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This advanced course in anthropology engages closely with discussions and debates about ethnographic research, ethics,... see more

This course explores the diverse ways that people teach and learn—in different countries, in different disciplines, and... see more

Spiritual, magical, and "occult" aspects of human behavior in anthropological and historical perspective: magic, ritual... see more

This class has been reorganized to focus primarily on the War in Iraq. As in previous years, the class still examines war... see more

Law is a common and yet distinct aspect of everyday life in modern societies. This course examines the central features... see more

An introduction to the cross-cultural study of ethnic and national identity. We examine the concept of social identity,... see more

We begin by considering briefly the evolution of the family, its cross-cultural variability, and its history in the West.... see more

This course seeks to examine how people experience gender - what it means to be a man or a woman - and sexuality in a... see more

Americans have historically preferred to think of the United States in classless terms, as a land of economic opportunity... see more

This course examines one of the most enduring and influential forms of identity and experience in the Americas and... see more

This course examines one of the most enduring and influential forms of identity and experience in the Americas and... see more

Using examples from anthropology and sociology alongside classical and contemporary social theory, this course explores... see more

Culture, Embodiment, and the Senses will provide an historical and cross-cultural analysis of the politics of sensory... see more

This class examines how anthropology and speculative fiction (SF) each explore ideas about culture and society,... see more

This class examines how anthropology and speculative fiction (SF) each explore ideas about culture and society,... see more

Everyday we are bombarded with the word "global" and encouraged to see globalization as the quintessential transformation... see more

How — and why — do people seek to capture everyday life on film? What can we learn from such films? This course... see more

After decades of efforts to promote development, why is there so much poverty in the world? What are some of the root... see more

This class explores the interrelationship between humans and natural environments. It does so by focusing on conflict... see more

This class explores the interrelationship between humans and natural environments. It does so by focusing on conflict... see more

Still photography, a practice and form of expression that has worked its way into every facet of social life and every... see more

Still photography, a practice and form of expression that has worked its way into every facet of social life and every... see more

In this course the conquest and colonization of the Americas is considered, with special attention to the struggles of... see more

This course explores the issue of human trafficking for forced labour and sexual slavery, focusing on its representation... see more