Anthropology Department

The field of anthropology seeks to promote a holistic understanding of social life by offering complex accounts of human histories, societies and cultures. Anthropologists undertake ethnographic, archival, and archaeological research on the varied aspects of individual and collective experience in all time periods and parts of the world. The Department of Anthropology offers a wide range of options for majors and for nonmajors in recognition of the broad interdisciplinary nature of the field. Nonmajors from all classes may choose courses at any level 
with permission of the instructor and without introductory anthropology as a prerequisite.

Requirements for Concentration: 12 units including Anthropology 140, 201, 301, and two additional 300-level Anthropology seminars. It is required that students take Anthropology 201 by the end of their junior year and highly recommended that they take it in their sophomore year. Anthropology 140 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for Anthropology 201. Students are required to take courses in at least three of the four fields of anthropology—archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics. Students are also required to achieve familiarity with the peoples and cultures of at least two areas of the world. This requirement can be met by taking any two courses in the range from Anthropology 235-244. The remaining courses are to be chosen from among the departmental offerings in consultation with the adviser in order to give the student both a strong focus within anthropology and an overall understanding of the field. With the consent of the adviser, students may petition the department to take up to 2 of the 12 required units in courses outside the department which are related to their focus. Once a course plan has been devised, it must be approved by the department faculty.

NRO: One introductory course taken NRO may count towards the major if a letter grade is received. If a student receives a PA for an introductory course taken under the NRO option, that student must complete 13 courses for an anthropology major. No other required courses for the major may be taken NRO.

Requirements for a Correlate Sequence: 6 units to include 1 unit at the 100-level and 2 units at the 300-level. Courses should be chosen in consultation with an anthropology department adviser in order to a) complement the student’s major and b) form a coherent focus within anthropology. Examples of possible concentrations include: cultural studies, expressive culture, human evolution, archaeology, language and communication. One introductory course taken NRO may count towards the correlate sequence if a letter grade is received. If a student receives a PA for an introductory course taken under the NRO option, that student must complete seven courses for an anthropology correlate sequence. No other required courses for the correlate sequence may be taken NRO. Limit of one course, accepted for the student's major, will be accepted as an overlap for the correlate sequence.

Recommendations: The field experience is essential to the discipline of anthropology. Therefore, majors are urged to take at least one fieldwork course, to engage in field research during the summer, and/or to undertake independent fieldwork under a study away program.

Anthropological Research Experience: The department also offers students the opportunity for independent fieldwork/research projects through several of its courses and in conjunction with on-going faculty research projects. Opportunities for laboratory research, which is also critical to anthropological inquiry, are available in our archaeology, biological anthropology, sound analysis, and digital video editing labs.

Advisers: The department.

I. Introductory

100a. Archaeology (1)

Popular media depicts archaeology as a search for lost treasures of an explicit or implied monetary value. In reality, an artifact's value lies not in its gold or gemstone content but in the information that object provides about the past. This academic archaeology is a scientific pursuit with artifacts, things made or modified by people, as the primary data source. Instead of searching for ancient astronauts and the lost city of Atlantis, academic archaeologists are searching for evidence about how past communities were organized and how they dealt with cultural or environmental change. The answers to such questions allow us to learn from the past as we face our own challenges. This is the true value of archaeology. This course examines both popular and academic archaeology, critiquing them against the scientific method. Ms. Beisaw.

Two 75-minute periods.

120b. Human Origins (1)

This course introduces current and historical debates in the study of human evolution. Primate studies, genetics, the fossil record and paleoecology are drawn upon to address such issues as the origins and nature of human cognition, sexuality, and population variation. Ms. Pike-Tay.

140a or b. Cultural Anthropology (1)

An introduction to central concepts, methods, and findings in cultural anthropology, including culture, cultural difference, the interpretation of culture, and participant-observation. The course uses cross-cultural comparison to question scholarly and commonsense understandings of human nature. Topics may include sexuality, kinship, political and economic systems, myth, ritual and cosmology, and culturally varied ways of constructing race, gender, and ethnicity. Students undertake small research projects and explore different styles of ethnographic writing. Ms. Cohen, Ms. Kaplan.

150a or b. Linguistics and Anthropology (1)

This course provides the student with a practical introduction to structuralist methods of linguistic analysis. There is a focus on both theoretical discussions about, and practical exercises in, the phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics of natural human languages. Additional topics include: the acquisition of linguistic and communicative competence; the relationship between human language and other animal communication systems; and cultural and social dimensions of language variation (including the study of regional and social dialects, code switching and mixing, speaking styles, registers, and idiolects). The course is intended both as the College's general introduction to formal linguistics and as a foundation for more advanced courses in related areas. Mr. Smith, Mr. Tavárez.

170a. Topics in Anthropology (1)

Introduction to anthropology through a focus on a particular issue or aspect of human experience. Topics vary, but may include Anthropology through Film, American Popular Culture, Extinctions, Peoples of the World. The department.

Open only to freshmen. Satisfies requirement for a Freshmen Writing Seminar.

Topic for 2012/13a: Human Evolution. The study of human evolution and over one hundred years of debate surrounding the designation and nature of human ancestors; from early hominins to the earliest anatomically modern humans to Neandertals and behaviorally modern humans. Topics include contemporary American resistance to the teaching of human evolution in the public schools and the origins of language and other symbolic behaviors. Ms. Pike-Tay.

Two 75-minute periods.

180b. Ethnography and Detective Fiction (1)

This course teaches concepts of cultural anthropology through the lens of detective fiction. It studies detective fiction from the development of the nineteenth century classic detective story to its most recent forms, focusing on novels in which indigenous detectives solve mysteries through their knowledge of their cultures. This particular genre of detective fiction can be considered "ethnographic" because of its reliance on local detectives operating as participant observers in their surrounding cultures. Detective novels are paired with relevant readings from the anthropological canon. Ms. Goldstein.

Satisfies the requirement for introductory-level cultural anthropology.

II. Intermediate

201b. Anthropological Theory (1)

In this course we explore the history of intellectual innovations that make anthropology distinctive among the social sciences. We seek to achieve an analytic perspective on the history of the discipline and also to consider the social and political contexts, and consequences, of anthropology's theory. While the course is historical and chronological in organization, we read major theoretical and ethnographic works that form the background to debates and issues in contemporary anthropology. Ms. Kaplan.

Prerequisite or co-requisite: Anthropology 140.

212b. Advanced Topics in World Music (1)

(Same as Music 212) Topic for 2012/13b: Art Music of Asia. A cultural and technical study of high art music from India, Indonesia, Japan and China. The course will cover the historical development, aesthetics and social relationships of the art music that is unique to each region as well as the music composed in the Western Art tradition by composers in each region. It will also look at music from these regions as it is globalized through media, emigration and Asian diasporas in the 20th and 21st centuries. Mr. Patch.

Prerequisite: Music 136, or permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.

231b. Topics in Archaeology (1)

An examination of topics of interest in current archaeological analysis. We examine the anthropological reasons for such analyses, how analysis proceeds, what has been discovered to date through such analyses, and what the future of the topic seems to be. Possible topics include tools and human behavior, lithic technology, the archaeology of death, prehistoric settlement systems, origins of material culture.

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Topic for 2012/13b: Archaeology of Animals. Humans have relied on animals as sources of food, transportation, and companionship, used them as symbols in folklore and religion, and attempted to control their numbers through selective breeding or extermination. Some animals have been domesticated by us and others seem to have domesticated us. Both forms of domestication are evident in our extensive nurturing of our pets. Through archaeology we can examine the history of the human-animal relationship - from the earliest evidence of competition for food to contemporary death rituals for pets. The methods of zooarchaeology allow archaeologists to extract significant amounts of information from the bones of animals. Taphonomy, the laws of burial, allow for detailed analysis of the context in which the bones were deposited and ultimately recovered. Students will gain hands-on experience identifying and analyzing animal bone from a selected archaeology site. Ms. Beisaw.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.

232. Topics in Biological Anthropology (1)

This course covers topics within the broad field of biological (or physical) anthropology ranging from evolutionary theory to the human fossil record to the identification of human skeletal remains from crime scenes and accidents. Bioanthropology conceptualizes cultural behavior as an integral part of our behavior as a species. Topics covered in this course may include human evolution, primate behavior, population genetics, human demography and variation, or forensic anthropology.

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Prerequisites: Anthropology 100, 120, or permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.

Not offered in 2012/13.

235b. Area Studies in Archaeology (1)

This course is a detailed, intensive investigation of archaeological remains from a particular geographic region of the world. The area investigated varies from year to year and includes such areas as Eurasia, North America, and the native civilizations of Central and South America.

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Topic for 2012/13b: Archaeology in North America: Northeast and Southwest. The archaeology of North America is often divided up into several culture areas. The Southwest is centered on the four-corners of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah and may include northern Mexico. The archaeology of this area is characterized by elaborately painted pottery and standing stone ruins. In contrast, the Northeast is characterized by a more crude and unpainted pottery and architectural remnants that are visible only as soil stains below the ground surface. This culture area ranges from Maryland or Pennsylvania to Maine. Because of its greater aesthetic appeal, the Southwest has received much more attention than the Northeast. This course will survey the archaeology of both regions with the goal of examining how our knowledge of the past is constructed by archaeologists, museum professionals, descendant Native communities, and public interest. Ms. Beisaw.

Prerequisites: previous coursework in Anthropology or permission of the instructor.

240a or b. Cultural Localities (1)

Detailed study of the cultures of people living in a particular area of the world, including their politics, economy, worldview, religion, expressive practices, and historical transformations. Included is a critical assessment of different approaches to the study of culture. Areas covered vary from year to year and may include Europe, Africa, North America, and India.

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Topic for 2012/13a: Mesoamerican Worlds. (Same as Latin American and Latino/a Studies 240) An intensive survey of the culture, history, and politics of several neighboring indigenous societies that have deep historical and social ties to territory now located in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras. This course explores the emergence of powerful Mesoamerican states with a cosmology tied to warfare and human sacrifice, the reconfiguration of these societies under the twin burdens of Christianity and colonial rule, and the strategies that some of these communities adopted in order to preserve local notions of identity, and to cope with or resist incorporation into nation-states. The course also introduces students to a selection of historical and religious texts produced by indigenous authors. After a consideration of socio-religious hierarchies, and writing and calendrical systems in Precolumbian Mesoamerica, the course focuses on adaptations resulting from interaction with an evolving colonial order. The course also investigates the relations between native communities and the Mexican and Guatemalan states, and examines the representation of indigenous identities, the rapport among environmental policies, globalization, and local agricultural practices, and indigenous autonomy in the wake of the EZLN rebellion and transnational indigenous movements. Students proficient in Spanish will be encouraged to use original sources for course projects. Mr. Tavárez.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or Latin American and Latino/a Studies or permission of the instructor.

Topic for 2012/13b: The Frozen North. Characterized by extreme cold, a dearth of plants, and rich fauna on the land and in the seas, the polar and sub-polar regions called forth unique biological and cultural adaptations from their human inhabitants. This course concentrates on peoples of the far north, looking at the myriad adjustments in technology, material culture, social structure, and ideology necessary to survive and thrive in this extreme environment. It also examines the northern people’s interactions with the Europeans who invaded the area over the past millennium. Ms. Johnson.

Topic for 2012/13b: Andean and Amazonian Societies. (Same as Latin American and Latino/a Studies 240) This course introduces students to the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin and Andean highlands through an ethnographic and historical overview of the economic, cultural and political relationships between these two regions. In the first third of class, we take up the establishment of complex reciprocal relationships between the regions before the Spanish conquest. In the later part of the class, we consider the number of ways in which Andean and Amazonian peoples have been divergently articulated with respect to more encompassing polities and cultural contexts: as "Indians" with respect to the colonial state, as peasants with respect to modern states, and as indigenous with respect to “pluri-national” states in contexts of globalization. Mr. Smith.

Two 75-minute periods.

241. The Caribbean (1)

An overview of the cultures of the Caribbean, tracing the impact of slavery and colonialism on contemporary experiences and expressions of Caribbean identity. Using ethnographies, historical accounts, literature, music, and film, the course explores the multiple meanings of ‘Caribbean,' as described in historical travel accounts and contemporary tourist brochures, as experienced in daily social, political, and economic life, and as expressed through cultural events such as calypso contests and Festival, and cultural-political movements such as Rastafarianism. Although the course deals primarily with the English-speaking Caribbean, it also includes materials on the French and Spanish speaking Caribbean and on diasporic Caribbean communities in the U.S. and U.K. Ms. Cohen.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or permission of the instructor.

Not offered in 2012/13.

245. The Ethnographer's Craft (1)

(Same as Urban Studies 245) This course introduces students to the methods employed in constructing and analyzing ethnographic materials through readings, classroom lectures, and discussions with regular field exercises. Students gain experience in participant-observation, fieldnote-taking, interviewing, survey sampling, symbolic analysis, the use of archival documents, and the use of contemporary media. Attention is also given to current concerns with interpretation and modes of representation. Throughout the semester, students practice skills they learn in the course as they design, carry out, and write up original ethnographic projects. Ms. Lowe Swift.

Not offered in 2012/13.

247a. Modern Social Theory: Classical Traditions (1)

(Same as Sociology 247) This course examines underlying assumptions and central concepts and arguments of European and American thinkers who contributed to the making of distinctly sociological perspectives. Readings include selections from Karl Marx, Emile Durheim, Max Weber, Georg Simmel, W.E.B. Du Bois and Erving Goffman. Thematic topics will vary from year to year. Ms. Moon.

Two 75-minute periods.

250a and b. Language, Culture, and Society (1)

This course draws on a wide range of theoretical perspectives in exploring a particular problem, emphasizing the contribution of linguistics and linguistic anthropology to issues that bear on research in a number of disciplines. At issue in each selected course topic are the complex ways in which cultures, societies, and individuals are interrelated in the act of using language within and across particular speech communities.

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Topic for 2012/13a: Language, Culture and Society. This class offers an advanced introduction to the central problems of the relationship between language, culture and society. After a brief consideration of the basic semiotic properties and evolution of human language, we will go on to consider the following topics: the consequences of the diversity of languages for sociocultural life, the importance of language understood as a form of social action, and the significance of language for the mediation of large-scale social institutions (e.g., nation-states) and processes (e.g., globalization). Mr. Smith.

Topic for 2012/13b: Language, Children, and Culture. This course surveys the ways that children figure into discussions about the relationship between language and culture. After reviewing the central theories and paradigms that have examined these relationships (Lev Vygotsky, George H. Mead, the language socialization paradigm), we examine a number of topics that show how linguistic anthropological tools can shed light on the relationship between childhood and culture: the pragmatics of motherese, the body-in-interaction in infancy, the multivocality of socialization practices, and narrative in childhood discourse, among other topics. Students will be asked to undertake a semester-long empirical project that requires the observation and recording of children in cultural context. Mr. Smith.

Prerequisite: Anthropology 150 or permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.

255b. Language and Gender (1)

How do gender identities influence language use, language and power, and ideas about language? This course presents a systematic survey of anthropological and linguistic approaches to this set of questions. The course is organized as a cross-cultural survey of several approaches—from ground-breaking feminist linguistic anthropology to contemporary debates on gender as performance, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual/transgender identities, and gender, class and hegemony—that investigate the multiple rapports among gender identities, socialization, language use in private and public spheres, social norms, and gendered forms of authority. Students have an opportunity to learn about linguistic anthropology methods and design a research project. Mr. Tavárez.

259. Soundscapes: Anthropology of Music (1)

(Same as Music 259) This course investigates a series of questions about the relationship between music and the individuals and societies that perform and listen to it. In other words, music is examined and appreciated as a form of human expression existing within and across specific cultural contexts. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the social life of music, addressing historical themes and debates within multiple academic fields via readings, recordings, and films.

Prerequisites: previous coursework in Anthropology or Music, or permission of the instructor.

Not offered in 2012/13.

260. Current Themes in Anthropological Theory and Method (1)

The focus is upon particular cultural sub-systems and their study in cross-cultural perspective. The sub-system selected varies from year to year. Examples include: kinship systems, political organizations, religious beliefs and practices, verbal and nonverbal communication.

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or permission of the instructor.

Not offered in 2012/13.

262. Anthropological Approaches to Myth, Ritual and Symbol (1)

What is the place of myth, ritual and symbol in human social life? Do symbols reflect reality, or create it? This course considers answers to these questions in social theory (Marx, Freud and Durkheim) and in major anthropological approaches (functionalism, structuralism, and symbolic anthropology). It then reviews current debates in interpretive anthropology about order and change, power and resistance, and the role of ritual in the making of history. Ethnographic studies include Fiji, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, sixteenth century Italy, the Seneca, and the U.S. Ms. Kaplan.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or permission of the instructor.

Not offered in 2012/13.

263. Anthropology Goes to the Movies: Film, Video, and Ethnography (1)

(Same as Media Studies 263) This course examines how film and video are used in ethnography as tools for study and as means of ethnographic documentary and representation. Topics covered include history and theory of visual anthropology, issues of representation and audience, indigenous film, and contemporary ethnographic approaches to popular media. Ms. Cohen.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or Film or Media Studies or permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods, plus 3-hour preview laboratory.

Not offered in 2012/13.

264a. Anthropology of Art (1)

The Anthropology of Art explores the origins of art and symbolic behavior in human evolution as well as the practices of producing and interpreting art. The course moves from a survey of the earliest art of the Paleolithic (Stone Age) including cave paintings, engravings, body decoration and small portable sculptures to analyses of the form and function of art by early prehistorians and anthropologists through ethnoaesthetics, to the developing world market in the art objects traditionally studied by anthropologists. Among the topics explored in the course are connoisseurship and taste, authenticity, "primitive art," and the ethnographic museum. Ms. Pike-Tay.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.

266. Indigenous and Oppositional Media (1)

(Same as Media Studies 266) As audiovisual and digital media technologies proliferate and become more accessible globally, they become important tools for indigenous peoples and activist groups in struggles for recognition and self-determination, for articulating community concerns and for furthering social and political transformations. This course explores the media practices of indigenous peoples and activist groups, and through this exploration achieves a more nuanced and intricate understanding of the relation of the local to the global. In addition to looking at the films, videos, radio and television productions, and Internet interventions of indigenous media makers and activists around the world, the course looks at oppositional practices employed in the consumption and distribution of media. Course readings are augmented by weekly screenings and demonstrations of media studied, and students explore key theoretical concepts through their own interventions, making use of audiovisual and digital technologies. Ms. Cohen.

Two 75-minute periods, plus one 3-hour preview lab.

Not offered in 2012/13.

286a. Food in its Cultural and Social Contexts (Multidisciplinary Learning/Living Community) (1)

(Same as College Course 286) Food exists at the intersections of culture, power, and history. This course explores a variety of frameworks for understanding food choices and constraints. We consider industrialized systems of food production and their implications for social life, and how responses to these systems have shifted not only dietary patterns, but also social relations and ideas about what counts as “good” food. We also focus on how the ritualized or politicized consumption of particular foods can affirm connections between invisible worlds and peoples of the past on the one hand, and contemporary life, place, and status in the physical present, on the other. Topics and issues to be addressed include food justice and problems of unequal access; “sustainable” farming and “local” foods; food practices in the construction of identity; and the links between slavery, colonialism, and the emergence of the industrial food system. For this course, each student conducts weekly fieldwork off campus, and uses the ethnographic method to develop a food-related research project. Ms. Lowe Swift.

By special permission. Open only to students admitted to the Multidisciplinary Learning/Living Community for 2012/13.

Two 75-minute periods.

290a or b. Field Work (1/2 or 1.5)

Individual or group field projects or internships. May be elected during the college year or during the summer. Open to all students. The department.

297b. Reading Course in Archaeological Field Methods (1/2)

Ms. Johnson.

298a or b. Independent Work (1/2 or 1)

Individual or group project of reading or research. May be elected during the college year or during the summer. The department.

III. Advanced

300a or b. Senior Thesis (1)

The department.

301a. Senior Seminar (1)

A close examination of current theory in anthropology, oriented around a topic of general interest, such as history and anthropology, the writing of ethnography, or the theory of practice. Students write a substantial paper applying one or more of the theories discussed in class. Readings change from year to year. Ms. Cohen, Ms. Goldstein.

305a or b. Topics in Advanced Biological Anthropology (1)

An examination of such topics as primate structure and behavior, the Plio-Pleistocene hominids, the final evolution of Homo sapiens sapiens, forensic anthropology, and human biological diversity.

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Topic for 2012/13a: Forensic Anthropology. Forensic anthropology is the application of physical anthropology to medical or legal issues, such as crimes. This course introduces students to the basic methods of forensic anthropology, including how age, sex, race, and height of an individual can be determined from their bones. Recognition of skeletal anomalies can also reveal past health conditions and the cause and manner of death. Students gain experience in applying these methods by working with real and synthetic human bones. Special attention is given to the accuracy of each method and how to develop a biological profile that would stand up in a court of law. Ms. Beisaw.

Topic for 2012/13b: Debates in Human Evolution. This course provides in-depth survey of over one hundred years of debate surrounding the designation and nature of human ancestors; the Ardipithecines, Australopithecines, Homo erectus, Archaic Homo sapiens including the Neandertals, and the earliest anatomically modern humans. Current debates draw upon genetic as well as fossil evidence. Ms. Pike-Tay.

Prerequisite: Anthropology 232 or permission of the instructor.

One 3-hour period.

331b. Seminar in Archaeological Method and Theory (1)

The theoretical underpinnings of anthropological archaeology and the use of theory in studying particular bodies of data. The focus ranges from examination of published data covering topics such as architecture and society, the origin of complex society, the relationship between technology and ecology to more laboratory-oriented examination of such topics as archaeometry, archaeozoology, or lithic technology.

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Topic for 2012/13b: Technology, Ecology and Society. (Same as Environmental Studies and Science, Technology and Society 331) Examines the interactions between human beings and their environment as mediated by technology, focusing on the period from the earliest evidence of toolmaking approximately up to the Industrial Revolution. Student research projects often bring the course up to the present. Includes experimentation with ancient technologies and field trips to local markets and craft workshops. Ms. Johnson.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology, Environmental Studies or Science, Technology and Society, or permission of the instructor.

One 2-hour period plus 4-hour lab.

350b. Confronting Modernity (1)

Not offered in 2012/13.

351a. Language and Expressive Culture (1)

This seminar provides the advanced student with an intensive investigation of theoretical and practical problems in specific areas of research that relate language and linguistics to expressive activity. Although emphasizing linguistic modes of analysis and argumentation, the course is situated at the intersection of important intellectual crosscurrents in the arts, humanities, and social sciences that focus on how culture is produced and projected through not only verbal, but also musical, material, kinaesthetic, and dramatic arts. Each topic culminates in independent research projects.

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Topic for 2012/13a: Language, Culture and Mind. This class introduces students to research and theory about the relationship between language and mind. After briefly considering the role of natural language in enabling distinctively human forms of mind, the course will take up two broad issues: 1) the history and current pursuit of the classic (“Sapir-Whorf”) question about the relationship between structural diversity and mind (specifically, thinking); 2) the current pursuit of the claim that language usage (or “discourse”), relative to its cultural context, has consequences for a number of dimensions of mind (e.g., self, emotion, madness, reflexivity, experience). Mr. Smith.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in linguistics or permission of the instructor.

One 3-hour period.

360. Problems in Cultural Analysis (1)

Covers a variety of current issues in modern anthropology in terms of ongoing discussion among scholars of diverse opinions rather than a rigid body of fact and theory. The department.

May be repeated for credit if topic has changed.

Not offered in 2012/13.

361a. Consumer Culture (1)

An examination of classic and recent work on the culture of consumption. Among the topics we study are gender and consumption, the creation of value, commodity fetishism, the history of the department store, and the effect of Western goods on non-Western societies. Ms. Goldstein.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or permission of the instructor.

363. Nations, Globalization, and Post-Coloniality (1)

(Same as International Studies 363) How do conditions of globalization and dilemmas of post-coloniality challenge the nation-state? Do they also reinforce and reinvent it? This course engages three related topics and literatures; recent anthropology of the nation-state; the anthropology of colonial and post-colonial societies; and the anthropology of global institutions and global flows. Ms. Kaplan.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or permission of the instructor.

Not offered in 2012/13.

364. Travelers and Tourists (1)

The seminar explores tourism in the context of a Western tradition of travel and as a complex cultural, economic and political phenomenon with profound impacts locally and globally. Using contemporary tourism theory, ethnographic studies of tourist locales, contemporary and historical travel narratives, travelogues, works of fiction, post cards and travel brochures, we consider tourism as a historically specific cultural practice whose meaning and relation to structures of power varies over time and context; as a performance; as one of many global mobilities; as embodied activity; as it is informed by mythic and iconic representations and embedded in Western notions of self and other. We also address issues pertaining to the culture of contemporary tourism, the commoditization of culture, the relation between tourism development and national identity and the prospects for an environmentally and culturally sustainable tourism. Ms. Cohen.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Anthropology or permission of the instructor.

One 3-hour period.

Not offered in 2012/13.

365a. Imagining Asia and the Pacific (1)

(Same as Asian Studies 365) Does "the Orient" exist? Is the Pacific really a Paradise? On the other hand, does the "West" exist? If it does, is it the opposite of Paradise? Asia is often imagined as an ancient, complex challenger and the Pacific is often imagined as a simple, idyllic paradise. This course explores Western scholarly images of Asia (East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia) and of the island Pacific. It also traces the impact of Asian and Pacific ideas and institutions on the West. Each time offered, the seminar has at least three foci, on topics such as: Asia, the Pacific and capitalism; Asia, the Pacific and the concept of culture; Asia, the Pacific and the nation-state; Asia, the Pacific and feminism; Asia, the Pacific and knowledge. Ms. Kaplan.

In 2012/13 Asian Studies/Anthropology 363 serves as the required Senior Seminar for Asian Studies majors. It also is open to other students.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Asian Studies/Anthropology or permission of the instructor.

387b. Amerindian Literatures (1)

(Same as Latin American and Latino/a Studies 387) This course is a survey of creation narratives, historical accounts, songs, poems, and other genres produced by indigenous authors from Pre-Columbian times to the present, using historical, linguistic and ethnographic approaches. The class departs from one central question: what poetic and rhetorical forms have been and are used by the first peoples of the Americas to create meaning and reflect on their social worlds? We also examine non-alphabetic and alphabetic writing systems, and discuss indigenous historical consciousness and sociopolitical and gender dynamics through the vantage point of these works. Other topics include language revitalization, translation issues, and the rapport between linguistic structure and literary form. The languages and works to be examined are selected in consultation with course participants; they may include English translations of works in Nahuatl, Maya languages, Zapotec, Quechua, Inuit, and/or other Amerindian languages. Mr. Tavárez.

Prerequisites: previous coursework in Latin American and Latino/a Studies or the social sciences, or permission of the instructor.

One 2-hour period.

399a or b. Senior Independent Work (1/2 or 1)

Individual or group project of reading or research. May be elected during the college year or during the summer. The department