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Fall 2014 Class Schedule - updated December 21, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
 
ANTH 101-01  General Anthropology
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm CARN 206 Scott Legge
 
ANTH 111-01  Cultural Anthropology
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 06A Dianna Shandy
 
ANTH 194-01  Politics of Truth and Memory in Latin America
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 06B Olga Gonzalez
*First Year Course only* This course examines and critically analyzes various approaches to the study of how different individuals and communities in particular historical and cultural scenarios in contemporary Latin America create meanings about their past experience with political violence. The course addresses questions related to the tension between remembering and forgetting, the presence of conflicting memories and truths and how these are negotiated or not through distinct forms of representation. The cultural analysis of different means of representation: human rights and truth commissions’ reports, testimonials, film, art and memorials will be the basis for class discussions on different notions of truth and different forms of truth-telling. A close examination of these forms of representation will reveal the extent to which they can conflict with each other while at the same time feed on each other, creating “effects of truth” and leaving room for secrecy as a mode of truth-telling. Finally, the course will also compel students to think about what consequences the politics of memory have for the future. This course will combine lectures and class discussions. It will have a strong writing component with a series of short papers and one longer final research paper. There will be one final exam. Grades will be based on written assignments in addition to oral presentations and participation in class discussions.



ANTH 206-01  Endangered/Minority Languages
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm NEILL 217 Marianne Milligan
*Cross-listed with LING 206-01; total class limit is set for 15 instructor is looking for a mix of 5 seats Jr/Sr and 10 seats for Soph/FY*

ANTH 230-01  Ethnographic Interviewing
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 05 Dianna Shandy
*First day attendance required; declared and intended Anthropology Major required*

ANTH 239-01  Medical Anthropology
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 06A Ron Barrett
*Counts towards Community and Global Health Concentration*

ANTH 241-01  Anthropology of Death and Dying
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm Ron Barrett
*Permission of instructor required; course to meet in the Chapel*

ANTH 248-01  Magic, Witchcraft and Religions
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 05 Anna Jacobsen
 
ANTH 258-01  Peoples and Cultures of Africa
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm CARN 06A Anna Jacobsen
 
ANTH 259-01  Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 06B Scott Legge
*Cross-listed with ENVI 259-01*

ANTH 280-01  Topics in Linguistic Anthropology
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am NEILL 212 Marianne Milligan
*Cross-listed with LING 280-01; no prerequisites*

ANTH 362-01  Culture and Globalization
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm CARN 05 Dianna Shandy
*Cross-listed with INTL 362-01*

ANTH 394-01  Introduction to Museum Studies
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 402 Gonzalez, Overman
*Cross-listed with ART 394-01 and CLAS 394-01*

ANTH 487-01  Theory in Anthropology
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 06A Ron Barrett
 

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Spring 2015 Class Schedule - updated December 21, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
 
ANTH 101-01  General Anthropology
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 06A Ron Barrett
 
ANTH 111-01  Cultural Anthropology
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm CARN 06A Anna Jacobsen
 
ANTH 115-01  Biological Anthropology
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 06B Anna Hardin
 
ANTH 123-01  Introduction to Archaeology
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 215 Vanessa Rousseau
*Cross-listed with CLAS 123-01*

ANTH 243-01  Psychological Anthropology
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 05 Olga Gonzalez
*Cross-listed with PSYC 243-01*

ANTH 294-03  Field Methods and Research Design
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm CARN 05 Ron Barrett
This course combines civic engagement with the fundamentals of ethnographic research needed for successful completion of a one to two-month field-based project. Learning modules will include: a) the ethics of social science research and human subjects review; b) research design and proposal; c) observation methods and field notes; d) interview methods and transcription; and, e) qualitative data analysis. All students will conduct a joint research project in partnership with local community members to address a relevant social problem. Prerequisite: ANTH 101 or ANTH 111.

ANTH 294-04  Archaeology of the Midwestern United States
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 06B Edward Fleming
This course traces the developments, adaptations, and transformations of indigenous cultures in the Midcontinent of North America from the first arrivals at the end of the last ice age up to European colonization. From nomadic large game hunters to the establishment of large population centers, the American Midwest has been the heartland of over 10,000 years of political, economic, and religious movements.

Through lectures, readings (textbook, journal articles, and archaeological reports), discussions, group activities, and visits to the labs and collections storage at the Science Museum of Minnesota to examine representative artifacts, this course will take an evidence-based approach to examining the dynamics of the rich cultural heritage of the region from the Appalachian Mountains in the east to the Great Plains in the west. We will consider how technology, settlement patterns, subsistence, social organization, and systems of interaction varied over time, the role of environmental change in cultural adaptations, and how shifts in American archaeological thought have influenced our understanding of the archaeological record.

ANTH 294-05  Urban Anthropology
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am OLRI 101 Anna Jacobsen
Today more than 50% of the world’s population resides in cities and the United Nations predicts that by the year 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. This means that cities might be considered among the most important locations for building an understanding of the human experience. This course examines the many ways that people around the world make urban life meaningful. We will focus on the intersections among anthropology, urban studies, social theory and human geography to explore the theoretical, social, and methodological approaches to understanding the culture(s) created in cities. Drawing on ethnographic case studies from cities around the world, we will explore issues pertaining to race and ethnicity, gender, youth, poverty, diversity and “super-diversity,” gentrification, urbanization, and illusions and realities of modernity. Prerequisite: ANTH 111 or permission of instructor.

ANTH 394-01  Gender, Power, and Sexualities in Africa
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 05 Dianna Shandy
*Cross-listed with WGSS 394-01* This course uses gender, one of the most dynamic areas of Africanist research today, as a lens to examine struggles over power and human rights in Africa. It engages some of the most recent discussions on sexualities by examining the body as a site of political, legal, and social contestation. In particular, we will interrogate the local and global dimensions of the recent and highly controversial anti-homosexuality legislation in Uganda and the implications for discussions of human rights and sexualities throughout the continent. Through reading ethnographic and life history texts and researching their own projects, students will grapple with themes such as “the status” of women in hierarchical vs. complementary conceptualizations of social power, the making of men, the meaning of “tradition” in historical perspective, the relationship between kinship, politics, and civil order in Africa, the challenges of forming coalitions around gender-based human rights issues, the intersection of gender and patterns of production and reproduction, and the ways in which conflict and post-conflict settings bring intersections of gender, power, sexualities, and human rights to the fore.

ANTH 394-02  Politics of Truth and Memory in Latin America
MW 07:00 pm-08:30 pm CARN 06A Olga Gonzalez
*Cross-listed with LATI 394-01* This course examines and critically analyzes various approaches to the study of how different individuals and communities in particular historical and cultural scenarios in contemporary Latin America create meanings about their past experience with political violence. The course addresses questions related to the tension between remembering and forgetting, the presence of conflicting memories and truths and how these are negotiated or not through distinct forms of representation. The cultural analysis of different means of representation: human rights and truth commissions’ reports, testimonials, film, art and memorials will be the basis for class discussions on different notions of truth and different forms of truth-telling. A close examination of these forms of representation will reveal the extent to which they can conflict with each other while at the same time feed on each other, creating “effects of truth” and leaving room for secrecy as a mode of truth-telling. Finally, the course will also compel students to think about what consequences the politics of memory have for the future. This course will combine lectures and class discussions. It will have a strong writing component with a series of short papers and one longer final research paper. There will be one final exam. Grades will be based on written assignments in addition to oral presentations and participation in class discussions

ANTH 394-03  Language and Politics
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 05 Anna Jacobsen
In this course, students will explore the role language plays in politics and socio-political spheres more broadly. It will offer students an opportunity to look critically and analytically at how power operates in linguistic practices and political interaction by drawing on seminal linguistic anthropological theories and methods. We will unpack how language is used to articulate, maintain and subvert relations of power in society, and explore in particular how language and rhetoric have been used and manipulated in myriad contexts including related to war and the construction of “truth.” Topics may also include political oratory and rhetoric, the colonization/decolonization of the mind, the politics of pronouns, the English-only movement in the US, and Language revitalization and survival. To do this, we will draw on a combination of pop and mainstream media, ethnography, and theory to build an understanding of how social actors use and (re)interpret language. Prerequisite: ANTH 111 or permission of instructor.

ANTH 490-01  Senior Seminar
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 06A Dianna Shandy
 

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