Winter '00 Course Guide

Courses in Cultural Anthropology (Division 319)

Winter Term, 2000 (January 5 April 26, 2000)

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Anthro. 101. Introduction to Anthropology.

Introductory Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Stuart Kirsch (skirsch@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 course introduces students to the four subfields of anthropology: cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistic anthropology and biological anthropology. It emphasizes a set of fundamental concerns: the nature of culture, human variation and universals, cultural relativism and how knowledge of evolution and pre-history inform our understanding of what it means to be human. Specific topics include: primate (monkey and ape) behavior, evolution and the concept of race; the origins of agriculture and the rise of social complexity; language and culture, kinship and family, sex and gender roles, ethnicity, and religion; and the emergence of the world system, culture and political economy, and globalization. This course is intended to help students develop a coherent view of the essential concepts, structures, and intellectual methods that characterize the discipline. It stresses the unifying principles that link the subdisciplines and thereby create anthropology's comprehensive, holistic world view. It teaches students new 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. Required readings include an introductory text and several paperbacks. Lectures and discussion. Two objective exams (primarily multiple choice), each covering one-half of the term; the second exam will be given on the final day of class. Section leaders require several short papers (no more than ten pages total) and other brief assignments or quizzes.

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Anthro. 101. Introduction to Anthropology.

Introductory Courses

Section 026.

Instructor(s): Conrad Kottak (ckottak@umich.edu), Kelly Askew (kaskew@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. 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 & Power in the Americas.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (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. 158. First Year Seminar in Cultural Anthropology.

Introductory Courses

Section 003 Ethnography of Writing

Instructor(s): Stephan Senders (ssenders@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (SS). May not be included in an anthropology concentration.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

These are some of the questions we will ask in this anthropological approach to writing. The first half of the course will focus on texts; we will read theoretical and ethnographic treatments of writing, literacy, and textuality. The second half of the course will be devoted to cooperative ethnographic fieldwork in the University and the Ann Arbor area. Readings will include Besnier's Literacy, emotion, and authority: reading and writing on a Polynesian atoll, Bourdieu's Language and symbolic power, Swales' Other floors, other voices: a textography of a small university building, and selected articles. There are no prerequisites for the course outside of a willingness to read and discuss texts and ideas, and to engage in active research. The class will be run as a seminar, and grades will be based on papers and essay exams.

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Anthro. 222. The Comparative Study of Cultures.

Introductory Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Janet Finn (jlfinn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS). Does not count toward anthropology concentration requirements.

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course explores non-Western and Western societies as well as the methods, politics, and ethics entailed in the representation of cultural difference. We will address the formation and transformation of cultures in the context of colonizing and globalizing processes. Our goal is to develop an anthropological perspective that enables us to appreciate the richness of human diversity, the historical and political conditions under which cultures develop, and the human potential for transformation. The course materials, which include ethnographies, novels, films, and theoretical essays, introduce us to a range of cultural formations in different societies and provide us with frameworks for interpreting cultural difference and exploring the patterns that connect. We will discuss difference, power, and connection in terms of key anthropological themes, such as kinship and gender, labor, health, and religion, addressed in the course materials. We will examine the role of ethnographic fieldwork (and fieldworkers) in the production of cultural knowledge and consider the use of archival documents, life stories, and longitudinal studies in expanding the ethnographic present. Class members will participate in discussions, give an in-class presentation, and write three papers addressing themes in the texts.

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Anthro. 272/Ling. 272. Language in Society.

Introductory Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Anthony Berkley (aberkley@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Primarily for first- and second-year students. (4). (SS). (R&E).

R&E

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

What place does language have in everyday life?
Do people really communicate when they speak to each other?
How is language used to reinforce relationships of power, especially along racial, gender, and class lines?
How do languages change, and how does change reflect the structure of society?

This course is about the nature of language and the ways in which it reflects and informs social life. Topics covered include:

  1. How and why languages change;
  2. the relationships between speech and social class, race, and gender;
  3. the politics of language use in society, including language policy in third-world societies (especially in South America) and the "English-only" movement in the United States;
  4. the ways in which language is used to construct social, cultural, and political "realities" and the ways these realities are contested as, for example, in the abortion debate.

We will try to answer some of these questions in this course, which is about the nature of language and social life. The course has no prerequisites except curiosity about the interrelationships between language and society. There is a required text, Nancy Bonvillain, Language culture and communication, and a supplementary course pack.

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Anthro. 285. Cult Archaeology.

Introductory Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lisa Young (lcyoung@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Cult archaeology examines popular and fantastic interpretations of archaeological remains presented in the press and on television. We focus particularly on claims that cultural achievements by indigenous peoples are a consequence of contact with superior beings, such as aliens from outer space or other "more advanced" cultures. We will examine the logical flaws in these pseudoscientific explanations and the racist assumptions that underlie them. The goal of this course is for students to learn critical thinking skills that will enable them to assess popular interpretations of archaeological remains in the future, to understand professional ethics, and to appreciate cultural racism and the harm that it does. The course format is lecture and discussion sections. Evaluations are based on section exercises, participation, and three exams. The textbook is Kenneth L. Feder's Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries. A course pack and readings from web sites supplement the text.

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Anthro. 298. Topics in Cultural Anthropology.

Introductory Courses

Section 001 Ethnicity and Gender in China and Tibet.

Instructor(s): Charlene Makley (makley@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS). May be repeated for a total of twelve credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Chinese and Tibetan peoples have interacted for centuries, but it is only in the last half of the twentieth century that the "Tibet question" in China has risen to global attention. This course looks at modern Sino-Tibetan relations through the lens of ethnicity and gender as a way to understand the contentious process through which the Chinese nation-state and national identity have been constructed. Through lectures, readings, films and discussions, we will explore the diversity of Tibetan and Han Chinese family organization, gender ideologies and ethnic identities just prior to, during and after the Communist revolutionary period. This perspective will shed light on the incorporation of Tibetans as a "minority nationality" in the Chinese "multinational state", the role of such minorities in constructing Han Chinese majority identity, and the differing impact of state policies on men and women. Required readings include four books and a course pack. There will be a midterm and final exam, as well as a short paper assignment. This course has no prerequisites except curiosity about modern Tibet and China.

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Anthro. 298. Topics in Cultural Anthropology.

Introductory Courses

Section 002 Hinduism: History and Culture. Meets with SSEA 225 and History 392.001

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS). May be repeated for a total of twelve credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The religion that we know today as "Hinduism" has a complex history that is intimately tied up with the variety of cultures and ways of life of peoples who have inhabited the Indian subcontinent over some four or five thousand years. This course surveys the major movements of religious and social life across the various regions of India through time, looking at the emergence of popular and regional religious movements, both in relation to the classical literature of Sanskrit texts and Brahmanism, as well as to other religions in South Asia. From a variety of historical and modern ethnographic writings, we will consider notions of kingship, caste and social organization, priestly ritualism, asceticism and yoga, popular devotionalism, festivals, village life and urbanism as all necessarily related to Hindu ways of life and understandings of the world. The overall goal of the course is therefore to grasp the relation of Hinduism to historical and contemporary social life in India, considering both the popular and elite forms of religious practice as they have interacted to produce the varieties of Hinduism we find today, as well as the attempt to forge these varieties into a kind of national religion for the modern Indian state. The format of the course is lecture with discussion, and grading will be based on two short-answer, short-essay exams. No prerequisites.

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Anthro. 315. Native American Peoples of North America.

Ethnology-Regional Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Deborah Jackson (debjacks@umich.edu)

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

R&E

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Long before Europeans ever 'discovered' the North American continent, American Indian societies thrived here. This course introduces students to the indigenous peoples of the United States and Canada, focusing on: the traditional cultures of Native Americans; the history of interactions between Native peoples and Europeans/EuroAmericans; and the contemporary issues that concern present-day North American Indian communities. In the process, we will consider: indigenous cultural systems of gender, religion, and social organization; how Native Americans have been defined by EuroAmericans in terms of 'race' and marginized in terms of class; and how Indian people seek to define themselves in terms of their unique cultural heritage, or ethnicity, while continuing to struggle against racist stereotypes imposed by the dominant culture.

In addition to selected articles that will be available in a course pack, the following books are required reading:

There are no prerequisites for this course, and no previous knowledge of anthropology or Native American studies is necessary. The format will be lectures and weekly discussion sections; grades will be based on several tests and quizzes, a short (approx. 10 page) paper, and a final exam.

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Anthro. 336. Warfare in Tribal Society.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Anthro. 101 or 222 or sophomore standing. (3). (Excl).

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course provides a survey of warfare (armed conflict) in pre-modern tribal societies drawing on materials from Melanesia, Africa, and South America. The social, economic, and political factors that elucidate the causes and conduct of tribal warfare are investigated through a comparison of case studies. The general applicability of theories that emphasize resource competition, balance of power, structural predispositions, and adequacy of dispute settlement are assessed. Consideration of the conduct of warfare include: diplomacy, alliance, organization, mobilization, strategy, tactics, codes of conduct, casualty rates, territorial consequences, and the motives of participants. Course format consists of lecture and discussion. Course requirements include a class report and a take-home exam (final). This course is designed primarily for undergraduates and should be of particular interest to non-concentrators and concentrators alike.

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Anthro. 356. Topics in Ethnology.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001 American Religious Movements.

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).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will focus on religious life histories and community studies from a comparative social- cultural and historical perspective. The case studies have been chosen to give some indication of the wide range of religious experiences characteristic of American life currently and in the recent past. We will examine how participants and observers (including roving anthropologists) perceive or learn about the culture and social relations of American religious practices; what they make of their knowledge and experience for themselves and others; and why. Topics will include: the social organization of new religious movements and how they are established as communities; ritual; ideas and practices concerning divinity, ritual, morality, social justice; relations between church and state; religious pluralism; and debates about religion and science.

Course Requirements: This is a lecture-discussion course in which students can expect lots of reading; one, perhaps more, oral presentation(s) to the class on the reading; an essay-style midterm exam; and an essay-style final exam.

Grades: Grades will be based on the midterm and final exams; class presentation/s; and contributions to class discussions.

Readings: The required reading will be a book each week, or 3-4 articles/week. The books will be available at the Shaman Drum Bookstore (313 State Street), and on reserve in the Undergraduate Library. A course pack of articles will be available from Accu-copy (402) Maynard Street.

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Anthro. 373. Articulating Gender: Women, Men, Speech.

Linguistic Anthropology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Alaina Lemon (amlemon@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: At least one course in Anthropology (Ethnology or Ling), Linguistics, Women's Studies, or the Social Sciences. 3(SS).

Credits:

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In the wake of popular therapeutic writing about sex differences and language in the United States, especially about miscommunication between men and women, certain assumptions about language and gender have become entrenched. In this course, we will challenge those assumptions by exploring ways men and women speak in many societies around the world, and by asking how those ways of speaking intersect broader patterns and practices of social hierarchy and difference. Do men and women use language differently? Or do different expectations about who should speak how create our understandings of gender in the first place? We will read recent essays in the linguistic anthropology of gender, popular and therapeutic writing on men, women, and language, and occasionally analyze filmed dialog in class.

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Anthro. 380/Class. Arch. 380/Hist. of Art 380. Minoan and Mycenaean Archaeology.

Archaeology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Bryan Burns (bryburns@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Class. Arch. 221 and 222. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~classics/ca/380/index.html

See Classical Archaeology 380.001.

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Anthro. 381/ACABS 382/Hist. of Art 382. Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology.

Archaeology

Section 001 Meets with ACABS 686.

Instructor(s): Janet Richards (jerichar@umich.edu)

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

Foriegn Lit

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 382.001.

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Anthro. 382(482). European Prehistory.

Archaeology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Robert Whallon (whallon@umich.edu)

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A broad survey of the archaeology of Europe from the earliest evidence for human occupation to the Roman conquest of Gaul. Major themes include the emergence of human culture during the Ice Age, the introduction of food-producing economies and village life, and the development of complex societies, metallurgy, trade, and warfare. Students will be introduced to painted caves such as Lascaux, Venus figurines and other Paleolithic art, mammoth hunters of the steppe, megalithic tombs, Stonehenge and other henge monuments, the princely tombs of the Early Iron Age, Vercingetorix and the assembly of the tribes of Gaul, and many other phenomena of European prehistory. Lectures will be frequently illustrated with slides and supplemented by selected films. Student evaluation is based on examinations.

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Anthro. 385. The Archaeology of Early Humans.

Archaeology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John Speth (jdspeth@umich.edu)

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

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course introduces students to the many exciting new discoveries in the archaeology of our earliest human ancestors, tracing what we know of human cultural and biological evolution from the first appearance of upright, small-brained, tool-making humans, 2.5 million years ago, to the appearance of fully modern humans in the last 30,000 to 40,000 years. The course is divided into two segments. The first briefly surveys the techniques and methods used by archaeologists to find ancient archaeological sites, and how they go about studying the fossil human remains, animal bones, and stone tools from these sites to learn about ancient lifeways. This section also looks at how studies of living primates in the wild, such as chimpanzees, as well as modern hunter-gatherers, such as the Bushmen and Australian Aborigines, can help us to interpret the distant past. The second segment of the course turns to the actual archaeological record, looking at some of the most important finds from Africa, Asia, and Europe. In this segment, the course follows the accelerating developmental trajectory of our ancestors from the simplest tool-makers, who lacked any sign of art or religion, to humans much like ourselves, who began to bury their dead with clear displays of ritual and who adorned the walls of their caves and their own bodies with art. The course is oriented as much toward students with a general curiosity and interest in the human past as toward students who will become eventual concentrators in anthropology. Requirements include three in-class "hourly" exams (there will be no final examination). Required readings: a text and course pack with articles supplementing the lectures.

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Anthro. 386. Early Civilizations.

Archaeology

Section 001.

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

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

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an introduction to the archaeological study of the evolution of the earliest states and civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Indus Valley (Harappan), China (Shang), Andes (pre-Inca), Maya, Teotihuacan. The development of these states is reviewed, films and slides give impressions of the physical and cultural landscapes, and theories of social evolution are discussed. The nature of cities, trade, writing, governmental stability and collapse in the first states and civilizations are presented in comparative perspective. Course requirements: two midterm exams (15% each), final exam (30%), term paper (2500 words minimum 40%). The term paper consists of an essay in which you pretend to a citizen in one of the states covered in the class and who is visiting another state. You may be a king or queen, noble or commoner, trader, craftsperson, priest(ess): you choose your place, time, personal circumstances.

The paper will be based on readings of books and essays chosen by you and with consultation with the instructor and GSI. You must submit a list of bibliographic references along with brief annotations of what you learned from each source. Those registering for upper-level writing credit will write essays of 1250 words each in lieu of the two midterm exams. Textbook: C. Scarre and B. Fagan, Ancient Civilizations Course-pack.

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Anthro. 387. Prehistory of North America.

Archaeology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John Speth (jdspeth@umich.edu)

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Students are introduced to the diversity of prehistoric Native American cultures in North America, with emphasis on the Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Great Basin, and Southwest. Twelve thousand years of accommodations to diverse natural and social environments are covered, starting with the initial peopling of the Americas and ending with early contacts between Europeans and Native Americans. Topics of special interest include the extinction of mammoths, mastodons, and other megafauna at the end of the Pleistocene or "Ice Age"; changing hunter-gatherer adaptations leading to the independent domestication of several seed-bearing plants and the origins of agriculture; the development of organizationally complex societies, often called chiefdoms, in the Southeast and southern Midwest; and the devastating impact of European exploration and colonization on the cultures of Native North America. Requirements include three in-class "hourly" exams (there will be no final examination). Required readings include two texts and course pack with articles supplementing the lectures.

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Anthro. 388. Gender and Archaeology.

Archaeology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Carla Sinopoli (sinopoli@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Gender provides a basic organizing principle in all human societies. Through cultural constructions of gender, biological differences between males and females become associated with cultural values. These values then condition and determine individuals' occupations, social status, economic rights, and belief systems and understandings of their world. Thus while biology is given, gender is both constructed by human actions and decisions and influences subsequent human behaviors. In this course, we will explore the role of gender in human prehistory. Our time span will be broad, spanning nearly three million years. Among the topics to be addressed are models of early tool use and the relevance of gender to human evolution, gender in prehistoric art and symbolic representation, the origins of agriculture, emergence of gender inequalities, and transformations of gender relations with the emergence of political stratification and the state. Case studies will be drawn from both New and Old World archaeology and ethnography. We will also explore archaeological methods and challenges to a study of gender in prehistoric contexts, and will examine the history of the archaeology of gender in the context of the history and practice of North American archaeology.

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Anthro. 399. Honors in Cultural Anthropology.

Museum, Honors, Reading, Research, and Field Courses

Section 001 Honors Ethnology

Instructor(s): Alaina Lemon (amlemon@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission of concentration advisor.

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The Honors course sequence in cultural anthropology is designed for undergraduate anthropology concentrators who are specializing in cultural anthropology and have applied in the winter term of their junior year for senior Honors in the Department of Anthropology. Students in this course design a research project, carry out original field or library research, and write a lengthy thesis paper suitable for publication. The research, reading, and writing will cover two terms.

The purpose of the course in the fall term is to help students to refine their projects as they pursue their research. Thus, students will meet together with the Honors advisor once a week in seminar to read and discuss a range of research strategies and fieldwork methods drawn from significant monographs and papers related to students' projects. In addition to contributions to classroom discussion, students will make at least four formal presentations of material from their own research. The research portion of the project should be completed by the end of the fall term. In the last two sessions of the fall, students will present oral summaries of their final reports, outlining their key research problems, methods, results, and their proposed outlines for writing their theses in the winter term. 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 winter term, the students will convene weekly in seminar with the Honors advisor to discuss their research projects, present drafts, and get feedback from the group, as well as stay in contact with their second reader. By the end of the winter term, each student should have completed the research and write-up for their thesis so that they can make a formal summary presentation for the group in a session open to the whole department.

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Anthro. 399. Honors in Cultural Anthropology.

Museum, Honors, Reading, Research, and Field Courses

Section 002 Honors Archaeology

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission of concentration advisor.

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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. This course is divided into two parts. In the fall term (ANTHROPOLOGY 398 Section 002), the students will meet once a week to define research problems in archaeology, to review the intellectual history of American archaeology, to discuss the construction of analytical and mathematical models appropriate for archaeology, and to analyze methods and procedures for solving problems. This seminar provides background which enables students to define a senior Honors thesis project. ONLY STUDENTS WHO COMPLETED ANTHROPOLOGY 398, SECTION 002 are eligible to enroll in ANTHROPOLOGY 399. The second part of the course sequence begins once a thesis topic is selected. Each student in consultation with the Honors advisor may request any Department of Anthropology faculty member to serve as a thesis advisor. Periodically Honors students convene to discuss together their research progress. At the end of the second term of the Honors sequence, each student writes an Honors thesis and presents a seminar summarizing the project and its conclusions. 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. 409. Peoples and Cultures of the Near East and North Africa.

Ethnology-Regional Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Michael Fahy (michfahy@umich.edu)

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course provides a survey of cultures in the region extending from Morocco to Iran, with an emphasis on Arabic-speaking, Islamic societies. It is equally a course about a region-focused tradition of anthropological inquiry, one marked by important shifts in topics, theories, and styles of account-making. We will consider changing treatments of recurrent themes, including nomads and tribes, rural and urban lifestyles, saint cultures and popular religion, kinship and gender, and the written tradition of Islamic movements. The course will combine lectures with class discussions, and the readings will be primarily from recent monographs. Assessment will be based on two take-home exams, with an additional short paper for graduate students.

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Anthro. 411/CAAS 422. African Culture.

Ethnology-Regional Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Maxwell Owusu (omk@umich.edu)

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to and familiarize them with the nature and dynamics of the unity and diversity of pre-colonial sub-Saharan African cultures and societies. The focus is on INSTITUTIONAL characteristics. Topics covered include: ecology and environment; the distribution of races and peoples; economic institutions; kinship and marriage; political legal institutions; religious, magical, and witchcraft beliefs and practices; music/dance and the arts. Grades are based on four take-home papers and contributions to class discussions. Films and videos.

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Anthro. 427/CAAS 427/WS 427. African Women.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: One course in African Studies, anthropology, or women's studies. (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Afroamerican and African Studies 427.001.

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Anthro. 438. Urban Anthropology.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Michael Fahy (michfahy@umich.edu)

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

What characterizes life in an urban society? What are the common features and/or variations between urban societies situated in different cultural and historical contexts? In addressing such questions, this course will be organized around two broad concerns:

  1. the anthropology of cities: the main factors shaping the nature of urban life, the historical emergence of urban forms, and different forms of urbanism and
  2. anthropology in cities: examining themes such as social networks, class, gender, idioms of identity, and the status of institutions, with reference to specific ethnographic accounts.

Topics will be addressed through lectures and classroom discussion and will be based on the reading of required texts. Assessment will be based on two take-home exams.

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Anthro. 439. Economic Anthropology and Development.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Maxwell Owusu (omk@umich.edu)

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course introduces students to economic anthropology and development in rural, village-based, tribal, peasant, urbanizing and industrializing societies and cultures of the Third World: Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East. The FIRST PART reviews the nature of economic anthropology, its scope, objectives, basic concepts, theories and methods of investigation. It discusses economic anthropology as it relates to conventional/development economics. The SECOND PART examines anthropological (social science) perspectives on development and underdevelopment: progress, modernization, acculturation, socioeconomic growth. The THIRD PART is concerned with specific case studies of problems of Third World development and underdevelopment: rural/urban poverty and inequality; women and development; international migration and globalization; etc. The course CONCLUDES with an overview of global issues in Third World development and underdevelopment in a post-cold war environment. The course is recommended for anthropology concentrators and all students with serious interest in comparative cultures and Third World development and underdevelopment. Lecture/discussion format. Films and videos shown in class when available. Final grades based on three take-home papers and contributions to class discussion. Basic texts: Lucy Mair, Anthropology and Development; and Polly Hill, Development Economics on Trial.

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Anthro. 444. Medical Anthropology.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Holly Peters-Golden (hollypet@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Anthro. 101 or 222. (4). (Excl).

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The concepts of "health" and "illness" are culturally constructed. This class will examine beliefs about these states of being, and the ways in which they are both products and illustrations of the larger social system in which they are found. Ideas about the social construction of the body, illness causation, therapies and therapists, healing symbols and rituals, and the social roles of patients and healers will be explored. In addition to examining these beliefs and processes cross-culturally, we will also draw upon examples from Western biomedicine among them cancer, AIDS, eating disorders, schizophrenia to illustrate the powerful ways in which illness and culture are bound together. Class will meet as a lecture twice a week, with weekly discussion sections.

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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).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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. 448/Rel. 452. Anthropology of Religion: Ritual, Sanctity and Adaptation.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001.

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

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The varieties of practices, beliefs, and experiences we recognize as "religious" seem significantly present in every human society, through all of human history. Nevertheless, the very nature of these phenomena, what they are and are about, and therefore, how we understand the role, function, and relative importance of religion in human life persist as crucial questions in a number of academic disciplines and contemporary social issues. Anthropology has been engaged with these questions since its founding, and the goal of this course is to provide a survey of the definitional problems, theoretical approaches, and methods that anthropologists have brought to their comparative study of religious systems around the world.

The lectures, readings, and class discussions will begin with general issues and an overview of anthropological theories of religion and then take up a number of ethnographic case-studies to explore the variety of approaches that anthropologists of religion have pursued in widely divergent cultural contexts. Substantive issues of myth, ritual, symbolism, performance, possession, and ancestor worship, as well as issues of doctrine and belief associated with the "high" religion of literate cultures will be treated from a variety of contemporary and historical perspectives. Course evaluation will be based on two essay exams. The format is lecture with discussion.

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Anthro. 453/CAAS 454. African-American Culture.

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).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines the African-American subculture as one example of how humans live. It places distinctive Black behavior within its social context and its history. It avoids the victimhood-victimography traps and focuses on the nature of the beast that requires the production and reproduction of social inferiority. Using SOUL AND SUPREMACY as working concepts we will examine some solutions to the underclass, gangs, addictions, unemployment, single-parent families and a human inferiority complex that exploits African Americans and threatens the entire human species. This requires a discussion of American society and the history of human development. We take a serious look at contemporary American society and the nature of modern humans. How did we become this and how can we change? This lecture-seminar course will have two examinations.

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Anthro. 455/WS 455. Feminist Theory and Gender Studies in Anthropology.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

How are gender and power related? What does gender have to do with racial, sexual, or national identities? This course shows that feminist anthropology offers an important perspective for analyzing gender as an integral part of the organization and representation of social life. It examines the conditions within which women and men act, and focuses on how gender is historically constructed and embedded within institutions and beliefs in different social strata and cultures. It relates feminist anthropology to issues of contemporary concern and to problems addressed by other disciplines. The class will combine lecture, discussion, and student presentation. It will draw on a variety of theoretical, ethnographic, biographical, and visual materials. Students will write several short commentaries and two papers.

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Anthro. 458. Topics in Cultural Anthropology.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001 People in Movement

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This seminar invites participants to think about the vast mosaic of people in motion: from place to place, from perception to practice, from plan to program, from house to tent-city, from country to city to country; seeking enjoyment, employment, refuge, homeland, subsistence, redress of grievances, education, dominion. Moving persons may be engaged in tourism, discovery, transhumance (cattle herding), escape, protest, war, routine business, or fortune seeking. Anthropologists have focused attention on various aspects of "the movement question," including pastoralism and nomadism, migration, pilgrimage, urban configurations, shifting local ecologies, and most recently, globalization and tourism. Moving (and relocated) people encounter a range of possibilities for the adjustment and transformation of identity and culture.

Movement can be examined from the standpoints of origin, passage, and/or destination. Through memory, its subjects may remain "in motion" long after their journey.

Movement is inescapably bound up with the reasons for departure.

We will build on such questions as we read about subjects as diverse as expeditionary quests, tour groups, pilgrimages, the shifting fortunes of urban landscapes, and mass exoduses. We will consider how movement in general and particular acts of movement may transfigure consciousness and collective identity, and how they have impacted citizenship and national allegiances.

Readings will include:

Evaluations will be based on class participation, several short writing assignments, occasional in-class exercises and small group discussions, and a term paper, which addresses the semester's concerns and tries to weigh them with the core issues of your chosen discipline.

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Anthro. 458. Topics in Cultural Anthropology.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 002 Art and the Anthropological Imagination.

Instructor(s): Stephen Pastner (spastner@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).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Taught by an anthropologist/sculptor, this course focuses on the analysis and production of narrative visual art that derives from, and itself informs, more traditional anthropological and historical scholarship an art genre commonly marginalized by both anthropologists and art-historians. The format of the course will combine lectures, group discussions, formal student presentation,s and art practicum elements. Evaluation criteria will, for most students, include production of a work of art based on scholarly research, and a paper and presentation describing its genesis and development. However, for the resolutely "left brained" who may wish to forego the art project, additional writing assignments will be possible. There will also be participation in one of several collaborative class presentations and the possibility of one or more exams/quizzes. In addition to the required texts and "course pack," students electing to do an art project should anticipate some art-materials expenses.

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Anthro. 458. Topics in Cultural Anthropology.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 003 Language, Ethnicity, and Nationalism.

Instructor(s): Judith Irvine (jti@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).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Many Americans and Europeans assume that communities normally are, or ought to be, monolingual that language differences divide people from one another, while a common language unites them. Yet, much of the world is multilingual. What do language differences mean for their speakers' social identities and relationships? In this course we will consider the relationship between communication and community particularly as these have been conceptualized (and ideologized) under the rubrics of "tribe," "ethnic group," and "nation." We will explore what kinds of social groupings those terms might (or might not) label, and how they might (or might not) connect with languages and with communication networks. Our approach will be crossculturally comparative and, where relevant, historical. Through a discussion of selected theoretical works and case studies, we will consider topics such as language use in small-scale societies; the functions of multilingualism; the politics of language standardization and print media; language and the idea of "nation" in nineteenth-century Europe; the European colonial expansion and its influence on indigenous peoples and languages; and the role of language in nationalistic movements. In addition to the class discussions and readings that involve the whole class, each student will explore and report on a particular case study. Evaluation will be based on class participation (including discussion-leading and a class presentation), some short writing assignments, an in-class test, and a term paper.

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Anthro. 458. Topics in Cultural Anthropology.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 004 Mayan Languages

Instructor(s): Anthony Berkley (aberkley@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).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The Mayan Languages were the languages of Ancient Mayan Civilization and are still spoken today by millions of people living in southern Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. Have you ever wanted to learn how to speak a Mayan language? This seminar will explore the general linguistics of Mayan Languages, focusing on the grammatical description and transcription of Yucatec Maya (one of the languages in the Mayan Language Family). Students will work through exercises, explanations, and audio, in a beginning textbook to help familiarize them with the Mayan languages. Students will also do readings on Mayan language and culture, and in class we will discuss topics such as language history, colonial history, language contact, oral literature, and standardization and revitalization. This class serves as both a general introduction to Mayan languages and provides more advanced work on selected topics. Both graduate students and advanced undergraduates are welcome. Students of Mayan Languages other than Yucatec will be accommodated and should contact me in advance via email.

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Anthro. 458. Topics in Cultural Anthropology.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 005 Mind, Culture, and Environment. Meets with Psychology 401.010 and SNRE 306.001 and 501.001

Instructor(s): Scott Atran (satran@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).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The course will explore the cognitive and behavioral strategies that different cultural groups use for sustaining interactions between people and their natural environments. Interdisciplinary readings will introduce students to recent work in mental models, categorization and reasoning, decision theory and social dilemmas. We will also examine the conflicts between utility-oriented (e.g., economic) models of people's relationship with nature versus value-laden (e.g., religious) models, and discuss quantitative and qualitative methods for evaluating their relative merits and shortcomings.

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Anthro. 458. Topics in Cultural Anthropology.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 006 Transitional Justice: New Perspectives on Human Rights. Meets with Latin American and Caribbean Studies 455.001. Advanced undergraduates with professor's permission.

Instructor(s): Daniel Rothenberg (dmrothen@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).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course deals with the challenges that societies face in seeking to make sense of extreme political violence and gross violations of fundamental human rights as these issues arrive within the context of political transition. The course combines theoretical and philosophical reflections on issues of truth, justice and reconciliation with several focused inquiries regarding trials, truth commissions, amnesty laws, reparations, and issues of memory and memorials. The second half of the 20th century has been a time of enormous conflict and repeated instances of state terror and grave violations of human rights. In the 1980s and 1990s, many countries began a complex transitional process involving a move from authoritarian often military-controlled regimes to more democratic civilian controlled systems of government. In many cases, these nations and their people were forced to reckon with the violent actions of their own governments massacres, extrajudicial executions, disappearances, torture, and other acts of terror, intimidation and violence.

This course grounds these general issues and reflections in a series of case studies of trials, amnesties, compensation, truth commissions and memorials, focusing largely on a number of Latin American nations including: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Uruguay. The course also considers issues involving the Holocaust, the Nuremberg trials, and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The course will be run as a seminar for graduate and professional students, although advanced undergraduates may de allowed to take the class with professor's permission. The course does not require any background in international human rights law or any prior knowledge of the cases to be studied, although personal experience and/or familiarity with the issues may be helpful. The course will be discussion based and will require extensive weekly readings as well as 20-30 page paper involving a first and second draft.

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Anthro. 459. Inequality in Tribal Societies.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two courses in ethnology. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/Reserves/W00/ANO459/index.html

What is the principal locus of the production of inequality in human society? This has been an important concern of humanistic social thought since the Enlightenment. All those who have examined the problem have had recourse to consideration of relatively egalitarian pre-modern societies in which forms of hierarchy associated with the nation-state and industrialized world economy are absent. These ethnographic cases provide a critical testing ground for general social theories of inequality because the latter explicitly or implicitly "predict" the social and economic configuration of the most egalitarian societies. Both received wisdom and recent theory have emphasized the production and circulation of accumulatable forms of wealth as the source of inequality. Unequal accumulation and relations of dependence and indebtedness are seen to follow inevitably from the sheer presence of wealth (which should thus be absent in egalitarian societies). The Marxian position holds that all social inequalities are grounded in the dynamics of a particular mode of production and are either directly generated by this or built-up upon core relations of inequality that are so generated. There should then be a one-to-one relation between economic inequality and social inequality (i.e., differential prestige, privilege, and moral evaluation). Recent elaboration of this perspective sees social inequality as rooted in the social relations of production entailed by bridewealth systems in which senior males gain control over the labor of wives and junior males by their control of matrimonial goods. The exchange of persons for persons is also replaced by an exchange of persons for goods so that accumulation of wealth becomes a precondition for the reproduction of kin relations. If the evolutionary road to inequality is paved with bridewealth as this perspective suggests then egalitarian societies should lack marriage payments, for these are seen as a central locus for the production of inequality. The course will examine these issues. Format is part lecture, part seminar. Substantial term paper required.

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Anthro. 499. Undergraduate Reading and Research in Anthropology.

Museum, Honors, Reading, Research, and Field Courses

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).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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. 534. New Directions in Ecological Anthropology.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001 (Drop/Add deadline=January 25).

Instructor(s): Stuart Kirsch (skirsch@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate students in SNRE and Anthropology; senior standing and anthropology or environmental studies concentrators by permission of instructor only. (1). (Excl).

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This one-credit mini-course is organized around a series of six lectures reporting on new directions in ecological anthropology and political ecology, including such topics as sacred sites and joint access to public property, industrial accidents and environmentalism, symbolic ecologies and phenomenological approaches to landscape and place. Students will be expected to attend the public lectures and discuss the material as well as supplementary readings during separate discussion sessions.

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Anthro. 538. Occidentalism and Capitalism.

Ethnology-Topical Courses

Section 001 Meets with History 604.001

Instructor(s): Fernando Coronil (coronil@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Recent developments in social theory and postcolonial studies have brought about a significant reevaluation of theoretical categories, disciplinary objects of study, and disciplinary boundaries. Yet these critiques often reproduce a separation between "culture" and "political economy" and reinscribe an imperial standpoint from which inequality continues to be naturalized and difference remains defined as Otherness. Through the development of a critical historical anthropology, this course links the critique of Eurocentrisim (as developed by Said and Subaltern theorists from South Asia and Latin America) to a renewed attempt to examine capitalism, particularly in the age of neoliberal globalization, in order to deepen our understanding of some of the theoretical and political issues entailed in the study of cultural difference and social inequality in the age of (post) modern imperialism. Although the course is theory-driven, it seeks to prepare students both to carry out fieldwork and to produce articles and monographs under current conditions.

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Anthro. 572(478)/Ling. 542. Introduction to Sociolinguistics.

Linguistic Anthropology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lesley Milroy (amilroy@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Ling. 514 or graduate standing. (3). (Excl).

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Linguistics 542.001.

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Anthro. 578. Monographs in the Ethnography of Speaking.

Linguistic Anthropology

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Judith Irvine (jti@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Anthro. 576. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with some major book-length works in the ethnography of speaking i.e., works that take an ethnographic approach to language, with a focus on speaking as social action. Readings will range from studies that approach language ethnographically to studies that approach ethnography through linguistic practices. Several different theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and kinds of ethnographic settings will be represented. By examining detailed field studies, both classic and recent, we will consider ways in which ethnographers have drawn on linguistic evidence to make inferences about social relations and cultural patterns; similarly, we will consider ways in which social relations have offered evidence about language. In reading monograph-length studies, we will take the opportunity to consider the monograph itself as a genre of ethnographic representation, and to consider the ways in which insights about linguistic practices can be used to develop fine-grained and complex social analyses. Requirements include several short writing assignments, class participation, and a final paper. Prerequisite: Anthropology 576 or 2 courses in formal linguistics.

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Anthro. 591. Practica in Archaeological Research Techniques.

Archaeology

Instructor(s): Carla Sinopoli (sinopoli@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The discipline of anthropological archaeology demands a broad range of knowledge and skills. Students must develop a background in a range of theoretical issues and debates and in the archaeological, environmental, and historic data and literatures of the region or regions in which they work. Equally important, archaeologists must develop the skills to recover and study the archaeological materials that form the basis for interpretations and explanations of ancient societies and processes of cultural change. These archaeological materials include diverse categories of artifacts, including ceramics, lithics, textiles, as well as plant and animals remains, and soils. The study of these and other archaeological remains requires that students master appropriate analytical skills. This course seeks to provide advanced undergraduate and graduate students with theoretical background and hands-on experience in a range of archaeological laboratory and analytical techniques. The course will have variable content and will be divided into two or more sections, each taught by a different faculty member or other appropriate personnel, with the overall organization under the supervision of one general coordinator who will be responsible for administrative organization and paperwork. Each section will be oriented toward providing a general background of relevant issues and resources as well as hands-on experience working with archaeological collections of the Museum of Anthropology. Sections will range in length from two to six weeks, with three contact hours per week. Students must enroll for the entire academic term.

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