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Topics in Anthropology:

Courses taught occasionally by visiting or permanent faculty; topics will vary and may be thematically or geographically focused

1 unit — Chandrani, Guessous, Ingram, Khan, Kimmey, Mehta, Rubenstein

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Cultural Astronomy of the Southwest investigates the diversity of ways both ancient and modern peoples integrate celestial objects into their worldview.
Photo of rock formations against a starry sky (Milky Way).
The sky of the Southwestern U.S. is used as a time keeper, an inspiration for art, an image in ritual, and a focus of scientific study. Cultural astronomy, the study of past and present astronomical systems, engages astronomy, anthropology, and archaeology and requires us to think and integrate ideas and data from a variety of academic disciplines. We will learn the standard astronomical model: the motion of the “fixed stars,” the planets, the Moon and the Sun. We will consider the meaning and influence of the movement of these celestial objects on ourselves and the past and present peoples of the Southwest. We will calculate a few things, use planetarium software to "see" the sky as it was seen at Chaco Canyon around 1100 CE, and learn from Bernard Second of the Mescalero Apache tribe, Copernicus, Newton, and others. We will also investigate relationships among astronomy, rock art, ritual, oral narratives, social patterns, and belief systems. A central theme of the course is “how do we know what we know?” and “why does it matter?”
Global Health: Biosocial Perspectives explores global health from medical anthropologic and public health perspectives. Students will examine a variety of cases in order to understand the biological, social, and cultural factors that determine health and well-being.
Ebola, disaster relief, mental health, aging populations, and primary health care are key issues in a world where diseases cross borders rapidly, but health care resources may not. This course introduces students to the dynamic, complex field of global health. The course examines improvements in global health, health inequalities, the legacy of colonial medicine, and social justice in health from the perspectives of medical anthropology and public health. Drawing from cases across the globe, from wealthy and poor nations, from nations with well-functioning health systems and those struggling to meet people’s basic health care needs we will explore the biological, social, and cultural factors that determine health and well-being.

Offerings

Term Block Title Instructor Location Student Limit/Available Updated
Fall 2021 Block 1 Topics in Anthropology: Exploration in Archaeology Topic Details Stephanie Kimmey Tutt Library 320/321 25 / 19 11/26/2021
Fall 2021 Block 2 Topics in Anthropology: Historical Archaeology Topic Details Scott Ingram Barnes Science Center 410 25 / 12 11/26/2021
Fall 2021 Block 2 Topics in Anthropology: Intro. to Classical Archaeology & Cultural Heritage Management Topic Details Stephanie Kimmey Tutt Library 319 25 / 17 11/26/2021
Fall 2021 Block 3 Topics in Anthropology: Gender and Sexuality in the Modern Middle East and its Diasporas Topic Details Nadia Guessous Tutt Library 327 25 / 2 11/26/2021
Fall 2021 Block 3 Topics in Anthropology: Colonialism & Religion Topic Details Yogesh Chandrani Armstrong Hall 342 25 / 1 11/26/2021
Fall 2021 Block 4 Topics in Anthropology: The Other Russia: The Indigenous Peoples of the North Topic Details Natalia Khan Armstrong Hall 328 25 / 4 11/26/2021
Fall 2021 Block 4 Topics in Anthropology: Anthropology of Religion Topic Details Yogesh Chandrani Armstrong Hall 231 25 / 7 11/26/2021
Spring 2022 Block 7 Topics in Anthropology: Politics, Religion and the Secular Yogesh Chandrani TBA 25 / 25 11/26/2021
Spring 2022 Block 7 Topics in Anthropology: Human Rights: Histories, Theories, and Debates Topic Details Purvi Mehta TBA 25 / 25 11/26/2021
Spring 2022 Block 8 Topics in Anthropology: Bodies in Maya Art & Archaeology Topic Details Meghan Rubenstein TBA 25 / 25 11/26/2021
Summer 2022 Block A Topics in Anthropology: Indigenous Rights and the Environment in the Ecuadorian Amazon Topic Details Joshua Holst TBA 25 / 25 11/26/2021
Summer 2022 Block A Topics in Anthropology: Excavating Israel: The Archeology of Ancient Judaism & Christianity Topic Details Pamela Reaves TBA 25 / 25 11/26/2021
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