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New Courses for Spring 2017

We invite students to consider one of the following Spring courses.

ANTH 70b Us and Them: Multispecies Ethnography
We save and destroy other species; they comfort and threaten us. Can anthropology illuminate multispecies relationships? Can we do participant observation with a chimp or interview a tree? This course examines how human desires to know and conquer other species blur the lines between "us" and "them." the lab.  Syllabus is posted. »  Download Flyer
Schedule: Monday/Wed from 2 pm - 3:20 pm
Instructor: The instructor of this course has been awarded a University Prize Instructorship (UPI). These prestigious awards give exceptional doctoral students from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences the opportunity to design and teach an upper-division course in their field of research. Link to instructor: Amy Hanes

ANTH 120b The Politics of Nature: Environment, Agriculture, and Society in Israel and the Middle East
Examines how humans interact with the world around them. The course covers the main theories in the social research of the relationship between the environment and society, and explores issues related to the environment and agriculture in the Middle East with a focus on Israel.
Schedule: Tuesday/Thursday 3:30 pm - 4:50 pm
Instructor: Liron Shani

ANTH 122b Ethnicities in Israel: Anthropological Perspectives
Examines how anthropological thinking about minority groups has shaped the study of ethnic relations in Israel. This focus on anthropological thinking about "cultural" minorities sheds light on advantages and blind spots in anthropological theories.
Schedule: Tuesday/Thursday 5:00 pm - 6:20 pm
Instructor: Andre Levy

ANTH 137a Mapping the Human Past From Air and Space
Contemporary Israel Designed to train undergraduate students in basic methods of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sense (RS) technologies in archaeology. Students will design and present a geodatabase..
Schedule: Tuesday/Friday 11:00 am -12:20 pm
Taught by: Charles Golden

ANTH 161a Infrastructure
There’s a problem with infrastructure – electricity networks, water supply systems, pipelines, ports, roads, and railroads. Most of us would agree that infrastructure should be a public thing, serve society, and allow for better life, communication, and activity. Yet infrastructures are often hidden, subterranean, and therefore prone to exploitation and hijacking. The anthropology of infrastructure aims in part at making it more visible and at deciphering the complex interaction between things, society, and politics. But anthropologists end up unearthing more than utility networks and urbanism plans. They stumble upon the very power of inanimate things to orient our experiences, from the most intimate (having sex) to the least material of them (browsing the internet). From politics to ethics and back, this course will explore our relationship to infrastructure.
Schedule: Tuesday/Friday 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
Instructor: Pascal Menoret

ANTH 165b Anthropology of Death and Dying
Explores how different societies, including our own, conceptualize death and dying. Topics include the cultural construction of death, the effects of death on the social fabric, mourning and bereavement, and medical issues relating to the end of life.
Schedule: Tuesday/Friday 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm
Instructor: Anita Hannig

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