Anthropology

Courses in Biological Anthropology (Division 318)

161. Introduction to Biological Anthropology. I and II. (4). (NS).

The course explores the biological basis for variation in human morphology, physiology, and behavior across different modern populations around the world, and through human evolutionary history. Major topics discussed are evolutionary theory, genetics, human adaptation, primate and human behavior, and the human fossil record. No special knowledge is required or assumed. Cost:2 WL:2 (Schepartz)

297. Topics in Biological Anthropology. (2). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.
Section 101 Nutritional Anthropology.
Nutritional Anthropology is a comprehensive course covering many aspects of diet and nutrition. It begins with the basics of digestion, absorption, and metabolism and then proceeds to a discussion of how the Recommended Daily Allowances are determined. After covering these topics the course will examine the relationship of diet, nutrition, and health by examining first, the implications of diet and nutrition on growth and development and second, the relationship of diet and disease. Since different cultural practices and behaviors can have an important impact on the diet and nutrition of an individual or population this aspect of diet and nutrition will also be examined. The last section of the course will focus on the reconstruction of the diet and nutritional status of past populations including the fossils. This course will be primarily lecture with some discussion; grades will be determined by three non-cumulative exams. Cost:2 WL:3 (Brandt)

Courses in Cultural Anthropology (Division 319)

Courses are arranged by groups: Introductory Courses, Ethnology-Regional Courses, Ethnology-Theory/Method, Ethnology-Topical Courses, Linguistics, Archaeology, and Museum and Reading and Research Courses.

Introductory Courses

296. Topics in Cultural Anthropology. (2). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.
Section 101 Gender and Archaeology.
Through lectures and discussion of reading materials we will examine the implicit and explicit assumptions concerning gender that enter into the theory and practice of anthropological archaeology: Why have questions of gender been traditionally excluded from archaeology? why and how is this situation changing? How do we anthropologically theorize gender? What archaeological methodologies allow questions of gender to be addressed to prehistory? Topics include feminist, evolutionary and historical perspectives, the sexual division of labor and gender inequality in societies from foragers to nation states, gender and socio-politics in archaeology, and archaeological approaches to gender (through subsistence studies, mortuary analysis, spatial analysis, and the analysis of stone tools, art, and human production). No formal prerequisites are required for this course, but introductory classes in anthropology and archaeology are helpful. Your grade will be based on two essay examinations as well as presentation of a short paper in class. Cost:1 WL:4 (Bonevich)

Section 102 Culture, Anthropology, and Ancient Europe. This course presents the concepts of cultural anthropology and the subject matter of ancient Europe. No background is necessary; lecture presentation, grading by one exam and one 3-5 page paper. Material covered includes: (1) key concepts from modern cultural anthropology, archeology, and related fields (history, geology, sociology, and linguistics); (2) the prehistory and early history of Europe, including art and artifacts, the environmental context, economic, technological and social developments, and archeological attempts to reconstruct culture and society; and (3) topics of special interest these include cave art, prehistoric "Goddess" cults, Stonehenge and megaliths, the "Indo-Europeans," Minoan and Mycenean societies and the Trojan War, the Etruscans, the origins of Rome, and the Celts. For each topic the basic archeological and non-archeological data will be presented, and we will critically review the range of interpretations proposed. A final topic is the relation between science, politics, and archeological pictures of the past. Cost:1 WL:4 (Robb)

298. Topics in Cultural Anthropology. (2). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.
Section 101 Globalization, Democratization, and Neonationalisms.
Background. Many contemporary analysts propose that the world is undergoing a far-reaching intellectual, philosophical, and political-economic movement or revolution comparable to the Renaissance or the Enlightenment. Variously alluded to as the postmodern condition, the new world order, or the postindustrial global village, the transformations wrought by this highly complex and multistranded "movement" have prompted a growing number of academicians, politicians, and entrepreneurs to reexamine their theories, policies, and business practices. Although there is usually an agreement that some sort of global transformation is taking place, much controversy remains concerning the magnitude and exact form of this transformation. This controversy calls for a critical inquiry. Anthropology occupies a privileged position to contribute both to methods of study and modes of analysis to fuel this critical inquiry and enhance our understanding of this movement. Content. In this course, we consider three of the most important submovements of this transformation - i.e., globalization, democratization, and, what may be called neonationalisms and the ways in which anthropology provides empirical and analytical tools for an integral examination of these processes. I have chosen to focus on these three processes because they point to a major contradiction embedded in this global transformation. Whereas globalization and democratization seem to have a homogenizing effect, the rise of new nations and neonationalisms along ethnic boundaries suggest the persistence and, indeed, accentuation of social and cultural differences. It is an increased awareness of those cultural differences that has brought anthropology to the forefront. That anthropology proves to be critical to an integral understanding of recent global changes is attested to by the (re)discovery of anthropology's indispensable role by a wide range of NGOs, governmental, and international organizations that seek anthropologists' assistance to ensure effective implementations of a variety of policies and projects. This interest in anthropology derives mainly from the growing appreciation that globalization, democratization, and neonationalisms cannot be understood without grasping the culture and local dynamics of relations that anthropologists are especially equipped to study. Course Goals. This course is meant to be a critical introduction to some of the most salient issues related to processes of globalization, democratization, and the rise of neonationalisms. In addition to introducing students to relevant topical issues, the course aims at sensitizing them to analytical frameworks that explore local phenomena as these relate to macro-level processes. The course is open to junior and senior students without prior exposure to or background in anthropology, political economy, or related fields. In topical areas, such as democratization, in which anthropologists are just beginning to conduct research, I rely primarily on studies carried out by other social analysts. However, in reviewing this literature we shall try to examine critically from an anthropological viewpoint the approaches these social analysts have used in their analysis of these issues, and explore how anthropology can enrich those studies. Organization & Requirements. The course will be organized in a lecture and discussion format, and will be divided into three parts and a conclusion. The three parts correspond to the three main themes of globalization, democratization, and neonationalisms. The conclusion will review and synthesize these themes. The amount of readings for this course ranges from 75 to 120 pages per week. Students will be asked to write three papers of between five and seven pages each (best two will count), on a topic or theme drawn from each of the three main issues covered in the course. This course is open to undergraduate students of all standing. Cost:1-2 (Dashti)

Section 102 Culture and the Environment. The primary objective of this course is to examine the interactions between perceptions and behavior in particular environments. Through a balance of lecture and discussion, the course will explore past and current theoretical frameworks for analyzing the environment. We will focus on a variety of approaches from both anthropology and history. In particular, the course will investigate the political nature of the construction of environmental images. Following on these insights, we will explore how various environmental movements and recent development strategies draw on culturally specific ways of contesting the meaning of "nature." We will use examples from the environmental movement and cases of environmental racism to discuss how race, gender, and class articulate and are articulated by images of the environment. Students do not require any special background in anthropology or environmental studies in order to take this course. Students will be graded upon the completion of a number of small projects and papers. Cost: 1 WL:3 (Cowie)

Ethnology-Topical Courses

347/CAAS 420. Race and Ethnicity. (2). (SS).

See Afroamerican and African Studies 420. (Williams)


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