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Fall 2015 Course Offerings

ANTHC 101
INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Pluralism & Diversity Group A

ANTHP 101
INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN EVOLUTION
Fulfills Distrib Req Math Sci

ANTHP105
THE HUMAN SPECIES

ANTHC 126
INTRODUCTION TO PREHISTORIC ARCHAEOLOGY
Fulfills dist req soc sci for majors
Introduction to the methods of archaeology, and a survey of world prehistory from the earliest humans to the rise of the first civilizations.

ANTHC 151
INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY
Class meets Monday/Thursday 1:10-2:25 pm
Fulfills GER. Introduction to the study of language from an anthropological perspective, starting from its most minute components, such as the phonemes, and finishing with the larger social context: how language is used to construct and preserve social inequality.

ANTHP 210
BIOLOGY OF THE LIVING PRIMATES

ANTHC 213
LATIN AMERICA SOCIETY AND CULTURE

Development and organization of tropical forest Indians, hacienda and plantation economies, peasant and urban societies.
Pluralism and Diversity Group A
Fulfills GER Stage 3B
Crosslisted with LACS 434.4

ANTHC 214
CARIBBEAN SOCIETY AND CULTURE

Pluralism and Diversity Group A
Indigenous peoples, colonization, and slavery; minorities, race relations; family life, religion and economy.

ANTHC 215
ANTHROPOLOGY OF BLACK AMERICA

Fulfills GER Stage 3B
Pluralism and Diversity Group A
Pluralism and Diversity Group B
Critical examination of ethnographic texts about Black Americans, focusing on cultural approaches to the study of Black life as well as on the social forces undergirding the production of such anthropological knowledge.

ANTHC 275
READING ETHNOGRAPHY

Writing Intensive
Fulfills GER Stage 3B
The anthropological approach to observing, understanding, and acting in the world is commonly referred to as "ethnography." But what, exactly, is ethnography? What bases of knowledge does it presume, what are its conditions of possibility, and what kinds of claims can it make about the world? What role does theory play in the definition, collection, and interpretation of ethnographic "facts"? What is the relationship between observer and observed in the ethnographic encounter? This course will examine these and related questions through close readings of ethnographies that reflect a range of different theoretical and methodological approaches. The underlying theme of the course is the "space-times" of global capitalism - and how ethnography might expose and express the social connections and power relations by which they are produced, consumed, experienced, and imagined. Some topics include: colonialism and the making of "people without a history"; the spread of capitalism across the land; migration and transnational communities; transforming gender relations and globalization's "intimate economies"; natural resource extraction; the globalization of finance and debt; and the new military urbanism.

ANTHC 301/ANTH 725
GENDER IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE
Pluralism and Diversity Group C
Human sexual dimorphism, males and females in contrasting societies, division of labor, socialization.

ANTHC 301.52
SEXUALITY: ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE

Fulfills GER 3B
Pluralism and Diversity Group 3

ANTHC 302.52
SPACE, PLACE AND CULTURE IN NYC

Fulfills GER Stage 3B

ANTHC 304
ECONOMY AND CULTURE

Pluralism and DIversity Group A
Fulfills GER 3B
Various systems of production, consumption and exchange; relationaship to politics and economy; connection between rural, urban and global economies.

ANTHC 307
ANTHROPOLOGY of RELIGION

Pluralism and Diversity
Fulfills GER Stage 3B
Emphasism on non-western socieities; theories of religion, magic, function and symbolic meaning. 

ANTHC 310
POLITICS AND POWER IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE
Pluralism & Diversity Group A
Fulfills GER Stage 3B
Focus on the social context of practices pertaining to gender (sex and sexuality) by analyzing key concepts such as class, race, ethnicity, identity, nationality and power.

ANTHP 312
PRIMATE EVOLUTION GENETICS AND BEHAVIOR
Fulfills GER Stage 3B

ANTHC 314
RESEARCH DESIGN IN ANTHROPOLOGY
Fulfills GER Stage 3B
Introduction to basic principles of research design employed in Anthropolgy

ANTHC 315.50 /ANTH 718.8
Anthropology and Education
Cross cultural study of schooling and of non-formal education viewed through the lens of cultural antrhopology
Fulfills GER Stage 3B

ANTHP 316/ANTH 791.65
HUMAN EVOLUTIONARY ADAPTATION

Studies adaptive significance of distinctive biological features of human species including brain size, secondary sexual characteristics, sparce body hair and use of complex language.

ANTHC 318/ANTH 703
HISTORY OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY
Required for Majors
Pluralism & Diversity Group D
Fulfills GER Stage 3B
This class is a selective, historical survey of anthropological theory. We will examine important theoretical accounts of human culture and society, covering works from the early twentieth century to the present, exploring how changing historical contexts, diverse fieldwork experiences, and philosophical trends have shaped the European and American development of sociocultural anthropology. This course particularly emphasizes the contributions of the anthropology of knowledge, political anthropology, and critiques of colonialism and of contemporary political economy. We will also seek to define the role that theories of culture, religion, power, gender, and history can and should play in a wider understanding of human beings as, at once, complexly social and complexly biological creatures. Ultimately we aim to gain a better understanding of how theories of the human, from universal "man" to "cultural diversity" to homo economicus, have shaped academic anthropology as well as their wider implications for contemporary life in society. This class meets once a week and will be conducted through seminar-style discussions; moreover, it is reading-and-writing-intensive. The reading load will average 100 pages a week (though readings each week will range in difficulty and length, from original theoretical analyses of particular ethnographic situations, to essays in intellectual history, to practitioner's reflections). There will be weekly reader-response papers, and the class will culminate in a final paper based on course reading.

ANTHC 320.44/ANTH 751.44
ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY

Overview of recent archaeological contributions to sustainability research using case studes and ongoing CUNY Field projects to illustrate approaches and results. Course will provide an overview of key techniques in environmental archaeology as they have been applied to long term human/ environment interaction so that students willl have tools to critically evaluate the relevance of the past to present and future sustainability.

ANTHC 320.56
URBAN ANTHROPOLOGY
Fulfills GER Stage 3B
Examine the scope of classic and contemporary urban anthropology with attention to how physical and social environments become intertwined in cities.

ANTHC 320.58/ ANTH 702.94
ANTHROPOLOGY OF MEDIA

Fulfills GER Stage 3B
Anthropology has historically used visual media as a key aspect of enthographic representation. With the increasing accessibility of media technologies, visual representation of "reality" has moved to the forefront of global entertainment, making Visual Anthropology one of the fastest growing subfields of anthropology and an almost indispensable tool for anyone considering ethnographic research, media analyses, studies of material culture, or critical engagements with the arts and other forms of cultural display (such as museums). This class looks closely at the history of documentary film and contemporary changes that have widened the possibilities of Visual Anthropology beyond its early confines as a tool for illustration. From Nanook of the North to cinema verité and indigenous media practices, this class will explore the past, present, and future of documentary filmmaking and related stylistic, social scientific, commercial, and political agendas that influence the production of visual documents.

ANTHC 320.74/ANTH 702.62
ANTHROPOLOGY OF FOOD
Fulfills GER Stage 3B

ANTHC 320.98/ANTH 703.53
ETHNICITY AND NATIONALISM

Fulfills GER Stage 3B

ANTHC 321.66
ANTHROPOLOGY OF VIOLENCE
Crosslisted with HR 32
In this class we challenge personal and cultural beliefs about violence both historically and today. This class explores cultural, structural, socioeconomic and political aspects of violence. Using academic sources, video and audio media, science fiction and more, we will take an anthropological look at historical periods of violence such as European expansionism and colonialism. We will also focus on contemporary topics like violence in video games and media, war and terrorism in the 20th and 21st century, gender-based and sexual violence, and ideological, political and religious violence.

ANTHC 325
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

ANTHC 400
HONORS PROJECT

ANTHC 401.39/ANTH 771.55
COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL INTERACTION
Crosslisted with ENG 333.65

ANTHP 401.77
HUMAN OSTEOLOGY

ANTHC 401.96
INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION

ANTHC 426.68
WORLD OF THE VIKINGS
Course will focus on migration and settlement across the north Atlantic between ca. AD750-1050.

ANTH 701
ETHNOLOGY

ANTH 711
ECONOMIC ANTHROPOLOGY
This course will look at the diversity of ways people organize economic life, both under capitalism and under other economic systems.

ANTH 750
ARCHAEOLOGY

ANTH 751.49/ ANTHC 320.49
ARCHAEOLOGY: MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA
Fulfills GER Stage 3B

ANTH 791.53/ANTHP 401.79
PRIMATE CONSERVATION