Course details for Summer 2017 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2016 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
CAS AN 101
An introduction to the basic concepts, principles, and problems of cultural anthropology, emphasizing study of both traditional and complex societies. Special attention to the evolution of human societies and culture; to the changing organization and meaning of religion, economic life, kinship, and political order; and to the problem of cultural variation in the modern world. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.
Human Biology, Behavior, and Evolution
CAS AN 102
Biology relevant to the behavioral sciences. Introduces basic principles of evolutionary biology, animal social behavior, primate adaptions, human origins, genetic/hormonal/neural bases of behavior, and issues of human socioecology and adaptions. Discussions highlight nature-vs-nurture issues. Carries natural science divisional credit (without lab) in CAS. 4 cr.
CAS AN 210
Examines the influence of culture on health care beliefs, practices, and institutions. Special topics include cross-cultural approaches to birth, aging, and death; drug use and abuse; health care in developing countries; and socialist models of health-care service. 4 cr.
Sex and Gender in Anthropological Perspective
CAS AN 260
Cross-cultural examination of changing gender roles, expectations, and activities. Focuses on economic, social, political, and ideological determinants that structure the hierarchy of power and privileges accorded the thoughts, activities, and experiences of women and men in various societies. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.
Boston: An Ethnographic Approach
CAS AN 309
An anthropological approach to the city of Boston through the senses, its places and its living experiences. Explores Boston as a set of ideas surrounding identity, ethnicity, race, class, religion, and politics. Includes weekly field trips to Boston's diverse neighborhoods. Topics for lecture and discussion include the mapping of Boston's peculiar patterns of geographical development, industrialization, food, and immigration. 4 cr.