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 2013

Course Title Instructor Section Time Room
CULANTH 80S
Studies-special Topics Kwon, June Hee 01 MW 04:40 PM-05:55 PM 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 Dixon, Dwayne 02 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 89S
First-year Seminar (top) Byerly, Ingrid Bianca 01 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM White 106

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 Social Sciences 139

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 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 Film/Video/Digital 105S. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: Hawkins
CULANTH 137
Music/social Life/scenes Byerly, Ingrid Bianca 01 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Biddle 104

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: Meintjes
CULANTH 170D
Advertising/society:global O'Barr, William 001 MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM 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 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 02D Th 11:45 AM-12:35 PM White 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 Carr 136

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 Th 03:05 PM-03:55 PM Carr 241

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 Carr 241

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 11:45 AM-12:35 PM Friedl Bdg 118

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 Campoamor, Leigh 01 MWF 01:40 PM-02:30 PM Biddle 101

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: Hasso and Campoamor
CULANTH 202
Languages Of The World Baran, Dominika 01 WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Gray 228

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 10:05 AM-11:20 AM 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 204
Self And Society Thornburg, Aaron 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Perkins 2-071

Course Description

The nature of human social identities, the contexts in which they are shaped, and the processes by which they change. May include an optional service-learning component. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 205
The Law And Language Newcity, Michael 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM Friedl Bdg 126

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 206
Anthropology Of Law Sobel-Read, Kevin 01 TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Friedl Bdg 107

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 214S
Shamanism & Spirit Posession Freeman, John 01 TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Crowell 108

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 216S
Global Migration & Ethics McIntosh, Laurie 01 TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM West Duke 107F

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 216 except in seminar format. Offered through Duke Immerse Program. Instructor consent required.. Instructor: McIntosh
CULANTH 236S
Farmworkers In Nc: Poverty Sims, Christopher 01 Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Bridges 201

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 290
Current Issues (topics) Ryan, Michael 02 TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM Soc/Psych 126

Course Description

Selected topics in methodology, theory, or area. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 290
Current Issues (topics) Smith, Stephen 03 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM White 107

Course Description

Selected topics in methodology, theory, or area. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 290S
Current Issues (topics) Mhando, Lindah 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Languages 207

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 290 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 290S
Current Issues (topics) Dua, Jatin 03 M 06:15 PM-08:45 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) El-Shaarawi, Nadia 04 MWF 03:20 PM-04:10 PM West Duke 106

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 290 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 290S
Current Issues (topics) Matza, Tomas 05 MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM White 201

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 290 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 290S
Current Issues (topics) Jouili, Jeanette 06 MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM White 201

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 290 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 290S
Advertising And Masculinity Seminar O'Barr, William 11 M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 216

Course Description

Same as Cultural Anthropology 290 except instruction is provided in seminar format. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 301
Theoretical Foundations Makhulu, Anne-Maria 01 WF 08:30 AM-09:45 AM 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 Wesolowski, Katya 01 WF 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 307
Development And Africa Piot, Charles 01 TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 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 308T
Borderwork(s): Home/walls Kirk, Robin 01 F 01:25 PM-03:25 PM Smith B189

Course Description

BorderWork(s)lab course. Working in teams, students research specific questions related to walls, human rights and the ways communities shape the divisions in their lives; we start by looking at walls and partitions around us in Durham and in places like Belfast, Northern Ireland, then at divisions in other contemporary societies like Israel and the Occupied Territories, India/Pakistan, and North Africa. Instructor: Kirk
CULANTH 309S
Food And The Body Solomon, Harris 01 W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

Investigation into social, cultural, and political connections between food and body. Connections approached from two perspectives: The relationship between food and culture, and how the body is key to that relationship. Specific themes include: food and cultural identity; nationalism and eating; social class and taste; global food production; gender and eating disorders; politics of organic and local foods; and the rise of obesity. Instructor: Solomon
CULANTH 333S
The Wire Makhulu, Anne-Maria 01 W 06:15 PM-08:45 PM Friedl Bdg 216

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 364S
Minor Japan Ching, Leo 01 Th 01:25 PM-03:55 PM Trent 142

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 366
Trauma In Asia Ginsburg, Shai 01 Th 12:00 PM-03:00 PM Franklin Center 230/232

Course Description

Space and Trauma across Asia. Introduces theoretical framework of "trauma discourse;" examines how the experience of space in Asia broadly defined has shaped historical traumas, which have marked the transition from colonialism to postcolonialism. Focus on Israel/Palestine, India/Pakistan, China/Taiwan, Japan/Korea; examine how critical terms originating in one historico-geographical context are translated across geographical boundaries. Instructor: Kwon, Ginsburg
CULANTH 397S
Language In Immigrant America Baran, Dominika 01 WF 11:45 AM-01:00 PM Languages 207

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 399S
Global Russia Lind-Guzik, Anna 01 W 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
F 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
Allen 306

Course Description

Globalization of Russian culture as manifested in popular and academic cultural forms, including political ideologies, media and artistic texts, film, theater and television, markets, educational and legal institutions, historical and contemporary social movements. Examination of ethical issues in context of such topics as the relationship between church and state; the evolution of a totalitarian government into a democratic state; reproductive rights; the struggle against corruption in education, finance, police force; the role of censorship; views of citizenship, patriotism, valor, and treason; historical perspectives on prison camps, abuses of psychiatry. Instructor: Andrews
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 424T
Medical Anthropology Solomon, Harris 01 WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM Friedl Bdg 126

Course Description

Cross cultural experiences and understanding of health and illness, the body and non-biological aspects of medicine. Culture-specific sickness (like envidia, running amok, attention deficit disorder). Class, race, and gender inflected experiences of health. Various societies' organization of health care specialists, including biomedical doctors, voudon priestesses, and shamans. Instructor: Davis
CULANTH 425
Globalzation/anti-globalzation Trott, Ben 01 TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM Friedl Bdg 204

Course Description

The politics and process of globalization in light of the responses, ideologies, and practices of the anti-globalization movement. Focus on the interrelationship between the analysis of globalization and policy formulation on such topics as social justice, labor, migration, poverty, natural resource management, and citizenship. Case studies from the United States, Latin America, South and East Asia, Africa, and Europe. Instructor: Litzinger
CULANTH 434S
Cultures Of New Media Stein, Rebecca 01 M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 118

Course Description

In the spring of 2013, I developed a new class called "Cultures of New Media." The course focused on the anthropological turn to new or digital media with the aim of introducing advanced undergraduates to the primary debates about new media that are ongoing in popular arenas, and to provide the analytic tools necessary to critically study the new media we encounter everyday. The course had several chief concerns: to develop working definitions of new media; to study the social lives of new media in the hands of very different users populations in varying geopolitical contexts; to examine both the strengths and shortcomings of the ‘digital democracy’ theorem and (what might be termed) the ‘digital control’ theorem; and to understand contemporary theory as it pertains to new media trends, practices, communities and texts. At the core of this class is consideration of the ways that new media function as a political domain – that is, both a space of activism, advocacy, and anti-hegemonic hacking on the one hand, and as a zone of control on the other, exercised by states and hegemonic institutions more generally. Our course will conclude with a 2-week case study of new media in the Middle East context. Our theoretical readings are interdisciplinary in nature, including work by anthropologists, media and communication scholars, literary scholars, historians and geographers. We will spend considerable time working with new media texts themselves – including YouTube videos, Tweets, Facebook posts and accounts, Instagram images, meme culture, viral threads, Wikipedia, etc. – and to consider the ways that the theoretical materials we read might enhance our analysis. Popular writings from the mainstream media, and documentary films, will also augment our study.
CULANTH 490S
Special Topics Hayles, Katherine 01 M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM Friedl Bdg 102

Course Description

Advanced Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology. Instructor: Staff
CULANTH 499S
Senior Distinction Seminar Settle, Heather 01 W 06:15 PM-08:45 PM Friedl Bdg 204

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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