The is a representative list of courses offered by the department and should not be used for schedule planning. For accurate and up-to-date course listings and information, Duke students should log into ACES.

Fall 2014

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
CULANTH 80S
Studies-special Topics Brown, Layla 03 TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Crowell 106

Course Description

Opportunities for first-year students to engage with a specific issue in cultural anthropology, with emphasis on student writing. Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 80S
Studies-special Topics Brown, Layla 03 TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Crowell 106

Course Description

Opportunities for first-year students to engage with a specific issue in cultural anthropology, with emphasis on student writing. Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 89S
First-year Seminar (top) Byerly, Ingrid Bianca 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 89S
First-year Seminar (top) Collier, Richard 02 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Gilbert-Ad 03

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 89S
First-year Seminar (top) Dixon, Dwayne 03 TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 101
Intro To Cultural Anthro Starn, Orin 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM White 107

Course Description

Theoretical approaches to analyzing cultural beliefs and practices cross-culturally; application of specific approaches to case material from present and/or past cultures. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 105
Intro To African Studies Smith, Stephen 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM East Duke 204B

Course Description

A range of disciplinary perspectives on key topics in contemporary African Studies: nationalism and pan-Africanism, imperialism and colonialism, genocide and famine, development and democratization, art and music, age and gender. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 106S
Doc Exper: A Video Appr Hawkins, Gary 01 W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM Bridges 104

Course Description

A documentary approach to the study of local communities through video production projects assigned by the course instructor. Working closely with these groups, students explore issues or topics of concern to the community. Students complete an edited video as their final project. Not open to students who have taken this course as Film/Video/Digital 105S. Instructor: Hawkins
CULANTH 130
Anthropology And Film O'Barr, William 01 MW 03:05 PM-05:35 PM White 107

Course Description

The study of feature films and documentaries on issues of colonialism, imperialism, war and peace, and cultural interaction. An introduction to critical film theory and film production in non-Western countries. Instructor: Allison or Litzinger
CULANTH 131
World Music Meintjes, Louise 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Biddle 104

Course Description

Study of musical styles and practices in relation to issues of creativity, forms of power, and cultural survival; focus on the music and experiences of indigenous peoples, refugees, migrants, and immigrants. Instructor: Meintjes or staff
CULANTH 190FS
Special Topics In Focus Hassan, Mona 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Perkins 060

Course Description

Selected topics vary each semester. Open only to students in the Focus Program. Instructor consent required. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 190FS
Special Topics In Focus Byerly, Ingrid Bianca 02 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

Selected topics vary each semester. Open only to students in the Focus Program. Instructor consent required. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 190FS
Special Topics In Focus Admay, Catherine 03 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Rubenstein 151

Course Description

Selected topics vary each semester. Open only to students in the Focus Program. Instructor consent required. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 190FS
Special Topics In Focus Philipsen, Dirk 04 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Carr 240

Course Description

Selected topics vary each semester. Open only to students in the Focus Program. Instructor consent required. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 195
Comp Appr Global Issues Namakkal, Jessica 01 MWF 01:40 PM-02:40 PM Biddle 104

Course Description

Introduction to critical transnational studies through several disciplinary approaches. Examines capitalism and neo-liberal globalization and their relationships to culture, politics, economics, and other social forms and outcomes; considers transnationalism "from below"; addresses linear and Western-centric thinking about progress and modernity; focuses a historical lens on political discourses, institutions, and projects to understand them contextually; demonstrates how cultures and identities are dynamically constituted in interaction with historical, material, political, and situational factors; considers how different inequalities and contestations inflect most social formations. Instructor: Campoamor or Namakkal
CULANTH 201
Intro To Linguistics Price, Gareth 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Carr 240

Course Description

Introduction to the scientific study of linguistics and languages. Topics include the origin and nature of language, methods of historical and comparative linguistics, theories and schools of linguistics, empirical and descriptive approaches to the study of language, including phonology, morphology, semantics, and syntax. Instructor: Butters or Tetel
CULANTH 201
Intro To Linguistics Clements, Gail Lynn 02 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Friedl Bdg 102

Course Description

Introduction to the scientific study of linguistics and languages. Topics include the origin and nature of language, methods of historical and comparative linguistics, theories and schools of linguistics, empirical and descriptive approaches to the study of language, including phonology, morphology, semantics, and syntax. Instructor: Butters or Tetel
CULANTH 208FS
The Anthropology Of Race Baker, Lee 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Perkins 087

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 208 but taught as part of the FOCUS program. Instructor: Baker
CULANTH 213
Cyborgs Nelson, Diane 01 WF 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Friedl Bdg 107

Course Description

Philosophical, cross-cultural, historical, mass media, and political assumptions about what it means to be human that serve as the foundation for technological development. Instructor: Nelson
CULANTH 215S
Indian Civilization Freeman, John 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Gilbert-Ad 03

Course Description

Surveys the rise of civilization and kingdoms on the Indian subcontinent from the first urban centers of the Indus Valley through the establishment of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. Uses literary, archeological, linguistic, ethnological, and inscriptional evidence on the diversity of Indic peoples and their complex social, religious, and caste integration into the major states and empires of premodern India; considers wider civilizational networks and extensions of the Indian cultural sphere into other parts of Asia; integrates a historical and anthropological perspective on various primary materials. Instructor: Freeman
CULANTH 218S
Anthropology And Gh Solomon, Harris 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Carr 241

Course Description

Investigates connections between anthropology and global health. Readings based on ethnographic research conducted globally. Topics include cross-cultural experiences of epidemics, ethical implications of globalizing clinical trials, moral and political dimensions of health and humanitarian interventions, connections between nationalism and population policy, overlaps between traditional healing systems and public health programs, how gender ideologies shape reproductive health, and questions of identity, power, and ethics amidst global rollout of HIV therapies. Instructor: Soloman
CULANTH 221SL
Capoeira: Practice And Culture Wesolowski, Katya 01 F 03:05 PM-04:35 PM Bivins 214

Course Description

Lecture/lab course introducing the movement, music and culture of capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines dance, self-defense and acrobatics. Created by male African slaves in Brazil several hundred years ago, viewed as a social threat and outlawed in the 19th century, celebrated as an element of national identity in the 20th century, today capoeira is rapidly crossing national, racial and gender borders as it becomes a popular global practice. Studio classes twice a week focus on the basic movements, percussive music and call-and-response singing. Seminar once a week focuses on the historical, cultural and socio-political dynamics that shape capoeira in Brazil and beyond. Instructor: Wesolowski
CULANTH 221SL
Capoeira: Practice And Culture Wesolowski, Katya 01L MW 03:05 PM-04:35 PM Ark 101

Course Description

Lecture/lab course introducing the movement, music and culture of capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines dance, self-defense and acrobatics. Created by male African slaves in Brazil several hundred years ago, viewed as a social threat and outlawed in the 19th century, celebrated as an element of national identity in the 20th century, today capoeira is rapidly crossing national, racial and gender borders as it becomes a popular global practice. Studio classes twice a week focus on the basic movements, percussive music and call-and-response singing. Seminar once a week focuses on the historical, cultural and socio-political dynamics that shape capoeira in Brazil and beyond. Instructor: Wesolowski
CULANTH 221SL
Capoeira: Practice And Culture Wesolowski, Katya 02L MW 03:05 PM-04:35 PM Ark 101

Course Description

Lecture/lab course introducing the movement, music and culture of capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines dance, self-defense and acrobatics. Created by male African slaves in Brazil several hundred years ago, viewed as a social threat and outlawed in the 19th century, celebrated as an element of national identity in the 20th century, today capoeira is rapidly crossing national, racial and gender borders as it becomes a popular global practice. Studio classes twice a week focus on the basic movements, percussive music and call-and-response singing. Seminar once a week focuses on the historical, cultural and socio-political dynamics that shape capoeira in Brazil and beyond. Instructor: Wesolowski
CULANTH 226
Espionage, Crypto & Psych Oper Gessler, Nicholas 01 W 10:05 AM-12:55 PM Perkins 072

Course Description

Explores cultural context of spies, codes and psychological operations from perspectives of anthropology, complexity and multiple agency, towards understanding how tradecrafts of intelligence and disinformation shaped, and continue to shape us and our information technologies. Work with historic and contemporary, previously classified and open sources, case studies and multimedia, including hands-on practice with propaganda leaflets, cryptographic machines and cryptanalysis, to explain the roles of networks of trust, secrecy and deception in cultural coevolution. No
CULANTH 238S
Politics Of Food Thompson, Charlie 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Bridges 201

Course Description

Explores the food system through fieldwork, study, and guest lectures that include farmers, nutritionists, sustainable agriculture advocates, rural organizers, and farmworker activists. Examines how food is produced, seeks to identify and understand its workers and working conditions in fields and factories, and, using documentary research conducted in the field and other means, unpacks the major current issues in the food justice arena globally and locally. Fieldwork required, but no advanced technological experience necessary. At least one group field trip, perhaps to a local farm or farmers market, required. Instructor: Thompson
CULANTH 246S
Civil/human Rights Activism Lau, Barbara A 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Bridges 113

Course Description

Documentary fieldwork course exploring the legacy of civil and human rights activism in Durham through the life and work of noted historian, lawyer, poet, activist and priest Pauli Murray. Students will utilize scholarship, primary source archival materials and contemporary documentary projects to set a context for their fieldwork in Durham. Working with the instructor and local social change leadership engaged in work related to the "Face-Up Project," students will deepen fieldwork skills - photography, writing, audio or filmmaking - and develop documentary projects in collaboration with culturally diverse community groups. Requires fieldtrips to communities in Durham. Instructor: Lau
CULANTH 258S
Our Culinary Cultures Alexander, Kelly L 01 F 10:05 AM-12:35 PM Bridges 113

Course Description

Documentary approach to the world of food using fieldwork research. Topics of food and its preparation examined through deep stories of how food is raised, prepared, and presented in order to explore how the myriad ways in which what we eat reveal key biographical, economic, religious, and other truths about our cultures. Introduces students to the history of food writing and the concept of food in general as a nonverbal tool of communication. Photography, audio, and documentary writing employed. Instructor: Alexander
CULANTH 278
Sex/gender - Nature/nurture Wilson, Ara 01 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM LSRC A247

Course Description

Debates about sexuality, sex, and gender hinge on radically different ideas about relative effects of biological forces vs. social forces, or nature vs. nurture. Course changes terms of arguments about sexuality and gender and nature/nurture. Explores how nature/nurture emerged as scientific and popular debate. Evaluates new developments in science and cultural fields that are now reconsidering how biology and environments interact. Showcases debates about how sex and sexuality are formed through interplay of genetic information, hormones, material bodies, and social environments. Instructor: Wilson, Williams
CULANTH 290
Current Issues (topics) Allison, Anne 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Selected topics in methodology, theory, or area. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 290S
Current Issues (topics) Starn, Orin 01 Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 290 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 290S
Current Issues (topics) Kirk, Robin 05 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Crowell 106

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 290 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 301
Theoretical Foundations Ho, Engseng 01 WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Major schools and theories of cultural anthropology. Open to seniors and juniors. Sophomores by permission only. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 302
Fieldwork Methods O'Barr, William 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Anthropology as a discipline (a field of study) and the site where anthropologists work: the field. Combines theories of anthropological fieldwork methods with practice, including participation, observation, and interviews. Students undertake original research in a local fieldsite of their choice and produce their own mini-ethnography. This requirement may also be satisfied by taking Cultural Anthropology 290A Duke in Ghana Anthropological Field Research. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 310S
Conflict Analysis In Africa Smith, Stephen 01 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Gross Hall 105

Course Description

Utilizes four case studies to outline components of conflict analysis in Africa. Examines regional crisis nexus between Darfur, Chad and Central African Republic. Looks at issues of post-coloniality, autochthony, migration, citizenship, land tenure, and inequality. On a theoretical level, identifies potentially cross-cutting, deeper layers of contemporary crises in Africa with the objective of establishing a series of templates, a 'protocol', for comparative conflict analysis and conflict management in Africa. Instructor: Smith
CULANTH 342
Migration & Human Trafficking Crichlow, Michaeline 01 W 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Friedl Bdg 107

Course Description

Examination of the meaning of migration in the global world through cross-disciplinary texts and visual media. Situates the phenomenon of human trafficking within the context of these general movements focusing on the risks involved when people endanger their lives to find a better and more strategic position in the world. Explores how these experiences should be interpreted, and how processes and the politics of race, space and place are a condition and/or outcome of these movements. Investigates and considers ways to resolve some of the problems associated with such movements. Instructor: Crichlow
CULANTH 403S
Politics Of Memory Silverblatt, Irene 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Explores political contexts, and often competing visions, surrounding construction and reproduction of public memory. Asks how sites of memory, presenting an image of the past, express understandings, desires, and conflicts of the present. Particular focus on how times of crisis and trauma are commemorated, challenged, or hidden. Open only to juniors and seniors. Instructor: Silverblatt
CULANTH 415S
Interethnic Intimacies Kwon, Nayoung Aimee 01 Th 12:00 PM-02:30 PM Carr 114

Course Description

Critical examination of cultural dynamics, political economies, and ethical implications of interethnic intimacies or "intercourse" as represented from and about Asia. Examines shifts within and beyond "Asia," asking why cultural representations matter in ways societies construct, produce, and consume objects of desire and repulsion. Texts from literature and visual culture read along with theories of critical race studies, gender and sexuality, postcolonialism, globalization, visual culture, and other representative technologies of the Self/Other. Not open to students who have taken the freshman seminar. Instructor: Kwon
CULANTH 419S
Global Envir/pol Nature Litzinger, Ralph 01 F 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Exploration of several themes: how local, national, and transnational organizations manage the environment, discuss it, study it, protect and defend it; who speaks for nature and to what ends; the differences between capitalist and socialist approaches to the environment; how relations among natures, nations, social movements, individuals, and institutions have changed over time. Case studies from Africa, East and Southeast Asia, India, Latin America, and the United States; study of new theoretical writing on the relationship between humans, technology, capital, and nature. Instructor: Litzinger
CULANTH 424T
Medical Anthropology Solomon, Harris 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Friedl Bdg 107

Course Description

Cross-cultural study of health and illness. Instructor: Solomon
CULANTH 434S
Cultures Of New Media Stein, Rebecca 01 M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 118

Course Description

Anthropological look at 'new media' - their varied forms and histories, how they are used and understood, and their meanings and effects within different communities of users. Charts a number of technologies deemed `new
CULANTH 465S
Global Cities Makhulu, Anne-Maria 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Crowell 107

Course Description

Examination of new ways of living and surviving in cities across the world - new urbanization as distinct from the "new urbanism" - in context of the decline of the industrial economy, the offshoring of work, the creation of network cities and so-called "global cities." Explores impact of increased urbanization, linked to "post-wage" work, informalization, and inequality. Addresses dilemmas of alternative forms of life through "cases," including cities in the global North and South, varied "urban" schools, their theories and methodologies. Instructor: Makhulu
CULANTH 498S
Senior Distinction Seminar Silverblatt, Irene 01 Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

No credit for Cultural Anthropology 498S without satisfactory completion of Cultural Anthropology 499S. Consent of director of undergraduate studies required. Instructor: Staff
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