2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin

Anthropology (ANTH)


ANTH 4000 Advanced Anthropology (4 Credits)

ANTH 4040 Historical Archaeology: Theory and Method (4 Credits)

Because it is the archaeology of periods for which there is also written history, historical archaeology is a dynamic and interdisciplinary field. It also has a distinct set of concerns and methods that builds upon, but does not replicate, those of prehistoric archaeology. This course is designed to engage students in the practice of historical archaeology through readings, discussions, and the hands-on analysis of archaeological materials. The first class of each week is a discussion of readings in historical archaeology. The readings introduce students to theoretical and methodological issues in the discipline, as well as important case studies. Many of the readings have a North American focus, but address international practice. The second class of each week has a hands-on focus. Backed by readings on historic materials analysis, we discuss and practice the types of research historical archaeologists perform on actual materials, focusing on different material types each week. Students in the course each process and analyze a set of materials excavated from a historic site. Cross-listed with ANTH 2040.

ANTH 4070 Folklore and Cultural Heritage (4 Credits)

Folklore and Cultural Heritage is the study of the expressive behaviors and practices that constitute the ordinary, everyday life of communities. Folklore includes the intangible cultural heritages of all peoples, for example, the artistic expression reflected in stories and storytelling, music, dance, legends, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs, customs, dialects and ways of speaking. Everyone has folklore and participates in the "folklore process." Cross-listed with ANTH 3070.

ANTH 4200 Native North America (4 Credits)

Native American cultures north of Mexico. Cross-listed with ANTH 2200.

ANTH 4220 Human Rights in Latin America (4 Credits)

This course aims to provide students with an overview of human rights issues and how they have evolved in recent Latin American history, from the military dictatorships of the authoritarian period to contemporary challenges faced in the region's democracies. It also aims to place human rights concerns in a broader sociopolitical context. Many of today's human rights issues are rooted in the past, but others respond to new and emerging challenges. In this class, we explore the roots and contemporary realities of human rights movements in Latin America. The examination of these topics should allow us to pose broader questions about the meaning of human rights in a globalized world, the efficacy of international instruments for rights enforcement, and the complex challenges that linger in the aftermath of authoritarianism and state-sponsored terror.

ANTH 4290 Art and Anthropology (4 Credits)

This class introduces students to anthropological approaches to the study of art and visual culture. The first part of the course covers foundational work in the field, introducing key concepts as well as methods for viewing and understanding art from a cross-cultural/comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. We examine the relationships among art, technology and the environment, as well as the importance of form, function, style, meaning, and aesthetics in the study of art. The second part addresses issues of contemporary concern in art and anthropology, such as the influence of market forces and tourism on artistic traditions and cultural expressions; the intersection of art and identity; the politics of cultural representation. The course also explores the ethnographic turn in some forms of contemporary art as well as doing ethnography as art.

ANTH 4320 Medical Anthropology (4 Credits)

This course is an introduction to medical anthropology. As a professional and academic field, medical anthropology provides conceptual and analytical tools for a comprehensive understanding of health, illness and healing. It is concerned with the ways in which individual experience is inserted in social and historical contexts and it explores ideas and behaviors related to health in different societies and social groups, as well as the ways in which different groups organize their resources to face health-related needs in the context of their social and economic realities.

ANTH 4360 Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Women (4 Credits)

Cross-listed with ANTH 3360.

ANTH 4370 Sex, Class and Race in Latin America (4 Credits)

This course uses an intersectional approach to the study of sex, class and race in Latin America. Intersectionality aims at understanding the interlocking relation between sex, class, race and other aspects, and how these are rooted in historical and social structures, and are reproduced and resisted through individual and collective experience. In this course we will aim at understanding such history, culture and peoples with a special emphasis on examining their heterogeneity, and aiming at understanding how such heterogeneity is also related with social inequality. We will also examine some contemporary issues such as women's rights, indigenous movements, human rights, migrations, and economy with an emphasis on their manifestations at the intersections of sex, class, and race.

ANTH 4380 Women and Development (4 Credits)

Case study approach to understanding women's status; problems of combining productive/reproductive responsibilities in developing countries. Cross-listed with ANTH 3380, INTS 3390.

ANTH 4700 Readings in Anthropology (1-5 Credits)

Directed readings in anthropology under faculty supervision. May be repeated for credit.

ANTH 4701 Special Topics in Anthropology (1-5 Credits)

ANTH 4702 Special Topics in Anthropology (1-5 Credits)

ANTH 4703 Special Topics in Anthropology (1-5 Credits)

ANTH 4704 Special Topics in Anthropology (1-5 Credits)

ANTH 4740 Perspectives-Museum Studies (4 Credits)

ANTH 4744 Museum Anthropology (4 Credits)

This course introduces students to museum anthropology and the ethnography of museums as well as the theoretical and practical sides of museum studies. The course is based on the following premises: Museum anthropology is a form of applied anthropology in which museums are a venue for making anthropological insights and knowledge accessible and relevant to the public; Museums, as institutions of public culture, are a forum for exploring contemporary social issues and concerns; The role of museums in society and civic engagement is at the core of contemporary museum anthropology and Museology.

ANTH 4745 Museum Practicum (2 Credits)

Individually designed practicum in student's area of interest.

ANTH 4981 Museum Internship (1-6 Credits)

ANTH 4991 Independent Study (1-17 Credits)

ANTH 4992 Directed Study (1-10 Credits)

ANTH 4995 Independent Research (1-17 Credits)

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