Anthropology

  • GRS AN 701: Cross-Cutting Perspectives in Anthropology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
    An examination of current and historical perspectives across sub-disciplines of Anthropology: Social Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, and Archaeology. Explores how methodologies, theories and interpretations have changed as disciplines have developed. Emphasizes group learning to facilitate exchange of ideas across the sub-disciplines.
  • GRS AN 703: History of Theory and Practice in Anthropology
    An intensive introduction to the foundations of the discipline focusing on classic works from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries. A critical analysis of the development of the discipline of anthropology, its subfields, literature, history, and contemporary research problems.
  • GRS AN 704: Proseminar: Contemporary Anthropological Theory
    Graduate Prerequisites: Required of first-year graduate students and open to students in related disciplines with the consent of the instructor.
    Examination of major theoretical trends and debates in anthropological theory from the 1960s to present.
  • GRS AN 705: Graduate Proseminar in Anthropology: the Biological and Historical Past
    Examination of major contributions and debates in biological anthropology focusing on humanity's place in the natural world. Topics include evolutionary theory, fossil and living primates, human evolution, historical demography, human life histories, and the relationship between biology and culture.
  • GRS AN 707: Turkey & Middle East Perspective (Area)
    Social and cultural diversity of the modern Middle East with particular attention to Turkey. Focus on the interplay of traditions and socio-economic changes that have occurred during the 20th century and their implications for the future.
  • GRS AN 708: Food, Culture, and Society
    Study of foodways, culinary social history, diet and food ecology with special attention to Asian societies and Boston's food culture. Examines the use of food and cuisine as a focus for identity, national development, and social change.
  • GRS AN 709: Boston: An Ethnographic Approach
    An anthropological study of Boston using the city as a site of recovery and discovery as students develop ethnographic skills and an understanding of the interplay between geography, history, and demography in the social mapping of urban spaces.
  • GRS AN 711: Civil Society and the State
    Focuses on the civil society-state nexus. Features an interdisciplinary critical analysis of the civil society contruct, including its value for understanding democratization and liberalization in developing areas, as well as its role in mature democracies.
  • GRS AN 716: Contemporary European Ethnography
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 101.
    Approaches Europe and European societies through an exploration of significant social shifts: the creation of the European Union, the decline of the national welfare state, the rise of regionalist movements, and the socio-political transformation of post-socialist states.
  • GRS AN 719: Anthropology of Muslim Cultures and Politics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: graduate standing. CAS AN 101 or another anthroplogy course is strongly recommended.
    Muslim societies are today being buffeted by a struggle over the forms and meanings of Muslim culture and politics. This course examines this struggle, and its implications for religious authority, gender ideals, and new notions of citizenship, civil society, and democracy.
  • 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 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: Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    An in-depth exploration of current issues in the field of linguistic anthropology. Readings focus on theories and approaches to language as a form of action through which cultural forms, political ideologies, and social identities are constructed and enacted.
  • 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.