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Cultural Anthropology Courses

Cultural Anthropology Courses

Area Courses in Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 340 PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF LATIN AMERICA (three credit hours)

Study of the history and development of present cultures in Latin America with emphasis on economics, politics, religion, folklife and world view of indigenous, peasant and urban peoples.

ANTH 341 PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF ASIA (three credit hours)

Study of the cultures of South, East, and Southeast Asia with emphasis on origins, prehistoric and historic migrations, ecology, and subsistence patterns, and the origins and evolution of the major civilizations of India, China, Japan, and Vietnam. Topics include kinship and the family, religion, social organization, gender, economy, colonialism and independence, globalization and development, and maintenance of traditions in modern contexts.

ANTH 342 PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF THE CARIBBEAN (three credit hours)

Examination of the variety of cultural practices found in modern-day Caribbean societies with attention to historical roots. Topics include, but are not limited to, definition of the region, unique religious practices, carnival, musical traditions, migration and everyday social life and conditions.

ANTH 345 PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF NATIVE NORTH AMERICA (three credit hours)

Survey of the cultures of the original peoples of North America, with emphasis on the ethnographic present. Cross-listed with FLK 345.

ANTH 350 PEOPLES AND CULTURES OF AFRICA (three credit hours)

General Education Category E

Survey of the cultures of Africa, with emphasis on historical development and contemporary cultural diversity. Cross-listed with FLK 350.

ANTH 378 SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN FOLKLIFE (three credit hours)

Folklife of southern Appalachia, as reflected in the material folk culture, traditional folk customs and practices, legends, anecdotes, songs, language, and literature. Cross-listed with FLK 378.

Topical Courses in Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 343 ANTHROPOLOGY OF GENDER (three credit hours)

General Education Category E

A comparative study of the role gender plays in various aspects of culture. Topics include distribution of labor, environmental impact, and ideological constraints on gender constructs in a cross-cultural concept.

ANTH 382 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (three credit hours)

Cross-cultural examination of definitions of health and wellness, attitudes towards and cultural construction of illness, treatments for disease, and aging. Particular emphasis on examples from non-Western societies.

ANTH 400 ETHNOMUSICOLOGY (three credit hours)

Survey of the concepts and methods of ethnomusicology. Topics include history of ethnomusicology, transcription and analysis, musicians, musical instruments, music acculturation, and the function of music in society. Cross-listed with FLK 400.

ANTH 410 AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSIC (three credit hours)

General Education Category E

A survey of selected musical styles created and developed by African-Americans from the 17th to the 20th century: spirituals, blues, popular music forms (e.g. soul, reggae, rap music). Emphasis will be placed on the historical factors and sociocultural trends that influenced the development of African-American music. Cross-listed with FLK 410.

ANTH 442 ECONOMIC AND ECOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (three credit hours)

Prerequisite: ANTH 120 or junior standing.

Analysis of economic systems and cultural adaptations to the environment of Western and non-Western societies with particular attention paid to Caribbean and/or Latin America.

ANTH 446 ANTHROPOLOGY OF RELIGION (three credit hours)

A cross-cultural examination of religious beliefs and practices. Topics include myth, ritual, shamanism and healing, and the role of religion in social control and social change.

ANTH 448/448G VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY (three credit hours)

Prerequisite: Junior level or higher.

This course examines photography and film as tools and products of cross-cultural re-search with special emphasis on cultural and political biases presented through visual means.

ANTH 449/449G ETHNOGRAPHIC VIDEO PRODUCTION (three credit hours)

Prerequisite: ANTH 448 or permission of instructor.

Training in video production skills as research methodology in anthropology. Practical exercises and collaborative student projects. Students will produce their own short ethnographic videos. Explores practices of representing cultures through media. This course will include a lab fee and students will be expected to purchase their own mini DV tapes for the course.

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