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ANTH 112 (3)–Cultural Anthropology
Prerequisite: Not open to seniors. (ANTH 112H is open to seniors). A broad, general introduc- tion to selected concepts and topics in cultural anthropology through ethnographic accounts of societies from different world regions. Questions about differing social practices and cultural val- ues will be explored, along with questions about how anthropologists examine the objects of their studies and critical examination of analytical concepts such as culture, tradition, ritual, and kinship. The course is designed primarily for first- and second-year students. V.4.

ANTH 114 (3)–Introduction to Archaeology
An introduction to the theory and methods of anthropological archaeology and a survey of some of the prehistoric societies in different parts of the world. III.Q, V.1

ANTH 215 (3)–Peoples and Cultures of Africa
An exploration of anthropological approaches to Africa, focusing on selected societies. The course examines the dynamism of African cultures and their engagement with the world system in various domains. Among possible topics in the course are engagements with colonialism and globalization, art and aesthetics, social organi- zation, ideas of the state, health and healing, religion and worldview, personhood and senti- ments, and gendered experiences. V.4.

ANTH 221 (3)–Culture, Society, and the Individual
Prerequisite: Not open to first-year students. An introduction to the theoretical foundations of anthropology. We examine the emergence of specific problematics in anthropology: What is the relationship of the individual to society? To culture? What are the implications of talking about society as structured? About cultures as different? How do we account for change and diversity? The course introduces these questions through the examination of theoretical sources and supple- mented by some ethnographic studies. V.5.

ANTH 224 (3)–Ethnography
Prerequisite: ANTH 112 or one 200-level ANTH course. A critical evaluation of the ways anthropologists study Western and non-West- ern cultures and the ways anthropologists shape coherent narratives. A practical introduction to fieldwork techniques, ethnographic meth- ods, ethical dilemmas, and the conventions of anthropological writing. III.W, V.5.

ANTH 233 (3)–Cultural Perspectives on the Family and Society
Prerequisite: ANTH 112 or one 200-level ANTH course; instructor permission may be given to students who have taken upper-level social science courses. An examination of the ideas associated with the family in anthropology and in different societ- ies, of relationships within the family and between families and larger society, and of how such rela- tionships are inventively lived in different cultures in historical and contemporary times. Among other topics, the course may examine ideas of mother- hood and fatherhood; descent and relationship; intra- and inter-national adoptions; new reproduc- tive technologies; and the ideas associated with the family in national, business, religious, and other community discourses. Offered alternate years. V.5.

ANTH 238 (3)–The Anthropology of Globalization
Prerequisite: ANTH 112 or one 200-level ANTH course. This course takes a critical look at globalization, both as an idea about the cur- rent moment, and how people respond to and create contemporary changes. We will pay par- ticular attention to global markets and the flow of people, goods and ideas; neoliberalism and the rise of nonstate global agencies; the work of the imagination; the apparent contrast between “the global” and local knowledge; and the place of the intimate in world-wide change. V.7.

ANTH 261 (1, 2, or 3)–Directed Study
Prerequisites: One ANTH course and permis- sion of the instructor. The study of introductory level material by an individual student or by a small group of students under the immediate supervision of a faculty member. This course is graded P/CR/NC only.

ANTH 268 (3)–Peoples and Cultures of the Mediterranean
An area survey of selected Mediterranean soci- eties, including the comparative analysis of selected European, Middle Eastern, and North African cultures. An examination of the cen- tral concepts in the social anthropology of this region: honor and shame, the roles of family and kinship, and systems of stratification. Offered alternate years. V.5.

ANTH 270 (3)–Peoples and Cultures of South Asia
An examination of selected South Asian societ- ies from an anthropological perspective. Among topics the course may cover are kinship, class and caste, gender and sexualities, the lifecourse, moder- nity and tradition, religion, and aesthetics. V.4.

ANTH 272 (3)–Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
An exploration of various anthropological per- spectives on selected Middle Eastern societies. Among topics that may be covered are gen- der, family and society, religion and secularism, transformations of class, media and society, age and the lifecourse, and Middle Eastern moderni- ties. Offered every two years. V.4, V.5.

ANTH 274 (3)–Sex and Gender: An Anthropological
Perspective Are relations of power and status between men and women always unequal? Are gender dif- ferences always linked to the same notions of sexuality and sexual practice? These questions will be explored by looking at the ways people in various cultures throughout the world define and maintain gender distinctions and order, and conceptualize sexuality. V.5.

ANTH 281 (3)–Visual Anthropology
Prerequisite: ANTH 112, ENGL 149, or ENGL 150. This course explores images of the cultural other, as seen in ethnographic and documentary films and photographs. How do photographs, art, exhibits, and museums reinforce stereotypes of “the primitive” and “the exotic?” In what ways are visual media used to create ethno- graphic texts and representations? The course will address these topics through film screen- ings, discussions, and readings as well as video production. V.5.

ANTH 282 (3)–Anthropology and the Body
Prerequisite: ANTH 112 or one 200-level ANTH course. A detailed exploration of the body as a cultural construct and as a field of practices. The course will examine how the body is imagined through a variety of discourses, including disease, illness and healing; ritual; aesthetics; age and gen- der; modification and training; and as part of the political domain. V.5.

ANTH 310 (3)–The Anthropology of Identity and Citizenship
Prerequisites: Two ANTH courses, at least one of which is at the 200-level or above. This course examines the processes through which people come to think of themselves as part of a group united by shared values, practices, or substances, and the ways in which such identi- ties figure in political contexts. The course also looks at how people relate to and shape political contexts, including “the state,” examining such concepts as civil society and the public sphere. Offered alternate years. V.7.

ANTH 317 (3)–Ecological Anthropology
Prerequisite: ANTH 112, one anthropol- ogy course at the 200-level, or ENVR 101. Ecological approaches in anthropology are introduced in this course through topics such as human population growth, biodiversity, sus- tainability, and climate change, especially in international contexts. A comparative study of global versus regional environmental concerns in both Western and non-Western contexts will be covered through readings and discussions. Offered alternate years. V.5.

ANTH 325 (3)–Special Topics in Anthropology
Prerequisites: Two anthropology courses, including one at or above the 200-level. An intensive study of a selected topic in anthropol- ogy, to be determined by the students and the instructor.

ANTH 328 (3)–Ritual and Worldview
Prerequisites: Two ANTH courses, at least one of which is at the 200-level or above. A study of how ritual and religious symbolism define cul- tural categories and individual experiences. The course will focus on initiation and death ritual, taboo, witchcraft and other idioms of affliction, and some of the theories anthropologists have used to interpret religious behavior and ideas. V.4, V.5.

ANTH 334 (3)–Gifts and Commodities: The Construction of Value in Social Life
Prerequisites: Two ANTH courses, at least one of which is at the 200-level or above. How do objects, such as gifts, money, commodities, art and aesthetic products, become “valued?” How do exchanges of valued objects shape relation- ships among people? The place of value and exchange in everyday life is examined through classic statements (for example by Marx, Mauss, and Simmel), and also in selected ethnographies. Offered alternate years. III.O.

ANTH 361 (1, 2, or 3)–Special Study
Prerequisites: Three anthropology courses, including one at the 200-level and permission of the instructor. The study of an intermediate level topic by an individual student or by a small group of students under the immediate supervi- sion of a faculty member. This course is taken on a P/CR/NC grading option only.

ANTH 377 (1, 2, or 3)–Internship
Prerequisites: Three credits in ANTH and per- mission of instructor, department chair, and dean. This course is graded P/CR/NC only.

ANTH 451 (1)–Senior Workshop in Anthropology and Archaeology
Prerequisites: Majors in anthropology or archaeology. A fall term workshop for students planning to take ANTH 452 in the spring term. In the course we will plan the senior seminar, and plan research projects for the spring, includ- ing assembling bibliographies, and research materials, and developing research proposals for review by the department. We also discuss career planning and how the anthropology and archaeology majors have prepared students for a variety of post-graduation paths. This course is taken on a P/CR/NC grading option only.

ANTH 452 (3)–Senior Seminar
Prerequisite: ANTH 451. An examination of core concepts and analytical methods in anthro- pology through focused discussion of contem- porary scholarship and through student senior research projects. III.O, III.W.

ANTH 461 (1, 2, or 3)–Independent Study
Prerequisites: Three ANTH courses, at least one at the 300-level, and permission of the instructor. Pursuit of an upper level research project determined in advance by the student in consultation with a faculty member who will act as the sponsor. This course is taken on a P/CR/ NC grading option only.