Courses

Power and Society in the Middle East (area)

CAS AN 317 (4 credits)

Peoples and cultures of the Middle East from Afghanistan to Morocco and from the Caucasus to Yemen. Focuses on social organization, family structure, the relationship between the sexes, and the development and maintenance of authority.

Anthropology of Muslim Cultures and Politics (area)

CAS AN 319 (4 credits)

Examines Muslim societies' ongoing struggle over the forms and meanings of Muslim culture and politics, as well as its implications for religious authority, gender ideals, and new notions of citizenship, civil society, and democracy.

2017SPRGCASAN319 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:30 am 10:45 am CAS 226

Women in the Muslim World

CAS AN 320 (4 credits)

A cross-cultural approach to the diversity and complexity of women's lives in the Muslim world, including the United States. Looks at issues such as gender equality, civil society and democracy, sex segregation and sexual politics, kinship and marriage, and veiling.

2016FALLCASAN320 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 10:00 am 11:00 am COM 217

Islam in Africa

CAS AN 327 (4 credits)

The course examines the Islamization of Africa and the various processes of Arabization and Africanization of Islam. It examines the religious beliefs, cultures, and histories of Muslim communities of Morocco, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia, Senegal, and the Sudan, among others.

From Conception to Death: The Evolution of Human Life History

CAS AN 330 (4 credits)

Why do we grow? Why do we die? How do patterns in the lifespan inform our understanding of human evolution? This course answers these questions and more by examining human life history from an evolutionary perspective.

Human Origins

CAS AN 331 (4 credits)

Introduction to human paleontology and methods for reconstructing the ancestry, structure, diet, and behavior of fossil primates and humans. Survey of primate and hominid fossils, primate comparative anatomy, radioactive dating, molecular and structural phylogenies, climactic analyses, and comparative behavioral ecology.

2017SPRGCASAN331 A1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 1:25 pm 2:15 pm KCB 107

Human Population Biology

CAS AN 333 (4 credits)

Human population biology and ecological adaptations: human demography, life history patterns, population genetics, and physiological adaptability. Topics: population dynamics of human societies, mortality and fertility schedules, evolution and genetics of human life history traits, physiological adaptability, and ecological correlates.

2017SPRGCASAN333 A1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 11:15 am 12:05 pm KCB 102

The Ape Within: Great Apes and the Evolution of Human Behavior

CAS AN 335 (4 credits)

Introduction to primate social behavior, focusing on the apes. Examines how great ape behavior helps understand what is unique about human behavior and how we evolved. Topics include diet, social relationships, sexual behavior, aggression, culture,and cognition.

2016FALLCASAN335 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 10:00 am 11:00 am CAS 326

Primate Evolutionary Ecology

CAS AN 336 (4 credits)

Introduction to the various theoretical approaches to understanding the evolutionary ecology of wild primates. Topics include functional anatomy, genetic approaches to mating systems, demography, behavioral ecology, community ecology, and conservation.

Creation and Evolution

CAS AN 337 (4 credits)

A critical survey of the creation/evolution controversy in its historical, scientific, philosophical, and theological contexts from Augustine down to the intelligent-design movement.

Primate Biomechanics

CAS AN 339 (4 credits)

An introduction to the physical principles and anatomies underlying primate behavior, especially locomotion. Topics include mechanics, skeletal anatomy, primate locomotion, and the primate fossil record. Emphasis on bone biology and human bipedalism.

Modern Japanese Society: Family, School, and Workplace (area)

CAS AN 344 (4 credits)

Approaches contemporary Japanese society through a focus on family, school, and workplace. The readings and lectures treat these institutions historically and in terms of the contexts they provide for the individual. (Counts towards the Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies minor.)

2016FALLCASAN344 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:30 pm MUG 205

Afghanistan (area)

CAS AN 347 (4 credits)

Ethnographic and historical examination of Afghanistan's traditional social and political organization, ecology and economy, and relationship among ethnic groups. Civil wars and foreign interventions over the last thirty years, the current situation in Afghanistan, and prospects for the country's future.

Language, Culture, and Society

CAS AN 351 (4 credits)

Introduction to basic concepts, problems, and methods used by anthropologists in the investigation of relationships among language, culture, and society. Topics include language and conceptual systems, language and role, language and social context, and language and thought.

The Nomadic Alternative

CAS AN 360 (4 credits)

Ethnographic and historical examination of nomads in Africa and Eurasia. Focus on the ecology of pastoralism, nomadic social organization, political relations between nomads and states, the rise and fall of steppe empires, and the future of nomads.

Food and Water: Critical Perspectives on Global Crises

CAS AN 363 (4 credits)

The multiple causes and consequences of global food and water crises. Examines production, consumption, and distribution of food, and studies a range of water management systems--and the politics of water--in different parts of the world.

Political Anthropology of the Modern World

CAS AN 371 (4 credits)

Examines the concepts of political anthropology and applies them to the analysis of the origins and development of the modern political world. Special attention to nations and nationalism, the state and modern development, comparative political culture, and urban and agrarian political change.

Psychological Anthropology

CAS AN 372 (4 credits)

Introduces students to some key theoretical perspectives and controversies in the cross-cultural study of psychology. Readings from classic texts and cross-cultural studies of emotion, sexuality, concepts of the person, national character, consciousness, authority, and religion.

2017SPRGCASAN372 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:30 am 10:45 am CAS 208

Culture, Society, and Religion in South Asia (area)

CAS AN 375 (4 credits)

Ethnographic and historical introduction to the Indian subcontinent with a focus on the impact of religion on cultural practices and social institutions. (Counts towards the East Asian Studies minor.)

2016FALLCASAN375 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 1:00 pm 2:00 pm JSC 201

China: Tradition and Transition (area)

CAS AN 379 (4 credits)

Examines daily life in China and Taiwan, tracing how opposed economic and political paths transformed a common tradition. Topics include capitalism and socialism; politics and social control; dissidence; gender relations; religion, arts, and literature; and pollution. (Counts towards the East Asian Studies minor and the International Relations major.)

2016FALLCASAN379 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:30 pm CAS B06A