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ANTH 1013  Cultural Anthropology

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course promotes understanding of the world's cultures by providing an introduction to cultural anthropology and the study of contemporary cultures worldwide, with an emphasis on non-western cultures. This course will introduce the student to anthropological methods, theories and concepts. It is a broad survey of a variety of belief systems, social and family structures, and different ways anthropologists understand individuals and cultures. Case studies are selected for specific ethnographic focus, through which to explore different approaches to life. The experiences of cross-cultural encounters are examined. After completion of this class the student should be able to define basic anthropological concepts, understand theories of cultural anthropology and critically reflect on personal assumptions you may have about human beings and cultural.

ANTH 1113  Anthropology of Europe

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course will examine diversity in contemporary Europe as the continent struggles to find a collective identity in an evolving global environment. Students will explore the development of the European Union and cultural issues relating to gender, migration, religion, nationalism, crime, and social innovation. Specific attention will be paid to foods associated with different European cultures and to issues related to food allocation.

ANTH 2900  Directed Study

Credits: 1.00 TO 4.00 Credits

The purpose of this course is to allow a student to continue study in an anthropological subject that is of special interest to the student. The student may contract for between one and fours hours of independent study through an arrangement with an instructor who agrees to direct such a study. In consultation with the instructor, the student will develop a plan of study that must be approved by the instructor and the department chairperson. The student and instructor must confer regularly over the duration of the study.

ANTH 5113  Cross-Cultural Encounters

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course develops a framework for cross-cultural literacy - understanding different cultural contexts and the dynamics of cross-cultural communication. Attention is paid to the challenges that might be encountered in multi-cultural environments and how they might be resolved. Leading social, economic, and political institutions of several specific cultures will be examined. The course is writing-intensive and a project is required.

ANTH 5223  Archaeology - Cities of Fire

Credits: 3.00 Credits

The discovery of the buried city of Pompeii in the 18th century gave birth to the modern science of archaeology, and at the same time added greatly to our understanding of Roman civilization. "Cities of Fire" is offered to students enrolled in the study abroad program in Sorrento, Italy, and takes advantage of the unique cultural heritage of Campania (the region surrounding the Gulf of Naples). The course is a survey of the techniques of archaeology, the vulcanism of the region, and the history and culture of the Roman civilization in Campania. Field lectures at sites including Pompeii, Herculaneum, Baia, Cuma, Puteoli, Mt. Vesuvius and Napoli enrich classroom presentations, and provide a first-hand experience of the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome. Students investigate specific aspects of Roman architecture, city planning, and culture, and present their findings in research reports during field visits.

ANTH 5333  Medical Anthropology

Credits: 3.00 Credits

This course will introduce students to the diversity in health seeking practices and beliefs across the globe. Students will learn how to analyze medical practice, including biomedicine, as a cultural institution. We will explore how culture shapes our perceptions of what it means to be sick or healthy. This course will provide a context for understanding the way in which culture plays an integral role in understanding, maintaining and restoring health. We will also examine how social structures and cultural misunderstandings can lead to inequalities in health outcomes and healthcare experiences.