Courses

  • GRS AN 720: 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.
  • GRS AN 730: From Conception to Death: The Evolution of Human Life History
    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.
  • GRS AN 731: Human Origins
    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, priimate comparative anatomy, radioactive dating, modlecular and structural phylogenies, climactic analyses, and comparative behavioral ecology.
  • GRS AN 733: Human Population Biology
    Graduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102; or CAS BI 107 and one of BI 119, BI 211, BI 303; or consent of instructor.
    Meets with AN 333. Human popultion 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.
  • GRS AN 735: The Ape Within: Chimpanzees and the Evolution of Human Behavior
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Introduction to primate social behavior, focusing on the apes. Examines how chimpanzee behavior can be used to understand human behavior. What is unique about humans, and how did we evolve? Topics include diet, social relationships, sexual behavior, aggression, culture, cognition.
  • 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 739: Primate Biomechanics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: 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.
  • 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 747: Afghanistan
    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.
  • 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 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 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 705: Pre-Urban Development
    Graduate Prerequisites: graduate standing.
    Cultural development from the origins of humankind through the establishment of food production, with emphasis on models for reconstructing successive changes in adaptation among early populations. (Program core course.)
  • GRS AR 712: Seminar in Old World Prehistory
    Selected problems or topics in prehistoric archaeology of the Old World.