Department Chair:
Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway, Associate Professor/Chair

Administrative Assistant:
Jackie Fortino

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8970
Fax: (440) 775-8644

King Building 305
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074-1019

Baron Pineda's courses

Baron Pineda's courses

101.  Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - 4 credits
An introduction to cultural anthropology through an examination of basic concepts, methods, and theories that anthropologists employ in order to understand the unity and diversity of human thought and action cross-culturally. Language and culture, kinship and the family, politics and conflict, religion and belief, and the impact of social change and globalization on traditional institutions are some of the topics to be considered in a range of ethnographic contexts.   Enrollment Limit:  40

210.  Indigenous Peoples of Latin American - 4 credits
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to modern historical, ethnohistorical and anthropological approaches to the indigenous populations of Latin America. The course will focus on the ongoing process of conflict and accommodation that has characterized the relationship between the native peoples of the New World and those of the Old World. We will study indigenous social movements dealing with issues such as land claims, natural resources, economic development, cultural recognition and human rights.  Prerequisite:  ANTH 101
Enrollment Limit:  25

278.  Human Rights, Universalism, & Cultural Relativism - 4 credits
This course may also count for the major in (consult the program or department major requirements) : Latin American Studies
Through an examination of the ways in which people in different societies identify and define ethical and social standards, this course will examine the concept of universal human rights. This course will consider the tension between universal claims and cultural relativism. We will also document and analyze the development of international efforts to apply universal rights.
Enrollment Limit:  35

416.  Race, Racism, and Human Variation in Global Perspective- 4 credits    
The belief that the inborn characteristics of groups of people are responsible for differences in achievement, among other things, between them is present in one form or another in every society. In this seminar we will use a four-fields approach (biological and cultural) to examine both the underlying patterns of human biological variation as well as the varied manifestations of race and racism today. Case studies will be drawn from across the globe.   Consent from Instructor Required.  Enrollment Limit:  10