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Spring 2012

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
CULANTH 20S
Urban Anthro: Culture And City Olive, Lorien 01 TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Friedl Bdg 204

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 49S
Music As Mirror, Mediator Byerly, Ingrid Bianca 01 M 06:00 PM-08:30 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Topics vary each semester offered. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 94
Intro To Cultural Anthro Piot, Charles 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM French Sci 2231

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 100
Religion, Politics And Society (Staff) 03 - TBA

Course Description

Topics differ by section. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 101BS
Discourse Of Disease Rojas, Carlos 01 TuTh 01:15 PM-02:30 PM
M 07:15 PM-09:45 PM
Carr 106

Course Description

Modern discourses of disease and infection. The transmutation of medical theory into a metaphorical discourse of social structure and individual identity. Cultural representations of modern epidemics, including AIDS and SARS. Instructor: Rojas
CULANTH 105
Sport As Performance Conceison, Claire 01 MW 11:40 AM-12:55 PM Page 106

Course Description

Sport as ritual, spectacle, and performance explored through theatre, performance studies, sociology, anthropology, and history. Topics range from professional and collegiate team sports to individual athletic performances, in both domestic and global contexts. The performance aspects and ethics of race, gender, sexuality, and nation in live sport and in the media are examined. Coursework consists of written assignments, short papers, mid-term and final exam. Guest speakers from the worlds of athletics and theatre visit the class during the semester. Instructor: Conceison
CULANTH 107
Intro To Linguistics Price, Gareth 01 TuTh 11:40 AM-12:55 PM Perkins 2-071

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 110
Advertising/society: Global O'Barr, William 01 WF 11:40 AM-12:55 PM White 107

Course Description

History and development of commercial advertising; advertising as a reflector and/or creator of social and cultural values; advertisements as cultural myths; effects on children, women, and ethnic minorities; advertising and language; relation to political and economic structure; and advertising and world culture. Emphasis on American society complemented by case studies of advertising in Canada, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Western Europe, and selected other countries. Instructor: O'Barr
CULANTH 111
Anthropology Of Law Sobel-Read, Kevin 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Comparative approach to jurisprudence and legal practice, dispute resolution, law-making institutions and processes, and the relation of law to politics, culture, and values. Instructor: O'Barr
CULANTH 114
Languages Of The World Baran, Dominika 01 WF 01:15 PM-02:30 PM Allen 326

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 116S
Advertising/masculinity O'Barr, William 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM White 107

Course Description

Gender representations in advertising, focusing on masculinity. Consideration also given to representations of femininity in advertising, to the nature and complexity of gender, and to the history and place of advertising in society and culture. Case materials drawn primarily from contemporary American advertising, with examples from other time periods and other national advertising traditions. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: O'Barr
CULANTH 117
Global Culture Ho, Engseng 01 Tu 06:00 PM-08:30 PM Friedl Bdg 126

Course Description

Globalization examined through some of its dominant cultural formsthe marketing of pop music, the globalization of TV culture, the spread of markets and commodities, the export of political ideologies. Special focus given to the way in which these forms both affect and are transformed by local cultures in Africa, South Asia, East Asia, and Latin America. Instructor: Allison, Litzinger, Piot, or Starn
CULANTH 119S
Anthropology And Gh Solomon, Harris 01 W 11:55 AM-02:25 PM Brody 202

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 124
Culture Pol Native America Jacobsen, Kristina 01 TuTh 01:15 PM-02:30 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Past and contemporary conditions of American Indian life, with an emphasis on North America. Social and political organization, gender relations, changing economic patterns, cultural themes and variations, spirituality, the effects of anti-Indian wars, policies, and prejudice, and the emergence of movements for self-determination. Instructor: Starn
CULANTH 125
Comp Appr Global Issues Need, David 01 TuTh 11:40 AM-12:55 PM Carr 103

Course Description

Comparative and connective research and analysis in the social sciences and the humanities: strengths and weaknesses of cross-cultural comparison as developed by sociologists, historians, political scientists, anthropologists, and specialists in comparative literature and religion. Not open to students who have taken Religion 121. Instructor: Litle
CULANTH 133S
African Mbira Music Berliner, Paul 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Biddle 086

Course Description

Building and performing one of Africa's most popular musical instruments, the mbira (a kalimba or "finger piano"). Ethnomusicological readings on the instrument's history, role in society, and meaning for musicians. Analysis of musical examples; learning the mbira's repertory and mastering skills common to many forms of African music, including performance of polyrhythms, responsive integration of instrumental and vocal patters, and formulation of unique renditions of pieces through improvisation. Weekly class labs. Course requires no prior experience with music or woodworking. Instructor: Berliner
CULANTH 134S
Doc Exper: A Video Appr Hawkins, Gary 02 W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
F 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 FVD 105S. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: Hawkins
CULANTH 136
Intro To African Studies Piot, Charles 01 TuTh 01:15 PM-02:30 PM Old Chem 116

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 136AS
The Wire Makhulu, Anne-Maria 01 M 06:00 PM-08:30 PM Friedl Bdg 225

Course Description

This course covers all 60 episodes of the HBO series
CULANTH 139
Marxism And Society Hardt, Michael 001 M 10:05 AM-11:20 AM East Duke 209

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 139
Marxism And Society Hardt, Michael 01D W 10:05 AM-11:20 AM East Duke 209

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 143
Cyborgs Nelson, Diane 01 TuTh 11:40 AM-12:55 PM Friedl Bdg 204

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 149A
Gender In Dance And Theatre Shah, Purnima 01 WF 11:40 AM-12:55 PM West Duke 08A

Course Description

Ways in which gender and sexuality are conceptualized in selected performance cultures. Interprets these historically constituted social formations through an examination of the diverse cultural constructions of gender meanings, representations and ideologies as interpreted and expressed in dance and theatre. Symbolic meanings of gender in relation to forms of social life and theatrical experience. The Devadasi in India, the concept of the male embodied Onnagata, and the notion of the female embodied Otokoyaku in the dance-theatre of Japan. Instructor: Shah
CULANTH 149C
Dance/regligion In Asia/africa Shah, Purnima 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM West Duke 08A

Course Description

Dance and dance-theatre forms in relation to religious beliefs, concepts, and mystic practices within Asian and African cultures. How religion shapes the way the body is perceived, and how spiritual power and energy is symbolically transmitted to the dancer through religious practices. Impact of colonialism and globalization on traditional religious performances. Instructors: Shah and Vinesett
CULANTH 154E
Cap Sem-imperialism & Islamism Ho, Engseng 01 W 04:25 PM-06:55 PM West Duke 100

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 156S
Anthropology And Education Airall, Zoila 01 TuTh 01:15 PM-02:30 PM Page 106

Course Description

Exploration of different conceptions of culture and the importance of employing cultural lenses to examine the process of education. Investigation, in particular, of the impact of culture and issues of race, class and gender in American schools. Instructor: Airall
CULANTH 156S
Anthropology And Education (Staff) 02 - TBA

Course Description

Exploration of different conceptions of culture and the importance of employing cultural lenses to examine the process of education. Investigation, in particular, of the impact of culture and issues of race, class and gender in American schools. Instructor: Airall
CULANTH 158
Survival In Precarious Times Allison, Anne 01 MW 02:50 PM-04:05 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Examines contemporary conditions(economic, environmental, militaristic, social) of risk in the world today, the differential effects this has on segments of the population, and various strategies people adopt to survive. Explores these issues in terms of real-life subjects
CULANTH 160
History Of Romantic Love Reddy, William 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM White 107

Course Description

Examines how romantic love has been understood and practiced in the European and North American traditions, from ancient times to the present. Comparison with the Hindu and Japanese traditions to reveal what is unique about Western romantic love. Comparison of art and literature to the practices of real people. Transformations of norms and ideals since ancient times with focus on ethical questions about the permissibility of desire in all its forms, the proper relationship between love and marriage, and the moral status of adultery and jealousy. Instructor: Reddy
CULANTH 164
Indigenous Medicine And Gh Boyd, David 01 MW 01:15 PM-02:30 PM Trent 142

Course Description

Explores indigenous medicine's role in global health and focuses on four interrelated topics: basic medical paradigms and practices, access and utilization in different regions, cross-cultural health delivery, and the complexities of medical pluralism. Course themes will be explored through lecture, discussion, small group case analyses, comparative analytical exercises, and workshops. Instructor: Boyd
CULANTH 164T
Shamanism & Spirit Posession Freeman, John 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM West Duke 100

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 168AS
Politics Of Food Thompson, Charlie 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Bridges 113

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 174
Gender And Language Andrews, Edna 01 TuTh 11:40 AM-12:55 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 180
Hollywood And Africa Smith, Stephen 01 MW 01:15 PM-02:30 PM Soc/Psych 126

Course Description

Selected topics in methodology, theory, or area. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 180
War In Africa Smith, Stephen 03 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Allen 326

Course Description

Selected topics in methodology, theory, or area. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 180
Slavery, Genocide & Terror Holsey, Bayo 07 MW 02:50 PM-04:05 PM Brody 202

Course Description

Selected topics in methodology, theory, or area. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 180
Food Studies: Interdisc Appr Thompson, Charlie 09 Tu 04:25 PM-07:00 PM Divinity 0014

Course Description

Selected topics in methodology, theory, or area. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 180S
Gender/sxl/politics In Israel van Vliet, Netta 01 MW 01:15 PM-02:30 PM White 201

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 180 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 180S
Social Life Of Climate Change Matza, Tomas 02 WF 11:40 AM-12:55 PM Gray 319

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 180 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 180S
Ethnographic Writing Lawless, Elaine 03 Tu 06:00 PM-08:30 PM Bridges 113

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 180 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 180S
Decoding Multiculturalism Middleton, Townsend 04 MW 04:25 PM-05:40 PM Carr 106

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 180 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 180S
Digital Blackness Neal, Mark Anthony 05 TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 180 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 180S
Black Europe/african Diaspora Ifekwunigwe, Jayne 06 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM West Duke 108A

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 180 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 180S
Migration & Human Trafficking Crichlow, Michaeline 07 TuTh 01:15 PM-02:30 PM Friedl Bdg 240

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 180 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 180S
Global Migration/ethics McIntosh, Laurie 08 Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 216

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 180 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 184S
Our Culinary Cultures Alexander, Kelly 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 187
Variety In Language Callahan, Erin 01 WF 02:50 PM-04:05 PM Social Sciences 109

Course Description

English language variation in the United States considered from a current sociolinguistic perspective. Social, regional, ethnic, gender, and stylistic-related language variation, along with models for describing and applying knowledge about language variation. Language variation focused on vernacular varieties of American English in general and on North Carolina in particular. C-L. Instructor: Butters
CULANTH 190
Theoretical Foundations Stein, Rebecca 01 TuTh 01:15 PM-02:30 PM Friedl Bdg 126

Course Description

Major schools and theories of cultural anthropology. Open to seniors and juniors. Sophomores by permission only. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 191GS
Cultures Of New Media Stein, Rebecca 01 Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Carr 242

Course Description

Anthropological look at `new media
CULANTH 191J
Gender/sexuality In Latin Amer Nelson, Diane 01 TuTh 02:50 PM-04:05 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Gender and sexuality as strands within complex fabrics of identification. Anthropological case studies, including ethnography, film, and theoretical analyses, drawn from Latin America; the possibility of specific gender formations in that geographical region. Relations among men, women, "cochones," "machos," "virgenes," Malinches, "mestizos," "mujeres Mayas," "travestis," revolutionaries, gringos and gringas, throughout the whole continent of the Americas. How gender and sexuality affect and are affected by other forms of identification such as race and ethnicity, class, colonialism, nationalism, and globalization. The role of stereotypes. Instructor: Nelson
CULANTH 191XS
Childhood; Theory And Practice Campoamor, Leigh 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Critical examination of childhood as both a social construction and a diversely lived experience linked to notions of race, class, gender and national identity. In addition to examining how they function as objects of moral panics and political projects, we will also approach children as agents of change. We will consider topics such as education, human rights, child labor, consumerism, media, and adoption. Instructor: Campoamor
CULANTH 194
Fieldwork Methods Byerly, Ingrid Bianca 01 WF 11:40 AM-12:55 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 100 Duke in Ghana Anthropological Field Research. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 196S
Senior Distinction Seminar Byerly, Ingrid Bianca 01 Tu 06:00 PM-08:30 PM Friedl Bdg 118

Course Description

Continuation of Cultural Anthropology 195S, and required for credit for 195S. Consent of director of undergraduate studies required. Instructor: Staff
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