Courses

Intensive in-class discussions of accounts from several societies, past and present. Discussions address key issues in cultural analysis (e.g., status, kinship, gender and identity, symbolism) by means of cross-cultural comparison and a holistic examination of culture. Students are encouraged to think critically and interpretively about the organization and cultural practices of the societies under review.
Using the methods of anthropology, this course focuses on the study of environmental issues. The course covers the history of anthropological approaches to the environment. Selected topics such as human ecology, historical ecology, natural resource management, environmental justice, and environmentalism will be announced in the semester schedule. May be repeated for credit.
This course explores anthropological perspectives on global issues. The course includes a brief introduction to the theoretical frameworks developed in the discipline for studying issues that impact humanity on a global scale. Possible topics may include: globalization, global capitalism, global climate change, international development, population movements such as international migration and diasporas, and global impacts of diseases such as HIV/AIDS and SARS. Topics vary with each offering; may be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.
Examines the nature of tourism as a social and economic force. Different forms of tourism (eco, ethnic, heritage, mass, elite, etc.) are assessed both in terms of impacts on host cultures and their environments as well as tourists themselves. Case studies illustrate the positive and negative impacts of tourism as an agent of culture change.
In-depth examination of a specific topic within sociocultural anthropology. Topics vary with each offering and might include: medical anthropology; economic anthropology; political anthropology; or issues such as homelessness, social capital, or community. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.
A survey of basic issues concerning language as a part of human behavior, the symbolic nature of human communication, language as an interpretive model for culture, the social nature of language, the psychobiological bases of language and its acquisition, human and nonhuman communicative behavior, and verbal and nonverbal communication.
Survey of the distribution of the world's languages and language families, with discussion of language evolution and areal, genetic, and typological classifications of languages. Study of the languages in contact and the processes of language change, with attention given to the history of writing systems and to writing as a source of evidence for the reconstruction of linguistic change.
Focus on such topics as language attitudes, political power and linguistic equality, language and sociopolitical institutions, and language planning. Practical introduction to the insights offered by discourse analysis to the study of language varieties reflected in particular geographical regions, and by members of particular social classes/groups.
Topics may include: language acquisition, ideology, policy, revitalization, evolution, creolization and language contact, semantics and pragmatics, and sociolinguistics. Topics vary with each offering.
Focus is on sign languages used in Deaf communities around the world, with an emphasis on three themes: (a) language as a system, (b) language in cultural and social context, and (c) language relationships in space and time. No previous knowledge of sign language is required.

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