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

Crystal Biruk's courses

Crystal Biruk'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

227.  Medical Anthropology - 4 credits
This course may also count for the major in (consult the program or department major requirements) :Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies
This course will cultivate an anthropological understanding of the intersections between disease, health, society, the body, culture, and global political economy. Drawing on accounts from across the globe, our topics will include: comparative study of health systems; cross-cultural definitions and understandings of disease, illness, and health; bodies, medicine, and the media; maladies from chronic pain to AIDS to cholera; health, ethics, and morality; health inequalities; and global health.  Enrollment Limit: 25  Prerequisite & Notes: ANTH 101

281. Empires of Science - 4 credits
This course examines the intersections of race, gender, culture, and sexuality with science and technology in colonial and post-colonial contexts. What are the social and historical dimensions of technoscientific encounters between the global North and the global South? Drawing on accounts by science studies scholars, post-colonial theorists, historians, and anthropologists, we analyze how the uneven flow of technoscientific experts, practices, objects, and knowledge transforms social relations, bodies, and selves. Enrollment Limit: 25

353. Culture Theory - 4 credits
A critical examination of major issues in the study of culture since the late nineteenth century through a discussion of cultural evolution and neo-evolution, materialism and cultural ecology, functionalism and ecosystems theory, interpretive and symbolic anthropology, structuralism and political economy. Ethnography, science and humanism, and the relationships between various theories are also considered. Recent multicultural and postmodernist efforts at cultural explanation on the part of anthropologists and other scholars will be examined. Enrollment Limit: 25

482.  Anthropology of Good Intentions - 4 credits
This seminar critically analyzes the cultural politics of our humanitarian age. We will problematize logics of gifting, sacrifice, and ‘doing good’ as they play out in historical and contemporary projects staged by missionaries, NGOs, states, global aid institutions, development workers, and others. Reading ethnographic, filmic, journalistic, and historical sources alongside critical theory, we will consider the consequences, contingencies, and ethics of good intentions in a global world.  Enrollment Limit: 10  Consent of instructor required.