ANT101 Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
In this course we explore what it means to have ‘a culture,’ and explore the ways that cultures vary over time and across the world. We explore the ways that cultures make what we do seem so natural. We cover everything from food, agriculture, politics, economics, art, gender, sexuality, kinship, healing and medicine, and many other topics over the course of the semester.
ANT181 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
This course explores the ways that anthropological methods and theories can help us understand what it means to be ‘healthy,’ and all of the different ways that people pursue ‘health.’ We examine how cultures construct key concepts in medical anthropology. We cover cultural contexts from state-of-the-art operating theaters in top hospitals to folk healing in rural areas of the world. In this course students also learn how to conduct social science research and engage in creating and administering their own research project on medical topics from the anthropological perspective.
ANT382 Anthropology of Global Health: The Local in the Global
In this course we will analyze the contemporary realities of illness, health, and the local and global systems that affect our everyday lives. We will cover a range of topics through the lens of the experiences of local communities. Medical anthropology offers a range of tools that allow us to engage with issues of health that extend beyond the clinical encounter and the normal operation of Western biomedical practice. We will read a number of ethnographic explorations of key topics in global health, such as labor migration and ethnic/racial hierarchies, the global trade in organs, and sex and sexuality in the context of sexual dysfunction. Students in this course will conduct a semester-long research project on a topic of their choosing related to issues in global health.
ANT410/ANT510 Ethnography Fiction Memoir
This course explores some of the diverse ways that anthropological knowledge can be communicated. Writing is integral to anthropology, both as a means of communicating findings from research, but also as a way of expressing the complicated ways that it feels to be “present.” Ethnography is a genre of writing that is entwined with other ways of producing knowledge about the world. We will explore what it means to write across and within several anthropological genres over the course of the semester. Our focus will be on both the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ of anthropological writing. In this course, we are concerned with the production of ethnographic knowledge, what makes good writing, and how to use both conventional and unconventional forms to communicate with an audience. Be prepared for frequent in-class writing, reviewing, and commentary. The classroom is a learning environment, so expect to give and receive constructive criticism as the semester progresses.