Courses for Fall 2018

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

    This course provides an introduction to cultural anthropology, surveying its defining questions, methods, and findings. We will examine the history and utility of anthropology's hallmark method, ethnography, the long-term immersion of the researcher in the culture under study. We will compare cultural anthropology's findings and comportment in other cultures to its conclusions and conduct in our own. No prerequisites.
    ANTH 0100 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Emlen
  • Culture and Health

    An introduction to the field of Medical Anthropology. Lecture reading and discussion will examine the social context of health and illness, looking at the diverse ways in which humans use cultural resources to cope with disease and develop medical systems. The course will provide an introduction to the overall theoretical frameworks that guide anthropological approaches to studying human health related behavior. Medical anthropology offers a unique and revealing perspective on the cultural diversity that characterizes human experiences of sexuality, disease, aging, mental illness, disability, inequality and death.
    ANTH 0300 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Mason
  • Inequality, Sustainability, and Mobility in a Car-Clogged World

    The global car population is predicted to reach two billion by the year 2020. The social, political, health, and environmental consequences are immense. These, as well as the cultural and political economic explanations for the car population explosion, will be explored in this class, as will alternative futures for transit.
    ANTH 0450 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Lutz
  • Past Forward: Discovering Anthropological Archaeology

    This course offers a broad journey through the human past, from material culture crafted by our evolutionary ancestors to the remnants of the recent historic past. To facilitate this journey, the class explores the methods, concepts, and theories that anthropologists employ in the study of past peoples, places, and things. Case studies stretch across the globe. As a hands-on endeavor, archaeology focuses on tangible evidence. In this course, small-group discussion, laboratory, and field exercises will complement lectures, leading to an understanding of how anthropologists study the past and how that knowledge affects the present.
    ANTH 0500 S01
    Primary Instructor
    VanValkenburgh
  • Sound and Symbols: Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

    This introduction to the study of language and culture considers how language not only reflects social reality but also creates it. We'll examine specific cases of broad current relevance, in the process learning how an analytical anthropological approach to language use lays bare its often hidden power. We'll consider how language creates and reinforces social inequality and difference, how language promotes and resists globalization, and how language is used creatively in performance, literature, film, advertising, and mass media. We will also consider how language does important social work in specific contexts, such as classrooms, courtrooms, medical settings, and political campaigns.
    ANTH 0800 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Arnold
  • Middle East in Anthropological Perspective

    A seminar focusing on anthropological methods of analyzing and interpreting Middle Eastern cultures and societies. Emphasizes the study of kinship, tribal structure, social organization and gender relations, ethnic groups relations, and urban-rural distinctions. Draws upon insights from these topics as a basis for understanding contemporary social, economic, and political dynamics in the region.
    ANTH 1150 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Zengin
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis

    This course offers an introduction to the concepts and techniques of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Through weekly lab assignments and work on independent projects, students develop skills in cartography and coordinate systems, spatial database design, image processing, basic spatial analysis, hydrological modeling, and three-dimensional modeling. Discussions and case material draw primarily from the application of GIS in archaeology, anthropology, and cultural geography, including the study of archival materials and the ethics of geographic representation. Provides foundation for upper division coursework in spatial analysis. Software focuses on ESRI products (ArcMap, ArcScene, ArcCatalog, ArcGIS Pro).
    ANTH 1201 S01
    Primary Instructor
    VanValkenburgh
  • Film and Anthropology: Identity and Images of Indian Societies

    The course examines representation of Indian society in film and anthropological literature. We compare how gender, national identity, religious practices, and historical events are portrayed in films and anthropological literature. We will explore the relationship between visual and textual, showing how film reflect and make comprehensible anthropological concepts of Indian culture, and creates different images of the society.
    ANTH 1250 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Fruzzetti
  • Anthropology of Disasters

    This course examines disasters from an anthropological perspective. We focus on how disasters have been defined and understood, and work more broadly to see what they tell us about human conditions, vulnerabilities, and capacities for resilience building, survival, and long-term sustainability. Drawing on and comparing case studies from around the world, we also examine the nature of destructive agents; degrees of impact and injury; rescue, relief, and humanitarian responses; and the often slow and uneven process of recovery and resilience building.
    ANTH 1255 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Carter
  • Anthropology of Addictions and Recovery

    The purpose of this course is to consider the uses and misuses alcohol, tobacco and drugs, and approaches to recovery from addictions. We will read some of the major cross cultural, ethnographic, linguistic, and social-political works on addictions. Students will have the opportunity to conduct their own anthropological interviews regarding substance misuse and recovery as well as observe a local 12 step recovery meeting. Enrollment limited to 20.
    ANTH 1300 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Glasser
  • Anthropology and International Development: Ethnographic Perspectives on Poverty and Progress

    Examines international development from an ethnographic perspective, looking critically at issues of poverty and progress from local points of view. Course is organized around the premise that culture is central to understanding processes of development. Broad development themes such as public health, agriculture, democracy, and the environment will be explored through readings representing a wide range of regions and cultures.
    ANTH 1320 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
  • Indians, Colonists, and Africans in New England

    The course explores the colonial and capitalist transformation of New England's social and cultural landscapes following European contact. Using archaeology as critical evidence, we will examine claims about conquest, Indian Extinction, and class, gender and race relations by studying the daily lives and interactions of the area's diverse Native American, African American, and European peoples.
    ANTH 1624 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rubertone
  • The Human Skeleton

    More than simply a tissue within our bodies, the human skeleton is a gateway into narratives of the past--from the evolution of our species to the biography of individual past lives. Through lecture and hands-on laboratory, students will learn the complete anatomy of the human skeleton, with an emphasis on the human skeleton in functional and evolutionary perspective. We'll also explore forensic and bioarchaeological approaches to the skeleton. By the course conclusion, students will be able to conduct basic skeletal analysis and will be prepared for more advanced studies of the skeleton from medical, forensic, archaeological, and evolutionary perspectives.
    ANTH 1720 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Scherer
  • Ethnography + Social Critique

    This class will study classic and contemporary anthropological ethnographies – as well as studies from sociology, journalism, and history – that achieve ethnographic results, but will require discussion to determine what they “are.” We will examine the methods involved in research for the books and articles and how the ethnographies were written. Ethnographies will be chosen for their importance in anthropology and other fields, and will cover a broad range of topical and geographic contexts. This class is to study ethnographies more than to make them. Assignments will include practicing certain methods that are often employed by ethnographers.
    ANTH 1848 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Gutmann
  • Anthropology of Place

    The anthropology of place serves as a unifying theme for the seminar by bridging anthropology’s subdisciplines and articulating with other fields of knowledge. Through readings and discussion, students will explore how place permeates people’s everyday lives and their engagement with the world, and is implicit in the meanings they attach to specific locales, their struggles over them, and the longings they express for them in rapidly changing and reconfigured landscapes. Enrollment limited to 20.
    ANTH 1910B S01
    Primary Instructor
    Rubertone
  • Ethnographic Research Methods

    To understand the different theoretical assumptions that shape research efforts; to examine how hypotheses and research questions are formulated; and to appreciate the ethical and scientific dimensions of research by hands-on experience in fieldwork projects. Prerequisite: One Anthropology course.
    ANTH 1940 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Fruzzetti
  • Individual Research Project

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    ANTH 1970 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Mason
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    ANTH 1970 S02
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    VanValkenburgh
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    ANTH 1970 S03
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    Faudree
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    ANTH 1970 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Carter
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    ANTH 1970 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Glasser
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    ANTH 1970 S06
    Primary Instructor
    DiCarlo
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    ANTH 1970 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Gutmann
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    ANTH 1970 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Scherer
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    ANTH 1970 S09
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    Besky
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    ANTH 1970 S10
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    Houston
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    ANTH 1970 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Singh
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    ANTH 1970 S12
    Primary Instructor
    Kertzer
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    ANTH 1970 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Fruzzetti
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    ANTH 1970 S14
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    ANTH 1970 S16
    Primary Instructor
    Lutz
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    ANTH 1970 S17
    Primary Instructor
    McGarvey
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    ANTH 1970 S18
    Primary Instructor
    Leinaweaver
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    ANTH 1970 S19
    Primary Instructor
    Rubertone
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    ANTH 1970 S20
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    ANTH 1970 S21
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
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    ANTH 1970 S22
    Primary Instructor
    Preucel
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    ANTH 1970 S23
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    ANTH 1970 S24
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    ANTH 1970 S26
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  • History of Ethnological Theory

    An examination of the intellectual roots and the development of theory and method in anthropology, from the discipline's origins in the nineteenth century to 1940, with an emphasis on sociocultural anthropology.
    ANTH 2000 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Kertzer
  • Proposal Writing Workshop for Anthropological Fieldwork

    This course is designed for third-year graduate students in any subfield of anthropology or closely related fields who are writing grant proposals for dissertation research. Student grant proposals will be pre-circulated and workshopped. Students will gain familiarity with the format for writing successful proposals, with the strategies needed to operationalize them, and with the everyday academic labor of both offering and responding to substantive feedback.
    ANTH 2045 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Leinaweaver
  • Ethnography

    Each week this class will study classic and contemporary ethnographies - as well as studies from sociology, journalism, and history - that achieve ethnographic results, but will require discussion to determine what they "are". We will carefully examine the methods involved in research for the books and how the ethnographies were written. Ethnographies will be chosen for their importance in anthropology and other fields, and will cover a broad range of topical and geographic contexts.
    ANTH 2050 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Gutmann
  • Anthropology Dissertators' Seminar

    This seminar is for post-field graduate students in residence at Brown who are at any stage of writing their dissertations. It is intended to support dissertators by providing a structured community, providing a setting for sharing goals, and workshopping writing.
    ANTH 2060 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Faudree
  • Medical Anthropology

    This graduate seminar provides a theoretical, methodological, and ethnographic foundation in medical anthropology. The focus will be on sociocultural approaches to the study of the suffering, illness and the body, though the course will also engage with key issues in biocultural approaches to understanding disease processes. Topics will include: social suffering, religion and medicine, local biologies, gender and the body, biotechnology, bioethics, caregiving and doctoring, and the global burden of disease.
    ANTH 2230 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Mason
  • Principles of Archaeology

    Examines theoretical and methodological issues in anthropological archaeology. Attention is given to past concerns, current debates, and future directions of archaeology in the social sciences.
    ANTH 2501 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Preucel
  • Lived Bodies, Dead Bodies: The Archaeology of Human Remains

    Bioarchaeology is the study of human remains from archaeological contexts. We will survey the "state of the art" in bioarchaeology, while exploring its relevance and application to the archaeology of complex societies. We will survey a range of bioarchaeological methods and applications, including paleopathology, stable isotope analysis, population affinity/ancient DNA, perimortem trauma, and body modification. In turn, we will explore how bioarchaeology can be used to approach a wide range of archaeological problems relative to complext societies, including subsistence, economy, migration, urbanism, social inequality, conflict and warfare, and identity. Open to graduate students only. S/NC.
    ANTH 2560 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Scherer
  • Preliminary Examination Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination.
    ANTH 2970 S01
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    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Reading and Research

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    ANTH 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Preucel
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    ANTH 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Singh
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    ANTH 2980 S03
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    Scherer
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    ANTH 2980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Faudree
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    ANTH 2980 S05
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    ANTH 2980 S06
    Primary Instructor
    Fruzzetti
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    ANTH 2980 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Mason
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    ANTH 2980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    VanValkenburgh
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    ANTH 2980 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Gutmann
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    ANTH 2980 S10
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    ANTH 2980 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Besky
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    ANTH 2980 S12
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    ANTH 2980 S13
    Primary Instructor
    Houston
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    ANTH 2980 S14
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    ANTH 2980 S15
    Primary Instructor
    Kertzer
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    ANTH 2980 S16
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    ANTH 2980 S17
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    ANTH 2980 S19
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    ANTH 2980 S20
    Primary Instructor
    Lutz
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    ANTH 2980 S21
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    ANTH 2980 S22
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    McGarvey
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    ANTH 2980 S23
    Primary Instructor
    Rubertone
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    ANTH 2980 S24
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    ANTH 2980 S25
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
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    ANTH 2980 S26
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    ANTH 2980 S27
    Primary Instructor
    Carter
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    ANTH 2980 S28
    Primary Instructor
    Warren
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    ANTH 2980 S29
    Primary Instructor
    Leinaweaver
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  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the residency requirement and are continuing research on a full time basis.
    ANTH 2990 S01
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    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Courses of Interest to Students Concentrating in Anthropology

    The following courses, listed in other departments, may be of interest to students concentrating in Anthropology. Please check the course listings of the sponsoring department for times and locations.

    Archaeology and Ancient World
    ARCH 0317 Heritage in the Metropolis: Remembering and Preserving the Urban Past
    ARCH 1178 Archaeology and Social Justice: Un-disciplining the Past, Changing the Present
    Latin American and Caribbean Studies
    LACA 1503K Mosquito: Performing Epidemics in Latin America and the Caribbean
    LACA 1503L History of Central America from the 16th Century to the Present
    ANTH XLIST 0