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.

Spring 2015

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
CULANTH 80S
Studies-special Topics Brown, Layla 01 TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM White 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 01 TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM White 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 Cho, Yasmin 03 TuTh 06:15 PM-07:30 PM Friedl Bdg 216

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 WF 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 89S
First-year Seminar (top) Donald, Roderick Kevin 02 MW 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 101D
Intro To Cultural Anthro Matory, J. 001 TuTh 10:05 AM-10:55 AM West Duke 08A

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 101 except instruction is provided in lecture and discussion group each week. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 101D
Intro To Cultural Anthro Matory, J. 01D Th 11:45 AM-12:35 PM West Duke 08A

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 101 except instruction is provided in lecture and discussion group each week. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 101D
Intro To Cultural Anthro Matory, J. 02D Th 01:25 PM-02:15 PM Perkins 060

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 101 except instruction is provided in lecture and discussion group each week. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 105
Intro To African Studies Ifekwunigwe, Jayne 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Friedl Bdg 240

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 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 137
Music/social Life/scenes Byerly, Ingrid Bianca 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Biddle 101

Course Description

Study of musical styles and performance practices in relation to issues of identity and other aspects of social life; focus on the diverse local musical scenes and traditions and on learning through doing original fieldwork. Instructor: Byerly or Meintjes
CULANTH 148
Israel / Palestine Stein, Rebecca 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Env Hall 1112

Course Description

Introduction to the Israel/Palestine conflict, studied through an interdisciplinary lens, including scholarship from the fields of anthropology, environmental studies, history, geography and cultural studies. Themes include: competing nationalisms, environmental politics and resource management, peace building, refugees and displacement, humanitarian crises and challenges, representational politics. Range of primary sources will be used including human rights reports and testimonials, natural resource policies, feature and documentary film, memoirs, political treatises, and maps. Instructor: Stein
CULANTH 170D
Advertising/society:global O'Barr, William 001 MW 11:45 AM-12:35 PM White 107

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 170 except instruction is provided in lecture and discussion group each week. Instructor: O'Barr
CULANTH 170D
Advertising/society:global O'Barr, William 01D Th 10:05 AM-10:55 AM Crowell 107

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 170 except instruction is provided in lecture and discussion group each week. Instructor: O'Barr
CULANTH 170D
Advertising/society:global O'Barr, William 02D Th 11:45 AM-12:35 PM Crowell 106

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 170 except instruction is provided in lecture and discussion group each week. Instructor: O'Barr
CULANTH 170D
Advertising/society:global O'Barr, William 03D Th 01:25 PM-02:15 PM West Duke 108A

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 170 except instruction is provided in lecture and discussion group each week. Instructor: O'Barr
CULANTH 170D
Advertising/society:global O'Barr, William 04D F 08:30 AM-09:20 AM Friedl Bdg 216

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 170 except instruction is provided in lecture and discussion group each week. Instructor: O'Barr
CULANTH 170D
Advertising/society:global O'Barr, William 05D F 10:05 AM-10:55 AM Crowell 106

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 170 except instruction is provided in lecture and discussion group each week. Instructor: O'Barr
CULANTH 170D
Advertising/society:global O'Barr, William 06D F 01:25 PM-02:15 PM Crowell 106

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 170 except instruction is provided in lecture and discussion group each week. Instructor: O'Barr
CULANTH 195
Comp Appr Global Issues Mathers, Catherine 01 MWF 01:40 PM-02:40 PM Friedl Bdg 107

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 Clements, Gail 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Soc/Psych 126

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 Tetel Andresen, Julie 02 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Carr 242

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 202
Languages Of The World Baran, Dominika 01 WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Perkins 065

Course Description

The major languages of the world viewed in the context of the communicative and significate functions of language as parameters that shape and define society. The role of language in defining and structuring culturally-based relationships from a semiotic point of view. The structure, writing systems, phonology, morphology, and lexicon of languages from the following groups: Indo-European, Semitic, Turkic, Finno-Ugric, Caucasian, Afroasiatic, Sino-Tibetan, Niger-Kordofanian, Dravidian, and Native American languages. Instructor: Andrews or Tetel
CULANTH 203
Marxism And Society Hardt, Michael 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Friedl Bdg 107

Course Description

Introduction to Marx's core concepts, such as alienation, commodity, and revolution. Includes examination of Marx's own major historical & political analyses, his economic texts, and his philosophical writings. Students also gain familiarity with the role of Marxist thought in different fields and disciplines, including feminist theory, anthropology, history, political science, and literary studies. Instructor: Hardt
CULANTH 205
The Law And Language Newcity, Michael 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Biddle 104

Course Description

Intersections of language and law and legal institutions examined from a comparative approach, i.e., official state language and national identity; freedom of speech and its limitations; language as property
CULANTH 212
Language And Society Clements, Gail 01 MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Carr 103

Course Description

Course examines language as a social practice, focusing on different aspects of its role in social life. Topics addressed include: language and social identity, such as ethnicity, social class, age, and gender; variation in language, including dialects, accents, and registers; multilingualism and language contact; new languages such as pidgins and creoles; language, culture, and intercultural communication; language and ideology; language in education and in the media. Through the discussion of these topics and homework including reading and small research projects, students are introduced to key concepts, theories, and methods in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. Instructor: staff
CULANTH 214S
Shamanism & Spirit Posession Freeman, John 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Biddle 086

Course Description

Anthropological, psychological, and Religious Studies approaches to cross-cultural study of spirit possession and shamanism. Examination of in-depth case-studies and comparative works, from both literate civilizations and non-literate cultures. Engage with contemporary concerns with nature and boundaries of personhood and embodiment and their relation to leadership. Instructor: Freeman
CULANTH 232
Gender And Language Andrews, Edna 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Languages 320

Course Description

Theoretical approaches to the question of the interrelationship of gender and language including neurobiology, psychology, semiotics, feminist critical theory, philosophy of language, discourse analysis, and linguistic theory. Taught in English. Instructor: Andrews
CULANTH 236S
Farmworkers In Nc: Poverty Sims, Christopher 01 F 10:05 AM-12:35 PM Bridges 104

Course Description

Focus upon those who bring food to our tables, particularly those who labor in the fields of North Carolina and the Southeast. Farm work from the plantation system and slavery to sharecropping, and to the migrant and seasonal farmworker population today. Documentary work and its contributions to farmworker advocacy. Instructor: Thompson
CULANTH 254
The Am Nelson, Diane 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM East Duke 204B

Course Description

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CULANTH 290
Current Issues (topics) Denes, David Nicholas 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-06:05 PM Crowell 108

Course Description

Selected topics in methodology, theory, or area. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 290
Current Issues (topics) Aidoo, Lamonte 02 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Languages 208

Course Description

Selected topics in methodology, theory, or area. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 290
Current Issues (topics) Thompson, Charlie 03 M 06:15 PM-08:45 PM Divinity 0014

Course Description

Selected topics in methodology, theory, or area. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 290S
Current Issues (topics) Kirk, Robin 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Perkins 059

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 290 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 290S
Current Issues (topics) Lau, Barbara A 03 M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Bridges 201

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 290 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 301
Theoretical Foundations Makhulu, Anne-Maria 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 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 Nelson, Diane 01 WF 01:25 PM-02:40 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 307
Development And Africa Piot, Charles 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Friedl Bdg 107

Course Description

Addresses the vexed issue of economic development in Africa - its many failures, its occasional successes - from the early colonial period to the present. Focuses especially on the transition from the 1960s "modernizing
CULANTH 316S
Breakdancers, Vocaloids & Game Dixon, Dwayne 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Allen 326

Course Description

Youth subcultural styles, communities, and practices studied across East Asia. Through anthropology, films, and contemporary theory, class examines how young people create meaningful social worlds through varied practices, from the intense physicality of skateboarding to the virtual immersion of video gaming communities with their global sweep. Also study how young people are understood in historical periods and shaped by political forces, education, and the concepts of family. Consider how consumerism, body image, fantasies of agelessness, panics around unruly kids, and broader social shifts produce a volatile landscape for teenagers and young adults along the Pacific Rim. Instructor: Dixon
CULANTH 322
Modern Caribbean Dubois, Laurent 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Friedl Bdg 107

Course Description

Focus on the Caribbean region as it transitioned from a collection of slave and colonial societies into a region of postcolonial and independent nations. Topics may include: postemancipation political and cultural struggles, pan-Africanism and Rastafarianism, nationalist and anticolonial movements, American economic and political influence in the region, Caribbean emigration to Europe and the United States, and global spread of Caribbean culture. Instructors: L. Dubois or Gaspar
CULANTH 323
Fund. Of Global Mental Health Puffer, Eve 01 W 03:05 PM-05:20 PM Perkins 071

Course Description

Examines global mental health from perspectives of culture, public health, epidemiology, human rights, policy, and intervention. Readings focus on peer-reviewed research literature highlighting topics such as the prevalence of mental health disorders worldwide, the role of culture in mental health, and the interventions backed by strong evidence for prevention and treatment. Students will discuss and critique study methodologies and explore the needs for future research in this emerging field. Designed for students with prior research methods and psychology coursework. Instructor: Puffer
CULANTH 333S
The Wire Makhulu, Anne-Maria 01 Tu 06:15 PM-08:45 PM Crowell 107

Course Description

Examines all 60 episodes of the HBO series "The Wire." Described as "socially robust" by one television scholar, the series dramatizes the real world experiences of poor, mostly African American, residents of Baltimore struggling to survive by way of the underground drug economy, while city officials and the police department strive to bring the illegal trade in check. The course brings all 60 episodes into conversation with relevant texts in anthropology, sociology, cultural geography, queer and literary theory. Requirements include weekly blog entries and a final keyword project. Students should have background in interpretive social science and social theory. Instructor consent required. Instructor: Makhulu
CULANTH 335
History Of Hip-hop Neal, Mark Anthony 01 W 06:15 PM-08:45 PM White 107

Course Description

What began as a localized activity designed to provide a safe haven for Black and Latino youth in New York City, has become a global brand that has had a documented impact on the cultural, political and economic realities of youth throughout the globe. This course will examine the organic social and cultural foundations of Hip-Hop, as well as the key aesthetic innovators/innovations, and the debates that have arisen over Hip-hop's increased influence. Instructor: Neal
CULANTH 336
Hollywood And Africa Smith, Stephen 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Gray 228

Course Description

This course on Hollywood films about Africa--from classics such as "African Queen" (East Africa), "Tarzan" (Equatorial Africa) and "Out of Africa" (Kenya) to recent productions such as "Blood Diamond" (Sierra Leone), "The Last King of Scotland" (Uganda), "Lord of War" (arms trade), "The Constant Gardner" (Kenya) and "Black Hawk Down" (Somalia)--will tack back and forth between filmic representation and case study, using the latter to critique the former. As contrastive material, the class will also draw on non-Hollywood films about Africa, for example "Hotel Rwanda" (Rwanda) or "Lumumba" (DRC). Instructor: Smith
CULANTH 364S
Minor Japan Ching, Leo 01 Tu 01:25 PM-03:55 PM Old Chem 123

Course Description

Examine the history and experiences of marginalized peoples in Japan from the Ainu to ethnic Koreans, from queer to the Okinawans, to challenge the myth of racial and ethnic homogeneity and sexual heteronormativity. Enhance understanding about cultural and artistic productions by reading a variety of texts, including fiction, oral histories, philosophical treatises, and films. Instructor: Ching
CULANTH 367S
Mayas, Aztecs, And Incas Mignolo, Walter 01 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Friedl Bdg 225

Course Description

Instructor: Mignolo
CULANTH 368
Visualizing The Caribbean Crichlow, Michaeline 01 M 06:15 PM-08:45 PM Friedl Bdg 126

Course Description

Art (paintings, installations, performance art) and film on the Caribbean offer vantage points for analyzing alternative ways through which the region has been thought, imagined and produced. They are periodized semiotic productions that feed into and are marked by perspectives that are at once global, national, and even personal. Considering the constitutive contexts of these productions and performances, we will attempt to glean the diverse perspectives, and the way these have influenced sociocultural policy and offer alternative interpretations of diasporic lifeways of Caribbean people. Instructor: Crichlow
CULANTH 385S
Cultures Of The Afri Diaspora Matory, J. 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 243

Course Description

Course reveals the diversity of black life in the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East through film and classical and contemporary ethnographies by the likes of W.E.B. DuBois, Zora Neale Hurston, Fernando Ortiz,and others. Examines diverse analytical tropes that illuminate how cultures and communities reproduce themselves amid exploitation and stigma. Instructor: Matory
CULANTH 397S
Language In Immigrant America Baran, Dominika 01 WF 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Allen 306

Course Description

Discussion of issues of language in the context of immigration in the United States, from the turn of the 20th century until the present, combining approaches from literature, memoirs, language policy, media studies, and linguistic anthropology. Some fieldwork in an immigrant community. Topics include: identity, assimilation, race, bilingual communities, bilingual education, foreign accents, language contact. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 416S
Cap Sem:imperialism & Islamism Ho, Engseng 01 Th 04:40 PM-06:40 PM Crowell 107

Course Description

Inquiry into Islam's transnational past and relations of European empires to that past. Development of perspectives on the current conflict between the US and its Islamist opponents to enable critical engagement with debates on the nature of global Islamist politics and on the US as an imperial power. Close reading of case studies and original source material. Instructor: Ho
CULANTH 423
Sex And Money Allison, Anne 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Sexual practices that involve transactions of money in different cultural and historical settings, including "regular" marriage practices that involve exchanges of money and goods as well as extramarital practices where one party is selling bodily acts. Examination of the ethics and politics of these exchanges questioning who benefits from them (and who not) and how to also assess other bodily transactions including prostitution and surrogacy. Reading materials on sexual practices in different cultural contexts (including Tonga, Thailand, Brazil, India, Ghana, China, Japan, Russia, Turkey, Indonesia). Comparisons made in terms of culture, religion, ethical systems, politics, and economy. Instructor: Allison
CULANTH 490S
Special Topics Aidoo, Lamonte 01 Th 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Carr 135

Course Description

Advanced Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 499S
Senior Distinction Seminar Silverblatt, Irene 01 M 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Crowell 106

Course Description

Continuation of Cultural Anthropology 498S, and required for credit for 498S. Consent of director of undergraduate studies required. Instructor: Staff
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