Official Course Descriptions

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Course Information

New Courses for Fall 2017

We invite students to consider these Fall courses recently added to our offerings:

ANTH 55a Anthropology of Development
Examines efforts to address global poverty that are typically labeled as "development." Privileging the perspectives of ordinary people, and looking carefully at the institutions involved in development, the course relies on ethnographic case studies that will draw students into the complexity of global inequality. Broad development themes such as public health, agriculture, the environment, democracy, poverty, and entrepreneurship will be explored.

Schedule: Tuesday/Friday 9:30 am - 10:50 am

Instructor: Derek Sheridan

ANTH 113b Race and Ethnicity: Anthropological Perspectives
Examines theories and ethnographies of race and ethnicity through three units: literary and social scientific theories of race and othering; the race system in the U.S. today; and a comparative look at the American racial system to explore ways in which America’s race system varies cross-societally and cross-historically. One goal of the course is to understand changing ideas of race and ethnicity that have emerged from anthropologists and cultural critics.
Schedule: Tuesday/Thursday 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm
Instructor: Patricia Alvarez

ANTH 128b Anthropology of Stuff
Our world is connected by objects, and these objects make up our life worlds. The things we make, give to others, sell, wear, consume, and discard constitute our relationships both with those close to us and with those we never met. The course explores what objects can tell us about culture, society, and experience, with a focus on consumption, commodification, globalization, social inequality, and ethics.
Schedule: Tuesday/Thursday 3:30 pm - 4:50 pm
Instructor: Derek Sheridan

ANTH 130b Visuality and Culture
Contemporary Israel Introduces students to the study of visual, aural, and artistic media through an ethnographic lens. Course combines written and creative assignments to understand how culture shapes how we make meaning out of images and develop media literacy. Topics include ethnographic/documentary film, advertising, popular culture, viral videos and special effects, photography, art worlds, and the technological development of scientific images.
Schedule: Tuesday/Thursday 5:00 pm -6:20 pm
Instructor: Patricia Alvarez

ANTH 134b Rethinking Revolution: Ethnographic Explorations Into Radical Political Transformation
Studies revolution in the same way that anthropology studies religion, the economy, or gender, by inquiring into the very notions of society, time, space and the political that are embedded into revolutionary projects. We will read ethnography based on historical and ongoing revolutionary processes located in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and America, exploring how similar political goals and ideals manifest themselves in different contexts. Particular attention will be given to feminist perspectives on revolutionary processes.
Schedule: Tuesday/Friday 11:00 am - 12:20 pm
Instructor: Vivian Solana Moreno

ANTH 142b Global Pandemics
Takes a biosocial approach to pandemics like HIV/AIDS, SARS, and Ebola as shaped not simply by biology, but also by culture, economics, politics, and history. Discussion focuses on how gender, sexuality, religion and folk practices shape pandemic situations.
Schedule: Tuesday/Thursday 3:30 pm - 4:50 pm
Instructor: Elanah Uretsky

ANTH 178b Culture and Power in East Asia
Examines the role of culture in changing gender power relations in East Asia, with a comparative focus on Japan, Korea and China. Explores tensions between the historical legacy of Confucianism and changes such as the constitutional proclamation of gender equality and rapid industrialization.
Schedule: Tuesday/Thursday 5:00 pm - 6:50 pm
Instructor: Elanah Uretsky

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