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CAS AN 101: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
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; the changing organization and meaning of religion, economic life, kinship, and political order; and the problem of cultural variation in the modern world. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.
CAS AN 102: Human Biology, Behavior, and Evolution
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 (with lab) in CAS.
CAS AN 103: Anthropology Through Ethnography
Examines the diversity of human lifeways and cultures across a variety of societies and through time, as well as the social processes that shape individuals. Seminar-style introduction to social anthropology through reading of ethnography, with discussion and debate. (Equivalent to CAS AN 101.) Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.
CAS AN 210: Medical Anthropology
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. (Required for Medical Anthropology minors.)
CAS AN 233: The Evolutionary Biology of Human Variation
Addresses human biological variation. An introduction to the fundamentals of comparative biology, evolutionary theory, and genetics and considers how research in these fields informs some of our most culturally-engaged identities: race, sex, gender, sexuality, and body type. Carries natural sciences divisional credit (without lab) in CAS. Also offered as CAS WS 233.
CAS AN 234: Evolutionary Psychology
Critical analysis of human behavior from an evolutionary perspective. Emphasis placed on viewing humans as products of biological evolution. Topics include evolution of language and intelligence, cultural evolution, sex and reproduction, kinship and family dynamics, cooperation, aggression, warfare, and status. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with this title previously numbered CAS AN 334.
CAS AN 240: Legal Anthropology
An introduction to the anthropologist's approaches to law. Investigation of the relationship among society, culture, and law focuses on how different societies generate and structure competition and conflict. Examines the range of social and symbolic mechanisms for regulating dispute. (Counts towards African Studies minor.) Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.
CAS AN 243: Shamans and Shamanism
Shamans in global and theoretical perspectives. The origins and construction of the category of shamanism. Modern theories and debates about the category and the appropriateness of applying it cross-culturally. Also offered as CAS RN 243.
CAS AN 252: Ethnicity and Identity
Political and cultural factors underlying ethnic and nationalist sentiments examined through case studies drawn from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Discusses factors underlying ethnic boundaries, as well as such boundary-transcending influences as the media. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.
CAS AN 260: Sex and Gender in Anthropological Perspective
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. (Counts towards the Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies minor.) Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.
CAS AN 263: The Behavioral Biology of Women
An exploration of female behavioral biology focusing on evolutionary, physiological, and biosocial aspects of women's lives from puberty through pregnancy, birth, lactation, menopause, and aging. Examples are drawn from traditional and industrialized societies, and data from nonhuman primates are considered. (Counts towards the Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies minor.)
CAS AN 285: Coping with Crisis in Contemporary Africa (area)
Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor
Explores the ways ordinary Africans are coping with problems of security, environmental degradation, forced migration, economic decline, and disease. Readings and lectures contrast outsiders' interpretations of these "crises" with the way they are experienced by those they affect.
CAS AN 290: Children and Culture
Explores the way various cultures shape the lives and social development of children. Topics include cultural concepts of childhood; the acquisition of culture; socialization and moral development; cognition, emotion, and behavior in childhood; children's language and play; and the cultural shaping of personality. (Counts towards the Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies minor; required for SED's BS in Early Childhood Education program.)
CAS AN 307: Turkey and Middle East in Comparative Perspective (area)
Social and cultural diversity of the modern Middle East with particular attention to Turkey. Focus on the interplay of tradition and socio-economic changes that have occured during the twentieth century and their implications for the future.
CAS AN 308: Food, Culture, and Society
Study of foodways, culinary social history, and 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.
CAS AN 309: Boston: An Ethnographic Approach (area)
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.
CAS AN 312: Peoples and Cultures of Africa (area)
Survey of the continent with attention to ethnohistory, traditional cultures, and cultural change.
CAS AN 316: Contemporary European Ethnography (area)
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.
CAS AN 319: Anthropology of Muslim Cultures and Politics (area)
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 101; or another anthropology course is strongly recommended
Examines Muslim societies' ongoing struggle over the forms and meanings of Muslim culture and politics, as well as its implications for religious authority, gender ideals, and new notions of citizenship, civil society, and democracy.
CAS AN 320: 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.