ANT - Anthropology

ANT 101 Introduction to Anthropology

Course Description: Through discussions and films, this course is a voyage to discover: 1) When, where and how humans appeared; 2) How they evolved in their understanding and use of nature to develop a wide diversity of cultures within environmental constraints; and 3) The hundreds of different ways they devised for meeting needs for food, sex, courtship, marriage, shelter, communications, tools, child-rearing, medical practices, religious beliefs, and social, political, and economic organization.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, and Summer. PLV: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

ANT 101C Introduction to Anthropology (CAP)

Course Description: Through discussions and films, this course is a voyage to discover: 1) When, where and how humans appeared; 2) How they evolved in their understanding and use of nature to develop a wide diversity of cultures within environmental constraints; and 3) The hundreds of different ways they devised for meeting needs for food, sex, courtship, marriage, shelter, communications, tools, child-rearing, medical practices, religious beliefs, and social, political, and economic organization.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall, Spring, and Summer. PL: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

ANT 108 Global Culture and Local Identities

Course Description: This course focuses on the strategies of identity formation employed amid the global flows of migration, capital, and information. It analyzes the benefits and risks involved in the increasingly rapid and transnational circulation of culture, products, and ideas in the "developed" and the "developing" world. The course introduces students to major anthropological debate on the politics of identity in the face of globalization. It explores the way people develop identities around the globe at the end of the 20th century.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall - Odd years, Spring - Even years.

3 credits

ANT 115 Kinship and the Family

3 credits

ANT 120 People and Cultures of the Middle East

Course Description: Introduction to the peoples and cultures of the Middle Eastern nations, including background in languages, geography, customs, behavior and thought of Middle Eastern peoples from Morocco in the West to Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan in the East. The course provides a basis for an understanding of the region's history and current events.

Course Rotation: PLV: Fall - Even years.

3 credits

ANT 196G Topic: Principles of Forensic Anthropology

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

ANT 101CA Introduction to Anthropology (CAP) - Learning Community

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.

Updated Course Description: The theme of this Learning Community is the relationship between identity and culture. This course questions the notion of the individualism by examining how individuals are situated in culture and what it means to say that identity is culturally constructed. We will examine what is at stake when the dominant groups assign identities to the marginalized groups, as well as how individuals use language and cultural images to engage and ultimately resist the meanings that are assigned them.

3 credits

ANT 200 Medical Anthropology

Course Description: In this class we will explore the interaction between sickness, health, culture, and disease. We will examine various biomedical and healing traditions in how they understand and treat disease and look at how illness and health fit into broader ecological, biological, social, political, and economic contexts. Additionally, we will compare our own Western system of medicine with the health systems of other cultures.

Course Rotation: Fall.

3 credits

ANT 210 Urban Ethnography

Course Description: An introduction to basic ethnographic research techniques, and uses of the modern city and its various cultural and ethnic enclaves, as subject matter for field investigations. Students will learn to describe systematically the various components of group life using qualitative techniques such as systematic observations and interviews. At the same time, students will develop a solid understanding of principles of modern anthropology.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall - Even years.

3 credits

ANT 212 Magic and the Spirit World

Course Description: This course examines and analysis the conceptualization and continuity of African-Atlantic religious traditions. Concepts such as resistance, syncretism, continuity and change, spirit possession, spiritual merchants and commercialization, and non-western models of psychology therapy will be explored-as well as the contradictions and challenges of practicing Old World traditions on contemporary urban settings such as New York.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring

3 credits

ANT 214 Latino Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Course Description: This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the establishment, growth, and development of the diverse Latina/o communities in the United States. The course focus is the Latino/a family. Within that context, we will examine the contemporary histories-as well as the experiences of conquest, colonization, radicalization and integration in US society. Students will explore the intersections of race, class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, through such topics as identity formation, and generational and socio-cultural change, bilingual education and language rights, economic and political participation, transnational immigration, law and civil rights, and the emergence/evolution of Latina/o social justice movements and their impact on the family.

Course Rotation: Fall:NY

3 credits

ANT 220 Anthropology of Violence

Course Description: This course examines violence on the local and global levels through the lens of anthropology. The topic of violence will be explored in its many forms concluding but not limited to physical, economic, intimate, symbolic, structural, political and familial. This course looks at war, terror, domestic violence, police misconduct and imperialism.
Course Rotation: NY:Spring

3 credits

ANT 225 Black Women in Cross Cultural Perspectives

Course Description: This course is an anthropological and comparative study of Black women throughout the Diaspora- as well as the contemporary dynamics that have catapulted their respective brands of feminisms and activisms. Topics to be examined range from colonial rule, economic marginalization and development initiatives-to female genital cutting, human rights and global feminism.

Coure Rotation: NY: Varies.

3 credits

ANT 245 Humans and their Foods

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III (World Traditions and Cultures).

Course Description: What people choose to eat, how they acquire, prepare, and eat food and how food (or lack of it) relates to cultural beliefs, social organization and disease. These aspects will be examined through films, discussions, and several guest lectures by food and health experts.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

ANT 247 Principles of Forensic Anthropology

Course Description: An introductory exploration of applied techniques developed in physical anthropology and archeology to medicolegal investigations. Discussion covers basic human osteology and important osteological landmarks. The application and limitations of techniques, which are used to determine gender, age, ethnicity, individualization and positive identification of human remains will be discuss. Moreover, the course covers how evidence of trauma on the skeleton can be identified as to ante mortem, perimortem or postmortem intervals. Archeological techniques as used in a medicolegal context in the recovery or excavation of human remains and associated evidence are examined.

Course Rotation: Fall.

3 credits

ANT 296 Topics in Anthropology

3 credits

ANT 296B Ethnographic NY

3 credits

ANT 296D Topic: Anthropological Perspective of Women and Warfare

Fulfills 3 credits towards Women's and Gender Studies Major/Minor. New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III.

Course Description: War and peace are gendered concepts; specifically, peace is considered "feminine" and war is thought to be "masculine." This course investigates both the validity and ramifications of such assumptions. The reading discuss the impact of war on women as civilians, victims, refugees, widows and combatants. This course provides cross-cultural perspectives on war in its relation to society, major anthropological interpretations of warfare, changing concepts of masculinity and heroism, human rights, theories of sexuality and aggression, and the effects of militarization on society. We will cover a number of warzone areas such as Iraq, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

ANT 296F Topic: Magic and the Spirit World

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III.

Course Description: This course examines and analyzes the conceptualization and continuity of African-Atlantic religious traditions. Concepts such as resistance, syncretism, continuity and change, spirit possession, spiritual merchants and commercialization, and non-western models of psychotherapy will be explored ¿ as well as the contradictions and challenges of practicing Old World traditions in contemporary urban settings such as New York.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

ANT 296G Topic: Anthropology of Sport

Course Description: This course considers sports from a cross-cultural perspective. Particular interest will be paid to the ways that sports interact with and reflect other aspects of culture, such as economics, politics, religion, identity, gender, and change. These inter-relationships will be examined in case studies. We will analyze these main issues using the theoretical frameworks that help anthropologists understand cultural variation. We will look at how people behave and think within these areas by seeing how other peoples (including ourselves) creatively model their world in a framework thought of as Sport. Students will be expected to apply these issues and theories to their analysis of various cultures in order to understand the variety of ways of being.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

ANT 296H Traditional and Modern Cultures of Latin America

3 credits

ANT 296J Topic: Black Women in Cross Cultural Perspectives

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.

Course Description: This course will explore the histories, politics, and cultures of Black women throughout the Diaspora (Africa, the Americas, Europe and beyond) - as well as the contemporary dynamics that have catapulted their respective brands of feminisms and activism. Topics to be examined range from colonial rule, economic marginalization, and development initiatives to female genital cutting, human rights, and `global' feminism.

3 credits

ANT 296K Topic: Latino Families in Cross Cultural Perspectives

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V. Fulfills 3 credits of Latin American Studies Minor/Certificate, Group D.

Course Description: This course is designed to provide a comprehensive economic, political and sociocultural examination of insider/outsider interpretations of 'the Latino family.' Some of the areas of exploration include: the legacies of colonial and post-colonial rule, the notion of national sovereignty,; economic dependency and the impetus for migration; employment patterns and underground economy; gender roles; and race/racism.

Course Rotation: NYC: TBA.

3 credits

ANT 296L Women and Gender Through a Global Perspective

New Core: Fulfills 3-credits in Area of Knowledge III (World Traditions and Cultures) or 3-credits in Area of Knowledge V (Analysis of Human, Social, and Natural Phenomena). Fulfills Fulfills 3 credits towards Women's and Gender Studies Major/Minor.

Course Description: An often misunderstood category, gender is a powerful marker is issues of identity, politics and social change. Through cross-cultural settings, this class seeks to bring nuanced understandings to various topics such as violence, nationalism, access to health, and religion. This course will also focus on the boundary formation and maintenance, global flows, the comodification of bodies, and agency.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

ANT 296M Topic: Medical Anthropology

Course Description: This course will explore the interaction between sickness, health, culture, and disease. It will also examine various biomedical and healing traditions in how they understand and treat disease and look at how illness and health fit into broader ecological, biological, social, political, and economic contexts. Additionally, comparisons to our own Western system of medicine with the health systems of other cultures will be included.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

ANT 296N Topic: Readings in Ethnographic Writings

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.

Course Description: This course covers a range of classical and more recent anthropological writings. Through ethnographic readings, the course introduces students to the controversies surrounding conducting ethnographic research and the relationships between anthropologists and their interlocutors. The course concludes by explaining the development of anthropological writings to changes in social theories.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ANT 101 Min Grade D or SOC 102 Min Grade D

ANT 296P Topic: Culture and Religion

Course Description: In classic ethnographies chapters on religion consistently appear along with chapters on kinship, social structure, and forms of subsistence. While the latter subject matters in various forms have all remained rather consistent in ethnographic research, religion has had a more contentious presence as anthropology has responded to and reflected society's views on the role and value of religion. This course focuses on anthropology's myriad understandings of religion as it has been approached through the various cannons ranging from functionalism and structuralism to symbolism and socio-cultural linguistics. From ethnographic research on the process of 'witnessing' to essays questioning the appropriateness of using religion as a category, this course explores the potential of the study of religion within an anthropological framework.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

ANT 296Q Topic: Middle East through Film

Course Description: This course develops students' understanding of cultures and peoples of the Middle East and North Africa through the medium of film. By analyzing films from several genres in conjunction with anthropology texts, we will examine a range of topics that color the region today: racial, ethnic and religious identity; gender relations, postcolonial conditions; and violent conflict. Additionally, we will address how the Middle East is represented in "Western" media and films.

3 credits

ANT 296R Topic: Political Violence and Social Change in Latin America

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III and 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.

Course Description: This course seeks to introduce students to the study of political violence and social change in Latin America, with an emphasis on the contribution of anthropologists and other social scientists working in the region. This course asks: How do individuals and communities rebuild and make sense of their worlds in the aftermath of violence? How do they renegotiate their relationship to the state and to each other? What resources do people use to rebuild their societies?

3 credits

ANT 296S Topic: Anthropology of Violence

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.

Course Description: Everyday in the United States, we are faced with a barrage of conflicting messages about violence. Questions such as whether violence is ever legitimate, how much or how little is necessary, and what constitutes violence are but a few examples that muddle discussions on the topic. This course seeks to examine violence on the local and global levels through the lens of anthropology. We will explore the topic of violence in its many forms including but not limited to physical, economic, intimate, symbolic, structural, political, and familial violence as experienced through war, terror, domestic violence, police misconduct, imperialism and a host of other expressions. Through this course, students will learn to situate information about violence that they encounter through the news, interpersonal communication, experience, and the internet, etc. within a context of culturally and historically rooted dimensions of power and oppression.

3 credits

ANT 296T Topic: Sexuality and Nation Building

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.

Course Description: Sex-books have been written about it. Movies have made it into entertainment. Magazines has mass marketed it. Social scientists have theorized it. Biological scientists have attempted to locate its origins. Theologians have debated it. Parents, teenagers, and most everyone under the sun has at some point in their lives discussed it. Is it a social construction or a biological fact? Why does it elicit so much intrigue, fear, disgust and joy depending upon the subjects involved? This course will explore the topic of sexuality, more specifically attempts to control it through a variety of measures from interpersonal violence to state sponsored oppression. Students will learn about historical and contemporary points of tension surrounding it, from the creation of definitions to legal attempts to control it. They will also learn how it has been used as a mechanism to keep particular social hierarchies in place.

3 credits

ANT 296U Topic: Anthropological Theories and Methods

Course Description: This course reviews past and contemporary social theories and debates that inform anthropological analysis. Through a comparative analysis of the similarities and differences among various social theories, we discuss the ways anthropological methods and theories are shaped by social, political, and economic conditions in the world. Upon completion of this course students will be able to articulate a range of theoretical perspectives that can be used to inform their own research questions.

3 credits

ANT 296V Topic: Anthropological Issues in Magic, Witchcraft and Religion

Course Description: This course will address how anthropologists understand the mechanisms by which cultures explain uncertainty and events for which there are no rational explanations. It will include discussion of shamanism, taboos, oracles, and other techniques people use to make sense of their worlds. It will also explore the profound reciprocal influences of culture and religion.

3 credits

ANT 296W Topic: Sexuality and Culture

Course Description: This course deals with the intersections of human sexuality and culture. Using anthropological perspectives and ethnography, students will study how sexuality is created through cultural life and examine its important social position and its various manifestations throughout human development.

3 credits

ANT 296X Topic: Applied Anthropology

Course Description: This course examines anthropological practice in the contemporary world, focusing on how conventional anthropological theory and method can empower people to understand, critique, and even dismantle dominant sociohistorical conditions.

3 credits

ANT 296Y Topic: African Diaspora Through Film

Course Description: This course examines the human condition of Africans throughout the Diaspora and explores the provocative achievements specific films and filmmakers in the transformation of mainstream Hollywood and European cinema. Through screenings and discussion, students will analyze socially and politically significant films that are aesthetically grounded in cultures of the global south.

3 credits

ANT 296Z Topic: Economic Anthropology

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge V.

Course Description: Economic anthropology is the comparative study of economic institutions and behaviors across cultures and through time. The course examines the subsistence strategies of and economic arrangements in hunting and gathering, pastoral, horticultural, and peasant societies, to gain a comparative perspective on agriculture in industrial societies. Topics include market and non-market societies, division of labor, gender, social organization, gifts and commodities, and common property management. The course investigates the cultural bases of economic values and traces economic change in various communities. History of and current theories in economic anthropology will be discussed and an ethnographic case study will be read in depth to show the holism: how the economy is embedded in society. Students will work on a mini-ethnographic project, describing and analyzing economic activities, as well as their underlying cultural values, of individuals living in contemporary households in New York City.

3 credits

ANT 297 Topics in Anthropology

3 credits

ANT 297A Topic: Political Anthropology

Course Description: Political anthropology is the comparative study of political systems and everyday life in societies, past and present and around the world. Taking theoretical concepts and methodological issues developed by anthropologists studying development in the context of colonialism and post colonialism in the Third World, this course focuses the discussion on transition in the context of socialism and post socialism in the Second World. Specifically, it examines everyday life in Europe during the Cold War and after 1990 from an anthropological perspective to understand the role of the state, as well as differences and similarities between centrally planned economies and free market economies and their effects on people's lives. Students will read historical and ethnographic texts written by anthropologists who did fieldwork in the region before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Drawing on work in Central and East European, as well as Eurasian Studies, we critically examine the 'political' and the 'social' in the context of culture.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

ANT 297B Topic: Policy and Culture in the European Union

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: This course introduces students to the history and institutions, policy and culture of the European Union, and prepares them to simulate the EU, like Model UN, on a current policy issue. Over the course of a semester, students will research assigned member states, and at the end of the semester, taking on the roles of their alter egos, debate a particular policy in conference-style.

3 credits

ANT 395 Independent Study in Anthropology

Prerequisite: Independent Study. Variable credit. Junior standing and a minimum CQPA of 3.00.

Course Description: With the approval of the appropriate faculty member, the department chairperson, and the academic dean, students may select a topic for guided research that is not included in the regular course offerings. The student meets regularly with the faculty member to review progress. A research project or paper must also be submitted.

Course Rotation: TBA.

1 - 9 credits