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Department of Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology

Spring 2020

ANTH 203.001 / Comparing Cultures Through Film

Professor: TBA

(3 credits) 

Fulfills 3 hrs of the Cultural Requirement for the Anthropology Major and

GLD: Professional and Civic Engagement 

NOTE: This was Anth 300: Comparing Cultures Through Film and cannot be taken twice,

except for Grade Forgiveness 

Course Readings:

TBD 

Course Description: 

Human behavior in differing cultural contexts through ethnographic films of social relations in selected societies.


 

ANTH 291.002 / Special Topics: Environment and Culture

Professor: Monica Barra

(3 credits) 

Fulfills the Cultural Requirement for the Anthropology Major 

Course Readings:

Please go to the USC Bookstore to find what books you will need for this course:

https://sc.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TBWizardView?catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=10052 

Course Description:

Environmental anthropology encompasses the study of human-environment relationships with a particular focus on how environments and human culture are shaped by one another. This course spans early work in environmental anthropology to contemporary global environmental issues such as environmental justice, resource extraction, conservation and land rights, disasters, indigenous rights, multi-species/more-than-human ethnography, sustainability, and climate change. As a dynamic and evolving scholarly field, course materials are drawn from work in anthropology, geography, political ecology, and environmental humanities.


  ANTH 353.001 / Anthropology of Law & Conflict

Professor: Jonathan Leader

(3 credits) 

Fulfills the Cultural Requirement for the Anthropology Major and

GLD: Global learning 

Course Readings:

Please go to the USC Bookstore to find what books you will need for this course:

https://sc.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TBWizardView?catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=10052 

Course Description:

The Anthropology of Law and Conflict provides a forum for considering the cultural and cross-cultural aspects of the social contracts implicit and explicit in formal and informal legal systems. We will discuss the relationship between individual and community rights in a variety of states, the situation of stateless peoples, and the construction of concepts such as citizenship, normalcy, and human rights. Violence will be discussed in relation to communal identities, legacies of colonialism and nationalism, economic inequality, and resurgent reactionary religious and enforced triumphalist secular systems. Students will learn to engage topics including universal rights, individual accountability, international law and conflict resolution through an ethnographic and applied lens.


  ANTH 360.001 / Anthropology of Sex

Professor: Marc Moskowitz

(3 credits) 

Fulfills the Cultural Requirement for the Anthropology Major and

GLD: Global learning 

Course Readings:

Please go to the USC Bookstore to find what books you will need for this course:

https://sc.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TBWizardView?catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=10052 

Articles on Blackboard 

Course Description:

This course is a cross-cultural examination of sexual ideologies and practices. In it, we will address a wide range of cultural manifestations of sexuality and variations within particular cultures around the world. The course will primarily be focused on contemporary culture, but we will also address historical shifts in conceptualizing sexuality as a moral and medicalized discourse. There will be a special emphasis on cultural, economic, political, and religious influences on sexual thought and practice though we will also touch on psychological and other theoretical models of sexuality. 

Warning: As the title of this course implies, we will cover a wide range of sensitive topics including abortion, homosexuality, masturbation, sexual religious imagery (including in the Old and New Testament), and other related topics.  Please think seriously about whether or not such issues will offend you before you decide to take this class.

  ANTH 381.001 / Culture, Pregnancy, and Birth

Professor: Drucilla Barker

(3 credits) 

Cross-listed with WGST 381 

Fulfills the Cultural Requirement for the Anthropology Major:

and INT (Integrative) Requirement 

Graduation with Leadership Distinction: Diversity & Social Advocacy; Global Learning; Professional & Civic Engagement 

Course Readings:

Please go to the USC Bookstore to find what books you will need for this course:

https://sc.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TBWizardView?catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=10052 

Course Description:

Globalization, a process of integrating countries, peoples, economies, and cultures into a larger whole, is as old at the travels of Marco Polo and at the same time as brand new as the Internet. Digital technologies and improvements in transportation have greatly reduced the barriers of time and distance. This has led to profound changes in the gender roles assigned to women and men, the ways that economies, governments, and cultures function, and the opportunities for meaningful work and “a good life.”  It is the best of times and the worst of times. Today extreme wealth and desperate poverty exist side by side. Some women are heads of state and while others are subjugated to outmoded ideologies about women’s natural inferiority. Consumer goods are plentiful and inexpensive but only as a result of sweatshops in the global south.  Global corporations such as Nike, MacDonald’s, and Coca Cola dominate markets all over the world while small farmers and producers struggle to survive.  This course will explore these themes by looking at the legacies of colonialism, the global assembly line, the global market for domestic labor and sex work, changing patterns of immigration, and social justice movements.


 ANTH 552.001 / Medical Anthropology

Professor: David Simmons

(3 credits) 

Fulfills the Cultural Requirement for the Anthropology Major and GLD: Research

OR

Fulfills the 500-level(s) requirement(s) for the Major or for DURT and GLD: Research 

Cross-listed with HPEB 552.001

Meets with HPEB 552.H01 and ANTH 552.H01 – Honors College Only for the H01 Sections 

Course Readings:

Please go to the USC Bookstore to find what books you will need for this course:

https://sc.bncollege.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/TBWizardView?catalogId=10001&langId=-1&storeId=10052 

Course Description:

This course introduces the field of medical anthropology, which is the study of human health, disease and healing from a cross-cultural perspective. The political economy of health as a result of modernization is a central focus. Topics covered include cross-cultural understandings of illness and healing, the social/cultural context of health and health interventions, and the impacts of emerging and re-emerging diseases such as AIDS, Ebola, and Tuberculosis on world health. The underlying theme of the course is the use of anthropological concepts and methods in domestic and international public health contexts.


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