice and true or false questions) cover the two halves of the course. The second exam is given on the last day of class. There is no final exam and no term paper. Section leaders require quizzes and perhaps a short paper.

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Anthro. 158. First Year Seminar in Cultural Anthropology.

Introductory Courses

Section 001 Race and Power in the Americas

Instructor(s): Julie Skurski (skurski@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS). May not be included in an anthropology concentration.

R&E First-Year Seminar,

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In this course we will look at how concepts and relations of race vary across Latin America and among different sectors of the Latino population in the U.S. In so doing, we will examine the rise within anthropology of the "scientific" theory of race as a biological fact, as well as the contemporary anthropological critique of that theory. Our focus will be on how "race" is implicated in relations of power and is tied to distinctions based on class, ethnicity, gender, and nationality. In particular, we will examine how race can fluidly mark social and economic identity in Latin America and how it can be altered by people's actions and by political events. We will use a variety of materials, including testimonial, fiction, and film, and will look at the accounts of the lives of people in Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, and other Latin American countries, as well as in the U.S.

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Anthro. 225. Introduction to Cultural Studies.

Introductory Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Janet Hart (janeth@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

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Anthropologists have long been engaged in the tricky and important process of mapping and describing specific cultures as they take shape over time. Cultural studies, practiced by a mixed collection of sociologists, historians, scholars of English, comparative literature, and communications, as well as anthropologists, is a newer phenomenon (with old antecedents), officially labeled by members of the so-called Birmingham School in the 1970s. According to Richard Johnson their intention, loosely, was to create "an alchemy for producing useful knowledge about the broad domain of human culture." In this class, we will focus on some of the strains that have given rise to something called "cultural studies" over the past 25 years. Particular emphasis will be given to the role of such dominant institutions as schools, families, the mass media, courts, political structures, and law enforcement in shaping people's attitudes, actions, and responses. Four main theoretical concepts will shape our reading and discussions: culture, ideology, practice (or more accurately, praxis) and identity. Among other things, we will want to think about how, during particular historical periods, these notions have not only formed the basis of a range of beliefs and behaviors, but also helped to frame the conversations of scholars and various other students of human expression.

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Anthro. 246/Religion 246. Anthropology of Religion.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Webb Keane (wkeane@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An introduction to basic problems faced by religions and by the study of religion. Drawing on case studies from around the world, with a particular emphasis on non-scriptural religions, the course examines different ways people have confronted questions such as how one deals with an invisible world, what happens after death, why do bad things happen to good people, what makes life worth living, how can one obtain wealth and power. The emphasis will be on comparison, showing how very different traditions have dealt with the same or similar problems. In the process of examining these issues, the course also raises questions about the difficulties involved in studying other people's most strongly held values and beliefs, and the relations between tolerance and faith.

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Anthro. 256(Biol. Anthro. 256)/NR&E 256. Culture, Adaptation, and Environment.

Introductory Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David Akin (dwakin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course provides a wide-ranging introduction to the field of ecological anthropology, focusing on issues related to the management of common property. The main goal for the course is to help students acquire an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of competing approaches to the question of the relationship of ecology to the social world. On the natural science side, the major approaches to be considered are behavioral and systems ecology. From the social sciences, we will investigate the basic techniques of social anthropology, as well as evolutionary game theory. Why combine the social and natural sciences in a single course? Traditionally, social scientists study social systems, and natural scientists study ecosystems. But many of the most important problems in environmental studies only come into focus when we are able to combine both perspectives. This is particularly true of one of the most pressing issues of our time the management of common property (resources that are held in common and utilized by a social group). Today, the oceans are our common property, and the recent collapse of many fisheries illustrates the dangers posed by over-exploitation, the so-called "tragedy of the commons." To investigate systems of common property, we need to know something about how they function as ecosystems, as well as how societies relate to them. In this course, we will explore systems of common property utilized by a wide range of societies, including Native American salmon fishermen, African nomads, and Asian rice farmers.

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Anthro. 258. Honors Seminar in Cultural Anthropology.

Museum, Honors, Reading, Research, and Field Courses

Section 001 World's First Cities

Instructor(s): Norman Yoffee (nyoffee@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Admission to the College Honors Program. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

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This seminar introduces students to the archaeological study of the world's first cities. Many of the first states (and civilizations: the distinction between the two terms is reviewed in the seminar) are in fact cities: in Mesopotamia, Indus Valley, north China, the Maya there are not large, stable territorial states but city-states, some of which try to effect hegemony over the countryside and other city-states. In other areas of the world, cities are the "primate" governmental and ceremonial centers of early states, e.g., Teotihuacan in Mexico, Huari and Chan Chan in Peru, Jerusalem in ancient Israel, Axum and Zimbabwe in east Africa. Of course, Greek city-states are independent political entities. The importance of urbanism in the evolution of ancient states and civilizations is undeniable and a matter of systematic investigation by anthropological archaeologists (and ancient historians). The seminar introduces students to the comparative study of the world's first cities. Requirements include participation in seminar discussions, two take-home exams, one term paper. Term-paper assignment: "The term paper is a creative project in which you will pretend to be a citizen of an ancient city. Based on your reading of books/articles you will describe your life. What does your city look like? What kind of job do you have? Who are your kinsmen, friends? To whom do you pay taxes? How has life changed for you and your group? How do you regard your past and what do you think of your future? You may be a king/queen, noble or commoner, male or female; you choose your place, time, personal circumstances. However, your project should NOT be wholly imaginary. You must write an appendix to your paper in which you list your sources and justify the statements you make by reference to scholarly literature."

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Anthro. 258. Honors Seminar in Cultural Anthropology.

Museum, Honors, Reading, Research, and Field Courses

Section 002 Anthropology of the Bible

Instructor(s): Gillian Feeley-Harnik (gfharnik@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Admission to the College Honors Program. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course explores the Bible from the comparative perspective of anthropology. Since the late l9th century, anthropologists have done archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork, trying to recapture the ancient social worlds in which the biblical texts were first created. Anthropologists also study the historical and contemporary societies in which biblical books were and are read, showing how key themes are translated, reinterpreted, and relived in new cultural circumstances. This course will introduce students to the broad range of anthropological approaches to the Bible. In the process, students will become acquainted with anthropological methods of documentation and analysis used in cross-cultural research. Readings will include selected articles and such books as Barton's CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION; Goldberg's JUDAISM VIEWED FROM WITHIN AND FROM WITHOUT. ANTHROPOLOGICAL STUDIES; Douglas' PURITY AND DANGER; AN ANALYSIS OF CONCEPTS OF POLLUTION AND TABOO; Feeley-Harnik's THE LORD'S TABLE; THE MEANING OF FOOD IN EARLY JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY; Delaney's ABRAHAM ON TRIAL: THE SOCIAL LEGACY OF BIBLICAL MYTH; Beidelman's COLONIAL EVANGELISM: A SOCIO-HISTORICAL STUDY OF AN EAST AFRICAN MISSION AT THE GRASSROOTS; Toumey's GOD'S OWN SCIENTISTS: CREATIONISTS IN A SECULAR WORLD; and Heilman's THE PEOPLE OF THE BOOK: DRAMA, FELLOWSHIP, AND RELIGION. This is a small, seminar-style course in which students can expect lots of reading for discussion in class. Each student will be responsible for making an oral presentation and leading the discussion for one of the week's readings in the term. In addition, there will be an essay-style midterm and an essay-style final exam. Grades will be based on class presentations and exams, as well as on class participation.

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Anthro. 282. Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology.

Introductory Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John O'Shea (joshea@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS).

Credits: (4; 2 in the half-term).

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This course combines an introduction to the techniques, methods, and theories of modern archaeology with a general survey of world prehistory. In the first half of the course we will consider how archaeologists learn about the past. In the second half of the term we will take a 'greatest hits' tour of world prehistory. In this tour we will focus on the culture of early humans, the peopling of the New World, and on the changing character of culture and society in Europe and North America from the earliest inhabitants through to the beginnings of recorded history. The course is designed to be accessible without prerequisites, but students will find previous coursework in Anthropology useful. There will be three one-hour lectures, plus one discussion section, per week. Requirements: two one-hour exams plus three take-home exercises.

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Anthro. 286. Food in Human Affairs.

Introductory Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Richard Ford (riford@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The course will examine foods from around the world from a cultural-historical perspective. The place of origin and the cultural significance of domesticated plants and animals will be highlighted. It will examine the history of domesticated plants and animals and their consequences in the diets of people around the world. The economic, social and political consequences of food problems will be discussed ranging from maize in the New Word, the Irish potato blight, population increases in China and Africa, and health problems related to cultural definitions of food and life-style in various societies, including the United States. There are two textbooks and Web readings. In the lecture, there will be three examinations. In discussion, there will be problems and reports to prepare (2-4 pages in length) about different foods.

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Anthro. 314/Amer. Cult. 313. Cuba and its Diaspora.

Ethnology-Regional Courses

Section Required Film Screening T, 5-7 pm. Sections 002-003 meet the ECB Jr/Sr Writing Requirment

Instructor(s): Ruth Behar (rbehar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl).

Upper-Level Writing R&E

Credits: (4; 2 in the half-term).

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This course examines Cuban history, literature, and culture since the Revolution both on the island and in the United States Diaspora. In political and cultural essays, personal narratives, fiction, poetry, drama, visual art and film, we will seek a comprehensive and diverse view of how Cubans and Cuban-Americans understand their situation as people of the same nation divided for thirty-five years by the Cold War, revolution, and exile. Topics will include: discussions of race, ethnicity, and intolerance in the context of Cuba and the Diaspora, the meaning of diasporas in the twentieth century, Fidel Castro and the making of the Cuban Revolution, masculinity and gay sexuality in the Revolution and Cuban Diaspora, women's dreams, everyday life under communism, Afrocuban culture and religion, the Cuban arts movement, and construction and deconstruction of exile identity. We will read and discuss the writings of Fidel Castro, Oscar Hijuelos, Edmundo Desnoes, Reinaldo Arenas, Lourdes Casal, Senel Paz, Dolores Prida, and Carmelita Tropicana, among others, and view major Cuban feature and documentary films. Students are expected to participate actively in class discussions and do independent research for a final essay as well as write two short essays and maintain a film journal. Each student will sign up for an oral presentation for one week of the course and will lead the discussion for that day's reading. The class will meet for four hours per week, 3 hours lecture and 1 hour of discussion. There will be additional time (1 to 1-1/2 hours per week) to view documentary films. The intended audience is undergraduates of all levels.

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Anthro. 330. Culture, Thought, and Meaning.

Ethnology-Theory/Method

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Erik Mueggler (mueggler@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an intensive upper-division introduction to cultural anthropology for students who have not had other anthropology courses, and as an introduction to cultural analysis for students who have had some anthropology. Concentrators and non-concentrators at all levels are welcome. There are no prerequisites. The course is concerned with the individual, and with culture as a system of meanings. Attention will be focused both on exotic cultures and on our own, in an effort to develop a truly cross-cultural perspective on how different people construct "reality." Especially emphasized will be the role of communication, and of "mind" including cultural ontologies, epistemologies, logics, aesthetics, and rhetorics. The goals of this course are: (1) to facilitate reading of scholarly books and articles in cultural psychology, cultural semantics, and intercultural communication (2) to learn to write clear and effective essays in these genres; and (3) to learn to think cultural analysis routinely.

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Anthro. 333. Non-Western Legal Systems, I.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Maxwell Owusu

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing. (3). (SS).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The nature, function, and development of law. Law and society. Problems of social control: why is law obeyed in societies without courts and in societies with courts. Dispute settlement procedures and the judicial process; civil and criminal law; principles of liability for legal wrongs; women, class and community; the impact of Western law on customary, tribal, or aboriginal law. Case studies from Africa, Middle East, Asia, Europe, the Americas. A good introduction to comparative law from an anthropological perspective. Requirements: four 3-5 page papers, or three 6-8 page student papers. Lecture/discussion format.

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Anthro. 334. Anthropology of Time & Space.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Katherine Verdery (verdery@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: At least one course in anthropology. (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Different groups have different ways of thinking about the world and of acting upon and in it. Anthropologists, historians, and others have shown this to be true even for what we might think the most basic frameworks of all human activity: time and space. Anthropologists study differences in concepts of time and space from one society/culture to another, while historians look for how such concepts change through time. The task of this course is to encourage students to think about time and space in ways one ordinarily does not, so as to stop taking for granted our own notions of these concepts as the only "natural" way of thinking about them. By thinking of time and space as concepts instead of as natural and given, the instructors aim to present these as things human beings make up. There will be a lecture session for this course, then students will migrate into smaller discussion sections led by the instructors. Undergraduates will have an exam; graduate students a paper as requirement for the final grade. There will also be a midterm.

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Anthro. 356. Topics in Ethnology.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001 Sense Perception and Society.

Instructor(s): Gillian Feeley-Harnik (gfharnik@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Anthro. 101. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

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This course is an exploration of the senses from the comparative and historical perspective of anthropology. People in different cultures have strikingly different ways of sensing and making sense of the social worlds in which they live. Our purpose in this course will be to explore such questions as:

The course will be divided into four parts. We will begin with an overview of how anthropologists study sense perception from a comparative perspective, then go on to focus on case studies documenting thehistorical, social-cultural, and political-economic and other material dimensions of sense perception. This is a small, seminar-style course in which students can expect lots of reading for discussion in class. Each student will be responsible for making an oral presentation and leading the discussion for one of the week's readings in the term. In addition, there will be an essay-style midterm and an essay-style final exam. Grades will be based on class presentations and exams, as well as on class participation.

Readings: Reading will include such books as the following: Classen's Worlds of Sense: Exploring the Senses in History and Across Cultures; Ackerman's A Natural History of the Senses; Synnott's The Body Social; Symbolism, Self, and Society; Feld's Sound and Sentiment; Birds, Weeping, Poetics, and Song in Kaluli Expression; and Mintz's Sweetness and Power; the Place of Sugar in Modern History, as well as selected articles put together in a course pack. The required books will be available at the Shaman Drum Bookstore (313 State Street) and on reserve in the Undergraduate Library. The course pack of articles will be available from Accu-Copy (402 Maynard Street).

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Anthro. 383. Prehistory of Africa.

Archaeology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Henry Wright (hwright@umich.edu), John Speth (jdspeth@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Anthro. 101, 282, or junior standing. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

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This course explores the development of cultures in Subsaharan Africa from the first emergence of human-like bipeds more than five million years ago to the rise of states and urban centers during the Iron Age. The requirements of the course include a midterm examination (take-home) and either an in-class final exam or a research paper.

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Anthro. 394. Undergraduate Seminar in Archaeology.

Archaeology

Section 001 Intellectual History of American Archaeology

Instructor(s): Richard Ford (riford@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Anthro. 282 and concentration in anthropology. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

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The Undergraduate Seminar in Archaeology is designed to familiarize students with the intellectual history of American archaeology. The students will read primary source material, learn about leading pioneers of modern archaeology, and discuss issues that have shaped the direction of contemporary archaeology. Students will prepare several short papers and a term paper. Grades will be determined by seminar discussion and the papers.

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Anthro. 398. Honors in Cultural Anthropology.

Museum, Honors, Reading, Research, and Field Courses

Section 001 Honors Ethnology

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits with permission of concentration advisor.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

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This Honors course sequence in cultural anthropology is designed for undergraduate anthropology concentrators who are specializing in cultural anthropology and have applied for senior Honors in the Department of Anthropology. This course is divided into two parts. In the Fall Term, the students will meet once a week in seminar to read and discuss a selection of significant monographs and papers in ethnology, and a selection of writings on fieldwork methods and research strategies in ethnology. This seminar provides background for the students to define their own senior Honors thesis project. By the end of the term, the students will have decided on a project, and begun preliminary work on it. In consultation with the Honors advisor the student may request any member of the Anthropology Department to serve as a main thesis advisor or second reader. In the Winter Term, the students will convene periodically in seminar with the Honors advisor to discuss their research projects and get feedback from the group, as well as staying in contact with the Honors advisor and second reader. By the end of the term, each student should have completed the research and write-up for their thesis so that they can make a formal summary presentation of it for the group. Original field research or library work may be used for Honors projects.

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Anthro. 398. Honors in Cultural Anthropology.

Museum, Honors, Reading, Research, and Field Courses

Section 002 Honors Archaeology

Instructor(s): Richard Ford (riford@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits with permission of concentration advisor.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

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This Honors course sequence in archaeology is designed for undergraduate anthropology concentrators who are specializing in archaeology and who have applied for senior Honors in the Department of Anthropology. In 398, the students will meet in seminar to discuss the construction of analytical models appropriate for archaeology and to analyze methods for solving problems. This seminar provides the intellectual and historical background to enable a senior Honors thesis. In 399, students work on an original thesis topic. A student, in consultation with the Honors advisor, may request any Department of Anthropology faculty member to serve as a thesis advisor. Periodically students convene to discuss their research progress. At the end of the term, each student completes a written Honors thesis and presents a seminar summarizing it. Original field research, library sources, or collections in the Museum of Anthropology may be used for Honors projects. Prior excavation or archaeological laboratory experience is not required for participation.

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Anthro. 402. Chinese Society and Cultures.

Ethnology-Regional Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Erik Mueggler

Prerequisites & Distribution: Anthro. 101 or 222, or any course on China. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

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Studying family structure is one of the most effective ways to investigate Chinese culture and society. This seminar uses the rich literature on Chinese families to explore social transformation in twentieth-century China. It examines the processes of political revolution, economic modernization, and cultural innovation that have revolutionized family structure and gender relations in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. We will identify some of the historical processes in which gendered power relations within families have shaped the states and economies of these societies, and explore the history of Chinese feminisms and their articulation with international feminist movements. Assignments include active class participation, a class presentation, a short topical paper, and a final research paper.

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Anthro. 414/CAAS 444. Introduction to Caribbean Societies and Cultures, I.

Ethnology-Regional Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Maxwell Owusu

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course provides an introduction to the peoples and cultures of the Caribbean. Topics covered include: the historical origins of the social structure and social organization of contemporary Caribbean states; family and kinship; religion, race, class, ethnicity, and national identity; Caribbean immigration; politics and policies of socioeconomic change. The course is open to both anthropology concentrators and non-concentrators. Films and videos on the Caribbean will be shown when available. Requirements: four 3-5 page typewritten papers, which ask students to synthesize reading and lecture materials; participation in class discussions; regular class attendance.

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Anthro. 416/Hist. 476. Latin America: The Colonial Period.

Ethnology-Regional Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David Frye (dfrye@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS).

R&E

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

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This course will examine the colonial period in Latin American history from the initial Spanish and Portuguese contact and conquest to the nineteenth-century wars of independence. It will focus on the process of interaction between Indians and Europeans, tracing the evolution of a range of colonial societies in the New World. Thus we will examine the indigenous background to conquest as well as the nature of the settler community. We will also look at the shifting uses of land and labor, and at the importance of class, race, gender, and ethnicity. The method of instruction is lecture and discussion. Each student will write a short critical review and a final paper of approximately 10 to 12 pages. There will be a midterm and a final.

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Anthro. 422. Ethnography in America.

Ethnology-Regional Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Thomas Fricke (tomf@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing, and one course in anthropology or American Culture at the 200 level or above. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

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This course explores American society and culture through ethnographic studies, that is, studies based primarily on long-term participant observation. It also uses other commentaries on American society to frame questions. Central concerns of the course include the workings of class, history, and identity in American everyday life and moral discourse. These are explored in the domains of gender and ethnicity; schools and families; small communities and urban neighborhoods; and workplaces. American culture in the context of rapid social transformation includes a series of tensions that may be expressed in such oppositions as class versus equality, individual versus community, stability versus mobility. These tensions are expressed, either explicitly or unintentionally, in various kinds of cultural productions: films, novels, mass media. And they may be explored in ethnographies. While the general approach of exploring cultural tensions through the ethnography of everyday life will remain constant, the ethnographic focus (schools, families, work, communities, regions of the country) may vary from term to term. Seminar format; one brief midterm essay and one final paper.

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Anthro. 425. Evolution of War and Peace in Unstratified Societies.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Raymond Kelly (rck@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One course in anthropology. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

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This course explores the origins of war and the early evolutionary development of war alliance and peace-making. It examines the conditions under which warfare is initiated in sociocultural contexts where it did not previously exist and elucidates the origin of war in that sense. The course begins with a delineation of the distinctive characteristics of peaceful (or warless) societies that represent both a prior sociocultural disposition and the context in which primal warfare arises and takes shape. Consideration of peaceful societies illuminates certain key features of the transition from warlessness to warfare and provides a basis for identifying transitional cases. These sociocultural systems exemplify the causes, conduct, and consequences of nascent and early warfare. The subsequent co-evolution of war and pre-state societies is traced, including the development of alliance and peacemaking. Format: lecture and discussion. Requirements: substantial term paper and presentation.

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Anthro. 431. American Kinship.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001 Ethnography, Everyday Life, & Working Families

Instructor(s): Thomas Fricke (tomf@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

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This course explores American kinship and family from a framework emphasizing changing cultural notions of personhood, the boundedness of family, work, and character, and the expression of these in everyday life. The course's starting point is that late 20th century changes in Middle Class American life and livelihood are leading to a reconfiguration of who we are as family members and workers. Explorations are concerned with ethnographic investigations into the changing meanings of work and family as cultural categories; with the processes of stress and reconfiguration of meanings created by increasing divergence between behavior and older cultural models; with new behaviors emerging in workplace and home in response to these changes; and with the cultural meanings of individual identity in the context of these changes. Course content emphasizes the examination of these themes in cultural and ethnographic terms but also incorporates findings from more social and behavioral research to identify trends in American life related to kinship and family. While the general perspective and emphasis on culture remains constant, specific topical foci may vary from term to term. Seminar format; one brief midterm paper and one final paper.

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Anthro. 447. Culture, Racism, and Human Nature.

Ethnology-Theory/Method

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Melvin Williams (mddoublu@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two courses in the social sciences. (3). (Excl).

R&E

Credits: (3).

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This course examines the possible origins of culture to understand the unique behavior and historical development of Homo sapiens and traces the salient features of human history and contemporary modernity to discuss and explain the nature of humans. The understanding of the nature of humans and their development will enable the students to comprehend, explain and resolve racism, part of a pan-human phenomenon. Is racism fundamental to the character of human culture? The course will suggest that many of our modern social problems have a common generation the nature of human culture. That would suggest that the solutions will require a social transformation in the character of human culture. These examinations of human culture will require us to return to the discussions of Leslie White (culture is autonomous) and Alfred Kroeber (culture is superorganic) to determine the possibilities of social transformations that contemporary society may require.

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Anthro. 451/CAAS 459. African-American Religion.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Melvin Williams (mddoublu@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One introductory course in the social sciences. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

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This course will examine the nature of religion in the lives of humans, within the framework of culture, and as a pervasive social institution. It will focus on the special case of the intensive and involved character of religion in the history and the lives of African-Americans. These special uses of religion create special problems. We will analyze those problems. The course objectives are to:

The course is open to all students, and it requires no special background or preparation. There will be two examinations. Class participation and attendance are required.

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Anthro. 458. Topics in Cultural Anthropology.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001 Shamanism and Spirit Possession. Meets with Religion 402.001

Instructor(s): Rich Freeman (richfree@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated once for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

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Many cultures of the world have had and continue to have religious beliefs and experiences built around direct human communication and interaction with unseen beings and powers. These may entail shamanic flights out of the body to contact spirit realms, or the inhabitation of a human host by invading or invited beings. This contact may involve only the activity of religious specialists, or a general congregation of worshipers. Such practices may be central to the religion in question, or may be marginalized as peripheral to more central beliefs and forms of worship. This course will survey some of the many forms shamanism and possession take in religious systems around the world addressing the issues they raise in terms of religious experience, cultural beliefs, human consciousness, social and psychological conditioning, personhood, gender, and strategies of dominance and resistance. Course evaluation will be based on two papers and participation in class discussion.

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Anthro. 474/Ling. 410. Language and Discrimination: Language as Social Statement.

Linguistic Anthropology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robin Queen

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Linguistics 410.001.

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Anthro. 483. Near Eastern Prehistory.

Archaeology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kent Flannery

Prerequisites & Distribution: Anthro. 101, 282, or junior standing. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

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This course traces the evolution of culture and society in Israel, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, and Iran, from the earliest evidence for humans in the region (over 1,000,000 years ago) until the rise of Mesopotamian civilization (around 2500 B.C.) Topics include the origins of agriculture and animal domestication, the establishment of village and town life, and the rise of cities in the Tigris-Euphrates lowlands.

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Anthro. 489. Maya and Central American Archaeology.

Archaeology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Joyce Marcus (joymar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

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This course emphasizes the cultural evolution of the ancient Maya, whose civilization once extended from eastern Mexico through Guatemala and Belize into El Salvador and Honduras. Stages of development include hunters and gatherers, egalitarian villagers, emerging rank, and the state. Topics include religion, social organization, architecture, political hierarchies, subsistence strategies, settlement patterns, exchange systems, and hieroglyphic writing. The last part of the class covers other tribes and chiefdoms that occupied lower Central America. The grade is based on a paper (midterm) and on the in-class final exam.

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Anthro. 499. Undergraduate Reading and Research in Anthropology.

Museum, Honors, Reading, Research, and Field Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). A maximum of three credits of independent reading may be included in a concentration plan in anthropology. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-3).

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Independent reading and research under the direction of a faculty member. Ordinarily available only to students with background in anthropology.

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Anthro. 507/REES 507. East European and Post-Soviet Ethnography.

Ethnology-Regional Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Katherine Verdery (verdery@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course introduces advanced students to the ethnography of Eastern Europe with close reading of a number of monographs written by anthropologists both before and after 1989. The course explores several things: the kinds of empirical issues treated in the socialist and post-socialist periods, the different conceptual/theoretical approaches to these issues, the formation of specifically anthropological problematics in dealing with the region (as opposed to problematics dictated by Cold War politics), and the development of theories of the transition from socialism. Most of the reading will concern the countries of Eastern Europe in the Cold War sense, plus a few texts dealing with Russia. (Central Asia will not be covered. Among the works to be read are Caroline Humphrey's Karl Marx Collective, Kligman's Politics of Complicity, Creed's Domesticating Revolution, Kideckel's Solitude of Collectivism, Lampland's The Object of Labor, Borneman's Belonging in the Two Berlins, Grant's Soviet House of Culture, Verdery's National Ideology Under Socialism, and Stewart's Time of the Gypsies. The reading will be fairly heavy; assignments will consist of some book reviews and a final synthetic essay (not a research paper).

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Anthro. 519(476)/Ling. 517/German 517. Principles and Methods of Historical Linguistics.

Linguistic Anthropology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Sarah Thomason (thomason@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing, or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Linguistics 517.001.

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Anthro. 576. Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology.

Linguistic Anthropology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Bruce Mannheim (mannheim@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two courses in anthropology or biology. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

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This course is an intensive introduction to theoretical issues in linguistics of special relevance to anthropologists, most of whose primary interests are outside of language. Think of language as a special kind of semiotic or cultural system. Our subject matter, then, consists of ways of approaching its formal description and the general issues (for the most part, about the nature of culture) that are raised by those approaches. Several such issues will continually crop up: (1) The nature of cultural patterning, its representation by members of a culture, and the means we use to describe it; is it possible to understand cultural patterning from the outside? How does our point of view change in the course of analysis? (2) The possibility of cross-cultural comparison and typology using culturally-meaningful (or "emic") patterns as a basis; can general "laws of structure" of cultural form be constructed from descriptions of particular cultural systems? (3) Are there true universals of culture? If universals do exist, what is their basis? Are they biologically determined, determined by the nature of the cultural code, or some combination of the two? What evidence is required to make sense of the question? (4) What does it mean for individuals to share a culture? Does "sharing a culture" require collective representations? Are there any?

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Anthro. 589. Neutron Activation Analysis in Archaeology.

Archaeology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Leah Minc (leahminc@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Neutron activation analysis (NAA) is a highly sensitive and accurate technique for measuring the concentrations of major, minor, and trace elements in archaeological and historical materials. Researchers employ the technique to determine the provenience of raw materials and artifacts, to trace patterns of trade and exchange, to investigate palaeodiet and nutrition, and to authenticate antiquities and works of art. This course (conducted in cooperation with the University's research reactor) provides students with the fundamental principles and methods of NAA, along with hands-on experience in utilizing this technique to determine the elemental composition of archaeological materials. The course focuses on three areas: (1) the technical and practical aspects of NAA, including irradiation procedures, gamma-ray spectrometry, and the determination of trace-element concentrations; (2) the quantitative methods for analyzing and utilizing NAA data; and (3) the anthropological interpretation of NAA data, through an introduction to the natural and cultural factors affecting trace-element concentrations.

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Anthro. 593. Archaeological Systematics.

Archaeology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John O'Shea (joshea@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior concentrators, graduates, with permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

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This course is designed principally for graduate students in anthropology. It examines the epistemological basis for archaeology, major theoretical frameworks for reconstructing past human organization and studying its change, and methodological approaches appropriate for such investigations. The course is designed as a seminar, with strong emphasis on active student participation. There are no exams, but a paper is required at the end of the term. Prerequisites include graduate standing in anthropology, or permission of the instructor.

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