Introduction to social and cultural anthropology. Topics include the comparative study of subsistence regimes and economics, stratification and political organization, marriage and kinship, culture and personality, religion, and social and cultural change.
Peoples & Cultures of World
Ethnographic survey of global cultural diversity, with case studies of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Topics may include daily life, sociocultural and environmental change and adaptation, migration, politics, work, religion, gender, family, and art among foraging, agricultural, and industrial societies.
Anthropology of Ethnicity
Ethnic, racial, and religious minorities in America and around the world. Ethnicity and ethnocentrism, race and scientific" racism; stigmatization and prejudice; assimilation and pluralism; primordialism and circumstantialism; nationalism and identity politics."
Anthropological Mthds & Theory
History of theory and practice in social and cultural anthropology from the armchair evolutionists" of the late 19th century to the symbolic and interpretive anthropologists of the late 20th century. 4 credits."
Seminar in Asian Studies
Capstone experience for majors in the discipline. Varied topics.
Magic and Religion
This course focuses on how people from cultures around the world conceptualize the spiritual realm, and how such conceptualizations are shaped by the values and social relations of the cultures in which they occur. Of particular concern is the relationship between magic and religion. We will examine the diverse ways in which humans attempt to communicate and intervene with the divine as well as ritually mark crucial moments such as birth, death, illness, and change.
Religions of the World
Important ideas and practices of selected major religions in historical and cultural context.
Hindu Cultures, Rel Worlds
Exploration of Hindu beliefs and practices with an emphasis on major religious themes that link classical traditions with popular piety.
Religions of South Asia
Introduction to contemporary religions of South Asia by examining the religions that have developed in the Indian subcontinent151Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism151as well as the influences of religions born elsewhere--Islam, Christianity, and others.
Women & Power in Hinduism
Exploration into Hindu women's religious lives and the female nature of power in Hindu cosmology, mythology, and society. Attention given to the complex interrelationships among mythic, domestic, and economic gender hierarchies, particularly in the contemporary cultural context.