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A107 Becoming Human: Evolution
Sept (13273)
SW 119
1:25-2:15pm MW

Above class carries N&M Distribution & Gen Ed Credit

This course replaces Anth-A 105 Human Origins and Prehistory
This course will introduce you to the interdisciplinary science of human evolution. Paleoanthropology is a branch of anthropology which seeks to understand human uniqueness by studying the human past. The story of our past can be found in clues from a wide range of sources -- everything from details of DNA to Ice Age art. This is why the scientific quest for human origins requires the curiosity of a philosopher coupled with the skepticism of a forensic detective.

We will begin with an introduction to evolutionary principles, and a discussion of the nature of scientific reasoning. While people often think of themselves as very different from other animals, you will discover that we can learn a lot about ourselves by studying the genes, bodies and behavior of our closest living relatives, chimpanzees and other primates, and apply this knowledge to help interpret ancient evidence. During the second half of the class we will dig into the past, to look at ancient environments, fossils and archaeological sites for the evidence revealing when and where humans first began to behave like "odd animals." When did our ancestors begin to walk upright? Where were tools and art invented? Who were the “cave men”? What do we know about the origins of language, or the roots of human bio-cultural diversity today?

Throughout the semester we will examine examples of how researchers define and compare different kinds of scientific evidence and how scientific hypotheses about human evolution can be tested with data from a variety of sources. We will look at examples of contrasting interpretations of scientific evidence for the human past, and study why some arguments have stood the tests of time, and are more convincing than others. Sitting at the beginning of a new millennium, our goal is to help you appreciate how a knowledge of the scientific evidence of the human past is relevant to your own life, whether as a student at IU today, or as a future parent, medical patient, consumer…. or IT professional!

Lectures will include digital media presentations and discussions using interactive student response systems (clickers) to model problem-solving and help explore student understanding of difficult concepts. Weekly labs and discussions will give students the chance to examine different types of paleoanthropological evidence for themselves (e.g., casts of fossils, artifacts) and to learn about the strengths and weaknesses of each approach to interpreting our past. Weekly quizzes will be administered online, and students will also be graded on their lab exercises and several short written take-home essay assignments and projects.

A122 Interpersonal Communication (20 sections) (used to be CMCL C122)
AI taught - Course Director Jennifer Robinson

Above class carries S&H Distribution, GenEd, and COLL (CASE) S&H Breadth of Inquiry Credit
Small class size – 24 max
Interpersonal Communication introduces the study of communication, culture, identity and power. We study how people use everyday conversation to create the world they live in.

We discuss such real-world topics as:
       Power and roles in a college fraternity
       Facebook, YouTube, and text messaging
       Male and female communication styles
       Clothing, smoking and cars in high school
       Saying hello around the world
       Slang and swearing
       Language on athletic teams
       Communication in deaf communities
       The language of law school classes
       And more!

ANTH-A 122 looks across cultures at communicative practices ranging from North Africa to North America from 17th-century Quakers to a contemporary Deaf church and from grade school students to college undergraduates. We also examine the language used every day by Indiana University students, including slang, verbal play, gendered language and the academic language of business and law schools.

Past students have said that this changed the way they view the world, allowing them to see patterns in their conversations and lives that they had never before considered.

Interpersonal Communication classes are a lively mix of discussion, small group activities, informal student presentations, lecture, and multimedia examples. Together we will read excerpts from real experts and learn to use communication and performance theory to analyze others’ interpersonal interactions. Along the way, you will better understand how your own interactions with friends, family teammates, and others are connected to broader questions of power and social identity. We will also learn to do original, project-based research to describe and analyze everyday life. Past projects have studied such “real life” interactions as friends hanging out in a residence hall, a Bible study group, a sorority meeting, a pre-game meeting with a sports coach and a dinner with family. As you learn how communication impacts your life and the lives of others, you’ll also practice critical thinking, research, writing, and presentation skills that prepare you for more advanced coursework in many disciplines.

A200 Bizarre Foods
AI (12282)
SB 131
05:45-7:00pm MW

Pig brains, coffee from digested cat feces, and deep-fried scorpion are all on the menu for our examination of food preferences, delicacies, taboos and other cultural engagements with food. At first glance, the ingredients may seem quite bizarre. Yet no matter how unusual the foods or method of preparation, the simple acts surrounding eating are intricately linked to culture, identity, politics, economics, and so much more. Through in-class activities, group work, and illustrated lectures (including segments from hit TV shows ‘Bizarre Foods’ and ‘No Reservation’) this course examines "bizarre foods" and the cultural links they involve.

We will examine foods in our own ‘backyard’ – you’ll learn the ingredients of a Twinkie, explore local meat production, and reflect on how bread and wine transform into ‘body and blood’. We will consider hunger, cannibalism, and dumpster-diving ‘freegans’; and explore ways that people from Indiana to India are working to preserve their food cultures.

A200  Right Wing Politics Around the World
AI (14018)
SB 220

This class explores the range of social issues around which conservative movements emerge, struggle, and promote their causes. More broadly, students will learn how these social movements draw on their social and cultural environments to serve their political agendas, and how the political field itself has been reconstituted through the participation of an engaged public. The class is not concerned with the actions or the competitions of political parties; instead the focus is on grassroots social mobilization around issues we traditionally delegate to the “conservative” side of the political order. Students will learn theoretical approaches to understanding social mobilization and social movements, and will also analyze the social and cultural issues around which movements are organized and promoted.

A200 Immigrants, Citizens & Belonging
Friedman (31201)

BH 134

09:30-10:45am TR

One of the most controversial issues in the world today is the massive movement of people across borders. What kinds of people migrate today and why? How does immigration affect how countries define their national identity and citizenship laws? How does immigration affect who is seen to “count” as a citizen? Immigration and citizenship involve more than questions of rights and responsibilities; they also inspire debates about what it means to belong in a society or nation. This course will examine these debates through anthropological analyses of citizenship and immigration “hot spots” around the world. We will also address how different actors make their voices heard in these debates through using different writing styles and publication venues, comparing journalists with scholars.

A208 Sex, Drugs, & Rock N Roll
AI (14538)

SB 131

05:45-07:00pm TR


A208 Science, Society and Technology
AI (15496)

SB 140
04:00-05:15pm TR


A211 The Evolving Human Brain
Schoenemann (33046)

BH 109
09:30-10:45am MW

This course will review what is known about the evolution of the human brain. Evolutionary theories about the the co-evolution of brain and behavior will be discussed, and a basic outline of what is known about human evolution will be reviewed. We will survey what is known about the evolution of vertebrate brains generally, both from the fossil record as well as from a comparative (cross-species) assessment of brain and behavior. This will set the stage for a discussion of brain evolution specifically in our own lineage. We will review the extent to which archaeological remains of human behavioral evolution correlate with changes that can be documented in the human brain. We will explore ideas that have been proposed for why our brain changed so dramatically, focusing on things like the increasing complexity of our social worlds, the development of language, the introduction of tool use, changes in diet, and other behavioral differences that have become so important to the human condition. We will also review what is known about sex differences in the brain, and discuss what they might mean for behavior. Finally, we will discuss the evolution of consciousness, where ethics and morality might come from, and the philosophical problem of the relationship between mind and brain - all from the perspective of human brain evolution.

A399 Honors Tutorial           
Cook (2422)


The Honors Tutorial (3 cr.) involves research and writing, culminating in an Honors Thesis.

A403 Introduction to Museum Studies
Kirk (6995)
MTHR 110
2:30-3:45pm TR

This course provides a general overview of the museum profession, with particular emphasis on museums in American society. The first half of the course explores the history and organizational structure of museums; the second half examines museum functions—artifact acquisition, conservation, research, exhibition, and education.

Although the class is not restricted to students seeking careers in museums, it does serve as the first step in the training needed by aspiring museum professionals. Students who have completed the course will be prepared to enroll in more advanced course such as A408/Museum Practicum, or to take advantage of other opportunities for experience in museum work.

A406 Fieldwork in Anthropology
Tucker (2423)

Fieldwork designed and carried out by the student in consultation with faculty members.

A408 Museum Practicum
Jackson (2424)

The Museum Practicum (1-4 cr.) provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience in museums while earning academic credit through Indiana University's Department of Anthropology. Practica require prior agreement and must be arranged with museum personnel and the course instructor, Professor Jason Jackson, director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures ( or phone 812-856-1868).

Students interested in arranging practica at the Mathers Museum should visit for detailed information regarding a specific practicum. Practica may involve collections research, conservation, education/programs, the museum store, exhibits, and photography.

To apply for a practicum at the Mathers Museum, please review the information on the website, then contact the appropriate departmental supervisor (noted at the top of each listing) to request an application and arrange an interview. Acceptance of students is limited. The required number of practicum hours worked per week at the Mathers Museum varies according to the number of credit hours of A408 the student is enrolled in, and the semester of enrollment.

If you wish to arrange a practicum at a museum other than the Mathers Museum, you must obtain written permission from a designated supervisor at that institution. General guidelines require that you and your supervisor agree upon the number of credit hours to be awarded, the number of hours to be worked per week, and the specific work schedule. Your designated supervisor will be responsible for assessing your performance and assigning a grade. Please submit a copy of the supervisor's statement of permission to Professor Jackson when you request authorization to enroll.

A410 Capstone Seminar: Indians of Indiana
LeSourd (30573)
LH 019
04:00-05:15pm TR

Above class is approved for Intensive Writing
Above class open to Anthropology Junior and Senior – level students

This Capstone Seminar provides a summative experience for anthropology majors by examining a single area of research from the perspective of all four subfields of anthropology: the Native American peoples of Indiana. We will focus in particular on the cultures and histories of the Miami, the Potawatomi, and the Shawnee. The course takes an ethnohistorical approach to understanding the past and present of these peoples, combining information derived from archaeological investigations and bioanthropological studies, ethnographic sources, historical and contemporary documents, and work on Native American languages. The goal is to come to an understanding of the Native peoples of Indiana in their own terms.

A420 UGRD Teaching Practicum
Scheiber (9213, 13913)

Students assist in preparation and implementation of undergraduate courses, especially those involving hands-on laboratory work. Students prepare materials, implement laboratory activities, and maintain educational collections. Students enrolled in A420 do not assist in grading. Students will need to contact individual faculty members directly.

A495 Individual Readings in Anthropology
A496 Field Study in Anthropology
Tucker (2425, 2426)

These courses provide opportunities for students to work on independent projects, create their own courses, and combine fieldwork, lab work, or other kinds of research in creative ways, under faculty supervision.

Individual Readings in Anthropology (1-4 cr.) allows the student to work with a particular professor on a specific topic chosen by the student and agreed to by the professor. Field Study in Anthropology (3-8 cr.) gives the student a chance to earn academic credit for work "in the field."



P200 Intro to Archaeology
King (2438)
SB 150
11:15am-12:05pm MW

This course is an introduction to the methods and theories of archaeology. Archaeology is the study of human societies based on material remains left behind by people. We will explore the kinds of questions that archaeologists ask about past human societies, and the different ways that archaeologists use archaeological data to interpret social organization, subsistence, environment, architecture, trade, economic systems, interpersonal relations and political life. Students will learn about the goals of archaeology as a subfield of anthropology, the development of archaeology as a scientific discipline and the wide range of methods archaeologists use to collect and analyze material remains.

Throughout the semester, we will draw on examples of archaeological research from across the globe, discuss major transitions in world history and evaluate how archaeologists reached those conclusions. Examples include the transition from hunting and gathering to sedentary lifestyles, the development of cities and complex societies, and interpretations of everyday life, identity, burial customs, and community membership. We will also discuss contemporary issues including museums, site preservation, looting, and use of the archaeological past in nation building and ethnic politics. Students will come away from this class with a solid background in how archaeologists do their work, what kinds of things we have learned and can learn about ancient human societies, and how archaeological research is relevant in our modern lives.

Course Prerequisites
None. This class is intended for undergraduate students interested in learning about what we know and how to do archaeology. It also fulfills a requirement toward the Anthropology minor or major and is a core course for the multi-disciplinary minor in Archaeology.

P240 Archaeology and the Movies
AI (13464)
SB 150
05:45-08:45pm T

The popular cinema abounds with films depicting swashbuckling characters such as Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, as well as fictionalized prehistoric and ancient people. This is a course for students who are drawn to films about archaeologists or Egyptian mummies, but who question the interpretations of ancient people and of archaeologists that the movies present. We will look at how archaeologists are depicted (usually as glamorous adventurers) and compare this with the work that archaeologists actually do. We will address modern issues such as looting, exploitation, and antiquities trade, and see how artifacts can have lives of their own. One theme that recurs in such films is the romance of discovery as archaeologists retrieve ancient materials from archaeological sites. Where does this impression derive from, and how does it compare to the actual activities of real (not reel) archaeologists?

Film producers make movies that cater to our curiosity about so-called forgotten cultures. How realistic are the interpretations that film producers present? We will examine movies that depict ancient people and places, including Egypt. Film genres may include romantic comedy, drama, sci fi, and even animé.

P330 Historical Arch: Working for A Living
Sievert (30808)
09:30-10:45am TR

Historical Archaeology takes you into North America’s past at the point of contact with European cultures when culture contact, rapid change, population movement, and fluctuating power relations escalate. Relations established early on change rapidly as ever-increasing immigration, technological innovation, industrialization, civil war and organized labor changes the way Americans work and live.

Historical archaeology is particularly suited to looking at the archaeology of domestic life and work in an array of contexts that include social relations among African Americans, American Indians, European colonists, immigrants, and their descendants. Historical archaeologists can also examine professions that are poorly documented, either because they are illegal (think prostitution, bootlegging, and smuggling) or so commonplace that few write about them (think 1950s housewife, or 1890s family farmer). We will look at how work for enslaved people differed from that of freedmen by peeking beneath the surface of plantations. We’ll look below the streets of Oakland and Deadwood to see Chinese immigrants who worked in the west a hundred years ago. We’ll look at how communal societies such as the Shakers, whose mantra “hands to work; hearts to God” guided their lives, as they crafted special spaces still visible on the landscape and labor-saving devices still in use today. Company towns, boarding houses, tenements and urban backlots all give up their memories of work and living in the U.S.

P401 Cultural Resource Management
Alt (30824)
SB 050
11:15am-01:30pm T

Cultural resource management (CRM) is a public-oriented aspect of archaeological research. Many archaeologists do CRM work at some point in their careers, and it represents the majority of archaeological research done within the United States. In this course we will explore the decision-making process that archaeologists use in providing for the preservation and conservation of prehistoric and historic sites, structures, and artifacts. Topics covered include the legal and ethical issues surrounding the management of cultural resources, project design and budgets, project implementation, National Register nomination and review procedures, and CRM as a research focus. Students will gain an understanding of field methods and procedures used in CRM, the research potential of CRM, and the possibilities for applying archaeological methodology to solve problems encountered when cultural resources are impacted by land development. Students will do practical, hands-on projects and simulations.

P445 Pots and People
Alt (30832)
SB 050
11:15am-01:30pm R

Pottery has long been made, used, and conceived of in many different ways. Because of the relationships between pottery and people, pottery has often been utilized to help us understanding past societies. The main goal of this class is to provide broader theoretical and practical understandings of handmade ceramics. In this class you will gain an appreciation of pottery; why it has been so important to archeologists because of what it might mean to and about different people who have made and used it. You will also gain insight into some of the methods and theory utilized to evaluate pottery. You will be introduced to some of the methods of pottery analysis although this course is not meant to teach pottery analysis, rather an appreciation of what it is we analyze and why.

In this class we take an archaeological and anthropological approach to understanding how people make, use, and think about pottery. We will test how pottery is constructed by making our own pots from wild clays and we will use traditional ceramic pots to cook a meal. To put this experimental portion of the class into context we will consider theories of materiality and style and we will read and discuss ethnographic examples of how people in different parts of the world made, used and conceived of pottery. Clay will be provided. Students must be prepared to attend pottery firings that will occur outside of the classroom.



B200 Bioanthropology
Kaestle (2429)
MO 007
12:20-01:10pm MW

B200 is an introductory course in bioanthropology. It is required for the undergraduate major in anthropology, and it is a prerequisite for many advanced courses in bioanthropology. B200 carries N&M credit toward the COAS distribution requirements. In B200 we will survey the field of bioanthropology, emphasizing the ways in which ideas about human evolution are tested using evidence from the fossil record, from living non-human primates, and from contemporary human groups. There will be an emphasis on understanding the underlying principles and science of evolution. By the end of this course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of basic evolutionary theory and the patterns and causes of human and nonhuman primate evolution and variation. Grades are based on four objective exams (each worth 12% of the final grade), as well as several short essays and weekly sections/laboratories, making up the remainder of your grade (a total of 52%). Exams and other assignments will be based on lectures, videos, section/laboratory activities, assignments from your textbook, and on short, article-length readings. THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP LABS.

B200 Bioanthropology
AI (6994)
SB 060
05:15-06:30pm MW

This course is the same as the class above regarding course content; however, grading procedures, assignments and text may differ.

B301 Laboratory in Bioanthropology
AI (2430)
SB 060

08:55-10:45am MW

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basic research techniques used by biological anthropologists through hands-on experience and an introduction to the literature of the field. The course is divided into two main sections. The first focuses on human skeletal anatomy, and the second covers methodologies used in forensic anthropology, paleontology, primatology, human growth and development, and population genetics. This course counts for the NMNS distribution requirement.

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basic research techniques used by biological anthropologists through hands-on experience and an introduction to the literature of the field. The course is divided into two main sections. The first focuses on human skeletal anatomy, and the second covers methodologies used in forensic anthropology, paleontology, primatology, human growth and development, and population genetics. This course counts for the NMNS distribution requirement.

B301 Laboratory in Bioanthropology
AI (10985)
SB 060

06:50-8:40pm MW

Same as above class.

B310 Bioanthropology: A History of Ideas
Cook (14041)
SB 060
04:00-05:15pm TR

This is a course in the history of physical anthropology. We will discuss the emergence of this field as an academic discipline, emphasizing the careers of prominent scholars and their contribution to theory. This is also an intensive writing course. We will stress writing in a style appropriate to journals in anthropology and other social and biological sciences. You will write four short 5-8 page essays and a final paper. The final paper is a longer biography of a physical anthropologist active in the first half of the twentieth century. You will present this project orally to the remainder of the class during our final week of class.

B400 Genes and Human Evolution
Kaestle (30581)
SB 060
05:45-08:00pm R

The field of biological anthropology increasingly relies on genetic and genomic data to test and generate hypotheses regarding human evolution. In this seminar we will review some of the latest genetic evidence concerning human evolution, and along the way will become familiar with many of the methods of genetic analysis used both in this field and in many others (forensics, medicine, genetic engineering, animal behavior, conservation, etc.). Topics covered will include, but are not limited to, human vs. ape genomes, the origin of modern humans, Neanderthal genetics, evidence of selection on the human genome, genetic influence on human physical and physiological traits, genetic influence on human behavioral traits, epigenetic effects on the human genome, and additional topics to be determined in discussion with enrolled students. Grades are based on discussion participation, written critical commentaries on 5 selected readings, and a research paper. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or instructor's permission.

B400 Language Evolution
Schoenemann (30589)
SB 060
01:25-03:40pm W

This course will survey research and theories concerning the origin and evolution of language. This question has been approached from many perspectives, including linguistics, evolutionary psychology, anthropology, computer science, and philosophy. Typically, the evolution of language (the human communication system) is seen as separate from the evolution of languages (e.g., Spanish from Latin). The first is seen as a problem of biological evolution whereas the second is seen as an example of cultural evolution. However, an evolutionary perspective suggests that these two are not independent: cultural evolution in humans has played a major role in driving biological evolution. Therefore, we will also discuss aspects of how languages change historically, to see what this might predict about the origins and evolution of language itself. Specific topics we will cover may include: What is language and how does it work? What is historical linguistics and what can it tell us about language change? Is language properly thought of as an adaptation, that evolved by natural selection? Do other animals have language, or can they be taught to? What can the fossil record tell us about language evolution? How have the language centers of our brain changed during human evolution? Did our brain evolve to fit language, or did language evolve to fit our brain? How have people explored language evolution through computer modeling?

B400 Primate Behavior: Jane Goodall Legacy
Hunt (30606)
SB 332
04:00-06:15pm T

In Chimpanzee Behavior we will begin with 2 weeks of lecture on chimpanzee behavior in which we will examine the social structure of chimpanzees, including personal relationships between chimpanzees, patterns of aggression, dominance relationships, and societal structure. There will be an exam on this material. Two meetings will be spent discussing two classic descriptions of chimpanzee behavior by Jane Goodall, In The Shadow of Man and Through a Window. The remainder of the semester will devoted to reading scientific literature produced by Goodall herself and by her colleagues. Among the issues we will cover are feeding behavior, sexual behavior, communication, language studies, association patterns, grooming relationships, mother-infant interactions, reproduction, locomotion and posture, hunting, tool use and ranging behavior. A term paper will be required. Grades will be assigned based weighted equally on discussion attendance/participation, the exam, and the term paper.

B466 The Primates
Hunt (30614)
SB 332
04:00-06:15pm W

Fleagle's Primate Adaptation and Evolution is an upperclass/graduate level seminar meant for advanced bioanthropology undergraduate majors and graduates with a research interest in primate behavior and ecology. In this class we will work our way through John Fleagle's "tour de force" Primate Adaptation and Evolution over the semester. Among the issues Fleagle addresses are the evolution of primate feeding strategies, primate functional anatomy, the evolutionary and ecological bases of sociality, evolution of territoriality and primate phylogeny are covered in the text. Familiarity with primate taxonomy, socioecology and evolutionary theory will be helpful. Anthropology B368/568 is a prerequisite. Grades will be awarded on the basis of discussion, attendance and an exam.



L200 Language and Culture
Suslak (12032)
SB 150
02:30-03:45pm TR

The ability to learn and use language is an essential part of what makes us human. This course provides a general introduction to how anthropologists study language. In it you will examine how the languages that people speak reflect and reshape their cultural traditions, how categories of language are related to categories of thought, and how linguistic variation both reflects and helps shape identity categories such as gender, race, and social class. The work you will do for this course includes a series of problem sets that will provide you with hands-on experience in linguistic anthropological methods and analysis.

L310 Elementary Lakota (Sioux) Language I          
Parks (30783)
SB 138
4:00-5:15pm MWF

This course is the 1st in a four-semester sequence designed to introduce students to the language and culture of an American Indian people, the Lakota (Western Sioux) of North and South Dakota. Study is designed around an introductory Lakota language textbook, weekly lessons, tape recordings, and readings on Lakota culture. The course requires both oral and written exercises (inside and outside the classroom), and will teach both speaking and reading.

The four semester sequence fulfills the COAS foreign language requirement.



E200 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Seizer (2435)
WH 003
1:00-2:15pm MW

This course is an introduction to the goals, history, and methods of cultural anthropology. Cultural anthropologists study the organization of human society from a perspective that is at once very broad and intimately close. The breadth of our discipline comes from a commitment to understanding human experience around the globe; the closeness stems from our attention to the smallest details of human life and to the distinctions that give life meaning. The course will focus on what anthropologists study as well as on how we present our analyses and represent our research, in both written and visual ethnographic genres.

E206 Chanting Down Babylon          
Sterling (30644)
BH 345
4:00-6:15pm TR

Above class meets 2nd eight weeks

"Chanting Down Babylon" explores Afro-Caribbean popular culture as political dissent, such as against colonialism and its legacies, the failures of local government, and global political and economic power. Course goals include (1) providing a broad historical, political, economic and cultural context for understanding contemporary Caribbean society. The course (2) investigates religious, musical and other forms of popular cultural production according to four themes: “Spatializing Resistance”; “‘Dictating’ Resistance”; “Voicing Resistance”; and “Writing Resistance”. The course finally considers (3) the ways in which these cultural politics play themselves out across global sites to which Afro-Caribbean peoples have immigrated. While the course primarily explores “popular culture” on a local, grassroots level, mass-media production (music, writing, film) made in and outside the region will also be considered.

E300 Nature & Culture: Persptv Env Anth
Osterhoudt (15696)
SB 131
02:30-03:20pm MWF

Above class is approved for Intensive Writing

When we think of nature, what images come to mind? In this course, we will examine how our ideas of nature are influenced by culture, history, and politics. In considering the complex relationships between environment and culture, we will highlight examples from around the world, including Africa, Latin America, India and the United States. We will discuss topics including the relationships between people and animals; the ways identities connect to landscapes; ideas of wilderness; and politics of indigenous groups. By the end of the course, we will recognize how environments represent a collection not only of plants and animals, but also of meanings and social relationships.

E300 Contemporary Issues in Native American Research
Gantt (33040)
WH 108
11:15-12:30pm TR

This class examines the politics, cultures, histories, representations, and study of the Indigenous peoples of North America. Although broad in cultural and geographic scope, the course does not attempt to summarize the diverse cultures of the hundreds of Native groups of the continent. Instead, we will focus on several key issues in the lives of, and scholarship about, Native American peoples. In order to optimize this experience, the class combines lecture with weekly independent research and group discussion projects. Tuesday class lectures/discussions will cover major issues and concepts in Native American and Indigenous research from the readings, including sovereignty, education, economic development, activism, gender and sexuality, identity, stereotypes, etc. Thursday group work will allow you to expand your knowledge on these topics by applying this information through independent research and group discussion to the tribe or region of your choice. Students are expected to finish the class with a comprehension of the contemporary issues in Native American and Indigenous research, in addition to an appreciation of the historical experience of settler colonialism.

E321 Peoples of Mexico
Royce (30653)
SB 150
09:30-10:45am TR

Mexico: After Canada, Mexico is the United States’ most important trading partner in terms of exports and imports; After Tokyo, Mexico City is the biggest city in the world with more than 21 million people; Mexico, with 112 plus million people, ranks #eleven in the most populated countries in the world; Before the Spanish came to the New World, Mexico had three of the world’s greatest civilizations--the Maya, the Aztec, and the Zapotec, a population of about 25 million living in cities and rural areas, with trade networks that connected the entire country, arts, astronomy and mathematics, a complex calendrical system, religions and a priesthood, sophisticated laws, courts and judges; Mexico’s indigenous population today is 11% of the total and represents some 60 different groups.

Behind these facts, lie the stories of Mexico’s people--who they are, what they do, what their dreams are. We will learn about the lives of Mexicans living in the second largest city in the world. We will follow the story of the Zapatistas as they seek justice and land and we will look at similar movements of resistance and strategies for political reform. The old stories of indigenous belief, art, and survival will teach us about Mexico’s indigenous peoples. Individual stories of emigrating to El Norte will help us understand better the realities of immigration and its effect on people of both countries.
Stories of ingenuity and imagination, of change and continuity, of family and community, of becoming an active partner in globalization while recognizing ancient roots--these are the paradoxes of contemporary Mexico.

Course requirements will include:

*short paper on Day of the Dead
* midterm examination.
*class participation
*a final examination

E398 Peoples and Cultures of Central Asia
Shahrani (30671)
BH 209
09:30-10:45am TR

A general anthropological introduction to the societies and cultures of the contemporary Muslim successor states of former Soviet Central Asia and the adjacent areas of Iran and Afghanistan --i.e., western Turkistan. Topics include ecology, ethnohistory and the structure of traditional subsistence strategies (nomadic pastoralism, sedentary farming, and urban mercantilism); social institutions (marriage, family, kinship, gender relations, identities and organization; religious beliefs and practices); and the assessment of socio-economic change and recent political transformations experienced by the peoples of this region under the colonial rules of tsarist and Soviet Russia, and the modern nation states of Iran and Afghanistan. The consequences of the collapse of the former USSR, more recently war on terrorism, volatile sociopolitical conditions and future prospects for the peoples of this region will be also critically examined. No special knowledge of the region on the part of students is presumed. However, a background in general anthropology would be helpful, but not necessary. The course will consist of lectures, discussion of the reading assignments, film and slide presentations.

Required Texts (some titles may vary):
Liu, Morgan Y                    Under Solomon’s Throne: Uzbek Visions of Renewal in Osh. (2012)
Schimmel, Annemarie        Islam: An Introduction. (1992)
Shahrani, M. Nazif             The Kirghiz and Wakhi of Afghanistan: Adaptation to Closed Frontiers
                                              and War. (2002)
Zanca, Russell                   Life in a Muslim Uzbek Village: Cotton Farming After Communism

E400 Sufism
Trix (14112)
SB 138
01:00-02:15pm TR

This course explores the rich traditions of Sufism through anthropological and historical perspectives. We study Sufi communities, sources of mysticism in Islam from the time of the Prophet, the Sufi path, Sufi saints and their writings, Sufi Orders and their ritual and artistic forms. We analyze the roles Sufi communities have played in societies in the past, and the roles they play in Islamic societies today.

E421 Food and Culture
Wilk (12568)
SB 140
01:25-03:40pm W

Discusses the political economy of food production, trade and consumption on a global basis. Gives a cross cultural and historical perspective on the development of cooking and cuisine in relationship to individual, national, and ethnic identity. Relates cuisine to modernity, migration and forms of cultural mixing and Creolization.

E437 Power & Violence: Pol Sys Ethno Perspective
Goodman (33044)
BH 246
02:30-03:45pm TR

Different political systems are founded and maintained by varying combinations of overt violence and more subtle workings of ideas and ideologies. Through cross-cultural case studies, we will explore the diverse ways people learn to be human in relation to broader political and economic systems. The course will examine how coercion, persuasion, consensus, and dissent operate in and through the performances of everyday life. In so doing, we will ask: How does domination become internalized, such that people willingly submit to it and actively reproduce it? What are some of the ways that opposition and dissent operate in the everyday lives of ordinary people? What constitutes resistance, and in what ways is it connected to power? In what ways is power bound up with forms of knowledge?

We approach political systems ethnographically – that is, in terms of how people themselves experience, interact with, talk about, and help to shape the wider social orders in which they live. We will be interested in how relations of power are performed, be it in daily interpersonal encounters, in the crafting of collective stories, or through more encompassing orders of authority and discipline. For example, we consider arrangements of bodies in physical space, gender ideologies, economic divisions of labor, ethnic or religious identifications, and cultural displays as sites where individuals may experience, incorporate, or resist broader organizations of power.

We begin the course by looking at how power operates in non-state-based social orders. We then turn to the modern nation-state as a particularly powerful form in which power operates. We will explore state-based logics; colonial states; the current neoliberalizing world order; and the limits to and excesses of state-based forms of power (for instance, as occurs in genocide or apartheid).

Throughout the semester, we will build a conceptual vocabulary for thinking about the workings of power. We inquire into both material and conceptual dimensions of power. A key goal of the course is to enable students to think with theoretical concepts applicable to a wide range of settings.

This is a service-learning course that includes an ethnographic project that you will carry out at your placement site. Placement sites may include Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Shalom Center, Pages to Prisoners, Girls Inc, and Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore.

E444 People and Protected Areas
Osterhoudt (30705)
BH 137
10:10am-12:25pm M

From tropical rainforests, to urban playgrounds, parks and protected areas have long been used to promote environmental conservation and the protection of endangered species around the world. Yet, parks are also often sites of historical, political and cultural conflict. This course draws from examples from around the world, including Africa, Latin America, and the United States, to examine the social and cultural dimensions of parks and protected areas. Topics we will cover include cultural ideas of nature and wilderness, the “park versus people” debate, community-based conservation, ecotourism, and new, emerging models for conservation and development.

E460 Creativity & Collaboration
Royce (30714)
M2 110 (Mathers Museum)
01:25-03:40pm F

How artists create, whether in performing, visual, or literary arts, is one of the perennial questions for anyone interested in the arts or humans at play. Relationships between technical mastery and the ability to create and innovate; the notion of "inspiration" and its origins or development; the challenge of working with someone else, especially one who does not share the same technique or background--all these have been the subject of scholarly inquiry as well as modes of exploration on the part of artists. Collaborative play or creativity is more recently examined but may be central to both the generation of new forms and ideas and a sense of communal responsibility. We will look at these concepts through the examples of the collaborative play philosophy of the Pilobolus Dance Theatre; the collaborative creative efforts of Diaghilev's Ballet Russes; the relationship of knowledge and innovation in Irish music sessions; how partners improvise in the tango and how they connect with the music, the pottery traditions of related women in the pueblos of the American Southwest; communally-made objects in the Mathers Museum collections, the role of film and photography in framing the arts, and other examples that come from the interests and experience of the class participants. Wherever possible, we will observe/participate in offerings available in the Bloomington area. These will include the Lotus Music Festival, exhibits at Pictura Gallery, IU Cinema films, and workshops for the class with artists, musicians, dancers, and photographers. This is a class that relies as much on practice/ doing as it does on reflection/thinking. Students’ final projects may be a research paper or a work of art in performance, literature, or visual art.

E474 Anthropology of Human Rights
Sterling (33913)
SB 050
09:30-11:45am MW

Above class meets 2nd Eight Weeks

Anthropologists have been increasingly concerned with the conflict between “cultural relativist” respect for local culture and the notion of “universal” human rights. With this key issue in mind, “The Anthropology of Human Rights” investigates the discipline’s theoretical and practical engagements with global social justice. The course examines a number of documents and theoretical texts central to the development of the notion of human rights. In light of these works, it explores several studies oriented around such historical and contemporary human rights issues as colonialism; refugees’ experiences; indigenous people’s, women’s and children’s rights; genocide; and development and corporate transnationalism. The course supplements assigned readings with interdisciplinary, documentary, and other material.


COLL Topics Courses taught by Anthropology Faculty:

C104 People and Animals
Scheiber (11107)
WH 101
01:25-02:15pm MW

In this course, students explore how other cultures have addressed relationships between people and animals, using archaeology, ethnography, historical texts, and literature. We consider how people’s interactions with animals are varied and unique across cultures and through time, and how anthropologists specifically have tried to address these issues. Course topics includes food and identity; hunting and herding; domestication; pets as companions; symbolism in art and culture; use of animals as laborers, in captivity, and on display; origins of the American conservation movement; ethics of medical research; animals as pathways of disease; and human interactions with living primates. This course includes contemporary examples from across the globe, as well as historical examples in Native North America, Native South America, and Southeast Asia. The course is interdisciplinary in focus and introduces students to perspectives on human interactions with animals within anthropology, anthrozoology, archaeology, biology, zoology, history, and the humanities. Discussions sections include discussions, debates, and hands-on laboratory components. As a critical approaches class, students will ask why animal domestication occurred on some continents but not on others. They will ask why dogs are or were sacred in China, cattle in India, and primates in Bali. They will question the validity of the opinions of various stakeholders involved in American buffalo ranching and in wolf re-introduction in the contemporary western U.S. This course will be a gateway to a College education by helping first- and second-year students to understand how universities (Indiana University) organize knowledge within multiple disciplines (anthropology, history, biology, critical studies). We will help put the students in a position to choose a methodological/critical approach within different disciplinary discourses revolving around the topic of anthrozoology. For example, student will read and evaluate very different case studies. By taking methodologies from several books, students will be encouraged to emphasize commonalities and disparities across time and space in the ways people of the New World revered or honored or consumed different animal bodies.

This course will appeal to students interested in anthropology, archaeology, ethnography, ecology, conservation, zoology, animal behavior, medical sciences, and animal welfare. It is has broad appeal for anyone interested in the different ways that people and animal interact and perceive of each other in a cross-cultural context. In some cultures, there is a definite separation or boundary between people and animals and in others this boundary is more fluid. There isn’t anything inherently different about the animals, it is the human condition that leads to different scenarios involving the natural world around them. Students will gain a better appreciation of this wide diversity and be able to critically evaluate the role of animals in human societies through time and place.

Students will learn that the relationships between people and animals in any particular culture can be seen as a metaphor for the ways that people treat each other and how they relate to the world around them. They will learn about different subsistence strategies around the world, how to identify hunter-gatherers, farmers, and herders, and how to interpret the archaeological record (animal bones) to determine subsistence strategies in the past. They will see how people’s long term relationships with animals caused some animals to be domesticated thousands of years ago, a process that continues today. They will see that animals were not domesticated in all contexts, and discuss why that may be. They will discuss the benefits of animal domestication within different kinds of societies, and how to recognize if an animal has been domesticated by examining differences in behavior and morphology. They will learn that some of these domesticated animals became something more than beasts of burden or food resources, as some smaller mammals (dogs and cats) provided people with other perhaps non-tangible life benefits. The way this process happened in different cultures and with different animals will be explored in relative perspective. They will learn that there are psychological benefits to having animals around as well. They will learn that just as people in western society became less likely to see animals in the world due to industrialization and urbanism, children started playing with facsimiles of the real things (books and children toys) and visiting them in artificial surroundings (zoos). They will see the ways animals enter our lives today in shared motifs and symbols that have antecedents to the past but is also unique in contemporary society. They will discuss the role of animals in the spread and transmission of disease, and how this is a cultural as well as biological construct. They will end by considering the relationships between people and their nearest biological neighbor (non-human primates) and how these relationships may be the same or differ from other animals in the animal kingdom.

C105  Darwinian Medicine
Cook (10994)
SW 007
02:30-03:45pm MW

Darwinian medicine may be defined as the application of modern evolutionary theory to considerations of human health and illness. Also called "evolutionary" medicine, it represents the intersection of medical knowledge and practice with disciplines such as human biology, medical anthropology, psychology, and physiology. This course will incorporate principles from evolutionary theory into our understanding of various infectious and chronic diseases common to human populations both past and present. Foci will include basic evolutionary theory, adaptationism, host-pathogen co-evolution, the evolutionary history of various pathogens, aging and senescence, and the evolution of pathogen virulence. Although proximate mechanisms involving physiology will be discussed, the focus will be to determine why such mechanisms have evolved in the first place. That is, both the proximate and ultimate causes of human diseases will be considered, not for the purpose of developing or implementing cures to what ails us, but rather to understand the complex genetic, environmental and social causes of illness in past and present human populations. Why are we prone to certain conditions? Why do some people develop these while others do not? By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge (through written presentation) about how evolutionary research helps shed new light on medical research and practices.