Anthropology gives a firm grounding in this comparative discipline concerned with the diverse cultural, social, and biological patterns of human societies. Anthropology deals not only with that small proportion of humankind in Europe and North America but with societies of the entire world, from the remotest past to the present day. Anthropology covers trends of biological and cultural evolution, world prehistory, forms of social organization and cultural behavior, and patterns of linguistic and nonlinguistic communication.
ANTH242 01 (21422)
Human Evolutionary Biology and Life History
The range of human physiological adaptability across environments and ecologies. Effects of energetic constraints on growth, reproduction, and behavior within the context of evolution and life history theory, with special emphasis on traditional non-Western societies.
ANTH257 01 (12093) /GLBL221/HLTH260/INTS341
Biocultural Perspectives on Global Health
Overview of the biological, social, individual, and structural determinants of health in the Western and non-Western world. Health, well-being, health care systems, and health-seeking behaviors situated in their broader ecological, biomedical, social, economic, political, and moral contexts. Critical perspectives on local and global approaches to understanding health problems and health interventions.
ANTH456 01 (11985) /ARCG456/ARCG856/ANTH856
Human Evolution: Ecological Approach
Methods for obtaining data relevant to ecological factors that have affected human evolutionary change, such as changes in climate, competition with other animals, and availability and kinds of food supply. Evaluation of techniques for obtaining ecological data in such fields as geology, paleobotany, and paleozoology. Ethnographic, primatological, and other biological models of early human behavior.
ANTH 114 01 (11911)
Introduction to Medical Anthropology
P. Sean Brotherton
Major theoretical orientations in medical anthropology. Examples of cross-cultural sickness, health, healing, and witchcraft.
ANTH 357 01 (11912) /ANTH557
Anthropology of the Body
P. Sean Brotherton
Theoretical debates about the body as a subject of anthropological, historical, psychological, medical, and literary inquiry. The persistence of the mind-body dualism, experiences of embodiment and alienation, phenomenology of the body, Foucauldian notions of biopolitics, biopower and the ethic of the self, the medicalized body, and the gendered body.
ANTH 427 01 (21678)
Topics in Medical Anthropology
P. Sean Brotherton
Anthropological approaches to medicine, science, technology, and the body examined through close reading of ethnographies and canonical texts. Theoretical, political, subdisciplinary, and area studies debates in medical anthropology and the larger fields of global health, international development, and science and technology studies.
ANTH 552 01 (20544)
Epistemologies of Health, Medicine, and Science
P. Sean Brotherton
ANTH 451 01 (22831) /WGSS431
Intersectionality and Women’s Health
The intersections of race, class, gender, and other axes of "difference" and their effects on women's health, primarily in the contemporary United States. Recent feminist approaches to intersectionality and multiplicity of oppressions theory. Ways in which anthropologists studying women's health issues have contributed to social and feminist theory at the intersections of race/class/gender.
ANTH 455 01 (21770) /WGSS659/ANTH655/WGSS459
Masculinity and Men's Health
An exploration of ethnographic approaches to masculinity and men's health around the globe. Issues of ethnographic research design and methodology; interdisciplinary theories of masculinity; contributions of men's health studies from Western and non-Western sites to social theory, ethnographic scholarship, and health policy.
ANTH 011 03 (13784)
Introduction to scholarship on the anthropology of reproduction. Focus on reproductive technologies such as contraceptives, prenatal diagnostics, childbirth technologies, abortion, assisted reproduction, surrogacy, and embryonic stem cells. The globalization of reproductive technologies, including social, cultural, legal, and ethical responses.
ANTH 640 01 (10308) /INRL624
Global Health: Ethnographic Perspectives
This interdisciplinary seminar, designed for graduate students in Anthropology and Global Health, explores in an in-depth fashion anthropological ethnographies on many of the serious health problems facing populations in resource-poor societies around the globe. The course focuses on three major issues: (1) poverty, structural violence, and health as a human right; (2) struggles with infectious disease; and (3) the health of women and children (and men, too). Within these three themes, many major issues of global health concern are addressed, including the health-demoting effects of poverty, racism, patriarchy, and inhumane conditions of life and labor in many countries; men's and women's sexuality in the era of HIV/AIDS; the politics of epidemic disease control and other disasters, and the role of communities, nation-states, and international organizations in responding to such crises; issues of coercion in population control and the quest for reproductive rights; and how child health is ultimately dependent on the health and well-being of mothers. The underlying purpose of the course is to develop students' awareness of the political, socioeconomic, ecological, and cultural complexity of most health problems in so-called developing nations and the consequent need for anthropological sensitivity, contextualization, and activist involvement in the field of global health. The course is also designed to expose students to salient health issues in many parts of the world from the United States to China. However, the primary focus is on global health issues facing sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
ANTH 204 01 (11677)
An introduction to the patterns and process of human genetic variation. Topics include human origins and migration; molecular adaptations to environment, lifestyle, and disease; ancient and forensic DNA analyses; and genealogical reconstructions
ANTH 412 01 (11981) /ANTH812
Topics in Anthropological Genetics
A detailed examination of molecular approaches to understanding human evolution and diversity. Emphasis on current research findings and new methodologies exploring topics such as human origins and hominin evolution, population genomics, molecular adaptations, epigenetics, and gene-culture interactions. Consideration of relevant social and ethical issues, including commercial DNA testing and ownership of biological samples.