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  • CAS AN 312: Peoples and Cultures of Africa (area)
    Survey of the continent with attention to ethnohistory, traditional cultures, and cultural change.
  • CAS AN 316: Contemporary European Ethnography
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 101; First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120)
    What is Europe's "problem" with migrants? Are old forms of racism and xenophobia returning? Or are contemporary Islamophobia and anti-Semitism new modes of exclusion? What and where is Europe anyway? And what exactly might it mean to be European today? This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry II, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-intensive Course.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Social Inquiry II
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • CAS AN 318: Southeast Asia: Tradition and Development (area)
    Provides an in-depth introduction to the cultural traditions and contemporary development of Southeast Asia. Examines the contemporary society and culture through the optic of political and cultural history, so as to understand the "imaginative revolutions" that have shaped this region and are transforming it still today.
  • CAS AN 319: Anthropology of Muslim Cultures and Politics (area)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 101; or another anthropology course is strongly recommended
    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.
  • CAS AN 320: Women in the Muslim World
    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.
  • CAS AN 327: Islam in Africa
    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.
  • CAS AN 330: From Conception to Death: The Evolution of Human Life History
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102 or CAS BI 107.
    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. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry II, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Scientific Inquiry II
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • CAS AN 331: Human Origins
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102 or CAS AR 101 or CAS BI 107; or equivalent.
    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.
  • CAS AN 333: Human Population Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102 or CAS BI 107 and CAS BI 119 or CAS BI 211 or CAS BI 303.
    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.
  • CAS AN 335: The Ape Within: Great Apes and the Evolution of Human Behavior
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102 or CAS BI 107 or CAS BI 119; or consent of instructor.
    This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Scientific Inquiry II, Quantitative Reasoning I, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Scientific Inquiry II
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • CAS AN 336: Primate Evolutionary Ecology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102.
    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.
  • CAS AN 337: Creation and Evolution
    A critical survey of the creation/evolution dispute in historical and intellectual context. By discussing key texts and issues, participants will gain understanding of the history of science, its relationship to ethical and religious ideas, and the polarization of American society. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Scientific Inquiry I, Critical Thinking.
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Scientific Inquiry I
    • Critical Thinking
  • CAS AN 339: Primate Biomechanics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102 or CAS BI 107; or consent of instructor.
    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.
  • CAS AN 344: Modern Japanese Society: Family, School, and Workplace (area)
    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.)
  • CAS AN 347: Afghanistan (area)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 101; or sophomore standing.
    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.
  • CAS AN 348: Contemporary Globalization: An Anthropological Perspective
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 101; or equivalent recommended.
    Ethnographic and historical investigation of globalization. Special attention to impact of global capitalism on indigenous communities; popular culture and consumerism; transnational populations; women and work; and relationship between novel forms of communication (i.e., Facebook and email) and changing cultural norms.
  • CAS AN 351: Language, Culture, and Society
    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.
  • CAS AN 355: Religious Fundamentalism in Anthropological Perspective
    Anthropological study of the global phenomenon of religious fundamentalism. A product of the modern world, fundamentalism is perceived as counter-cultural and anti-nationalist. Cases drawn from North America and the Islamic Middle East, with special attention to women's interpretation of religion.
  • CAS AN 363: Food and Water: Critical Perspectives on Global Crises
    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.
  • CAS AN 371: Political Anthropology of the Modern World
    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.