Anthropology

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  • CAS AN 563: Public Religion and Politics Across Cultures
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    The contested role of religion in modern politics and its implications for civil life. Begins with the West and includes Islam in the Middle East and SE Asia. Evangelicalism in Latin American and Africa, Hindu nationalism, and Buddhism in China. Also offered as CAS IR 563.
  • CAS AN 568: Symbol, Myth, and Rite
    Historical overview of ritual behavior, the role of symbolism in the study of culture, and the narrative quality of worldview and belief. Emphasis on verbal performance and public display events in specific cultural contexts.
  • CAS AN 571: Anthropology of Emotion
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior, senior, or graduate standing, or consent of instructor.
    Outlines multidisciplinary conceptual frameworks for the study of emotion. Focus is on how cultural anthropology has understood emotion as experience, as cognition, or as a symbolic system.
  • CAS AN 573: The Ethnography of China and Taiwan (area)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Reading of major ethnographies and modern histories as a basis for examining changing Taiwanese and Chinese culture and society. Attention to ethnography as a genre, as well as to the dramatic changes of the past century. (Counts towards the East Asian Studies minor.)
  • CAS AN 585: Seminar: Advanced Readings in African Ethnography (area)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Detailed examination of classic and contemporary anthropological writings about Africa. Explores ecological adaptation, kinship, social organization, religious thought and practice, and creative expression. Focus on the history of theory, method, and narrative style in the construction of ethnographies about Africa.
  • CAS AN 589: The Anthropology of Development Theory & Practice
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Explores anthropological texts that grapple with, make sense of, and ultimately challenge the international development enterprise. Considers whether, amidst these critiques, anthropology can imagine an alternative discourse and practice of betterment.
  • CAS AN 590: Seminar: Theory, Method, and Techniques in Fieldwork
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Traditional and modern methods of ethnographic field research: data collection, research design, and analyses.
  • CAS AN 594: Seminar: Topics in Cultural Anthropology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Prereq: concentration in department or consent of instructor.
    Selected issues and debates in current anthropology. Three topics are offered during the Spring 2008 semester. Students may take one, two or three for credit. Section A1: Humans Among Animals. Section B1: Social Movements. Section C1: Culture and Emotions. Considers how anthropology has contributed to the understanding of emotions in humans and where its contributions fit in an interdisciplinary field increasingly dominated by neuroscience.
  • CAS AN 595: Methods in Biological Anthropology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102 or CAS BI 107 or CAS BI 108.
    An exploration of field and laboratory methods used in biological anthropology, with students participating in hands-on exercises. Topics include health assessment, body composition, diet, energetics, morphological adaptations, reproductive status, habitat composition, spatial movements, and conservation. Professional skills are also developed.
  • CAS AN 596: Anthropology and History
    Examines the use of ethnographic materials and models of alternative social or economic organization to interpret historical materials as well as the use of history to provide dynamic models of change in anthropological analysis.
  • CAS AN 597: Seminar: Special Topics in Biological Anthropology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102; and consent of instructor.
    Special issues and debates in current biological anthropology. Topic for Fall 2014: Human Grown and Development. An analysis of human growth and development from an evolutionary and cross-cultural perspective. Other topics include brain evolution, fetal programming, sexual dimorphism, senescence, immunity, and obesity.
  • CAS AN 598: Seminar: Special Issues in Biological Anthropology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102; and consent of instructor.
    Special issues and debates in current biological anthropology.