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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: Persp:The Undead, Monsters and the Paranormal

Spring Semester information

Mona Bhan

290A: Tps:Ethnography of Gender in South Asia

This course explores the relationship between gender and social change in South Asia. We will examine how gendered identities shaped and were shaped by colonialism and postcolonial state formation across South Asia. We will also examine how gender intersects with multiple other axes of social differences such as class, caste, race, and nationality to define people's subjectivities and their collective identities. The course is designed to highlight the various strains of feminist scholarship and their relevance for understanding patriarchy, marginality, and oppression. We will focus on how global inequalities shape gendered differences and identities. In particular, we will ask how contemporary economic and political transformations such as globalization and terrorism redefine normative gendered categories as men and women participate in the global workforce as well as in transnational terrorist networks? How can gender provide a useful framework to engage with and critique the dramatic economic and political transformations of the past few decades? The course will use ethnographies and films from India, Sri-Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and Afghanistan as well as focus on some key current events to engage with such questions.