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Fall 2015 Class Schedule - updated November 30, 2015 at 07:00 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 November 30, 2015 at 07:00 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 Amirpouyan Shiva
ANTH 123-01  Introduction to Archaeology
TR 08:00 am-09:30 am MAIN 111 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 241-01  Anthropology of Death and Dying
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm CARN 305 Ron Barrett
*Permission of instructor required; first day attendance required*

ANTH 294-01  Cultural Resource Management
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm CARN 06B Scott Legge
Archaeology in the United States is no longer practiced exclusively by universities and museums. In fact, since the 1970s, the vast majority of archaeological projects undertaken involve individuals employed in either private industry or with the federal or state government. This shift toward cultural resource management (CRM) archaeology transformed the traditional role of archaeology practiced during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. So, what changed? This course explores the role of public archaeology in the United States through an examination of the laws and practices dictating the protection of historic properties, consultation with descendent communities, and the design of archaeological management plans. As part of the course students will have the opportunity to hear from archaeologists and others involved in the management and preservation of cultural resources currently working in Minnesota, including practicing CRM archaeologists, archaeologists in regulatory positions, museum curators, and tribal cultural resources managers. Overall, the course is structured to provide an academic basis to a practical sub-discipline of archaeology. No prerequisites.

ANTH 294-02  Art and Sustainability about Latin America
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 06A Olga Gonzalez
*Cross-listed with LATI 294-01* The course examines the concept of sustainability through the creation of engaged art that brings into the conversation issues of social, political and ecological justice. While the focus is on Latin America our discussion will not be limited to art produced and consumed in the region, or artwork exclusively created by Latin American or Latino artists. The environmental impact of globalization in Latin America has also drawn the attention and interest of artists who are from outside of the region. Latin America is relatively well endowed in terms of natural resources. Most discussion of environmental issues in Latin America has focused on deforestation and land degradation. The environmental impact of the mining and petroleum extraction in countries such as Chile, Ecuador, Peru and El Salvador have also led to social conflicts and violence over the contamination of water resources. These environmental insecurities are experienced as the continuity of conflict in the aftermath of political violence in countries such as Guatemala, El Salvador and Peru. In many countries urban renewal has led to proposals to “green” the city welcoming the participation of collective of artists. Artists are addressing sustainability from a variety of angles and this includes exploring sustainable art practices as well. A close examination of the relationship between aesthetics and sustainability, using Latin America as our case study, will allow us to critically reflect on the role of culture and art as a tool to for social change to build sustainable worlds. Finally, the course has a civic engagement component that entails working in partnership with a local organization/institution in the Twin Cities. The goal is to work collaboratively on an art project that raises awareness about environmental issues in Latin America and to reflect on our social responsibility with sustainable worlds.

ANTH 294-03  Urban Anthropology
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 208 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 340-01  Human Evolution
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 06B Scott Legge
ANTH 358-01  Anthropology of Violence
MW 07:00 pm-08:30 pm CARN 05 Olga Gonzalez
ANTH 380-01  Adv Topics in Medical Anthropology: Stigma and Disabilities
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 05 Ron Barrett
ANTH 394-02  Evolutionary Medicine
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm CARN 06A Laura Hauff
*First day attendance required* Evolutionary medicine is a relatively new field that applies evolutionary insights to medical issues in order to understand problems of human health. This course provides an introduction to how human evolutionary and cultural history shape health and health disparities among contemporary global human populations. While biomedicine tends to focus on identifying proximate mechanisms that give rise to disease and malfunction, evolutionary medicine complements this approach by providing ultimate explanations to explain why disease occurs at all, and to contribute to a holistic solution to improving human health. We will first discuss evolutionary, adaptation, and life history theory. Then we will explore the application of evolutionary biology to human development, as well as both infectious and chronic diseases. Topics include reproductive conflicts, childbirth, and lactation; pathogen evolution, resistance, and virulence; ecology and evolution of emerging diseases; behavioral and psychiatric health; and aging, menopause, and cancer. The two main goals of this course are to understand the processes of evolutionary theory and adaptation as they relate to modern humans and to understand how insights from evolutionary theory can be used to explain current patterns of global human variation, health, and disease. Prerequisite: ANTH 111 or ANTH 115, or permission of instructor.

ANTH 394-03  The Anthropology of Chronic Diseases
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm CARN 06A Mai See Thao
*First day attendance required* Chronic disease remains perplexing to many researchers from fields such as public health, medicine, and social science. It is because chronic disease is intertwined with social and biological factors such as biology, culture, history, and structural inequalities. We will investigate and examine chronic disease from the perspective of anthropology, and ask how the construction of chronicity is caught up with politics of the social, national, and global, such as the body and the issue of extended living. You will be asked to situate chronic disease within anthropological concepts of living, embodiment, temporality, and death and to consider how these concepts structure human experience. This course will require you to engage with theory and culture to understand chronic disease as inseparable from the social and biological.

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

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