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GRS AN 736: Primate Evolutionary Ecology
Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
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.
GRS AN 744: Modern Japanese Society: Family, School, and Workplace (Area)
Meets with AN 344. 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.
GRS AN 751: Graduate Study in Language, Culture, and Society
Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
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.
GRS AN 755: 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 Islamic Middle East, with special attention to women's interpretation of religion. 4 cr., 2nd sem.
GRS AN 760: The Nomadic Alternative
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.
GRS AN 771: 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.
GRS AN 772: 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.
GRS AN 775: Culture, Society, and Religion in South Asia
Ethnographic and historical introduction to the Indian subcontinent with a focus on the impact of religion on cultural practices and social institutions.
GRS AN 784: Anthropology of Religion
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 GRS RN 687.
GRS AN 797: 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.
GRS AR 701: The Intellectual History of Archaeology
Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing and at least two prior courses in sociocultural anthropology.
The historical development of archaeological methods and theory from the Renaissance to the present day, including comparison of major developments in Western Europe and the Americas with developments in other regions. Basic concepts in archaeological record and society.
GRS AR 703: Seminar: Materials in Ancient Society
Topic to be announced. Offered through the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology. (MIT Materials in Ancient Societies: course #3.984)
GRS AR 704: Seminar: Materials in Ancient Society
Topic to be announced. Offered through the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology. (MIT Materials in Ancient Societies: course #3.989)
GRS AR 738: Mare Nostrum: Material Culture and Identity after Alexander
This course examines the interconnected cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean from the era of Alexander the Great (4th century BCE) through the Roman emperors period (c. 2nd-3rd centuries CE), with a focus on the material correlates of the identity.
GRS AR 742: Archaeology in the Holy Land
In Israel, archaeology is part of current events. We study material remains from the Israelite to the Muslim conquests (c. 1200 BCE -- 640 CE) to learn how physical evidence is created and still plays a role in a larger historical drama. Also offered as GRS RN 690.
GRS AR 747: Egypt and Northeast Africa: Early States in Egypt, Nubia, and Eritrea/Ethiopia
Comparative analyses of early states in Egypt and northeast Africa, with a focus on socioeconomic institutions, kingship, burial practices, and religions, utilizing archaeological as well as textual evidence.
GRS AR 751: Seminar: Mesoamerican Archaeology
Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
Seminar focused on the archaeology of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica (much of modern Mexico and Central America) and intended to provide students with an in-depth understanding of major issues in studying the Mesoamerican past, with relative emphases changing by semester.
GRS AR 770: New World Historical Archaeology: Colonial America
Seminar in material culture of the people who colonized North America. Architecture, artifacts, and a variety of sites -- domestic, military, commercial, sepulchral -- are studied. Uses of archival evidence as factual and ethnographic documentation for archaeological interpretation are discussed.
GRS AR 790: The Archaeology of Southeast Asia
Examines the prehistoric and historic cultures of Southeast Asia, including the first arrival of humans, regional Neolithic and Bronze Age communities, early states, maritime trading networks, as well as political motivations in archaeology and the illicit antiquities trade.
GRS AR 810: International Heritage Management
Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing.
Investigations of issues in archaeological heritage management at the international level. Approaches, challenges, and solutions to problems in the identification, evaluation, conservation, management, and interpretation of archaeological resources. Focus on specific topics (e.g. legislation) and/or geographical regions.