Anthropology Courses

NumberNameUnitsDescription
ANTH 161Africa Today1Examines specific contemporary African societies and cultures from a cross-temporal, cross-cultural perspective. Topics addressed include education, health and healing, religion, development, identity and popular culture. Partially satisfies the Modern Societies LADR and satisfies the Other Cultures LADR. Can count as an elective within the Anthropology major.
ANTH 162World Cultures & Societies1Explores contemporary world cultures and societies from an anthropological perspective and challenges students to think critically and comparatively about cultural diversity, question basic assumptions, and gain new perspectives on the remarkable variety of the human experience. Focuses on shared symbolic systems and social institutions such as kinship/marriage/family; gender; language; economics, politics; food procurement; religion; art and processes of colonialism; post- colonialism; globalization; development; and transnationalism. Partially satisfies Modern Society LADR. Serves as a gateway course in the cultural anthropology major.
ANTH 222World Ethnographies1Examines vastly different cultures from around the world through the reading and study of ethnography--richly descriptive and analytic accounts of particular cultures. Identical to Soc 222. Prerequisite: Anth 162 or a sociology gateway course. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR.
ANTH 228Archaeological Methods and Theory1This course introduces the discipline of archaeology and the methods used by archaeologists to study the human past through material remains. Both within and outside of the classroom, a wide range of techniques will be explained and evaluated, including: preliminary research design, excavation, data collection and analysis, dating methods, sampling, geophysical exploration, surface survey, site preservation, and artifact conservation. Much of the requisite work will take place outside of the classroom, and every student will be required to participate in active fieldwork throughout the semester. Identical to Cla 228.
ANTH 233Native North America:Peoples & Cult1Explores, through comparisons and contrasts, the socio-cultural systems of Native North Americans across the continent. Topics include genocide and cultural survival; kinship, family, and gender; human rights; politics and ethnic conflict; education and religion; and cultural representation and identity. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: Anth 162 or a Soc gateway course. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR.
ANTH 238Middle East: Peoples and Cultures1Explores, through comparisons and contrasts, the socio-cultural systems of the central Middle Eastern region, with emphasis on: kinship, family and gender; politics; the colonial experience; modernization; education; international development; religion; and ethnic conflict. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: Anth 162 or a Soc gateway course. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR.
ANTH 242North & West Africa:Peoples & Cult.1Explores, through comparisons and contrasts, the socio-cultural systems of northern and western Africa, with emphasis on: kinship, family, and gender; politics; the colonial experience; modernization; education; international development; religion; and ethnic conflict. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: Anth 162 or a Soc gateway course. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR.
ANTH 243East & South Africa:Peoples & Cult.1Explores, through comparisons and contrasts, the socio-cultural systems of eastern and southern Africa, with emphasis on: kinship, family and gender; politics; the colonial experience; modernization; education; international development; religion; and ethnic conflict. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: Anth 162 or a Soc gateway course. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR.
ANTH 259Immigration and Transnationalism1Examines how various immigrant groups negotiate cultural landscapes as previous identities conflict with present national loyalties and expectations. Also explores pan-ethnic cultural affiliations in urban America and investigates the impacts of transnational citizens on the home culture. Identical to Soc 259. Prerequisite: 162 or a sociology gateway course.
ANTH 309Research Practicum0.5Offers practical experience with research skills and with detailed knowledge of specialized topics through participation in a faculty member's ongoing research program. Experiences may include assistance with research design, data collection; coding, statistical analysis; qualitative data analysis, or written presentation of results. Offered every term. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. 0.50 unit. May be repeated once.
ANTH 311The World of Islam1Examines the religion of Islam, within specific cultures world wide, concentrating on - but not limited to - the Middle East and Asia. Both pre-modern and modern aspects of Islam will be explored, such as the various intellectual schools, Islam and modernity, gender, politics, and globalization. Prerequisite: Anth 162 or a Soc gateway course. Offered alternate years. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR.
ANTH 316Comparative Spiritual Traditions1Compares and contrasts two different religious traditions, at least one non-Western, in the light of the inner dimension of their beliefs and practices. Utilizes historical, indigenous, textual, philosophical and anthropological sources to uncover similarities and differences among people living these traditions. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: Anth 162 or a Soc gateway course. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR.
ANTH 325Methods in Anthropology1Application of anthropological theory and research methods in student-designed local research projects. Offered alternate years. Prerequisites: 162 and one additional anthropology course.
ANTH 329Cult. Adaptation Native Americans1Comparison and contrast of the social characteristics and cultural evolution of "plains" and "pueblo" Indians as they adapted to their environments and to the onslaught of whites; includes two-and-a-half-week field trip to the southwest. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: Anth162 or a Soc gateway course; Soc 318 is recommended. Identical to Soc 329. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR.
ANTH 332Food, Body, and Culture1Compares different cultures by looking at cuisine and health. Seeks to explore cultural ideas and ideals concerning the human form, specifically through how people physically manipulate and symbolically construct meanings around the food we consume or those considered taboo for human consumption. Prerequisite: Anth 162 or a Soc gateway course. Satisfies: "Topic" in Cultural Anthropology and Other Cultures LADR.
ANTH 333Magic, Witchcraft and Religion1Examines how ideologies and belief systems such as magic, witchcraft, religion, and science serve to explain and guide individual choices and social actions in other parts of the world as well as in our own backyard. Primary focus will be on non-western cultures, but with some applications to American society. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: Anth 162 or a Soc gateway course. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR.
ANTH 334International Development1Examines histories, theories, policies, and practices of international development from a comparative cross-cultural perspective. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: Anth 162 or a Soc gateway course. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR.
ANTH 336Gender in Cross-Cult. Perspective1Examines a variety of theoretical perspectives in the study of gender. Explores what it means to be "women" and "men" in different cultures and societies. Investigates categories of gender that permeate people's daily lives, especially in non-western societies. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: Anth 162 or a Soc gateway course. Satisfies Other Cultures LADR.
ANTH 424Theory in Anthropology1A study of the major theoretical perspectives and prominent scholars that shape the discipline of anthropology. Offered alternate years. Prerequisites: 162 and one additional anthropology course.

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