ANTH 0000 -
Colloquium on Anthropology for the Public
ANTH 0000 - Colloquium
on College Teaching
ANTH 0000 - Colloquium
on Professional Development
70000- Current Topics in Anthropology
Core Course in Cultural Anthropology I
course and ANTH 70200 in Spring 2003 will introduce students to current
issues and controversies in cultural anthropology. Both courses are part
of the preparation for the first exam in the PhD program. 70100 does not
attempt to be canonical, in the sense of providing the background, history,
and theory of allegedly "settled" issues in cultural anthropology. Its
object is to encourage engagement with, as well as adaptation to, the
ongoing life of the field. Student evaluation for 70100 will be based
upon two short papers (no more than eight pages each) and an in-class
final examination. Forty percent of Fall term's grade derives from the
paper assignments; the balance of the grade will be based on student performance
in the final examination. The papers and exam will be structured as learning
devices to help students develop the ability to respond critically to
questions based upon the current practices and controversies of the field.
today is no longer the clearly demarcated discipline of yesterday. Many
new subfields have emerged as well as many new approaches to anthropological
research and writing. There is a wide range of newer issues and new approaches
to older issues. Cultural studies and postmodern theory have exerted a
powerful influence on contemporary ethnography and ethnology, raising
fundamental questions about what the discipline is about and where it
is going, compelling anthropologists to foreground issues hitherto confined
to literary theory and philosophy. Indeed, one of the striking tendencies
of our times is for the boundaries between disciplines to come down and
for new integrative and cross-disciplinary approaches to be developed.
These are not to be considered simply as abstruse theoretical developments.
On the contrary, one of the purposes of this course is to bring home the
fact that abstruse theores have practical consequences -- sometimes positive,
sometimes dire and dreadful.
course examines the philosophy, methodology, process and techniques of
qualitative research in anthropology. It seeks to give the student a clear
understanding of the variety of philosophical approaches underlying this
methodology as well as to familiarize the student with the basic practical
steps involved in designing, managing and conducting qualitative research.
Issues of entering and working in the field, interviewing, keeping and
writing field notes, and research and publication will be explored. It
gives a brief review of the software currently available and focuses on
one of the leading programs, ATLAS.T1. At the end of this course you should
be familiar with at least one of the main programs in wide usage in the
field and be able to use it for the recording, analysis and writing up
of your research. A special emphaisis will be placed on students doing
exercises using data which they have collected themselves.
Marx, Weber, Durkheim
This seminar closely examines the foundations of modern social theory. It is hoped that analysis of the works of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim will create not only specific understandings of their contributions to the understanding of the modern world, but will provide a sketch of the terrain upon which contemporary social thought is constructed.
70900- Anthropology of Human Rights
Aspects of Middle Eastern Anthropology
course consists of two parts. The first part will deal with three general
themes: religion, law, and politics. The second part will focus on a number
of significant texts by anthropologists and others dealing with specific
topics and places. Emphasis will be placed throughout on modes of analysis
and explanation. Everyone taking the course will be expected to have read
Karen Armstrong's book Islam: A Short History during the summer.
Registration for this course requires permission of the instructor.
American Cultures and Histories
course seeks to understand the processes that produce differentiation
both within and between North American cultures. Of particular concern
will be the uses to which difference is put, and what happens when cultural
difference becomes, in the political economy, useless. Special attention
will be paid to the formation and transformation of Native American societies
and, in partial but revealing contrast, to those more encompassing differences
that become categorized as "race."
Ethnology of the Caribbean
course invites the student to engage with the condition of the Caribbean,
historically and today. It begins by examining the historical background
to the Caribbean and its peculiar situation of being not of 'the West'
but in 'the West.' One of the distinctive features of this region is precisely
this presence at the creation of the West. Caribbean ethnology thus raises
all the critical issues of globalization, hybridity, race, class, nationalism
and transnationalism in a particularly acute way.
75000- Core Course in Archaeology
This course is intended as an introductory course for non-archaeological anthropology students. It attemps to give an abbreviated overview of methods and major issues in modern archaeology combined with a highly selective survey of major trends in prehistory. This is a rather tall order (globe + 4.5 mil years), and the key words in the last sentence are "abbreviated" and "selective." You should realize that more coursework and outside reading will be desirable if you expect to do archaeology professionally, but this course is designed to give you some tools and ideas for teaching innocent undergrads later in life (yes, four-field courses do happen to nice people like you). Depending on your interests, you may find it useful to also sample archaeological regional courses dealing with your world area and investigate offerings on Hunter/Gatherers and Early States, all of which my be useful both theoretically and pracically. You might find attendance at the Archaeology seminar series (usually Thursdays ca. 4:30-6:00) occasionally informative and interesting; see me for schedule and details. Should the subfield interst you more than you'd expected, feel free to contact me or any of the other archaeology faculty about fieldwork and additional courses. It is never too late to convert!
Creole Languages of the Caribbean
We will examine the languages in the Caribbean area classified as creoles: Jamaican, Guyanese, Haitian, Papiamentu, Trinidadian, etc. FIrst considered will be theories of Creole genesis and evolution along with the nature of these languages' grammars. We will spend the latter part of the course dealing with the English-related Creoles and Haitian from the standpoint of grammar, communicative practices, history, and education.
Genetics and Human Variation
This course provides a general introduction to genetics and human biological variation. We assume that most of the students taking this course have had little exposure to basic molecular genetics, population genetics, or the mathematics required for simple genetic description and analysis. Therefore, these subjects will be covered in some detail at the beginning of the course. We will then examine biological variation at the genetic and morphological level among and within modern human populations and molecular diversity within the primate order.
80700- Reading Marx's Capital
80800- Doctoral Dissertation Writing
82400- Reading Medical Ethnographies (formerly Selected Topics in Medical
82500- Uneven Geographical Development
83900- Historical Archaeology
89000- Seminar in Physical Anthropology
Sexual Selection and Primate Behavior
We will discuss the theory of sexual selection and its applications to the evolution and behavior of non-human primates. We will begin by intensively reading and discussing the historical proponents of, and debates surrounding, sexual selection as a means by which evolutionary change occurs. We will then, through reading and discussion, examine the literature on sexual selection in various taxa, including primates.
ANTH 89901 -
Ind Study/Resch Cultural Anth
ANTH 89902 - Ind
ANTH 89903 - Ind
Study/Resch Ling Anth
ANTH 89904 - Ind
Study/Resch Physical Anth
ANTH 90000 - Dissertation
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