FALL SEMESTER 2016-17
- GENERAL ANTHROPOLOGY
- LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY
- SOCIAL-CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
- COLL Critical Approaches Courses
- CMCL Classes that have converted to ANTH
A107 Becoming Human: Evolution
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
CREDITS: Gen Ed, S&H, and COLL (CASE) S&H Breadth of Inquiry
SMALL CLASSES: 24 max.
Interpersonal Communication (ANTH-A122) 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-A122 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 course changed the way they view the world, allowing them to see patterns in their conversations and lives that they had never before considered.
ANTH-A122 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 Bad Language
Above class carries Intensive Writing Credit
Clearly we have much to learn by studying the classic works of literature, most eloquent speeches and greatest wits. But what can we learn about our society by investigating its dark linguistic underbelly? How is it possible that certain strings of sounds, uttered in just the right social context, have the power to offend, hurt feelings, ruin careers and even spark wars?
This Intensive Writing course provides a broad introduction to the field of linguistic anthropology, its key concepts, and its methods through an exploration of “bad language.” In it we investigate a range of speech types -- curses, oaths, insults, gossip, argument, taboo words, obscenities, blasphemy, slang -- and the essential roles they play in our lives. At the same time, we develop a cross-cultural perspective by comparing our own notions of what counts as bad language with ways of speaking that others cultural groups consider rude, vulgar, and even dangerous. We will also explore how different societies set standards for pronunciation, word choice, spelling, speaking and writing, how those standards are enforced, and how/why they sometimes get contested or resisted. Under this heading we consider such issues as plagiarism, libel, hate speech, and the policing of bad grammar.
A200 Conspiracy & Political Violence in Italy
The fall of Fascism in Italy created a contested political environment where extreme right and extreme left forces where in constant battle for control of the destiny of the Italian state. This tension continues today and sets the tone for much of the social landscape of Italy. Layered in this struggle is a historically founded culture of conspiracy, regionalism and anti-state allegiance among the Italian people. In this course, we will examine the ways in which the practice of conspiratorial thinking and real social problems are interwoven to create political economic conditions, violence and sometimes ways of thinking so strange they are unbelievable.
A200 Muslim Immigration In Europe
What kind of life can Muslim immigrants to Western Europe hope to find? How are European societies grappling with the challenge of immigration? While some European nations have implemented flexible policies, others have pursued an assimilationist approach, in which immigrants are asked to put aside their ethnic language and culture. This course will explore the challenges faced by Muslim immigrants and their European hosts via a cross-cultural, anthropological approach. The course also draws on approaches from sociology, cultural studies, and international studies. You will broaden your understanding of immigration and the debates surrounding it and acquire conceptual tools for grappling with the complexity of the phenomenon. Topics will include: the history of migration and myth of return, current immigration and anti-discrimination policies, food, language and media, religion, marriage, conflict within and between immigrant groups, and the rise of Islamophobia.
A205 Sustainable Agriculture & Trade
This course examines the anthropology of agriculture and trade, including Organic and Fair Trade certifications. Looking at the connections between farming, trading, and eating we address questions including: What is the “right” way to farm? Who decides, and why? How are producers and consumers connected across space and time? What do we mean by “sustainability” and how can we imagine sustainable food systems? In discussing such questions, we draw from anthropological literature, historical records, and real-world examples from around the world to examine how changing depictions of agriculture reveal the shifting values of nature, culture, production and trade over time.
A208 Sex Drugs and Rock n Roll
Do you feel like a punk? Do you wonder what an ‘ethical slut’ is? Are hallucinogens illegal because they open the mind and somebody prefers to leave it closed? In short: Are you interested in the subversive culture that surrounds Sex, Drugs, and Rock-n-Roll? If so, you should take this course. In it we try to answer these and other provocative questions by proposing to take them on as legitimate academic inquiry. First, we introduce ourselves to various theoretical perspectives that shed light on the reasons for and inherent contradictions within forms of cultural expression and social practice that claim to be subversive but often run the risk of “selling out.” Second, we divide the remainder of the course into three broad sections - (1) Sex (2) Drugs and (3) Rock-n-Roll – in order to examine in detail particular kinds of subversive subcultures in their cultural and historical context. This includes various edgy rock subcultures like punk, extreme metal, rave, and goth. It also includes expressive subcultures that grow up around illicit substances (i.e. club cultures/hallucinogenic subcultures) and anti-normative sexual practices like modern polygamy/polyamory, homosexuality, alternatives to mainstream pornography, and BDSM.
A211 The First 1,000 Days: The "Critical Window" of Human Development
How do the first few years of life shape our long term health? What are the consequences of poor nutrition during this important developmental stage? What role can cultural factors play in infant health and growth? This course explores the first 1,000 days of human life, which is known as the “critical window” for human growth and development because of its short term consequences for children and its long term health effects for adults. Both cultural and biological factors can affect prenatal and infant growth and development. Thus we will develop an integrated model of human growth and development as we investigate both the biological implications for infant health and growth outcomes, as well as the cultural factors that shape infant care and feeding practices and how these vary across cultures. We will also consider how the critical window affects and is affected by poverty and global health.
A399 Honors Tutorial
The Honors Tutorial (3 cr.) involves research and writing, culminating in an Honors Thesis.
X476 Museum Practicum
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 (email@example.com or phone 812-856-1868).
Students interested in arranging practica at the Mathers Museum should visit www.mathers.indiana.edu/MMWCPrac16.pdf 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 X476 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.
A400 Ethics in Cultural Research
This class has applied for intensive writing credit and is waiting on approval.
This class will focus on the ethical issues raised by anthropological research, applied social science, data curation and preservation, and public visibility. Political, economic, and cultural developments all over the world have led to laws and ethical codes that challenge the traditional practice of anthropology as an academic discipline. The causes of these challenges, as well as the consequences, are transforming anthropology into a very new field for some scholars who are beginning to argue that ethical practice requires practical applications and political engagement. Others continue to productively define their field in terms of a research and recording agenda that regards application and engagement as colonial, hegemonic and largely irresponsible.
The class will approach the issues encompassed in anthropological ethics as a series of debates. We will begin with a discussion of the Darkness at El Dorado scandal that rocked anthropology a few years ago, to frame ethics within the larger discipline. Then we will discuss the history of anthropology and its changing goals over the past century, which will lead into a consideration of the function of social science in the present. Over the course of the semester we will consider colonialism and nationalism, looting and the art market, language revitalization, cultural and intellectual property, public engagement and community based research, identity and the world system, wartime consultation and engagement, and issues of group representation in popular media.
X371 Undergrad Teaching Practicum
Scheiber (32224, 12499)
S/F Grading only
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 X371 do not assist in grading. Students will need to contact individual faculty members directly.
A403 Introduction to Museum Studies
MTHR 110 (Mathers Museum)
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 a first step in the training needed by aspiring museum professionals. Students who have completed the course will be prepared to enroll in more advanced courses such as X476/Museum Practicum, or to take advantage of other opportunities for experience in museum work.
X477 Fieldwork in Anthropology
Fieldwork designed and carried out by the student in consultation with faculty members.
X490 Individual Readings in Anthropology
X478 Field Study in Anthropology
Sept (32218, 32301)
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
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.
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.
P215 Sex in the Ancient City
How much can archaeologists know about the private lives of past people? And how can such knowledge be discovered? In this class we take what we may consider a very personal topic, sex, and explore what archaeology can reveal about sexual beliefs and practices in the past. We will examine what kinds of evidence best reveals ideologies and practices related to sex from the deep past through more recent history. By exploring case studies that range from the Paleolithic figurines, to 19th century modern brothels we will explore how different notions of sex and sexuality were expressed across space and through time. We will question to what degree is sex motivated and shaped by nature or by culture? We begin by examining how our own sensibilities about sex are shaped, and then move to explore how archaeologists can identify sexual practices in the past and then examine case studies to interrogate how well material culture may or may not represent past attitudes and practices as they pertain to sex. This class will require an ability to consider and discuss topics that at times may be uncomfortable for some people.
P230 Archaeology of the Ancient Maya
This is a course focuses on those Maya speakers of Central America who lived between 1100 BC and the 16th century AD. Many Maya cultures and languages continue into the present day, and we will draw on the knowledge of living people to understand the past. But today Maya people exist in the modern world as do people of all living cultures, and their traditions are now part of the modern world system. Our focus will be on Maya cultures before they were incorporated into the current global economy and how they came to be incorporated, so most of the information we discuss will come from archaeology, history, and memory, not from contemporary ethnography. There are no prerequisites for this class, but any previous classes in anthropology will be an advantage.
We will begin by discussing the history of archaeology in Mesoamerica, to understand how the framework of western history has influenced the questions archaeologists ask about the past. Then we will turn to a historical overview of the cultures of the Maya as they grew and developed in the lowland tropics of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras up through the beginning of the conquest of Mexico by the Spanish. From this point we will focus on topics that are key to current understanding of ancient Maya cultures.
Throughout the semester students will be required to evaluate interpretations of archaeological data. Archaeology is a living science, which means that conclusions that seem firm at the start of research will certainly come into question in later stages of investigation. We will talk about how and why scientific perspectives change. Since scientific research is a part of western intellectual tradition, we will also discuss the biases this introduces into our reconstructions of the pasts of other cultures, and consider what the ethical implications of these biases might be.
We will discuss how the history of Maya archaeology has influenced our current views of the past and we will talk about how the Maya are portrayed in popular media. Ultimately, we will consider the relationship between the living Maya, the ancient Maya, and the political present; and the relationship between science, popular culture, and the political present. We will read scholarly research papers, a novel, and watch videos that purport to be scholarly. Students will endure some lectures but will also participate in discussion.
P375 Food in the Ancient World
Food pervades all aspects of people’s lives, from the most basic task of acquiring and consuming food to the intricate social meanings and political roles that we give to food in different social settings. Food is a requirement for life, yet it is always transformed by social meanings in specific cultural contexts. We will look at the theoretical and methodological tools that archaeologists use to study food and foodways in ancient societies from a global anthropological perspective. Together, we will explore how studying food and ancient foodways tells us more than just the methods and techniques of food acquisition, preparation, consumption, and discard, but also gives us a window into economic, symbolic, historic, and political realities of past peoples. This course will focus on the social contexts in which specific food practices occur and the social and cultural meanings that are ascribed, created, and reproduced in those contexts. Topics include why humans share food, feasting, politics and power, food and identity, cannibalism, transitions in food systems, culture contact and exchange and will highlight OLD WORLD and NEW WORLD examples.
We will meet once a week in a seminar format. Students will read articles and book chapters to discuss in class, do a research paper or project on a topic of their own choice (with different items due throughout the semester), provide commentary on each other’s paper drafts, and give a class presentation. In addition, graduate students will be expected to lead class discussions during the semester.
P385 Paleolithic Technology Lab
This course carries N & M distribution credit.
Prerequisite - Anth P200, an upper level Archaeology Course, or permission of instructor
For more than 2 million years, people have depended on stone to make durable tools. What were these earliest stone tools like? Who made them and why? How did stone technology give early humans an edge? How did these tools change over time and what did people use them for?
This course explores the answers to these and other questions of technological change by targeting the methods that archaeologists use to understand and interpret stone tool manufacture, use and meaning. In this course you will learn how to interpret lithic technology by studying stone tool morphology and function and learn basic skills that you can take to a job in archaeology. The course is divided into three parts.
Part I. Design and Manufacture of Stone Tools. Learn about different kinds of stone, the material properties of stone, and the basic techniques for making tools from stone.
Part II. Tools in Time. Learn about technological change from the Paleolithic in the Old World to the Mississippians of the New World. Examine, draw and analyze stone tools and learn to recognize styles.
Part III. What Stone Tools Do. Learn about how archaeologists decide how tools were used. Experiment with using stone tools, and learn about the traces left on stone tools through use. Reflect on the importance of understanding stone technology in the context of archaeological research.
There will be readings from texts, and handouts distributed during class, or available on e-reserve. Your texts include: Whittaker, J. 1994 Flintknapping: Making and Using Stone Tools, University of Texas Press, Austin.
Plus articles on Canvas
This is a practical hands-on course. There will be some talk (lecture and discussion), a few films, slides, demonstrations, and lots of time spent in looking at tools. Your grade comes from a lab journal that you will keep throughout the course (50%). This will be graded periodically. Tests (50%) make up for the rest of the grade. There will be a test at the end of Parts I, II & III.
P425 Faunal Osteology
This course is designed to introduce students to the method and theory of zooarchaeology, through a comprehensive practicum in archaeological faunal analysis. Zooarchaeology is the study of animal remains to help answer questions about past cultural and natural processes, and is a standard component of archaeological analyses. This course will address various topics in zooarchaeology, such as creating reference collections, vertebrate anatomy, identification of bone elements, methods of quantification, and social practices such as food sharing and preparation. Students will explore these issues through laboratory analyses, lectures, readings, and discussions. Course requirements will include bone quizzes, in-class presentations, specimen preparation, and a report based on the analysis of specimens from a North American archaeological site. The primary goal of the course is to teach students to identify bones of several larger mammal species of North America, plus other selected species. Students will be considered active researchers in the William R. Adams Zooarchaeology Laboratory. Students will conduct hands-on research on animal food remains from North American archaeological sites, process a specimens for the permanent comparative collection, and participate in several field exercises. Monday and Wednesday class periods will be divided between lecture and/or discussion and hands-on work with the collections. Friday class periods will emphasize studying for quizzes, prep work, and independent lab projects. This course carries N&M distribution credit.
P430 Arch of Violence and Conflict
People have long engaged in violent acts against each other. Violence is and always has been perpetrated in a multitude of ways by individuals, groups, and nations. Anthropologists have long suspected that violence and warfare not only occurred throughout history but played a major role in shaping past and present societies, perhaps even as a force that pushed societies to greater complexity. Violence has also been considered a motivation behind many technological advances. But then again, violence and warfare can act as restraints, hampering societies. How then, does the presence, or even just the threat of violence, or war, have an effect on people and societies?
In this course we will examine first, how we define violence, is it always overt? What about structural violence? Is inequality a type of violence? Second, we will explore how archaeologists identify violence, and warfare in past, but will engage modern case studies and theory to provide ways of engaging in our discussions of violence. We will explore: When is violence used as a political tool? When is violence a defensive response? How do people manipulate or dominate others through violence? What changes in societies that are threatened by violence, either from internal, or external sources? What are the differences between various kinds of violence? To what degree has violence shaped gender and identity? These are questions that will be explored through readings, illustrated lectures, and film. Since this course concerns violent encounters between people, we will at times deal with graphic, and unpleasant subject matter such as murder, rape and terrorism.
Evaluation will be based on class participation, two exams, and a short term paper.
Bioanthropology (B200) is an introductory course focused on the biological basis of what it means to be human. It is a required course for all anthropology majors and a prerequisite for many upper level courses in bioanthropology. We will examine living non-human primates, human ancestors, and contemporary human populations, along with evolutionary theory, genetics, and the fossil record. By examining variation in morphology, physiology, and behavior, students will gain an understanding of and appreciation for similarities and differences between the human lineage and other primate groups. Grades will be based on three exams and weekly laboratory assignments.
B301 Laboratory in Bioanthropology
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
Same as above class.
B368 The Evolution of Primate Social Behavior
In B368 we will become familiar with the variety of primate social organizations. Primate societies will be parsed into 5 basic systems, after which variations on these themes will be explored. You will learn that nonhuman primates vary from solitary, positively antisocial species to animals that gather in groups of up to 300. We also aim to understand the theoretical underpinnings of primate social behavior. We will investigate the evolutionary and ecological bases of sociality, intense affiliation within groups (bonding), dispersal (group transfer), territoriality, aggression, primate intelligence, communication, tool use, mating strategies and parenting strategies.
B400 Peopling of the Americas
Despite more than two centuries of speculation and study, the initial peopling of the Americas remains shrouded in mystery. Where did the first American come from, and when did they arrive? Were the first colonizers unsuccessful, or are they the ancestors of today’s Native Americans? Were there subsequent migrations into the Americas? How did these first Americans enter this continent, and how did they spread across the more than 15,000 miles from Alaska to the Southern tip of Argentina? Why did they make the trek? Once they were here, how did they interact with each other and adapt to the different environments here? Were there subsequent contacts with Old World peoples, like Pacific Islanders, Chinese sailors, or Vikings? This course explores the history of and current research on the prehistoric peopling of the Americas. We will use evidence from many fields, including genetics, skeletal studies, archaeology, linguistics, and geology to address these questions. We will also examine varying Native American beliefs and understanding of the peopling of the New World, as well as the social, legal and ethical issues surrounding this research. There will be some short background lectures, but most of the course will focus on discussion and exploration of the assigned readings, which will consist of review papers and book chapters, popular media accounts, historical documents, and primary research articles, all of which will be available online. We will also view one or two videos on these topics. Grades for the course will be determined by discussion participation, a few short critical commentaries or other written work on assigned reading during the semester, and a final research paper.
L200 Language and Culture
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.
L314 Performance as Communicative Practice
Topic Gender, Culture, Narrative in a Global Context
How is gender created, contested, circulated, and made meaningful through narrative, at home and in different cultures around the world? How do the stories we tell produce both possibilities and limitations in the ways we imagine masculinity, femininity and the transgression of boundaries? Most broadly, this class asks students to think rigorously and comparatively about gendered experience, and its narrative representation, in diverse cultural contexts. We will study texts from multiple arenas, both as film and writing, from the past and the present, from far away and close to home.
L407 Language and Prehistory
This course provides an introduction to the areas of linguistic research that are most relevant to the concerns of archaeologists and other students of prehistory. We will investigate the ways in which languages change, explore the principles by which languages are grouped into families, and see how proto-languages, the ancestors of linguistic families, are reconstructed. We will then apply the results of these studies to such problems as identifying the locations of ancient populations, tracing early patterns of migration, and revealing the cultures of groups who lived in the distant past. Work for the course will include a series of problem sets that provide experience with the methods of historical reconstruction.
E200 Social and Cultural Anthropology
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.
E260 Culture Health and Illness
Across the world, ideas about and experiences of health, "dis-ease,"and medicine are profoundly shaped by culture, and relations of power. This medical anthropology course introduces students to cross-cultural approaches to understanding health and illness, covering topics such as ethnomedicine, gender and health, disability studies, and international development and global health.
E318 Nature/Culture: Env Anth Global Perspective
Above class carries Intensive Writing Credit
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.
E322 Peoples of Brazil
Brazil is a nation of contrasts and colors, richness and poverty, diversity and unity. This introductory course aims to introduce you to contemporary Brazil by focusing on its political and economic history, geography, socio-demography and socio-cultural diversity. The course is primarily based on lectures, readings and discussions (through essay books, articles, and ethnographic accounts), while incorporating films, guest lectures, and a bit of music (as it expresses the “soul” of the Brazilian people). I expect you to leave this course with an understanding of landmark issues characterizing Brazilian history and geography, the socio-cultural diversity and daily life in contemporary Brazil, and an understanding of Brazil's current development challenges and dilemmas. Grading include class participation, mid-term and final exams.
E347 The Anthropology of Japan
"The Anthropology of Contemporary Japan" frames in anthropological perspective the history, present and future of Japanese society. The course explores anthropological research on Japanese attitudes toward ethnic and national identity; gender and education; and the wide-ranging impact of Japan’s economic decline on attitudes towards work, play, consumption, and travel overseas. The course is divided into two main sections. The first considers “traditional” Japanese society as a context for the second, and focal, section of the course on contemporary Japan. Traditional cultural production is examined, for instance, as one context for investigating such contemporary popular cultural forms as comic books, fashion, animation, sports and cuisine. The course considers the social, economic and political terms under which these cultural forms have become globally disseminated, particularly to East Asia and the United States. It finally considers Japan's engagements with foreign culture in both these regions and beyond.
E386 Performance, Culture, & Power in the ME and N. Africa
Above class meets 2nd eight weeks
This is an especially important moment to develop a more nuanced understanding of Middle Eastern societies. This course explores the relationships between cultural values, power relations, and communicative practices among various populations of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Taking an ethnographic perspective, we view performance not only in terms of staged events but also as the range of daily practices through which cultural values are negotiated and social relations are organized. In moving from what scholars of performance have called the interaction order (face-to-face communication) to global media, we will be engaging with a range of theories, drawn from fields including anthropology, performance studies, and media studies. Moroccan marketplace talk, Bedouin women’s love poetry, or the listening practices of young male consumers of Algerian rai (world beat) music will be as important to our inquiry as the mega-concerts of a national Egyptian star. Our primary focus will be on cultural expression in the contemporary MENA. Topics may include: Love poems and soap operas in Egypt * Poetry and politics in Yemen, * World music and Islamism in Algeria, * Youth oppositional culture in Iran, * Performance and the Arab Spring
E397 Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
The principal objective of this course is to acquaint students with the anthropological contributions (conceptual, methodological and analytical) to the ethnographic studies of the peoples and cultures of the Middle East. It is an ethnographic survey course which examines the unity and diversity of social institutions and cultural practices in contemporary Middle Eastern societies--i.e., the Arab countries of North Africa and the Near East, Israel, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan. The course will pay special attention to micro-level analyses of continuities and social change. Topics covered include: ecology, the rise and development of Islam and Muslim civilizations; traditional adaptive strategies (pastoral nomadism, rural agriculture and urban mercantilism); consequences of European colonialism, the rise of nation states; politicization of social identities (kinship, tribe, ethnicity, gender, religion/sect); and the consequences of modernization/globalization, oil wealth, poverty, labor migration, dependency, militarization, political conflicts and social unrest (including terrorism, the “Arab Spring” & ISIS).
E400 Fashion Beauty Power
M2 110 (Mathers Museum)
Above class carries Intensive Writing Credit
This course will examine the circulation of cloth and clothing and discourses about the body and bodily ornamentation in colonial, post-colonial and global contexts. This course follows debates about photography, clothing and fashion from colonial dissemination of the ideas and technologies to contemporary self-imaging and self-representations of beauty and aesthetics. We will consider the relationship between ideas about the body and self presentation and ideas about gender, family, race and national consciousness.
A & H, IW, GCC
E421 Food and Culture
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.
E428 Latin American Social Movements
Above section P - At least Junior Standing
This course offers students the chance to explore the diversity of grassroots politics, social movements, alternative democratic practices within contemporary Latin America. We will attempt to do so in both an academic and a practical sense: by not only reading about, writing about, and discussing social movements but also by attempting to become something like a social movement ourselves. The academic side of the course will introduce students to various Latin American social movements, provide an overview of the possible theoretical approaches to understand them, and equip students to undertake a rigorous comparative analysis of them. The course will entail an explicitly comparative framework based on readings and a few films focused around the analytics of ethnicity/race, gender, resources, human rights, electoral strategies, and the environment. Running parallel to (and possibly even against) the academic discussion are the more practical and experimental efforts we will undertake. The experimental question we hope to give a practical answer to is the following: As a group how can we (or, indeed, can we at all) devise plans and engage in activities to join an existing social movement or constitute one of our own during (and possibly after) this course? This will entail a fundamentally different format for interaction between students and between student and instructor than is typical in most academic settings. As a result it will also require a considerable amount of active participation in rethinking the nature and possibilities for us as a politically invested, social collective.
The course is a joint undergraduate/graduate class and the reading and requirements are divided accordingly.
E436 The Politics of Marriage
Marriage is a topic familiar to us all. It is something we associate with adulthood and maturity, with love, and, in some cases, with family. Scholars have studied marriage as one of the major building blocks of human society, intrigued by its variation in form and content across cultures. This course will examine marriage as a political institution, one that facilitates alliances between groups, produces systems of inequality between men and women and among different classes of people, and creates exclusionary boundaries through political and legal regulation. The course will introduce students to various feminist, anthropological, and queer theories of marriage and will apply those theories to specific case studies from around the world and across time periods. We will discuss such topics as evolutionary theories of marriage, arranged marriage, the racial politics of marriage, marriage and welfare policies, marital citizenship and transnational marriages, and recent legal struggles over same-sex marriage.
E438 Communication in the Digital Age
01: 00-02:15pm TR
This course looks at how new media has changed what it means to speak in public.
Every new medium allows people to address others in new ways, and often to fashion audiences in new ways. Traditionally this is source of wonder and anxiety for Euro-Americans, who often spend a tremendous amount of time analyzing the communicative politics of dissemination in their daily lives (for example, asking “what does it mean that she posted the message on my Facebook wall instead of sending me a text?”). In this course, we look at the quotidian issues surrounding public speech in new media. How do people establish appropriate behavior in new media? How do people respond to new possibilities for deceptive behavior? How do ideas of what counts as public and private change when there are changes in how communication can circulate? And, lastly, why do scholars believe public speech and democracy are so intertwined?
E460 Sensual Knowledge
M2 110 (Mathers Museum)
01: 30-03:40pm WF
Above class meets 2nd Eight Weeks
This course will examine how we experience and understand the aesthetics of ritual, performance, material culture, images, and sounds of language and music through the senses. Examples will be drawn from cultures around the globe, including those of people on the move, from the historical as well as the contemporary, and from the ordinary and the extraordinary. Our approach will include experience in the form of workshops, museum collections, narratives of visiting artists, exploration of landscapes, and participation in the offerings associated with the Themester topic of Beauty. Our explanations of what we experience will take a variety of forms—writing in different genres and for different audiences, photography, making, digital creations, performances.
Readings will be drawn from Ingold, Gadamer, Seamus Heaney, Bateson, Stoller, Royce, Ness, Matisse, Tilley, Greenblatt, Basso, and others
COLL Critical Approaches Courses
C104 Foodstuff: Food & Culture
If you Instagram photos of your dinner or wonder why men handle the Barbeque, this is the course for you! The three Foodstuff courses approach the topic of our relationship to the food we eat from multiple vantage points. S&H 103 will explore the social science of food, how the things we eat are connected to our gender, class and ethnicity, to body shape and beauty ideals, and the diet of Caribbean pirates. All three classes will learn about the aesthetic pleasures, cultural value, and scientific complexity of the food we eat, imagine, and prepare. This class begins with 8 weeks on social science, followed by 3 weeks of food science and another 3 weeks on food in the humanities. This is a great way to help you decide about what kind of major you want to pursue, and learn more about the rapidly growing field of Food Studies.
C105 Sister Species
Sister Species: Lessons from the Chimpanzee surveys the natural sciences by reviewing research on our closest relative, the chimpanzee. In the course of examining chimpanzee behavior, ecology, morphology, physiology, "language," intelligence, genetics and systematics, we will learn how the scientific method helps us understand the natural world. Chimpanzees are a particularly informative species to anthropologists because they are far enough removed from humans that we can study them without the emotional baggage we sometimes carry when we study ourselves. At the same time, they are so closely related to us that much of what we learn about our sister species applies to us as well. Through lectures, labs, films and writing assignments we will get an intimate look at every aspect of chimpanzee biology and behavior. Among our questions will be, why do animals use -- or not use -- tools? Why are animals aggressive? What are the roots of war? What is the chimpanzee body "designed" to do? How does physiology influence what chimpanzees can eat and what's healthy to eat? Can chimpanzees use language? Do chimpanzees use medicine? Just how different are chimpanzee bones, muscles and brains from our own? Labs and lectures will give students a detail-oriented look at these issues. Students will be encouraged to eat a chimpanzee diet for a day and to write about what they experience on that diet, and what their experiences mean for evolution. Students will keep a diary of their communication patterns and comment on the uses and meaning of language. The similarity of human and chimpanzee disease will be investigated, and students will find out how they'd fare without modern medicine. Throughout the class we will turn to research on chimpanzees to better understand all of nature -- including ourselves.
C105 Darwinian Medicine
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.
CMCL Classes that converted to ANTHROPOLOGY
As of Summer 2015, all IUB Communication and Culture (CMCL), Journalism (JOUR), and Telecommunications (TEL) classes have converted new subject codes. Most JOUR and TEL courses are now listed as MSCH courses. CMCL courses moved into four distinct categories: African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAAD), Anthropology (ANTH), English (ENG), and Media School (MSCH). Below for easy reference are the CMCL courses that now have ANTH numbers. (You may also view the full course conversion list.)