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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.
CAS AN 372: Psychological Anthropology
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.
CAS AN 375: Culture, Society, and Religion in South Asia (area)
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.)
CAS AN 379: China: Tradition and Transformation
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. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry II, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Research and Information Literacy.
CAS AN 382: Wealth, Poverty, and Culture
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 101.
Explores vital cultural dimensions of production, exchange, and consumption in varied settings. Asks how social ties relate to property, wealth, and poverty. Examines how people classify, control, and allocate resources, and how resources in turn influence people.
CAS AN 384: Anthropology of Religion
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 101; or consent of instructor.
Myth, ritual, and religious experience across cultures. Special attention to the problem of religious symbolism and meaning, religious conversion and revitalization, contrasts between traditional and world religions, and the relation of religious knowledge to science, magic, and ideology. Also offered as CAS RN 387.
CAS AN 397: Anthropology and Film: Ways of Seeing
Considers the history and development of anthropological, ethnographic, and transcultural filmmaking. In-depth examination of important anthropological films in terms of methodologies, techniques, and strategies of expression; story, editing, narration, themes, style, content, art, and aesthetics.
CAS AN 461: Ethnography and Anthropological Theory 1
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 101; or equivalent.
Discussion and analysis of major concepts, methods, and theories in social anthropology using case studies on ritual, politics, leadership, social control, and kinship belief. Anthropology majors in the Socio-cultural track are encouraged to take this course during their junior year; this course is required of all majors in the Socio-cultural track.
CAS AN 462: Ethnography and Anthropological Theory 2
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 461; and completion of principal courses for majors or consent of instructor.
Required of majors. Examines the background and philosophy of current anthropological theory and method. Discussion focuses on current issues in evolutionary, linguistic, and sociocultural theory.
CAS AN 505: Asian Development: The Case of Women (area)
How women's lives in China, Japan, and India have been affected by economic development and social change. Women's education, health, child rearing, and labor force participation are considered in the context of socioeconomic and cultural influences. (Counts towards the Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies minor and the East Asian Studies minor.)
CAS AN 510: Proposal Writing for Social Science Research
Undergraduate Prerequisites: admission to AN Honors Program or advanced undergraduate standing with consent of instructor.
Graduate Prerequisites: graduate student standing in the social sciences or humanities.
The purpose of this course is to turn students' intellectual interests into answerable, field-based research questions. The goal is the production of a project proposal for future research. Also offered as CAS AR 510.
CAS AN 521: Sociolinguistics
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 351 or CAS LX 250; or consent of instructor.
Introduction to language in its social context. Methodological and theoretical approaches to sociolinguistics. Linguistic variation in relation to situation, gender, socioeconomic class, linguistic context, and ethnicity. Integrating micro- and macro-analysis from conversation to societal language planning. Also offered as CAS LX 341 and GRS LX 641.
CAS AN 524: Seminar: Language and Culture Contacts in Contemporary Africa
Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
Focuses on language variation and change in Africa. Provides students with a foundation in the scholarship on contact linguistics, language variation and change, and the relationships between language variation and gender, ethnicity, religion, and youth culture.
CAS AN 525: Ritual and Political Identity
Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing.
Provides a conceptual foundation for interpreting and understanding ritual and its role in shaping political and social identity and worldview. Focus on cases drawn from the contemporary Muslim world.
CAS AN 530: Global Intimacies: Sex, Gender, and Contemporary Sexualities
Undergraduate Prerequisites: advanced undergraduate standing or graduate standing, or consent of instructor.
Explores theoretical and ethnographic approaches to gender, sex, and sexuality as linked to globalizing discourses and transnational mobilities. Readings and discussion emphasize intersections of sex, gender, labor, love, and marriage in a globalized world. Also offered as CAS WS 530.
CAS AN 532: Literacy and Islam in Africa
Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, or consent of instructor.
Examines the Islamization of Africa and the development of local literary traditions. Students learn about the sources of knowledge called Ajami (African texts written in the Arabic script) and gain a deeper understanding of the spread of Islam and its Africanization throughout the continent. Selected texts written by enslaved Africans in the Americas are also examined.
CAS AN 548: Muslim Societies: An Interdisciplinary History (area)
Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
Examines the states, empires, faiths, and ideologies of the Muslim world over a 1500-year period, including states from North and West Africa, through the Middle East, to Turkey, Iran, and then to Central and Southeast Asia. Also offered as CAS AH 539, HI 596, IR 515, and RN 563.
CAS AN 550: Human Skeleton
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 331 or CAS BI 106; or consent of instructor.
Graduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 331 and CAS BI 106; or consent of instructor.
Function, development, variation, and pathologies of the human musculoskeletal system, emphasizing issues of human evolution. Basic processes of bone biology and how they are affected by use, age, sex, diet, and disease. Meetings are predominantly lab oriented.
CAS AN 551: Anthropology and Human Heredity
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102; and consent of instructor.
Surveys the theory and methods of evolutionary genetics as applied to human evolution and human diversity. Emphasizes human evolution as illuminated by genetics, as well as the intersection of human genetics with social issues such as racism, bioethics, and eugenics.
CAS AN 552: Primate Evolution and Anatomy
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 331 or CAS AN 332 or CAS BI 302; or consent of instructor.
The evolutionary history of the primate radiation--particularly that of monkeys, apes, and humans--is examined through investigation of the musculoskeletal anatomy of living and fossil primates. Comparative and biomechanical approaches are used to reconstruct the behavior of extinct species.