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Fall 2015 Class Schedule - updated August 31, 2015 at 10:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
ANTH 101-01  General Anthropology
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm NEILL 400 Scott Legge
ANTH 101-02  General Anthropology
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm ARTCOM 102 Scott Legge
ANTH 111-01  Cultural Anthropology
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 06A Anna Jacobsen
ANTH 194-01  Sustainability and the Modern World
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 05 Arjun Guneratne
*First Year Course only; first day attendance required*

In the summer of 1989, the economist Julian Simon and the ecologist Garret Hardin faced off in an auditorium at the University of Wisconsin over the fate of the earth. Where Hardin was gloomy about the prospect, predicting that the demands of an increasing population would place natural resources under stress, Simon was unabashedly optimistic, arguing that human ingenuity would find solutions to the problems of human civilization. This course critiques both these sets of ideas, within an analytical framework that draws on anthropology, history and politics. The relationship of human populations to their environment is mediated by their culture, which shapes how, how much, and what we consume. Although human ingenuity can find technical solutions to the problems that face us, technology itself is ordered, managed and utilized by social and political systems. The trajectory of human societies throughout history is to develop increasing political, social and economic complexity over time, which in turn shapes how technology is developed and deployed to transform nature and help reproduce society. However, we live in a world that is more tightly integrated than ever before, which makes environmental stresses that were once localized in their impact into global problems, even as the complexity of our social and political organization, both locally and globally, militates against easy solutions.

The emergence of agriculture led to the development of centralized political systems and to an exponential increase in the human population, and eventually to an economic system based on perpetual growth requiring in turn a cultural-ideological system to generate a constant expansion of wants. By examining four inter-related factors that have shaped our modern condition—the rise of states, population growth, industrial food systems and the emergence of a ‘culture of consumption’—this course introduces students to a model through which to understand the modern world as an integrated whole based on inter-locking economic, political and socio-cultural systems. Given the tremendous stress placed on the environment by the operation of the global system, can the world political and economic order endure in its present configuration, how might its transformation be achieved and what might that transformation look like? This course promises no answers, but will raise crucial and complex questions, and introduce students to a way of thinking synthetically and holistically (i.e, anthropologically) about them.

ANTH 206-01  Endangered/Minority Languages
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm NEILL 111 Marianne Milligan
*Cross-listed with LING 206-01; total class limit is set for 20 instructor is looking for a mix of 9 rising Sr/Jr and 11 Soph/FY*

ANTH 230-01  Ethnographic Interviewing
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm CARN 05 Arjun Guneratne
ANTH 239-01  Medical Anthropology
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 05 Amirpouyan Shiva
ANTH 240-01  Human Osteology and Paleopathology
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 06B Scott Legge
ANTH 253-01  Comparative Muslim Cultures
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 404 Jenna Rice
*Cross-listed with INTL 253-01; no prerequisites*

ANTH 255-01  Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm CARN 06A Olga Gonzalez
*Cross-listed with LATI 255-01; first day attendance required*

ANTH 294-01  Conflict in African Societies
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm CARN 05 Anna Jacobsen
In this course, we will study several African societies with particular attention to a variety of themes surrounding how conflicts emerge, how diverse African peoples respond to violence, and how individuals and groups rebuild after such conflicts and violence. We will look at, for instance, how conflicts emerge as a result of international demand for specific commodities such as diamonds, coltan (for cell phones), and oil in places such as Angola, DR Congo, and Nigeria; how conflict impacts the lives of individual children who become child soldiers in Sierra Leone and Liberia; and the efforts of healing and rebuilding after State-sanctioned violence, such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. Through various ethnographic, social scientific and theoretical lenses, we will explore the processes leading to such conflicts and violence; crisis management and intervention; and peace-making, healing, and community rebuilding.

ANTH 294-02  Peoples and Cultures of Southeast Asia
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm CARN 05 Mai See Thao
What makes Southeast Asia unique and distinct from its other Asian counterparts such as India and China? To explore this question, this course will take us from late colonialism to the contemporary period in Southeast Asia, where you will gain a critical perspective on the formation of Southeast Asia, the imaginaries and fantasies that other nations imbued Southeast Asia with, and cultural and political impact of transnational and diasporic connections post-Vietnam War. To understand the interconnected formation of Southeast Asia, this course will combine archival, ethnographic, historical, literature, and political science to understand Southeast Asia as an area studies of not just knowledge but of power.

ANTH 294-03  Macro-Sociology and Social Inquiry
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm ARTCOM 102 Chaitanya Mishra
*Cross-listed with POLI 294-04 and SOCI 294-02* By juxtaposing and contrasting it with the micro, agency-centered and rational-actor approaches, this course elaborates the two branches of macrosociological inquiry: the world-systems approach and the comparative historical approach. The body of the course focuses on how the macrosociological lens can be utilized to comprehend a variety of social subjects, institutions and processes, e.g. nature of households, migration, ethnicity and ethnic upsurge, and knowledge and social science as well as the rise of revolution and democracy. The course will draw on ideas from Karl Marx, C Wright Mills, Immanuel Wallerstein, Anthony Giddens, Theda Skocpol, Andre Gunder Frank, George Marcus, and other social scientists. The classes will be run in a seminar format. Students are expected to decipher, reflect upon and elaborate personal, familial, gender, class, and ‘race’ related experiences, events and processes by implicating the texts to comprehend everyday ‘personal’ life and the way it is structured.

ANTH 363-01  Anthropology of Development
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 05 Arjun Guneratne
ANTH 387-01  Darwin and Evolutionary Thought
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 06B Scott Legge
ANTH 394-01  Anthropology of Morality
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 05 Anna Jacobsen
The world as we know it has become increasingly one in which defining and identifying the "moral" is both of vital importance socially and simultaneously highly personal and subjective. Yet, we often presume that morality is something quintessentially universal. This course will draw on new studies of morality within anthropology to examine issues of violence (such as in post-conflict settings in East Africa and Southeast Asia), on issues of religion and piety as they pertain to personhood and group identity (such as in Papua New Guinea), and in politics and political rhetoric, both in North America and in non-western locations. In this course, by drawing on a combination of ethnography, news and journal articles, film, anthropological theory and class discussion, students will unpack the dense and often personal topic of morality, worldwide, and from an anthropological perspective. What can we learn about ourselves and others if we understand the world as one with multiple moralities rather than one with a singular moral code? What are the implications of this? Please note: Students wishing to count this course toward Legal Studies will choose a final paper topic that intersects with law.

ANTH 487-01  Theory in Anthropology
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 05 Olga Gonzalez

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Spring 2016 Class Schedule - updated August 31, 2015 at 10:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
ANTH 111-01  Cultural Anthropology
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm CARN 06A Arjun Guneratne
ANTH 111-02  Cultural Anthropology
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 06A STAFF
ANTH 123-01  Introduction to Archaeology
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm MAIN 001 Andrew Overman
Cross-listed with CLAS 123-01*

ANTH 230-01  Ethnographic Interviewing
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 05 Anna Jacobsen
ANTH 294-01  Cultural Resource Management
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm CARN 06B Scott Legge
ANTH 294-02  Art and Activisim of Latin America
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 06A Olga Gonzalez
ANTH 294-03  Urban Anthropology
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm CARN 05 Anna Jacobsen
ANTH 358-01  Anthropology of Violence
MW 07:00 pm-08:30 pm CARN 05 Olga Gonzalez
ANTH 394-01  Advanced Skeletal Biology
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 06B Scott Legge
ANTH 394-02  Evolutionary Medicine
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm CARN 06A STAFF
*First day attendance required*

ANTH 394-03  The Anthropology of Chronic Diseases
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm CARN 06A Mai See Thao
*First day attendance required*

ANTH 490-01  Senior Seminar
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 06A Arjun Guneratne

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