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ANTHRO 249: South Asia: History, People, Politics (ANTHRO 149)

The South Asian subcontinent (comprising of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka) is one of the most diverse and densely populated regions in the world and increasingly prominent in new global political and cultural economies. South Asia has also provided the inspiration for cutting edge theories about the colonial state, postcolonial studies, democracy, popular culture, and religious conflict. The course will provide an overview of major historical events and social trends in contemporary South Asia and focus on themes such as gender, religion, caste, migration and movement, new technologies, the urban and rural, the state, and new forms of consumption among others.Thus, the course will give students historically and theoretically informed perspectives on contemporary South Asia, as well as how to apply insights learned to larger debates within the political and social sciences.
Last offered: Spring 2014

ANTHRO 249C: The Muslim Other: A History of Orientalism from Antiquity to the 2016 U.S. (ANTHRO 149C, CSRE 149C, CSRE 249C)

This course examines the history of orientalism through the figure of the Muslim other. It asks how history, politics and ideology inform the reproduction of knowledge about Islam and Muslims in the west today. Through a focus on key historical and contemporary events from the Christian Crusades, Islamic conquests, and transatlantic slave trade, to 9/11 and the election of Donald J. Trump - this course will trace the social and historical formation of the Muslim other.
Terms: Win | Units: 3-5
Instructors: Ghani, A. (PI)

ANTHRO 250: The Ordinary: The History of a Concept (ANTHRO 150)

The ordinary has today acquired something like a cultic status in contemporary culture. `Ordinary¿ citizens are the touchstone and essence of political democracy; the holy grail of effective marketing, the byword for earthy ethical judgment. In social science, the ordinary has blended in with the `normal¿ and the statistical mean. In Anthropology, ordinary life has all but replaced `cultural practice¿ as the epistemic gold standard of evidence. But this was not always so, and the ordinary has many, varied and contradictory meanings across the world.nThis course will (a) trace the historical emergence of the ordinary as a central ideological and metaphysical concept in modern thought and practice; (b) trace how the ordinary and the everyday have acquired unprecedented authority in anthropology; (3) trace the varies meanings and connotations of `the ordinary¿ in different socio-historical contexts from Asia, Africa and Euro-America.nThe literature will consist of ethnographies, and works of philosophical and historical scholarship.

ANTHRO 251: Women, Fertility, and Work (ANTHRO 151, HUMBIO 148W)

How do choices relating to bearing, nursing, and raising children influence women's participation in the labor force? Cultural, demographic, and evolutionary explanations, using crosscultural case studies. Emphasis is on understanding fertility and work in light of the options available to women at particular times and places.
Last offered: Winter 2010

ANTHRO 251A: Contemporary Chinese Society Through Independent Documentary Film (ANTHRO 151A)

An overview of social issues in contemporary China as seen through its emerging independent documentary film movement. Topics covered include representations of history, political power and accountability in the reform era, human rights, urbanization, the environment, homelessness and inequality, sexualities, addiction, and the role of media in society. Each viewing is accompanied by readings in media theory or the anthropological/sociological study of contemporary China. Can be taken with or without research component. Films include English subtitles.
Last offered: Spring 2014

ANTHRO 253A: Population and social trends in Japan (ANTHRO 153A)

Anthropological theories and concepts as applied to Japan. Postwar demographic trends. Delayed marriage.  Declining nuclear family.  Re-structuring of education and workplace. Problems for the seniors.  Foreign laborers shaking fundamentals of Japan.
Last offered: Winter 2013

ANTHRO 253B: Contemporary Theories of Religious Experience (ANTHRO 153B)

The aim of this course is to provide students with an overview of ethnographic, cultural, psychological and neurocognitive accounts of religious experience. Starting from classical work on the nature and variety of religious experiences, by William James, Alister Hardy and Andrew Lang among others, a taxonomy of religious experiences will be developed. We will focus on an in depth understanding of different types of experiences, such as sleep paralysis, hallucinations and visions, mystical and self-transcendent experiences, paranormal encounters and out-of-body experiences. For each of these phenomena contemporary theoretical explanations will be discussed, with a specific focus on the interplay between culture and cognition and on the relation with psychiatric disorders.
Terms: Spr | Units: 5
Instructors: van Elk, M. (PI)

ANTHRO 254B: Anthropology of Drugs: Experience, Capitalism, Modernity (ANTHRO 154, CSRE 154)

This course examines the significant role ¿drugs¿ play in shaping expressions of the self and social life; in the management populations, and in the production of markets and inequality. It engages these themes through cultural representations of drugs and drug use, analyses of scientific discourse, and social theory. Topics include: the social construction of the licit and illicit; the shifting boundaries of deviance, disease and pleasure; and the relationship between local markets and global wars.
Terms: Win | Units: 5

ANTHRO 255: Research Methods in Ecological Anthropology (ANTHRO 155)

The course prepare students for the methodological and practical aspects of doing ecologically oriented, quantitative anthropological field research. The primary goal is to explore what it means to ask anthropological questions in a systematic way. We will focus on understanding what can constitute an interesting question, how to frame a question in way that facilitates investigation, and how to design methods to begin investigating a question. In turn, the course will provide a format to refine research projects in preparation for doing more extensive fieldwork.
Last offered: Spring 2015

ANTHRO 256: Japanese Anthropology (ANTHRO 156)

This is an advanced reading seminar in the field of Japanses Anthropology. nIt will explore the historical development of the field and the contemporary issues and topics taken up by scholars of Japanese anthropology. Prior knowledge of Japanese language, history, and, society is required.
Last offered: Spring 2016
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