101. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - 3 Hours
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
286. Culture, Symbol & Meaning - 3 Hours
3SS, CD, WR
This course explores ethnographic representations of meaningful social experience and collective identity through an examination of rites of passage, dietary habits, human-animal relationships, funerary practice, sexuality, gender, and the like. It examines how the anthropologist makes sense out of the diverse ways people of various cultures, American included, represent systems of meaning. The course addresses concerns not only of Anthropology majors but also of students of history, literature, and the humanities. Enrollment Limit: 30.
353. Culture Theory - 3 Hours
3SS, CD, WR
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
432. Anthropology and Ethics - 3 Hours
This course examines the moral duties of anthropologists engaged in research, publication and teaching. Anthropologists bear personal and professional responsibilities to the discipline, to humanity and to other species integral to anthropological research. This course focuses on codes of professional conduct that anthropologists have developed to govern the ethical pursuit of knowledge in cultural, archeological, biological and linguistic anthropology. We will be particularly concerned with specific case studies of ethical breaches, conflicts and dilemmas. Consent of instructor required. Enrollment Limit: 10.
475. Seminar in Anthropology & Multiculturalism - 3 Hours
3SS, CD, WR
Modern anthropology defines itself through the concept of culture, a methodology for its study, and theories explaining cultural phenomena. Multiculturalism articulates ostensibly similar concerns yet remains largely indifferent to anthropology. Through extensive readings in anthropology and multiculturalism, we will closely examine modern anthropological understandings of culture, multiculturalism’s goals and its limited appropriation of the culture concept, and the political and historical basis both for these developments and for the separate tracks of anthropology and multiculturalism. Prerequisites: ANTH 101 and one additional course in anthropology. Junior or Senior standing. Consent of Instructor is required.
Enrollment Limit: 10