Anthropology

  • 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.
  • CAS AN 585: Seminar: Advanced Readings in African Ethnography
    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
    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 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
    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: consent of instructor.
    Special issues and debates in current biological anthropology.
  • GRS AN 699: Teaching College Anthropology I
    The goals, contents, and methods of instruction in anthropology. General teaching-learning issues. Required of all teaching fellows.
  • GRS AN 703: Proseminar: Ethnography and the History of Social Theory in Anthropology
    Intensive introduction focusing on classic works of ethnography, social theory, and the history of the discipline from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. Required of first-year graduate students and open to students in related disciplines with the consent of the instructor.
  • 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 710: Studies in North American Ethnography
    Graduate Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
    A survey including an appreciation of the traditional background and heritage of native North Americans, an analysis of the history and contact with Europeans and governmental policies, and an examination and evaluation of the contemporary situation.
  • 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 717: Power and Society in the Middle East
    Graduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 101 or consent of instructor
    Peoples and cultures of the Middle East from Afghanistan to Morocco and from the Caucasus to Yemen. Focuses on social organization, family structure, the relationship between the sexes, and the development and maintenance of authority
  • GRS AN 718: Southeast Asia: Tradition and Development
    Provides an in-depth introduction to the cultural traditions and contemporary development of Southeast Asia. Examines the contemporary society and culture through the optic of political and cultural history, so as to understand the "imaginative revolutions" that have shaped this region and are transforming it still today.
  • 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.