ANTH 201 - The Ethnographic Imagination: Writing about Society & Culture

This course explores the politics and poetics of writing about society and culture. Writing is a form of power, in that our representations of people influence the way that others think about and act toward them. The way that social researchers write is therefore shot through with ethical implications and weighty decisions. Critical issues include whether people are objectified, cast as wholly Other, culture-bound or creative, out of the past or coeval, racialized or of a common humanity, problematic or multifaceted, passive or agentive, mystified or perceptive, and mechanical or extraordinary. Writing about society and culture is also poetic. We can convey something of people's life experiences, thoughts, agency, and the constraints within which they lead their lives. How well we do so depends upon our ethical reflexivity and attention to the poetics of language. In this course, we will consider these ethical questions, read experimental texts, and discuss how writing style implicitly conveys social theory. Required for Soc-Anth degree; counts toward Soc-Anth minor. *Note: Cross-listed with SOCI-201* (Prerequisites: Successful completion of one course in Anthropology (ANTH), Sociology (SOCI) or International and Global Studies (INGS) is required.) Units 3 

ANTH 210 - Culture and Globalization

By exploring critical issues of globalizing culture, we examine how ideas, attitudes, and values are exchanged or transmitted across conventional borders. How has the production, articulation, and dissemination of cultural forms (images, languages, practices, beliefs) been shaped by global capitalism, media industries, communication technologies, migration, and tourist travels? How are cultural imaginaries forged, exchanged, and circulated among a global consumer public? How has the internationalizing of news, computer technologies, video-sharing websites, blogging sites, and other permutations of instant messaging served to accelerate cultural globalization? Students will be introduced to anthropological perspectives on cultural globalization, the transmission of culture globally, and the subsequent effects on social worlds, peoples, communities, and nations. (Prerequisite: ANTH-102 or ANTH-102H or INGS-101 or minimum of 2nd year level standing.) Units 3

ANTH 215 - Field Methods in Archaeology

This course introduces students to the methods of archaeological fieldwork. The course begins with the student’s development of a research question and design. We then explore the feasibility of this research through the examination of sampling techniques, site survey, and excavation. Field methods of recording, photography and artifact conservation will also be discussed. Students will be able to analyze the usefulness of the field techniques in light of the archaeological scientific methods for dating, and organic and inorganic analyses. Students should emerge from the course understanding the values of the techniques necessary for proper archaeological excavation towards the reconstruction of the past and the development of an understanding of our present. Counts toward the sociology and anthropology program; sociology and anthropology minor; archaeological science minor; archaeology immersion. Units 3 

ANTH 220 - Language & Culture: Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

Language is a core element of culture, both as a repository of meaning, and also because it is the primary means through which humans carry out social relationships, share ideas, and contest received understandings. Linguistic anthropology invstigates this interplay between language and culture. Topics will vary by semester, and may include: metaphor and narrative; language acquisition in relationship to childhood socialization; language, thought and worldview; language and identity; multilingualism; the social contexts of language change; literacy; and the politics of language use and language ideologies. Units 3

ANTH 225 - Globalizing Africa

This course introduces students to processes of interconnection, local, regional, national and global, that have altered and continue to impact life in Africa, taking into account the enormous impact of Africans on one another and on those of us living outside of the continent. In the course, we will focus on how past, present and anticipated future events in African movements of people, ideas and things, across time and space effect the reception of new events. We will pay particularly close attention to how the relationships of time and space are formulated and understood by Africans in the present. While the historical past is never completed, but continuous in the present, its diverse contours lead to differently remembered, embodied, and enacted expressions. We will evaluate these diverse expressions in pre-colonial, colonial and neo-colonial encounters as they have changed ideas of self and other, political philosophies and political economic systems, genders and sexualities, generational relations, religions, expressive arts, violence, and health on the African continent and around the globe. Units 3 

ANTH 230 - Archaeology & Cultural Imagination: History, Interpretation, and Popular Culture

People have been interested in their ancestors and the lives of past people likely for as long as we have been human. But this interest has rarely been disinterested. People have exploited, destroyed, or ignored the remains of previous societies. And how the past is understood has profound effects that ripple through all of society, at different times influencing group identity, political philosophy, art, architecture, literature, and film. The emergence of scientific archaeology in the last 150 years has created its own cultural references, including Indiana Jones and Lara Croft. Each semester this course is offered, a specific topic will examine the cultural context in which archaeologists do their work, what is made of their efforts, and how these are related to larger issues in society. Counts toward Soc/Anth degree (Archaeology track) minor and immersion in Archaeology, or a general education elective.  Units 3 

ANTH 235 - Immigration to the U.S.

This course examines immigration to the U.S. within the context of globalization. We examine the push- and pull-factors that generate immigration, and changing immigration policies and debates. We consider how changes in the American workplace have stimulated the demand for foreign workers in a wide range of occupations, from software engineer to migrant farmworker and nanny. We review the cultural and emotional challenges of adapting within the American cultural landscape; transnationalism and connections with the homeland; the experiences of refugees; and how immigration has changed since 9/11. Special attention is given to immigration from Latin America, the largest sending region. Counts toward the international and global studies program (globalization concentration elective; Latin America track); sociology and anthropology program (cultural anth track); sociology and anthropology minor; cultural anthropology immersion; globalization theory immersion. Units 3

ANTH 240 - Muslim Youth Cultures

In recent years, there has been an explosion of interest in youths and Muslim youths, in particular, as a result of increased media attention to security, religious extremism, and human rights. These concerns, while important, obscure other equally vital aspects of being young and Muslim in rapidly globalizing societies. Taken in isolation of other informational sources, media representations of Muslim youths contribute to severe forms of misinformation and to negative stereotypes, sources of social anxiety and potential conflict. Students, taking this course, by contrast, will develop critical, anthropological approaches to youths and Muslim youth cultures, taking up Muslim youths' concerns with important aspects of their lives, generation and authority; global capitalism and class distinctions; religious identifications; spaces of memory and the control of public space; global education; new technologies and their effects on sociality, gender and sexuality; war and occupation; and expressive arts. Through in-depth studies of Muslim youth cultures in the Middle East and Africa, the course offers broad perspectives on the diversity and complexity of Muslim youth cultures and their effects on changing societies, cultures, nations and the world. Units 3

ANTH 245 - Ritual and Performance

The world’s cultural diversity is most vividly and dynamically displayed through ritual and festival. Ritual is anything but superfluous; rather, some of the most important “work” of culture is accomplished through the performance of ritual. Through cross-cultural comparison, by way of readings and films, we explore the following dimensions of ritual: symbols, embodiment, emotion, discipline, contestation of tradition and authenticity, and the orchestration of birth, childhood socialization, gender, maturation, marriage, community, hierarchy, world renewal, and death. Written expression is enhanced through drafting, revision, and peer review. Counts toward the sociology and anthropology program (cultural anth track); sociology and anthropology mi-nor; cultural anthropology immersion; religious studies immersion. Units 3

ANTH 250 - Themes in Archaeological Research

One of the most fascinating dimensions of archaeology is the discovery that people have done essentially the same things in different places and different times, independently of developments elsewhere. Agriculture, writing, urbanism, complex economies, and so on, all have been independently invented multiple times in different parts of the world. This fact raises some intriguing questions about what it means to be human. By comparing how these developments occurred in different places and times, archaeologists can, in a sense, perform experiments on the past. Each semester this course is offered we will focus on a separate theme in archaeological research, such as the transition to agriculture; production, trade, and exchange; the origin of writing; imperialism, colonialism, and warfare; pseudoscience/pseudoarchaeology; or human evolution. We will study competing theoretical perspectives and different world regions to gain a broad understanding of the theme and how both theory and data are used to create a comprehensive understanding of the human past. Units 3

ANTH 255 - Regional Archaeology

Since the first humans set out from Africa nearly two million years ago, our ancestors and relatives managed to settle in almost every continent. Wherever they went, they left traces of their lives that are tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of years deep. We call these traces the archaeological record. Almost everywhere our ancestors settled, they did many of the same things, such as inventing agriculture, cities, writing, and state-level societies. However, they did this in ways unique to each region and time. This course examines the archaeology of a specific region, such as Mesopotamia, Mesoamerica, North Africa, or East Asia, in detail. We examine the geography, culture, archaeological record, and significance of the region to various key themes in archaeological research. Units 3 

ANTH 260 - Native North Americans

This course examines the persistence and change in Native American cultures using archaeological, ethnohistorical, socioeconomic, ethnographic, linguistic, and autobiographical sources among others. In addition to broad regional and historical coverage, we will read about and discuss culture change, colonialism, federal law, gender, race and places in Native American contexts. Our goal is to understand the lived experiences of Indian people and the many forces that shape Native American lives. Units 3

ANTH 265 - Native Americans in Film

This course will examine the parallels of anthropological works and resulting Government policies in the late-19th and 20th centuries as they relate to the genre of Native Americans film, both popular and ethnographic works. In addition, an extensive regional and historical literature review will complement the possible films. Units 3 

ANTH 270 - Cuisine, Culture and Power

Physically, culturally, and socially, humans live through food and drink. Spanning the globe, as nearly limitless omnivores, humans have developed myriad ways of collecting and cultivating food and taking advantage of local environments. We also put food to work for us socially by creating cuisine. Through cuisine, we forge and nourish relationships, commune with deities, and through luxury choices, demonstrate our "taste" and lay claim to elite status. Through the cultural practices of production and consumption of food and drink, we wield power. Food and drink consumption patterns have sustained slavery, poverty, malnutrition, and illegal immigration, and have laid waste to the environment. In this class, we explore physical, cultural, social, political, and economic dimensions of food and become more aware of how the private, intimate act of a bite connects us to the rest of humanity. Counts toward the International and Global Studies program (Sustainable Futures track); Sociology & Anthropology program (Cultural Anth track); Sociology & Anthropology Minor; Cultural Anthropology Immersion. *Note: Cross-listed with INGS-270* Units 3 

ANTH 275 - Global Islam

This course examines the spread of Islam beyond its origins in the Middle East, and the cultural and social clashes, but also the mutual adjustments that have followed. This course explores core tenets of Islam, but also how its practices and beliefs are altered as practitioners in different countries alternately adopt, co-opt, massage, react to, and reject elements in accordance with the meaningful social, cultural, and political lives they build for themselves. The compatibility of Islam with Western society is often debated in contemporary public discourse. This debate is typically marked by an assumption that Islamic beliefs clash with Western secular democratic ideals, an assumption which results in tensions over mosque building, headscarves, and other public signs of Islamic faith. We will explore the diverse ways of being Muslim from a cross-cultural perspective and the sometimes-challenging negotiation of fulfilling these religious tenets while living in Muslim-minority places. Counts toward the International & Global Studies degree (Africa, Asia, Europe, and Middle East tracks), Soc-Anth degree (Cultural Anth track), Soc & Anth Minor, Cultural Anth Immersion. Units 3

ANTH 280 - Sustainable Development

The global economy has demonstrated extraordinary power in gathering resources from and distributing goods to the farthest reaches of the globe. At the same time there is an increase in inequality and in the numbers of poor and hungry, often associated with environmental degradation. These changes are especially obvious in cities, but not limited to them. Since 1987 there has been a concerted effort by the United Nations, as well as by non-governmental organizations, individuals, and some nation-states to explore paths of more sustainable development. This course explores varied strategies now employed to achieve sustainable development, with particular attention to less developed countries. Counts toward the Soc-Anth degree (Cultural Anthro track), International & Global Studies degree (Sustainable Futures track), Minor in Soc-Anth, Cult Anthro Immersion. Units 3

ANTH 285 - American Indian Languages

With a focus on the indigenous languages of the Americas, we explore language contact among peoples, study various writing systems and the sociolinguistic and cultural contexts in which these languages are spoken. Students learn how indigenous languages have been studied and classified. In addition to providing an overview of the languages' structural and typological attributes, we will also discover their histories as well as present-day challenges. Units 3

ANTH 290 - Language and Sexuality

In exploring the relationships between language and sexuality, we investigate the language used by members of sexual minority groups, discuss how sexual orientation shapes language use, and examine the role of language in the social construction of sexual identity. We will focus on several aspects of the language used by and about gay men, lesbians, and bisexual and transgendered people. Units 3