Course Listings

The Department of Anthropology offers courses broadly categorized as Introductory, Ethnography, Culture Theory, Archeology, and Biological Anthropology. In addition, the Department offers occasional special-topic courses and seminars intended to address the particular interests of students and faculty as the need and opportunity arise. Independent studies also may be arranged with a supervising professor on topics of interest to upper-level students.

Directory of Courses

Topical Course in Cultural Anthropology

03.    Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
09.    Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture
12.1. Ethnographic Film (Identical to FS 41)
12.3. The Ethnography of Violence (Identical to WGST 42.5 / INTS 87 - Fall 2013 only)
12.6. Kinship, Gender, and the Modern State
13.    Sustainable Cities
14.    Death and Dying
15.    Political Anthropology
16.    Secrecy and Lying in Politics, Law and Society (Identical to PBPS 81.7)
17.    The Anthropology of Health and Illness
18.    Introduction to Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology
19.    Islam: An Anthropological Approach (Identical to AMES 6)
26.    Gender and Global Health(Identical to WGST 61.5)
31.    Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (Identical to WGST 36.1)
33.    Crossing Over: Latino Roots and Transitions Identical to LATS44)
34.    Comparative Perspectives on the US-Mexican Borderlands (Identical to LATS 45)
44.    Globalization from Above and Below
45.    Asian Medical Systems
48.    Anthropology of Religion
49.    Environment, Culture, and Sustainability
50.3. Anthropology of Science
50.6. HIV / AIDS Through a Biosocial Lens: 30 Years of a Modern Plague (Identical to COCO 02)
50.9. Language and Power: Institutions and Ideologies
51.    Colonialism and Its Legacies in Anthropological Perspective
55.    Anthropology of Global Health
56.    Introduction to Research Methods in Medical Anthropology 
60.    Psychological Anthropology
61.    Women and Madness
72.    Ethnicity and Nationalism
73.    Main Currents in Anthropology

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01. Introduction to Anthropology

A comprehensive study of humankind, the course will survey and organize the evidence of our biological and cultural evolution. It will explore the unity and diversity of human cultural behavior as exemplified in the widest variations in which this behavior has been manifest. Lectures and readings will describe the dialectical relationship between the material conditions of our existence, on the one hand, and, on the other, the unique human capacity for creativity both in thought and in action. The focus of this course will be not only to outline the conditions and conditioning of our cultural past and present, but also to indicate possibilities for future evolution of human culture and experience. Dist: INT or SOC; WCult: CI. Watanabe. 
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03. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Cultural anthropology is the study of human ways of life in the broadest possible comparative perspective. Cultural anthropologists are interested in all types of societies, from hunting and gathering bands to modern industrial states. The aim of cultural anthropology is to document the full range of human cultural adaptations and achievements and to discern in this great diversity the underlying covariations among and changes in human ecology, institutions and ideologies. (TOPICAL) Dist: SOC or INT; WCult: NW. Ogden, Kivland, Craig.
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04. Peoples and Cultures of Native North America (Identical to NAS 10)

The course provides an introduction to the peoples and cultures of Native North America. A single indigenous group (nation) from different "culture areas" is highlighted to emphasize particular forms of economy, social organization, and spirituality. The course focuses on the more traditional American Indian cultures that existed before the establishment of Western domination, as well as on the more recent native culture history and modern-day economic, sociopolitical and cultural continuity, change, and revitalization. Open to all classes. (AREA) Dist: SOC; WCult: NW. Kan. 
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05. Reconstructing the Past: Introduction to Archaeology

Anthropological archaeology makes a unique contribution to understanding the human past. This course introduces the key concepts, methods and techniques used by modern archaeologists to interpret the past. Students will become better acquainted with archaeological methods through small projects and the discussion of case studies. (ARCH) Dist: SOC.
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06. Introduction to Biological Anthropology

The major themes of biological anthropology will be introduced; these include the evolution of the primates, the evolution of the human species, and the diversification and adaptation of modern human populations. Emphasis will be given to

  1. the underlying evolutionary framework, and
  2. the complex interaction between human biological and cultural existences and the environment.

(BIOL) Dist: SCI. Dominy.
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08. The Rise and Fall of Prehistoric Civilizations

One of the most intriguing questions in the study of human societies is the origins of cities and states or the transformation from small kinship-based societies to large societies that are internally differentiated on the basis of wealth, political power, and economic specialization. Most of our knowledge of early civilizations comes from archaeology. This course examines the explanations proposed by archaeologists for the development of the first cities and state societies through a comparative study of early civilizations in both the Old World and the Americas. (ARCH) Dist: SOC or INT; WCult: NW. Nichols.
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09. Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture

This course will introduce students to the study of human language as a species-specific endowment of humankind. In this investigation we will examine such issues as: 1) the relationship between language use (e.g. metaphoric creativity) and cultural values, 2) the relationships between language diversity and ethnic, political, economic stratification, 3) language use and the communicating of individual identity, thoughts, and intentions in face-to-face interaction, 4) the cultural patterning of speech behavior, and 5) whether or not the structure of specific languages affects the characteristics of culture, cognition, and thought in specific ways. (TOPIC) Dist: SOC.
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11. Ancient Native Americans (Identical to NAS 11)

This course provides an introduction to the ancient societies of North America. The course examines the populating of the Americas and related controversies. We then concentrate on the subsequent development of diverse pre-Columbian societies that included hunter-gatherer bands in the Great Basin, the Arctic, and the sub-Arctic; Northwest Coast chiefdoms; farmers of the Southwest, such as Chaco Canyon and the desert Hohokam; and the mound-builders of the Eastern Woodliands. (ARCH) Dist: SOC; WCult: NW. Nichols.
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12.1. Ethnographic Film (Identical to FS 41)

Ethnographic film crosses the boundaries between academic anthropology, art history, and popular media. This course will address the construction of meaning in ethnographic films in relation to the parallel concerns of anthropology. The course focuses on individual films, analyzing their significance from the perspectives of filmmakers and audiences. This course considers various approac hes to film art, the relation of other visual media to ethnographic representation, and the challenges these pose to traditional texts. The class appeals to students of anthropology and film as well as others interested in international studies and the politics of cross-cultural representation. (TOPICAL) Dist: INT or SOC; WCult: NW. Ruoff, Banerjee.
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12.3. The Ethnography of Violence (Identical to WGST 42.5)

Violence is widely recognized as a problem in modern society, with policies and interventions to combat violence, or to employ it, dominating local and global politics. Yet the meaning of violence is seldom analyzed. This course explores violence as both an embodied experience and a socially and culturally mediated problem. Particular attention is paid to understanding how violence relates to manifestations of power, configurations of legitimacy, structures of inequality, and perceptions of difference. Using personal, collective, and institutional perspectives, this course raises key questions concerning security, resistance, suffering, and criminality in a globalized world. (TOPICAL) Dist: SOC. Kivland.
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12.4. Your Inner Chimpanzee: Primate Models of Human Behavior

Chimpanzees and bonobos are the nearest living relatives to humans and provide a critical counterpoint for understanding the potential uniqueness of human behaviors. This course will address the history of using chimpanzees and bonobos as models of human evolution, examine landmark case studies in primate language, violence, reproduction, and tool use, and discuss the socio-political role of chimpanzees and bonobos in medicine, conservation, and art. (BIOL) . Dist: SCI. Schroer.
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12.6. Kinship, Gender, and the Modern State

The Middle East is often characterized as a region in which religious, tribal, and patriarchal norms exercise a disproportionate influence on modern life, especially the lives of women.  This course examines the competing forces that shape social, political, and gender identities in the Middle East.  Topics include changing definitions of kinship, tribe, and family, the role of colonial and postcolonial states in shaping social identities, and the nature of women’s agency in rapidly transforming societies. (TOPIC). Dist: SOC; WCult: CI. Samin.
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12.8. Arctic Crossroads: Its Peoples, Cultures, and History (Identical to NAS 30)

Once considered a remote frontier with a shallow history and marginalized peoples, "the big thaw" is transforming the Arctic into an international melting pot with a surprisingly deep and complex history. This course presents the 40,000 year history of the circumpolar Arctic through the latest discoveries in environmental science, archaeology, ethnology, history, and art. We will also explore how Europeans 'discovered' the Arctic, beginning with the voyages of Pythias, the sagas of Norse Vikings, Frobisher's Northwest Passage quest, and Dezhnev's discovery of Bering Strait. The third strand of our Arctic odyssey will be seen through the eyes, art, mythology, and beliefs of northern peoples themselves. Pending Faculty Approval. Fitzhugh.
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12.9. Moving House in Prehistory: The Archaeology of Migration

This seminar addresses the diverse ways archaeologists make sense of migration. More than a survey of specific migration events, the course will help students understand advantages and disadvantages of different theories of migration as applied to our material past. By examining case studies from the last two million years, emphasizing the last five millennia, students will explore core questions: How are archaeologists dealing with migration? How aren’t they? How should they? And how can they? Pending Faculty Approval. Valentine
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13. Sustainable Cities

Trends suggest that the human experience is increasingly an urban one, with urbanization transforming social and ecological worlds at a rapid pace. With these changes comes a growing urgency to enhance the sustainability of cities.  In this course we compare past and present forms of urbanization, with an emphasis on understanding specific challenges and solutions to sustainability.  In doing so, we think about how urbanization is embedded in broader socio-ecological processes that transform rural lands and livelihoods. Pending Faculty Approval. Ogden
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14. Death and Dying

Death is a universal human experience, yet the attitudes and responses toward it develop out of a complex interplay between the personality of the individual and her or his sociocultural background. Using anthropological, historical, and biographical works, as well as novels and films, the course explores the meaning of death in a variety of cultures and religious traditions. Particular attention is paid to understanding native ideas about the person, emotions, life cycle, and the afterlife, as well as the analysis of mortuary rituals and the experience of the dying and the survivors. The course also offers an anthropological perspective on the development of the modern Western (particularly American) mode of dealing with death and dying and addresses the issue of mass death in the twentieth century. (TOPICAL) Dist: SOC or INT. Kan.  
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15. Political Anthropology

The political anthropology of non-Western societies raises basic questions concerning the nature of authority, coercion, persuasion, and communication in both small-scale and complex societies. Classical approaches to problems of freedom and order are challenged through examples drawn from various societies. Topics including the ideologies and language of political domination, revolution, wealth, and the transition to post-modern societies are assessed, as are factions, knowledge and control, state secrecy, state and non-state violence, and religious fundamentalism. (TOPICAL) Dist: SOC or INT; WCult: NW. Samin.  
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16. Secrecy and Lying in Politics, Law and Society (Identical to Public Policy 81.7)

Claims to secret knowledge—in families, organizations, and states—is a form of authority over those who do not possess it. This seminar explores how claims to secret knowledge and lying relate to the institutional and cultural frameworks in which knowledge is produced, the use of "leaks" to challenge hierarchical controls and sometimes sustain them, and the ways in which secrecy, deception, and lying form a necessary and often desirable part of social, political, and economic life. (TOPIC) Dist: SOC.
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17. Anthropology of Health and Illness

This course introduces students to the cross-cultural study and analysis of health, illness, and medical systems, conceptions of the body, the nature of disease, and the values of medicine. We examine pain, suffering, and healing as universal aspects of the human condition, shaped by the cultural, political, and environmental contexts in which they occur. In addition to considering the symbolic dimensions of illness and healing, we discuss issues of global health inequality, human rights, and social suffering. (TOPICAL) Dist: SOC or INT. Banerjee.  
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18. Introduction to Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology

This course will introduce students to the premier method of empirical research in cultural anthropology: participant observation, and associated informal dialogue and interviewing. We will study techniques for planning and carrying out such research, and for recording, checking validity and reliability, storing, coding, analyzing and writing up of ethnographic data. Students will undertake "mini" research projects, and become familiar with basic ethical issues, informed consent, writing of research proposals, formulating research contracts, and sharing results with cooperating individuals and groups. Prerequisite: Anthropology 1 or 3 or one ethnography/culture area course. (TOPICAL) Dist: SOC. Carpenter-Song, Craig.  
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19. Islam: Tradition and Transformation (Identical to AMES 06)

This course integrates anthropological approaches to understanding Islam with textual and social historical ones. The anthropological approach values the study of sacred texts and practices as they are locally understood throughout the world and in different historical contexts. This course focuses on Islam as practiced in the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, Africa, Central Asia, and in Europe and North America. It seeks to appreciate the contributions of religious leaders and activists as much as ordinary believers, showing the multiple ways in which Muslims throughout the world have contributed to the vitality of the Islamic tradition. Many different people and groups, including violent ones, claim to speak for Islam. This course suggests ways of re-thinking increasingly vocal debates concerning "authentic" Islam and who speaks for it. (TOPICAL) Dist: SOC; WCult: CI. Samin.  
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20. Primate Evolution and Ecology

Humans are primates. The biology of our species cannot be fully understood outside of this context. This course offers a broad survey of living nonhuman primate diversity. The physical, behavioral, and ecological attributes of each of the major groups of primates will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on traits relating to diet, locomotion, growth, mating, and social systems. Students will gain a comparative perspective on humankind. (BIOL) Dist: SCI. Dominy.  
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21. The Aztecs (Identical to LACS 42)

For nearly two thousand years the dominant political power in Middle America has resided in central Mexico. Mexico City, the capital of the empire of New Spain and of the modern nation-state of Mexico, lies over the remains of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztec empire. This course examines the development of the Aztec empire and the organization of Aztec society and religion, and the Spanish conquest of the Aztec. It ends with an introduction to Nahua society in the first century after conquest. We will also consider the varied perspectives of Aztec history offered by Nahua texts, archaeology, history, and art history. (ARCH) Dist: SOC; WCult: NW. Nichols.  
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22. Olmecs, Maya, and Toltecs: Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica (Identical to LACS 43)

Mesoamerica, the area encompassing Mexico and northern Central America, provided the setting for two major transformations in human history: the development of maize agriculture and the emergence of cities and states. The legacy of those achievements is still evident today among contemporary Latin American societies. We begin with an examination of how people first occupied Mesoamerica during the Ice Age and discuss the development of agriculture and early villages that laid the foundations for the evolution of Mesoamerica's earliest complex societies, including the Olmecs. We then the explore the Classic civilizations of Teotihuacan, Monte Albán, and the Maya. The course ends with an overview of the Postclassic city-states and kingdoms of the Toltecs, Mixtecs, and Maya and the Aztec empire at the time of the Spanish Conquest. (ARCH) Dist: SOC; WCult: NW. Nichols.  
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23. The Incas (Identical to LACS 44)

Conquering from the high mountain valleys of South America's Andean region, the Incas came to dominate a population numbering in the millions and living across one of the most diverse regions on the planet. An empire lacking writing or currency, the Incas provide an unusual case study for understanding the rise and fall of early civilizations. This course will introduce students to Inca society using current archaeological evidence and the writings of sixteenth-century Spanish chroniclers. (ARCH) DIST: SOC; WCult: NW. 
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24. Early Civilizations of the Andes

The Andean region of western South America is one of a very few world regions where agriculture and urbanism developed independently. This course will consider Andean prehistory from the arrival of the first humans, covering hunter-gatherer lifeways, the domestication of plants and animals, and the emergence of hierarchical societies such as Paracas, Nasca, and Chavin. We will finish with a discussion of early states and empires, looking at the Moche, Wari, Tiwanaku, and Chimu societies. (ARCH) DIST: SOC; WCult: NW. Covey.  
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26. Gender and Global Health (Identical to WGST 61.5)

This course will examine the intersection of gender and health. Readings will be from medicine, history, journalism, and the social sciences.  We will interrogate the relationship between biology, science, and culture, focusing our attention on the cultural construction of healing and embodied experience of illness.  We will examine how cultural institutions, ideologies, and practices contribute to health disparities along lines of race, class, and gender, paying attention to medicine's role in gendering the body. (TOPICAL). Dist: INT or SOC; WCult: CI.
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27. Thought and Change in the Middle East and Central Asia (Identical to AMES 5)

This course focuses on changing ideas of political and religious authority in the Middle East. Topics include how changing notions of personal, tribal, ethnic, and religious identities influence politics locally and internationally; religion and mass higher education; the multiple meanings and prospects of democracy; conflict over land and natural resources; political and economic migration; new communications media; the global and local bases for extremist movements; and the changing faces of Islam and other religions in the region's public spaces. (AREA) Dist: SOC; WCult: NW.
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31. Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (Identical to WGST 36.1)

Sex (biological differences between men and women) and gender (social constructions of those differences) are not straightforward or natural, and it naturally follows that gender inequalities and gender oppression are also not straightforward and natural. Therefore, we will pay close attention to the issue of power - in terms of control and distribution of resources and the enforcement of gender roles and sexuality. We will also look at how Western gender ideals have been imposed on people in other parts of the world. We will talk about concepts, perceptions, images, stories, encounters, games, connections and disconnections. Finally, we will explore questions of practice and resistance. (TOPICAL) Dist: SOC or INT; WCult: CI.
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32. Anthropology of Tibet and the Himalayas (Identical to AMES 26)

This course introduces students to the peoples and cultures of Tibet and the greater Himalayan region (Nepal, northern India, Bhutan). We examine the cultural, ecological, political, religious, and economic interfaces that define life on the northern and southern slopes of Earth's greatest mountain range. In addition to learning about Himalayan and Tibetan lifeways, we will also learn about how these mountainous parts of Asia have figured into occidental imaginings, from the earliest adventurers to contemporary travelers. (AREA) Dist: SOC, WCult: NW. Bauer.  
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33. Crossing Over: Latino Roots and Transitions (Identical to Latino Studies 44)

This course focuses on the experiences of Mexican, Central American, Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican migrants living in the US. The literature will draw from anthropology and its neighboring disciplines in an attempt to understand the social, political, and economic processes that shape the varied experiences of Latino migrants living in the United States. In so doing the class will examine Latino migrant experiences in relation to issues such as the changing character of capitalism as an international system, the organizing role of networks and families, changing patterns of gender relations, the emergence of a second generation, and the cultural politics of class formation. (TOPICAL) Dist: SOC; WCult: NA; Class of 2008 or later: WCult: CI.
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34. Comparative Perspectives on the US-Mexican Borderlands (Identical to Latino Studies 45)

The borderlands will be examined in ways that take us from a concrete analysis of the region, including conflict and organizing efforts at the border, to more abstract notions that include strategies of cultural representations and the forging of new identities. We will consider several analytical perspectives relevant to anthropology including: gender, identity, resistance, economics, globalization, migration, and the politics of everyday life. (TOPICAL) Dist: SOC; WCult: NA; Class of 2008 or later: WCult: CI. 
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35. Maya Indians Under Mexican and Guatemalan Rule

This course explores the contemporary Maya cultures of Mexico and Guatemala against the backdrop of nearly five hundred years of conquest, colonialism, revolution, and nation-building. Given the contrasting, at times deeply antagonistic, cultures and identities that have resulted, this course focuses on issues of Maya ethnicity, inequality, and nationalism in these two closely related yet historically distinct countries. Prerequisite: One course in Anthropology or Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies. Prerequisite: One course in Anthropology or Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies. (AREA) Dist: SOC; WCult: CI. Watanabe.  
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36. Contemporary Africa: Exploring Myths, Engaging Realities (Identical to AAAS 44)

This course focuses on processes, relationships, and experiences that have shaped, and continue to shape, the lives of Africans in many different contexts. These include issues of ecology and food production, age, gender, ethnicity, exchange, colonialism, apartheid, and development. We will then embark on in depth readings of ethnographies that engage these issues and themes. In the processes we will move beyond prevailing stereo-types about Africa, to engage the full complexity of its contemporary realities. Prerequisite: One introductory course in anthropology or in AAAS or by permission.  (AREA) Dist: INT or SOC; WCult: CI. 
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37. Legacies of Conquest in Latin America

Despite nearly five hundred years of conquest, colonialism, and change, native peoples still survive in culturally distinct enclaves within the dominant Iberian traditions of Latin America. This course examines the roots as well as the endemic social inequalities and prejudices that resulted. Selected case studies will relate to such contemporary problems as international drug trafficking, deforestation of the Amazon basin, and ongoing political repression and revolution in Central America. The course draws on the insights of local ethnographic studies to shed light on global problems, while anthropologically situating native cultures of Latin America in their larger historical and geopolitical context. Prerequisite: One course in anthropology or Latin American and Caribbean Studies. (AREA). Dist.: SOC; WCult: CI Watanabe.  
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38. Human Behavioral Ecology

The human condition is characterized by immense biological and behavioral variation. The extent to which such variation is adaptive is topic a great importance and controversy. Current research in the field of human behavioral ecology reflects a growing interaction between the social and biological sciences. The objectives of this course are to critically examine the origin and development of this discipline and to survey the physiological and behavioral ways that humans interact with their environment. (BIOL). Dist: SCI.  Veile.  
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39. Ethnicity and Nationalism in Russia and Neighboring States (Identical to Russian 12)

This course explores the emergence of ethnic identity and nationalism among the peoples of the Russian empire, the Soviet Union and their successor states. Drawing on anthropological and historical works, it examines the process of formation of a centralized multiethnic Russian empire and the liberation struggle of its nationalities prior to 1917. It then proceeds to the crucial period of 1917 - 1991 and explores the theory and practice of nationalities politics of the Bolshevik, Stalinist, and late Soviet socialism. The dissolution of the USSR, the rise of interethnic conflicts, and the relations between ethnic groups in Russia and the successor states are the focus of the second half of the course, where several case studies are discussed in depth. (AREA) Dist: SOC; WCult: CI. Kan.  
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40. Human Functional Anatomy

Anatomy is a science of nomenclature; it provides a universal language for understanding how and why form supports function. Such a biomechanical conceptual framework can inform our understanding of human biology. Yet the anatomical novelties that characterize modern humans are best appreciated when contextualized against living nonhuman primates and the hominin fossil record. Student grades will be based on a mastery of concepts from lectures and labs featuring cadavers, skeletal materials, models, and casts. (BIOL). Dist: SLA. Dominy  
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41. Human Evolution

The fossil record demonstrates that humans evolved from an extinct ape that lived in Africa more than 5 million years ago. Paleoanthropology is the branch of biological anthropology that seeks to document and explain the evolution of our lineage using paleontological and archaeological data. This course provides a survey of human evolution in light of current scientific debates in paleoanthropology. Emphasis will be placed on the use of bones and teeth to infer the biology and behavior of prehistoric species. Prerequisite: Anthropology 6 or permission of the instructor. (BIOL) Dist: SCI. 
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42. Primate Societies

Primates are highly-social mammals. Most primate species live in cohesive social groups. Living in a group poses unique challenges to the individual. This course explores the diversity of primate social organization, with regard to the costs and benefits of group living. Students will gain an understanding of the evolutionary pressures influencing primate social behavior in an ecological context. (BIOL) Dist: SCI. 
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43. Human Osteology

Human osteology is an important component of biological anthropology, with applications in archaeology, paleontology, forensics, and medicine. This course is designed to acquaint students with the normal anatomy of the human skeleton. Our focus is the identification of isolated and fragmentary skeletal remains. Students are introduced to principles of bone growth and remodeling, biomechanics, morphological variation within and between populations, pathology, ancient DNA, taphonomy, and forensics. Practical techniques are developed in regular laboratory sessions. Prerequisite: Anthropology 6 or permission of the instructor. (BIOL) Dist: SLA. Valentine.  
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44. Globalization from Above and Below

Globalization is used to describe various differing social, economic, and political processes. Most commonly, globalization is used to refer to increasing interconnections of people, ideas, and money across the world. While some scholars may praise the connections offered by globalization, others provide more critical accounts of the homogenizing impacts of globalization on culture, and the exploitative nature of transnational corporations on both people and the natural environment. In this course we examine both he ways that globalization is producing a world that while diverse, is changing through increased interconnectedness and new form of mobilization on the ground that challenge various forms of inequalities. (TOPICAL) Dist: SOC or INT.
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45. Asian Medical Systems

This course investigates systems of healing practiced in, and derived from, Asia. We will focus primarily on three Asian medical systems: Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and Tibetan medicine. We will strive to understand how these medical systems are based on coherent logics that are not only biologically but also culturally determined. We will also analyze the deployment of these medical systems in non-Asian contexts, and examine the relationship between Asian systems and "western" biomedicine. (TOPICAL) Dist: SOC; WCult: NW. Armbrecht.  
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46. Latin American Environmental Politics (Identical to LACS 46)

While environmental concerns are on the rise worldwide, Latin America offers a compelling lens for exploring the ways local and global practices of governance shape environmental change, conservation strategies, and social activism.  In this course, we will explore the role of neoliberal conservation strategies, such as “green grabbing,” the cultural politics of indigenous claims to territory, and the changing role of the state on local economies and land use.  Ethnographic readings include examples from Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, and Venezuela. Pending Faculty Approval. Ogden.
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47. Alaska: American Dreams and Native Realities (identical to NAS 37)

Since the time United States "purchased" Alaska from Russia, this land has been seen by many as the "last frontier" - a place where tough and adventurous Euro-Americans could strike it rich or get away from the negative consequences of civilized living. Using anthropological and historical works as well as fiction, film and other media, the seminar explores the mythology surrounding the "land of the midnight sun." This myth of the "last frontier" - in its development-driven as well as conservationist versions -- is also contrasted with the ways Native Alaskans' have viewed and lived on their land. (AREA) Dist: SOC; WCult: CI. Kan.  
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48. Anthropology of Religion

In this course religions are seen as cultural systems which give shape and meaning to the world in which people live and provide a means, in the form of rituals, by which they can attempt to manipulate those worlds. The emphasis is on understanding non-Western religions, especially those of tribal peoples, through the interpretation of myth, ritual, and expressed beliefs. The role of religion as a social institution is also examined. Alternative approaches to the interpretation of myth, ritual symbolism, deity conceptions, witchcraft, etc., are explored. Prerequisite: One course in anthropology or religion or permission of the instructor. (TOPICAL) Dist: SOC or INT from Winter term 2014: TMV or INT;WCult: NW. Watanabe.  
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49. Environment, Culture, and Sustainability

Environmental issues and problems cannot be understood without reference to the cultural values that shape the way people perceive and interact with their environment. This course examines the ways in which different cultures conceptualize and interact with their environment, but with special emphasis on American cultures and values. We will examine how the American experience has shaped the ways in which Americans imagine and interact with the environment and how this has been exported to the rest of the world. We will pay close attention to issues of consumption and conservation and how they have impacted ecologies and human livelihoods in different parts of the world (TOPICAL). Dist: SOC or INT; WCult: W. Ogden.  
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50.2. Religion, Reason and Reform in Morocco (AMES FSP)

This course introduces religion in Morocco, and how Islam (and other faiths) relate to Moroccan society, politics, and culture and to the Middle East and Mediterranean worlds. Secular and religious movements in Morocco, as in Tunisia and Algeria - France's other former colonies - show profound political contrasts and have a vital impact on European societies today. The course also explores how the study of North Africa, particularly Morocco, has contributed significantly to ongoing debates over understanding the role of religion and politics in contemporary social life. (TOPICAL) Dist: SOC; WCult: NW. Eickelman.  
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50.3 Anthropology of Science

As a form of social science inquiry, the anthropology of science examines the social, political and cultural worlds within which scientific theories, debates and controversies emerge.  Through readings of ethnographic writings about varied fields such as neuroscience, genetics, microbiology and physics, this introductory course provides students with the tools to analyze scientific work as a form of meaningful social and cultural action. (TOPIC) Pending Faculty Approval. Banerjee.  
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50.4. Race, Power, and Development in Global Haiti (Identical to AAAS 88.5 / LACS 50.2)

Although often cast as marginal in Western thought, Haiti holds a central place in the history of the modern world. This course examines the tension between Haiti's worldly significance and current predicament by drawing on studies of Haiti within the anthropology of the "Black Atlantic," or African diaspora, and globalization studies. Students will acquire an historical understanding of Haitian society and culture and an enriched perspective on the country's social problems. Independent research is required. (AREA) Dist: SOC or INT; WCult: CI. Kivland.  
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50.6. HIV / AIDS Through a Biosocial Lens: 30 Years of a Modern Plague

HIV Continues to elude a cure, and its multifaceted social impacts continue grow daily. Using material from the three decades of this modern plague, students will learn about the HIV / AIDS pandemic using case studies, clinical research and ethnography drawn from around the world. Biomedical topics like the HIV viral life cycle and the epidemiology of HIV / AIDS will be paired with topics from the social sciences such as stigma and social marginalization. The Juxtaposition of biomedical and social sciences topics will provide students with an opportunity to synthesize a "bio-social" perspective that unifies the many facets of the HIV / AIDS epidemic. (TOPIC) Dist: INT; WCult: CI. Craig / Lahey.
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50.8. Politics of Language in Modern Japan (Identical to JAPN 61)

This course examines linguistic practice as a mediator of sociopolitical interests in contemporaty Japan. Drawing on linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, literary studies, and semiotics, we seek to understand complex conditions of power relations that shape and are shaped by the way people in Japan communicate ('pragmatics') and reflexively talk about communication ('meta-pragmatics'). Our basic aim is to analytically delineate the metapragmatic/hegemonic stereotype of Japan as a homogeneous ethnolinguistic community and to consider critical alternatives to it. We will explore ethnographic accounts of heterogeneous sites of language-in-use, and address issues such as language standardization, globalization, gender and race relations, subcultures, affect, political economy, etc. Students will learn not just about various sites of linguistic activity in and about Japan, but they will also learn how to situate the Japanese linguistic modernity in a crosscultural, comparative, historical perspective. (TOPICAL) Dist: INT; WCult: NW. Nozawa  
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50.9. Language an Power: Institution and Ideologies

The dictum that “a language is a dialect with an army and a navy” suggests that what counts as a legitimate language can be a political as much as a linguistic designation. It further suggests that the power relations between social groups can be at least in part constructed through language. This course examines how institutions and ideologies link language to structures of power and domination from daily conversation to nation building through ethnographic comparison. Dist: SOC or INT. (TOPIC). Nozawa
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51. Colonialism and Its Legacies in Anthropological Perspective

Between the early 16th and mid 20th centuries, European nations and Japan colonized much of the rest of the world. This course looks at the history of colonialism in various parts of the world, focusing on the similarities and differences between colonialism as practiced by different colonial rulers in different regions at different times. It also traces the ways in which the colonial process and experience has shaped the world we live in today, both in developed and developing nations, in such areas as political systems, economic systems, religions, and interethnic relations. Prerequisite: Any two courses in anthropology. (TOPICAL) Dist: SOC or INT; WCult: CI. Craig, Watanabe.
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52. Introduction to Maori Society

This course is an introduction to the study of traditional and contemporary Maori society and culture. topics for study include: pre-european Maori history, origin and migration traditions, land ownership and use, religion, leadership, meeting ground (marae) protocols, the colonial experience, struggles of resistance and of cultural recovery. (AREA) Dist: SOC; WCult: NW. Craig, Watanabe.  
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54. Foreign Study in Anthropology

Credit for this course is awarded to students who have successfully completed the designated course in the department of Anthropology at the University of Auckland during the Dartmouth foreign study program in Anthropology and Linguistics and Cognitive Science. Prerequisite: Two courses in Anthropology. Dist: SOC. Craig, Watanabe.  
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55. Anthropology of Global Health

This medical anthropology course explores human responses to disease and illness, focusing on international/global health. We will consider plural health care systems, medical practices, and ideas about illness and the body in cross-cultural contexts, and learn about issues of health-development paradigms, culture and epidemiology, global health equity and human rights issues. Sections of the course focus on the global pharmaceutical industry, women's health, and experiences of trauma-related disorders across diverse social, cultural, and political realities. (TOPICAL) Dist: SOC or INT. Banerjee.  
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56. Introduction to Research Methods in Medical Anthropology

This course will introduce students to the various methods Medical Anthropologists have used to understand and study health, illness, health care, health-seeking behavior, as well as issues surrounding the ethics of anthropological research in a variety of medical contexts. This course will provide both theoretical foundations and “hands-on” opportunities to study issues directly relevant to health and illness, and to the effective provision of health care. This course is designed for both undergraduates and Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) students. (TOPICAL) Dist: SOC or INT. Craig.  
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57. The Origins of Inequality

What led human societies to accept social inequality? This question is as old as the earliest political writings and a central theoretical issue in anthropology. With the collection of detailed archaeological data from multiple world regions, anthropologists have developed case studies for working out the emergence of social inequality. This course will explore the theoretical expectations of multiple approaches to inequality, and then focus on current archaeological evidence from multiple world regions. (ARCH) DIST: SOC or INT WCult: NW. 
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59. Who Owns the Past?

Archaeology reconstructs life in ancient societies, but its contemporary practice and disciplinary future are complicated by questions about ownership of the past.  This course will consider intellectual debates and cultural clashes over roles played by governments, cultural institutions, and indigenous peoples in archaeological inquiry.  We will also study ongoing controversies about the ethical treatment of archaeological remains, from ancient human bodies to artifacts, monuments, and landscapes transformed through human actions (ARCH). DIST: SOC. WCult: CI. 
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60. Psychological Anthropology

This course examines key concepts and core debates within the field of psychological anthropology. The course draws on the historical roots of the field as well as contemporary theoretical developments in psychological anthropology. Central questions addressed in the course include: What is the relationship of the individual to culture?  How do categories of the person, self, thought, and emotions vary cross-culturally? What do extraordinary psychological experiences reveal about fundamental human processes? (TOPICAL). (Pending Faculty Approval). Carpenter-Song.
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61. Women and Madness (identical to WGST 61.4)

In this course, we will examine the multiple meanings of women’s mental illness. Course readings will draw on a broad range of writings on mental illness, incorporating perspectives from practitioners, social scientists, historians, journalists, and patients. We will seriously consider theories that posit mental illness as biological in origin, although the primary aim of this course is to complicate our understandings of mental health and illness using a constructivist approach. We will endeavor to unpack how women’s experiences of mental illness emerge within specific, gendered social and historical contexts. Through this examination, we will grapple with crucial issues that feminists face in conceptualizing mental health and illness and the political nature of psychiatric knowledge. (TOPICAL). Dist: SOC. WCult: CI.
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62. Health and Disease in Evolutionary Perspective

This course explores how principles from biological anthropology can provide insight into human health and disease. This course also asks students to critically analyze prevailing medical concepts of 'normal' physiology and illness. We adopt a comparative approach to consider the evolutionary, physiological, and cultural bases of human health and disease by examining case studies in the following areas: i) human diet and nutrition, ii) demography, life history, and reproduction, and iii) pathogens, parasites, and immunity. (BIOL). Pending Faculty Approval. Venkataraman
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63. Biocultural Dimension of Child Development

What is childhood? Is it a social construct or a distinct biological stage in human development? This course explores cross-cultural patterns of child development using the theoretical frameworks of human evolutionary ecology and biocultural anthropology.  Students will learn how nutritional, epidemiologic and social conditions shape developmental processes in infancy, childhood and adolescence. Students will also analyze children’s roles and economic contributions in a cross-cultural context, and examine contemporary global patterns of child health and disease. (BIOL) Pending Faculty Approval. Veile.
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64. Evolution of Pregnancy, Birth, and Babies

This course examines human universals and cross-cultural variation in pregnancy, birth, and infant development. In the first section, principles of life history theory and human reproductive ecology are introduced, and students will learn how assisted birth evolved in humans. In the second section, students will analyze expectations and systems of pregnancy, birth, and infant care in a cross-cultural context. Throughout the course, students will evaluate current controversies surrounding medical models of childbirth, breastfeeding, and co-sleeping. (BIOL) Pending Faculty Approval. Veile.
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72. Anthropology of Ethnicity and Nationalism

Ethnic politics and nationalist movements play a major role in modern-day life.  This course explores these important subjects through an anthropological lens by examining such topics as symbols, rituals and myths of ethnic and national identity; state nationalism and ethnic minorities; diaspora nationalism versus homeland; nationalism with and without violence; indigeneity; and several others.  Readings include theoretical works by anthropologists and several historians.  Requirements include a book review, a research paper and active participation in class discussion. (TOPIC) Dist: INT or SOC; WCult: CI. Kan
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73. Main Currents in Anthropology

This course examines the theoretical concerns that define anthropology as a discipline. These include the nature and extent of human social and cultural variation; the relationship of institutional arrangements in society to systems of meaning; the material and moral determinants of human social life; the dynamics of change within and between ways of life otherwise taken by their practitioners as given; the place of power in maintaining, challenging, and representing meaningfully constituted human orders. Readings by major theorists past and present will be treated as neither canonical texts nor dead-letter formulations but as part of an ongoing inquiry into the myriad dimensions-and possibilities-of being human. (TOPICAL) Dist: SOC. Watanabe, Ogden.  
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74. The Human Spectrum

Contemporary foraging peoples are often viewed as ecological relicts and therefore instructive models for understanding the selective pressures that gave rise to the human condition. The objective of this course is to critically evaluate this enduring concept by examining the spectrum of human interactions with tropical habitats. We will also evaluate the basis of recent popular trends – the paleo diet, raw foodism, barefoot running, parent-child co-sleeping – that emphasize the advantages of a “natural” pre-agricultural lifestyle. (BIOL) Pending Faculty Approval. Dominy
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75. Ecology, Culture, and Environment

Anthropology's interest in the interactions of humans and their environments has been long-standing, especially in archaeology. In this seminar we will consider changing conceptual frameworks for understanding human-environmental interactions and long-standing debates about nature vs. culture, materialist vs. symbolic approaches, the development of cultural ecology, and the new "ecologies." We will draw on the research of archaeologists, biological and sociocultural anthropologists, geographers, and historians. (ARCH) Dist: SOC. Nichols.  
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77. Origins of Language

The human capacity for language is an emergent property of multiple interacting biological processes, some of which are shared with other animals. Each piece of the puzzle has its own unique evolutionary history. The goal of this senior seminar in anthropology is to investigate the evolutionary origins of language by integrating perspectives from linguistics, animal behavior, comparative anatomy, and paleoanthropology. Students will be required to critique recent scientific research on the evolution of language, while developing an understanding of the historical context of current debates. The following questions will be addressed. (BIOL) Dist: SCI.
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85. Reading Course

Students who would like to pursue intensive, supervised study in some particular aspect of anthropology may do so with the agreement of an appropriate advisor. The student and advisor will work out together a suitable topic, procedure, and product of the study. Prerequisite: written permission of the department faculty member who will be advising the student.  
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87. Research Course

All terms: Arrange

Students with an interest in research in anthropology and a particular problem they would like to investigate may do so with the agreement of an appropriate advisor. The student and advisor will work out together a suitable topic, procedure, and product of the study. Prerequisite: written permission of the department faculty member who will be advising the student.  
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88. Anthropology Honors

Open only to honors seniors by arrangement with the Chair. Admission to the honors program shall be by formal written proposal only. Consult with Chair concerning the details. Prerequisite: written permission of the department faculty member who will be advising the student.  
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