Spring 2018

Spring Schedule


AN101 Intro to Cultural Anthropology TR 2:00-3:15 Shohet
AN102 Human Biology, Behavior and Evolution MWF 11:15-12:05 Hodges-Simeon
AN211 Humans Among Animals MWF 1:25-2:15 Shipton
AN220 Urban Anthropology TR 3:30-4:45 Guney
AN233/WS233 The Evolutionary Biology of Human Variation TR 11:00-12:15 Schmitt
AN260 Sex and Gender in an Anthropological Perspective TR 11:00-12:15 Smith-Hefner
AN263 The Behavioral Biology of Women TR 2:00-3:15 Knott
AN307/AN707 Turkey and Middle East Perspective (Area) TR 11:00-12:15 Guney
AN309/AN709 Boston: An Ethnographic Approach MWF 12:20-1:10 White
AN310/AN710 Studies in North American Ethnography (Area) MWF 10:10-11:00 Shipton
AN320/AN720 Women in the Muslim World MWF 12:20-1:10 Haeri
AN331/AN731 Human Origins MWF 1:25-2:15 Garrett
AN337 Creation and Evolution MWF 10:10-11:00 Cartmill
AN347/AN747 Afghanistan (Area) MWF 11:15-12:05 Barfield
AN348 Investigating Contemporary Globalization TR 12:30-1:45 LaPorte
AN372/AN772 Psychological Anthropology TR 9:30-10:45 Shohet
AN384/AN784 Anthropological Study of Religion TR 11:00-12:15 Korom
AN397/AN797 Anthropology of Film: Ways of Seeing M 2:30-5:15 Haeri
AN462 Ethnography and Anthropological Theory II T 12:30-3:15 Smith-Hefner
AN505 Asian Development: The Case of Women (Area) M 2:30-5:15 White
AN510/AR510 Proposal Writing for Social Science Research R 12:30-3:15 Davidson
AN524 Seminar: Language and Culture Contacts in Contemporary Africa MWF 10:10-11:00 Ngom
AN550 Human Skeleton R 3:30-6:15 Cartmill
AN551 Anthropology and Human Heredity T 3:30-6:15 Schmitt
AN555 Evolutionary Medicine M 2:30-5:15 Hodges-Simeon
AN573 The Ethnography of Taiwan and China (Area) M 2:30-5:15 Weller
AN563/IR563 Public Religion & Politics across Cultures R 3:30-6:15 Hefner
AN594 Seminar: Topics in Cultural Anthropology T 12:30-3:15 Davidson
AN597 Special Topics in Bio-Anthro: Primates Senses F 2:30-5:15 Garrett
AN704 Proseminar: Contemporary Anthropological Theory T 3:30-6:15 Hefner

*MET Courses: Students with junior and senior standing may take one MET course per term, obtaining full CAS credit for coursework completed.

Medical Anthropology Courses for Spring 2018 

GMS MA 630: Medical Anthropology and the Cultures of Biomedicine: This course examines biomedicine as a culture system with multiple local and national expressions worldwide, all of which have undergone changes over time. Topics will include the exploration of biomedicine as a cultural system, with cultural variations and different conceptual domains; processes of acculturation to biomedicine, the medicalization of social realities; biomedical narratives; the patient- doctor relationship (including when the physician is the patient); understandings of interventions and the meanings assigned to them; and different ways of thinking about efficacy in relation to process and chronicity. The course will draw on ethnographic studies of biomedicine not only in the United States. but in other global settings. 3 cr, Linda Barnes M 2:30-5:15, Charles River Campus. (Social Science credit)

NEW COURSE: GMS MA 677: Topics in Medical Anthropology: Epidemiology for Social Scientists:  This seminar focuses on selected issues in medical anthropology. This semester, the course will introduce epidemiologic theories and methods to students who are in the social sciences and humanities. The course seeks to systematically analyze the field of epidemiology and how the discipline is leveraged in a spectrum of health arenas. We will examine core topics and concepts such as causality, associations, confounding and interactions, as well as review epidemiologic study designs, as a way to critically engage with the epidemiologic activity of quantitative analysis toward specific public health aims and objectives. Students will be encouraged to approach epidemiologic methods and theories with a critical eye toward recognizing the assumptions, disciplinary power and actions that epidemiologists take to achieve their mission and vision for health and wellbeing. 3 cr, Pietra Check T 12:30-3:15Charles River Campus. (Social Science credit)

GMS MA 678: Reproductive Anthropology: Reproductive Anthropology can encompass all aspects of human reproduction and sexual/reproductive health, including: adolescent sexuality, fertility, contraception, pregnancy, abortion, birthing, adoption, breastfeeding, the health needs of LGBTQ communities, assisted reproductive technologies, masculinity & male infertility, reproductive health care in and across various care settings and in varying sociocultural and political-economic contexts locally, nationally, and internationally, the roles of race, class, gender, and nationality in all of the above, and many other topics. Any issue, practice, illness, trend, or debate that combines human behavior and reproductive health or ability is fertile ground for anthropological examination from evolutionary, biocultural, and critical-medical perspectives. 3 cr, Kelley Ready R 12:30-3:15, Charles River Campus. (Social Science credit)

GMS MA 680: Culture, Migration, and Mental Health: This medical anthropology course explores the ways in which mental health and illness are constructed by and for those who migrate across national, cultural, and other borders. We will examine the historical development of the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and social work in the context of Western societies, in parallel with the anthropological study of ritual, violence, ecstatic and possession experiences in non-Western societies. We will then explore debates in cross-cultural mental health care that bring these historical disciplines into dialogue, particularly in the context of programs for the treatment of refugee and immigrant mental health. The intersection of political, economic, religious, and gender issues in the construction of mental health will also be considered. 3cr, Lance Laird R 3:30-6:15, Charles River Campus. (Humanities credit)