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Description for ANTH106: An introduction to the anthropological study of cultures, based on ethnographic descriptions and analyses of tribal, developing, and modern state societies. The course explores a variety of concepts and approaches to the study of culture, and participants acquire experience in critical reading, critical thinking, and analytic writing. Students who have taken ANTH 103 may not receive credit for ANTH 106.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Distribution: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Description for ANTH211: An introduction to the study of man’s biological origins with emphasis on the fossil record, primate analogues of human behavior, and the variety and diversity of modern man including the adaptive significance of this variability.
Description for ANTH220G: This course focuses on indigenous peoples of South America’s Amazon region, and persistence and change in their cultures and histories, from 1500 to the present- especially in response to European colonizers, missionaries, modern states, and contemporary rain forest development. Participants consider the human rights issues involved, and critique conventional European representations of Amazonians, in ethnography, literature and film. Capabilities addressed: Critical reading, critical thinking, clear writing, academic self assessment, collaborative learning, information technology.
Prerequisite: ENGL 102, and a minimum of 30 credits. Degree Students Only. Students may not take more than one 200G (Intermediate Seminar) course.
Description for ANTH247: This course compares the processes of state formation in major civilizations, including Mesopotamia, Early Dynastic Egypt, Shang China, Aztecs of Mesoamerica, Inca of Peru. Recent archaeological and historical data are used to explore cross-cultural themes such as the provisioning of cities, role of religious ideology, social organization of land and labor, and gendered dimensions of power and social identity.
Description for ANTH262: A cross-cultural exploration of dreams and dreaming across cultures, with general attention to the western Pacific, and the Mekeo people of Papua New Guinea in particular: review of the anthropology of dreams in the context of theoretical works by Freud and Jung, and recent neurobiological studies; and , the relationship of dreams to notions of the self, person, and individual.
Description for ANTH274: An ethnographic and historical overview of the Caribbean, examining the impact of external forces on local economic organization, domestic life, religion, and migration, with attention to the importance of transnational communities and migrations that link the islands with the North American mainland.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Distribution: World Cultures
Description for ANTH301L: An interdisciplinary treatment of conceptions and practices of child nature and nurture in the United States, viewed in the context of American culture and history. The course begins with an historical overview of child life in America, with special attention to Puritan New England, nineteenth century industrialization and urbanization, and twentieth century trends. In treating contemporary childhood, the course examines mainstream patterns of the middle and working classes, both rural and urban; African-American child and family life; Hispano-American child and family life; enculturation among selected American Indian groups; the importance of gender as a variable in childhood experience; and the growing importance of formal institutions-such as schools, youth organizations, and medical institutions-as environments for young people. Children’s own cultural constructions, in the form of games and folklore, are also considered. The course concludes with an examination of selected policy issues affecting children, such as child abuse, medical intervention, day care, and the Children’s Rights Movement.
Academic Information: Credits: 3 Diversity: United States Crosslisted: AMST 301L.
Description for ANTH366: A comparative study of religion, including belief systems, social functions, ritual processes. Religions of a variety of cultures are considered, and some emphasis is given to the development of modern anthropological theories of religion and on current methods of analysis and interpretation.
Description for ANTH367: Beliefs about people with extraordinary powers to cause harm or good are found in societies of different types and in different periods in history. This course examines such beliefs in a number of different cultural, geographical, and historical contexts in order to demonstrate ways in which anthropologists and other social scientists approach the more general problem of understanding the function of belief systems in human society. The course does not teach techniques of witchcraft or sorcery.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or higher or permission of instructor.