Official Course Descriptions

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Course Information

Highlighted Courses for Fall 2017

We invite students to consider these Fall courses:

ANTH 81a Ethnographic Fieldwork: Methods and Practice of Anthropological Research
This is an excellent opportunity for new and advanced students in anthropology to learn how to conduct rigorous, ethical ethnographic field research. Students choose their own research topic, and gain the tools to explore it. These include interviewing, observing, writing efficient fieldnotes, and turning field experience into an article-length paper or blog post. Every week, you will workshop your experiences and your findings with Prof. Menoret and your classmates. During the semester, you’ll read two book-length ethnographies (one based in the USA, one in Saudi Arabia), and engage with their authors (and other ethnographers) in person and via Skype sessions. Along the way, you will learn how ethnographic fieldwork can be a potent tool in a time of political upheaval, and how it can, through the minute study of a crucial topic, influence public opinion and decision-making. This course will turn you into fieldwork professional—perhaps you’ll use your skills toward a bigger project such as a senior thesis or beyond.

Schedule: Tuesdays 2:00 pm - 4:50 pm

Instructor: Pascal Menoret

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 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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