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ANTH 290

Anthropological Perspectives

This course studies innovative, timely and often interdisciplinary topics that are not a formal part of the sociology and anthropology curriculum. Often these courses apply anthropological perspectives and insights to issues that we either take for granted or study in other disciplines. Topics may include Anthropology of Time and Space; Anthropology of the Body; Power and Violence; Men and Masculinity; Judaism and Bible; and other topics. Prerequisite: ANTH 151, sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. The course may be repeated for credit with different topics.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
ANTH 151, sophomore standing or permission of the instructor 1/2-1 course

Fall Semester information

Clark Sage

290A: Tps: The Undead, Monsters and the Paranormal

In this course we will explore both Us and Them by looking at the definitive Other - monsters. Since many monsters are constructed of both the Self and the Other, the anthropological study of cultural conceptions of monsters allows us to examine socio-cultural groups, including ourselves, in relation to, and part of, the Other. Monsters will guide, or chase, students to think anthropologically about topics such as race, ethnicity, gender, class, power, belief, identity, personhood, life and death, within culture specific contexts from around the globe and cross-culturally to see what They say about Us.

Spring Semester information

Lydia Marshall

290A: Persp:Archaeology of the Body

This course examines archaeological and physical anthropological research on the human body. The course considers how such research is carried out, what it contributes to our understanding of ancient societies, and the ethical issues unique to the study of human remains. Topics discussed include mortuary ritual, the relationship between the living and the dead, prehistoric warfare, and skeletal markers of disease.