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General Courses

ANTH V 1002x and y The Interpretation of Culture

The anthropological approach to the study of culture and human society. Using case studies from ethnography, the course explores the universality of cultural categories (social organization, economy, law, belief system, art, etc.) and the range of variation among human societies.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ANTH V1002
ANTH
1002
04478
001
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
304 BARNARD HALL
S. Muir 88 / 150 [ More Info ]

ANTH V 1007x The Origins of Human Society

Examines the grand sweep of human development from our first bipedal steps some six million years ago, to the earliest evidence of art and symbolism, and on to the emergence of the first agricultural villages. Given the immensity of time under consideration, emphasis is placed on those heightened periods of change commonly described as "revolutions". Participants will become familiar with the fossil and/or archaeological records or those revolutions and the competing theories of why they occurred.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ANTH V1007
ANTH
1007
62549
001
TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
405 MILBANK HALL
A. Watson 50 / 60 [ More Info ]

ANTH V 1008y The Rise of Civilization

Rise of major civilizations in prehistory and protohistory throughout the world, from the initial appearance of sedentism, agriculture, and social stratification through the emergence of the archaic empires. Description and analysis of a range of regions that were centers of significant cultural development: Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus River Valley, China, North America, Mesoamerica, and Andean South America.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
3 points

ANTH V 3829y Absent Bodies

Human experience is replete across cultural and historic contexts with examples where the traces of bodies-and associated persons-are absent, invisible, and erased, yet where knowledge or memories of their presence prove inescapable, too. An overarching theme that guides this class is the inextricable relationship between presence and absence. We will track the significance of absent bodies under a range of circumstances, including their ghostly presence in memorial contexts, their involvement in such shadow economies as birth surrogacy and organ donation, their surgical realignment, and longstanding industrial efforts to replace bodies with robots and other machinery. Readings are interdisciplinary, including selections from anthropology, war and labor histories, and dystopic science fiction.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 15, instructor's permission required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
4 points

ANTH V 3853y Moving Truths: The Anthropology of Transnational Advocacy Networks

Transnational advocacy is an increasingly important dimension of contemporary globalizations, reconfiguring relations of knowledge, power, and possibility across cultures and societies. As sites for enacting expertise, activism, and legality, transnational advocacy networks are crucial for not only making claims and causes mobile across locales, but for making hem moving within locales -- affective and effective. While transnational advocacy networks are often studied by political scientists, this course focuses on a growing body of anthropological and ethnographic research. - S. Scott
Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

Topical Courses

ANTH V 2004x Introduction to Social and Cultural Theory

Introduces students to theoretical works and ideas that have formed the modern field of anthropology. These include classic 19th century social theories (e.g., those of Durkheim, Weber, Marx), 20th century interpretive approaches (for example, structuralism), and contemporary modes of sociocultural analysis.

- J. Pemberton
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
3 points
Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ANTH V2004
ANTH
2004
62145
001
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
602 HAMILTON HALL
J. Pemberton 73 [ More Info ]

ANTH V 2005y Ethnographic Imagination

Introduction to the theory and practice of "ethnography"-the intensive study of peoples' lives as shaped by social relations, cultural images, and historical forces. Considers through critical reading of various kinds of texts (classic ethnographies, histories, journalism, novels, films) the ways in which understanding, interpreting, and representing the lived words of people-at home or abroad, in one place or transnationally, in the past or the present-can be accomplished.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
3 points

ANTH V 2100x Muslim Societies

Examination of religion and society not limited to the Middle East. A series of Muslim societies of various types and locations will be approached historically and contextually to understand their family resemblances and their differences, their distinctive mechanisms of coherence and their patterns of contestation.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
3 points

ANTH V 2102y Muslims in the West
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
3 points

ANTH V 3004y Introduction to Environmental Anthropology

Introduces the main theoretical approaches of environmental anthropology beginning with cultural ecology and covering eco-systematic models, environmental history, political ecology, and new approaches deriving from contemporary anthropological theory. Ethnographic material from Melanesia, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East illustrates the theoretical material introduced.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

ANTH V 3005y Africa: Culture & Society

Exploration of the social orders and cultural sensibilities that form contemporary Africa. Examining the rise of urban cultures, religious movements, informal economies, crime and corruption, this class explores the structures of African life, the sensibilities they engender and the forms of life they give rise to.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

ANTH V 3014x East Asian Societies and Cultures

Introduction to the contemporary societies of China, Japan, and Korea, with special attention to social institutions and cultural patterns that shape hierarchy, egalitarianism, and inequality as reflected in family patterns, community life, religion, and economic behavior of social change.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
3 points

ANTH V 3015y Chinese Society

Social organization and social change in China from late imperial times to the present. Major topics include family, kinship, community, stratification, and the relationships between the state and local society.

- M. Cohen
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ANTH V 3040x Anthropological Theory I

First of a two semester sequence intended to introduce departmental majors to key readings in social theory that have been constitutive of the rise and contemporary practice of modern anthropology. The goal is to understand historical and current intellectual debates within the discipline.- S. Muir
Prerequisites: Required of all Barnard Anthropology majors; open to other students with instructor's permission only. * To be taken in conjunction with ANTH V3041, preferably in sequence. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points Enrollment limited to 30.

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ANTH V3040
ANTH
3040
09257
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
324 MILBANK HALL
S. Muir 20 / 30 [ More Info ]

ANTH V 3043x The Anthropology of Religion and Society
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
3 points

ANTH V 3044x Symbolic Anthropology

Exploration of the manner in which various anthropologists have constructed "culture" as being constituted of a set of conventional signs called "symbols" and the consequences of such a construal. Among the authors read are the anthropologists Valentine Daniel, Mary Douglas, Clifford Geertz, Claude Levi-Strauss, Sherry Ortner, David Schneider, Margaret Trawick, and Victor Turner; the social theorists Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, and Max Weber; the semioticians Ferdinand de Saussure and Charles Peirce; and the psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ANTH V 3055x Strategy of Archaeology
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ANTH V 3160x The Body and Society

Introduction to medical anthropology, whose purpose is to explore health, affliction, and healing cross-culturally. Theory and methods from other fields will be drawn on to address critiques of biomedical, epidemiological, and other models of disease; the roles of healers in different societies; and different conceptions of the body and health.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor is required. Enrollment limited to 40. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
3 points

ANTH W 3201y Introductory Survey of Biological Anthropology
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

EEEB W 3208y Explorations in Primate Anatomy

From tarsiers to talapoins, guenons to gibbons, through hands-on expertise students explore the amazing range and diversity of the living members of this order. Enrollment limited to 14. [Taught every other year.]

- J. Shapiro
Prerequisites: EEEB V1010 or V1011 or instructor approval Introductory laboratory course in primate skeletal anatomy.
3 points

EEEB W 3215 (Section 001) Forensic Osteology

An exploration of the hidden clues in your skeleton. Students learn the techniques of aging, sexing, assessing ancestry, and the effects of disease, trauma and culture on human bone. Enrollment limited to 15. Priority given to EBHS majors/concentrators. [Taught every other year.] - J. Shapiro
Prerequisites: No prior experience with skeletal anatomy required though students must contact instructor for permission to register. Not appropriate for students who have already taken either G4147 or G4148. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ANTH V 3300x Pre-Columbian Histories of Native America

Explores 10,000 years of the North American archaeological record, bringing to light the unwritten histories of Native Americans prior to European contact. Detailed consideration of major pre-Columbian sites is interwoven with the insight of contemporary native peoples to provide both a scientific and humanist reconstruction of the past.

- S. Fowles
Corequisites: Enrollment limited to 40 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ANTH V 3465x Women and Gender in the Muslim World

Practices like veiling that are central to Western images of women and Islam are also contested issues throughout the Muslim world. Examines debates about Islam and gender and explores the interplay of cultural, political, and economic factors in shaping women's lives in the Muslim world, from the Middle East to Southeast Asia. - L. Abu-Lughod
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
3 points

ANTH V 3525x Introduction to South Asian History and Culture

Looks at four major aspects of contemporary South Asian societies: nationalism, religious reform, gender, and caste. The object is to provide a critical survey of the history as well as the continuing debates over these crucial themes of society, politics, and culture in South Asia. Readings include primary texts that were part of the original debates as well as secondary sources that represent the current scholarly assessment on these subjects.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ANTH V 3660y Gender, Culture, and Human Rights
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
3 points

ANTH V 3700x Colloquium: Anthropological Research Problems in Complex Societies
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ANTH V 3810x Madagascar

Critiques the many ways the great Red Island has been described and imagined by explorers, colonists, social scientists, and historians - as an Asian-African amalgamation, an ecological paradise, and a microcosm of the Indian Ocean. Religious diasporas, mercantilism, colonization, enslavement, and race and nation define key categories of comparative analysis. - L. Sharp
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. Enrollment limited to 15. Instructor's permission required. Anthropology, African Studies, and Francophone Studies students encouraged to enroll. Discussion Section Required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
4 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ANTH V3810
ANTH
3810
05459
001
W 12:10p - 2:00p
227 MILBANK HALL
L. Sharp 5 / 15 [ More Info ]

ANTH V 3820x Theory and Method in Archaeology
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ANTH V 3824y Fantasy, Film, and Fiction in Archaeology
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ANTH BC 3868y Ethnographic Field Research in New York City

A seminar-practicum on field research in New York City. Exploration of anthropological field research methods followed by supervised individual field research on selected topics in urban settings.
Prerequisites: Recommended for majors prior to the senior year. Open to non-majors by permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 20 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points

ANTH V 3903y The Ethnoarchaeology of Cities

Consideration of cities from several points of view: a developmental and comparative perspective, looking at urban origins. Focus on New York City from its inception to the present, examining its spatial defined subunits ("neighborhoods"), structured by class and ethnicity.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ANTH V 3906y Functional Linguistics

Introduction to functional linguistics: describing, classifying and explaining the relation between linguistic form and linguistic function; and language typology: describing and comparing the forms and functions of the world's languages in order to uncover, classify and explain cross-linguistic patterns. - P. Kockleman
Prerequisites: ANTH V1009 Language and Culture, or permission of the instructor. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points

ANTH V 3907y Posthumanism

Explores what a post-human anthropology might look like. Readings draw from anthropology, actor-network theory, science studies, media studies, and science fiction.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points

ANTH V 3908y Global Economy in Anthropological Perspective
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points

ANTH V 3912y Ethnographic China
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points

ANTH V 3913x Reading Ethnography: Mainland Southeast Asia

Intended to satisfy the requirements for the major.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ANTH V 3917x Social Theory and Radical Critique in Ethnic Studies
- N. Panourgia
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points

ANTH V 3920x Economy and Society in Prehistory
Prerequisites: Introduction to Archaeology or permission of the instructor required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points Enrollment limited to 15.

ANTH V 3921x Anti-Colonialism
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ANTH V3921
ANTH
3921
61981
001
M 11:00a - 12:50p
467 SCHERMERHORN HALL
D. Scott 19 / 20 [ More Info ]

ANTH V 3922x Colloquium: The Emergence of Human Society
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points

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Call Number/
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ANTH V3922
ANTH
3922
65562
001
M 10:10a - 12:00p
951 SCHERMERHORN HALL
T. D'Altroy 3 / 25 [ More Info ]

ANTH V 3928y Religion and Mediation

Reading theories of media and of religion we will examine how transformations in media technology shift the way in which religion is encoded into semiotic forms, how these forms are realized in performative contexts and how these affect the constitution of religious subjects and religious authority. Topics included word, print, image and sound in relations to Islam, Pentecostalism, Buddhism and animist religions.

- B. Larkin
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Sophomore standing.
4 points

ANTH V 3939y Millennial Futures: Mass Culture and Japan

Addresses mass culture and its relationship with Japan at the end of the century, as it anticipates the continuation of millennial anxieties and fantasies into the 21st century. With one of the most developed, mass-mediated formations in the world, Japan becomes a compelling instance of late modernity, non-western, yet not. With ethnographic sensibilities, approaches such thematic domains as everyday orderliness, criminality and terror, gender and sexuality, and money and consumption through the media of print, video, film, sound recordings, and photography. Theoretical works in mass cultural criticism and Japan-specific readings are paired with weekly seminar discussions.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points

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Call Number/
Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ANTH V3939
ANTH
3939
87448
001
Tu 12:10p - 2:00p
467 SCHERMERHORN HALL
M. Ivy 13 [ More Info ]

ANTH V 3940y Ethnographies of the Mid East

Explores the themes that have shaped ethnographic literature of the Middle East. These include topics such as colonialism, gender, Islam, nationalism and the nation-state. - A. Heo
Prerequisites: Previous enrollment in an Anthropology course. Sophomore standing. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ANTH V 3943y Youth and Identity Politics in Africa

Examines ways in which African youth inevitably occupy two extremes in academic writings and the mass media: as victims of violence, or as instigators of social chaos. Considers youth as generating new cultural forms, as historically relevant actors, and informed social and/or political critics. At the core of such critiques lie possibilities for the agentive power of youth in Africa.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor is required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points Enrollment limited to 15.

ANTH V 3946y African Popular Culture
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points Enrollment limited to 15.

ANTH V 3947x Text, Magic, and Performance

Examination of text and performance, as informed by magic and related articulations of power. Topics explored include: prophetic writing, historical inscription; divine kingship, cosmology, divination; colonial fiction, nationalist figuration; spirit possession, ritual sacrifice; mask performance, music, shadow theatre. Draws principally on Southeast Asian sources. Key concerns are subjectivity and repetition.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor required. Enrollment limited to 20 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ANTH V 3949y Sorcery and Magic
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 20 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

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Call Number/
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ANTH V3949
ANTH
3949
72843
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
467 SCHERMERHORN HALL
M. Taussig 19 / 32 [ More Info ]

ANTH V 3950y Anthropology of Consumption

Examines theories and ethnographies of consumption as well as the political economy of production and consumption. Compares historic and current consumptive practices, compares exchange based economies with post-Fordist economies. Engages the work of Mauss, Marx, Godelier, Baudrillard, Appadurai, and Douglas among others.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor required. Enrollment limited to 20 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
4 points

ANTH V 3951y Pirates, Boys, and Capitalism

Detailed analysis of the history and figure of the pirate in the Western imagination. Asks why the pirate exerts such appeal through the ages and aims at introducing key problems in anthropological and cultural theory concerning colonialism, violence, homosexuality, rebellion, and the importance of the child's imagination of the above.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ANTH V 3952y Taboo and Transgression

Transgression of taboos is the basis of crime, sex, and religion in any society. As "the labor of the negative", transgression is also a critical element in thought itself. Working through anthropology of sacrifice and obscenity, as well as relevant work by Bataille, Foucault, and Freud, this course aims at understanding why taboos exist and why they must be broken.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor required. Enrollment limited to 20 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ANTH V 3954x Bodies and Machines

Examines how bodies become mechanized and machines embodied. Studies shifts in the status of the human under conditions of capitalist commodification and mass mediation. Readings consist of works on the fetish, repetition and automaticity, reification, and late modern techno prosthesis.

- M. Ivy
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 20 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points

ANTH V 3960y The Culture of Public Art and Display in NYC

A field course and seminar considering the aesthetic, political, and sociocultural aspects of selected city museums, public spaces, and window displays.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points

ANTH V 3961y Subsequent Performances

Explores the dynamic interaction between operatic compositions (especially Mozart's Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro) and their subsequent performances, with particular emphasis on the cultural, political, and economic contexts that shape both the original composition and the following reproductions. Critical apparatus includes Abbate and Butler.
Prerequisites: the instructor's permission. Priority given to upper class Anthropology and Music majors; students must attend operas outside of class. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points Enrollment limited to 15.

ANTH V 3962y History and Memory
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ANTH V 3966y Culture, Mental Health and Clinical Practice

Considers mental disturbance and its relief by examining historical, anthropological, psychoanalytic and psychiatric notions of self, suffering, and cure. After exploring the ways in which conceptions of mental suffering and abnormality are produced, we look at specific kinds of psychic disturbances and at various methods for their alleviation.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 20 students. Junior standing or completion of introductory course(s) in Psychology and/or Anthropology. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points

ANTH V 3969x Specters of Culture

Pursues the spectral effects of culture in the modern. Through a consideration of anthropologically significant, primarily non-western sites and various domains of social creation�performance, ritual practice, narrative production, technological invention�traces the ghostly remainders of cultural machineries, circuitries of voice, and representational forms crucial to modern discourse networks.

- J. Pemberton
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points

ANTH V 3970x Biological Basis of Human Variation

Examination of the biological data for modern human diversity at the molecular, phenotypical, and behavioral levels, as distributed geographically.
Prerequisites: ANTH V1010. Permission of instructor required.
4 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ANTH V3970
ANTH
3970
64024
001
Th 4:10p - 6:00p
467 SCHERMERHORN HALL
R. Holloway 5 / 12 [ More Info ]

ANTH V 3971x Environment and Cultural Behavior

Examines human understandings and transformations of nature, drawing on theories of the relationship between nature and culture and the social production and construction of nature. Analyzes contemporary environmental use, conservation projects, and environmentally focused ethnographic writing. Demonstrates the relationship between nature ideologies and productions, and the social, economic, and environmental politics they engender. - P.West
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 20 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
4 points

ANTH V 3974x Lost Worlds, Secret Spaces: Modernity and the Child
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points

ANTH V 3975y Anthropology of Media

Provides a critical overview of the theoretical engagement between anthropology and media theory. It explores the relationship between technologies and transformations in ideas of time, space, and sociability; and examines what it means to live in a mediated society. - Brian Larkin
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points Enrollment limited to 16.

ANTH V 3976x Anthropology of Science

Examines debates in the social studies of science, beginning with a focus on questions of epistemology and analyzing the significance of social interests, laboratory and social practices, and "culture(s)" in the making of scientific knowledge. The course then turns to consider the role of the sciences in fashioning larger social worlds.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor required. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

ANTH V 3977y Trauma

Examines trauma as an individual, collective, and international political phenomena. Topics include the history and physiology of trauma, trauma and psychoanalysis, trauma and politics, and trauma after 9-11.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 20 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
3 points

ANTH V 3978y Dialogic Imagination

Draws on the perspectives of Bakhtin and other theorists to analyze the logic of five opera performances the class will attend this semester. Productions scrutinized in terms of the forms of communication utilized; the class, status, and gender perspective mobilized; and the specified mechanisms used to engage or distance the audience from them. Performance rather than musicological angle emphasized.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor required. Enrollment limited to 15 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points

ANTH V 3979x Fluent Bodies

The recent proliferation of writings on the social significations of the human body have brought to the fore the epistemological, disciplinary, and ideological structures that have participated in creating a dimension of the human body that goes beyond its physical consideration. The course, within the context of anthropology, has two considerations, a historical one and a contemporary one. If anthropology can be construed as the study of human society and culture, then, following Marcel Mauss, this study must be considered the actual, physical bodies that constitute the social and the cultural.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points

ANTH V 3980x Nationalism: History and Theory

Covers the basic readings in the contemporary debate over nationalism and different disciplinary approaches and looks at recent studies of nationalism in the formerly colonial world as well as in the industrial West. The readings offer a mix of both theoretical and empirical studies, including the following: Eric Hobsbawn: Nationalism since 1700; Ernest Gillner: Nations and Nationalism; Benedict Anderson: Imagined Communities; Antony Smith: The Ethic Origins of Nations; Linda Coley: Britons; Peter Sahlins: Boundaries; and Partha Chatterjee: The Nation and Its Fragments.

- P. Chatterjee
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points
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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ANTH V3980
ANTH
3980
64289
001
Tu 2:10p - 4:00p
401 HAMILTON HALL
P. Chatterjee 16 [ More Info ]

ANTH V 3983y Ideas and Societies in the Carribean
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ANTH V 3988x Race and Sexuality in Scientific and Social Practice
- N. Abu-El-Haj
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ANTH V 3989x Urban Anthropology
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 18 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points

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Autumn 2014 :: ANTH V3989
ANTH
3989
16798
001
Tu 2:10p - 4:00p
301M FAYERWEATHER
S. Gregory 11 / 20 [ More Info ]

ANTH V 3993y World Archaeology in Global Perspectives
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ANTH V 3994x Anthropology of Extremity: War
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ANTH W 4001x The Ancient Empires
Prerequisites: ANTH V1002 or the instructor's permission. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ANTH W 4002y Controversial Topics in Human Evolution
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and introductory biological/physical anthropology course. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ANTH W 4011x Critical Social Theory
Prerequisites: junior standing. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points Enrollment limited to 30.

ANTH W 4022y Political Ecology

Analyzes global, national, and local environmental issues for the critical perspectives of political ecology. Explores concepts such as the production of nature, environmental violence, environmental justice, political decentralization, territoriality, and conservation interventions. - P. West
Prerequisites: the instructor's permission. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points Enrollment limited to 20.

ANTH W 4042x or y Agent, Person, Subject, Self

Treats the interrelated notions of agent, person, subject, and self from a semiotic and social perspective.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC)..
3 points

ANTH W 4065y Archaeology of Idols

Explores 40,000 years of the human creation of, entanglement with, enchantment by, and violence towards idols. Case studies roam from the Paleolithic to Petra and from the Hopi to the Taliban, and the theoretical questions posed include the problem of representation, iconoclasm, fetishism and the sacred.

- S. Fowles
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
3 points

ANTH G 4113y Religion, Media, Anthropology

- Brian Larkin
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ANTH W 4625x Anthropology and Film
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

Courses for Majors

ANTH V 1009x Intro to Language and Culture

This course explores the relationship between language and other socio-­cultural processes, introducing students to classical and contemporary perspectives on "language" in the field of Linguistic Anthropology. Course readings are balanced between theoretical, programmatic, and empirical, ethnographic studies. Enrollment limit is 60. - S. Scott
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ANTH V1009
ANTH
1009
09332
001
TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
328 MILBANK HALL
S. Scott 52 / 60 [ More Info ]

EEEB W 3030x or y The Biology, Systematics, and Evolutionary History of the 'Apes'

This course focuses on our closest relatives, the extant apes of Africa and Asia. We will explore the nature and extent of the morphological, genetic, and behavioral variability within and among these forms. Using this framework, we will then analyze questions of systematics and trace the evolutionary development of the hominiods during the Miocene, the epoch that saw the last common ancestor of today's gibbons, orang utans, gorillas, chimpanzees and humans. Maximum enrollment 25. [Taught every other year.]
Prerequisites: Open to undergraduates who have taken EEEB V1010, EEEB V1011 or the
equivalent. Other students who are interested should speak with the
instructor. Enrollment limited to 25.

3 points

ANTH V 3041y Anthropological Theory II

The second of a two semester sequence intended to introduce departmental majors to key readings in social theory that have been constitutive of the rise and contemporary practice of modern anthropology. The goal is to understand historical and current intellectual debates within the discipline. To be taken in conjunction with ANTH V3040, preferably in sequence.
Prerequisites: Required of all Barnard Anthropology majors; open to other students with instructor's permission only. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)..
4 points Enrollment limited to 40.

EEEB W 3204y Dynamics of Human Evolution

Seminar focusing on recent advances in the study of human evolution. Topics include changing views of human evolution with respect to early hominin behavior, morphology, culture and evolution. [Enrollment limited to 13, priority given to EBHS majors/concentrators.] [Taught every other year.] - J. Shapiro
Prerequisites: When taught by Shapiro, prerequisite of V1010 (Human Species) or ANTH V1007 (Origins of Human Society) or the equivalent Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ANTH V 3861x Anthropology of Anthropocene

This course focuses on the political ecology of the anthropocene. As multiple publics become increasingly aware of the extensive and accelerated rate of current global environmental change, and the presence of anthropogenesis in ever expanding circumstances, we need to critically analyze the categories of thought and action being developed in order to carefully approach this change. Our concern is thus not so much the Anthropocene as an immutable fact, inevitable event, or definitive period of time {significant though these are) but rather for the political, social, and intellectual consequences of this important idea. Thus we seek to understand the creativity of "The Anthropocene" as a political, rhetorical, and social category. We also aim to examine the networks of capital and power that have given rise to the current state of planetary change, the strategies for ameliorating those changes, and how these are simultaneously implicated in the rhetorical creation of "The Anthropocene" Priority given to Majors in Anthropology. Enrollment limit is 15.
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ANTH V3861
ANTH
3861
08283
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
222 MILBANK HALL
P. West 14 / 15 [ More Info ]

ANTH BC 3871x Senior Thesis Seminar: Problems in Anthropological Research

Offered every Fall. Discussion of research methods and planning and writing of a Senior Essay in Anthropology will accompany research on problems of interest to students, culminating in the writing of individual Senior Essays. The advisory system requires periodic consultation and discussion between the student and her adviser as well as the meeting of specific deadlines set by the department each semester. Limited to Barnard Senior Anthropology Majors.
Prerequisites: Limited to Barnard Anthropology Seniors.
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ANTH BC3871
ANTH
3871
07710
001
M 4:10p - 6:00p
214 MILBANK HALL
A. Watson
B. Larkin
S. Scott
28 [ More Info ]

ANTH BC 3872y Senior Thesis Seminar: Problems in Anthropological Research

Offered every Spring. Discussion of research methods and planning and writing of a Senior Essay in Anthropology will accompany research on problems of interest to students, culminating in the writing of individual Senior Essays. The advisory system requires periodic consultation and discussion between the student and her adviser as well as the meeting of specific deadlines set by the department each semester. - A. Watson, B. Larkin, L. Sharp, S.Scott
Prerequisites: Must complete ANTH BC3871. Limited to Barnard Senior Anthropology Majors.
4 points

ANTH V 3873x Language and Politics

Language is central to political process. While all agree that language is used to symbolize or express political action, the main focus of this course is on how language and other communicative practices contribute to the creation of political stances, events, and forms of order. Topics addressed include political rhetoric and ritual, political communication and publics, discrimination and hierarchy, language and the legitimation of authority, as well as the role of language in nationalism, state formation, and in other sociopolitical movements like feminism and diasporic communities. Since this course has the good fortune of coinciding with the 2012 U.S. Presidential election, we will make significant use of campaign rhetorics as a means of illustrating and exploring various themes.
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ANTH V3873
ANTH
3873
04318
001
M 2:10p - 4:00p
308 Diana Center
S. Scott 17 / 25 [ More Info ]

ANTH 3883 Cultural, Biological, and Linguistic Diversity

Today localities with high incidences of genetic, species, and ecosystem diversity more often than not map directly onto localities with high incidences of human cultural and linguistic diversity. These localities are generally in parts of the world that have been, until quite recently, at the frontiers of resource extraction, human migration and resettlement, and capital expansion. Extraction, migration, and economic expansion tend to result in a decrease in both biological and cultural diversity. People living in these diverse areas often fall into the lowest categories of indicators for poverty and are often desirous of economic development. Equally often they are targeted for economic development interventions by expansionist states and resource-hungry businesses. Conservation organizations often target these localities for protection because of the various forms of diversity found in them and because they also often have high numbers of species with restricted ranges. - P. West
4 points

ANTH V 3899 Food, Ecology, Globalization

Examines the social, ecological, and political-economic roles of what and how we eat from a global perspective. Explores these intersections through significant major changes in food through human history and across cultures as well as through key food commodities such as specific grains, pluses, and fruit. - Paige West
Prerequisites: permission of instructors. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ANTH BC 3999x and y Individual Projects

Research projects and internships are planned in consultation with members of the department and work is supervised by the major's adviser.
Maximum 4 points.

ANTH W 4225y Black Movements in the United States

Black Movements in the United States examines historical and contemporary struggles of freedom, justice, and equality. Lectures and readings explore how black communities struggled for power, dealt with internal tensions, and profoundly shaped American politics and culture. Topics include labor, civil rights, radical feminism, socialism, reparations, black nationalism, and hip hop culture.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ANTH W 4344y Inka Empire

Explores the rise, nature, and collapse of the Inka Empire, the largest indigenous polity in the pre-Hispanic Americas and homeland of some of the world's grandest archaeological sites. The social, political, ideological, economic, military, and cultural features of this diverse realm are examined through archaeological and documentary sources.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points


Cross-Listed Courses

Africana Studies (Barnard)

BC3556 Ethnography of Black America

Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology

V1010 Human Origins & Evolution

W4700 Race: The Tangled History of a Biological Concept

History (Barnard)

BC3805 Law and Lawlessness in South Asia