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Fall 2009

ANTH 70000 – Current Topics in Anthropology

GC: F, 4:15 - 6:15 p.m., Rm. C415A, 0 cr., Prof. Coronil [96937]

ANTH 70100 – Core Course in Cultural Anth: Contemporary Issues & Debates 1

GC: T, 10:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Rm. 6114, 3 cr., Prof. Robotham [96938]
Open only to Level 1 Anthropology Students.

This course introduces students to current issues and controversies in anthropology. It attempts to link these discussions to earlier concerns and approaches in order to provide a sense of the range of knowledge in the discipline. This material is intended as part of the preparation for the first exam in the Ph.D. Program. The course is also structured to give students an early opportunity to meet program faculty working in areas of common interest. Download Syllabus.

ANTH 70300 – History of Anthropological Theory

GC: Th, 4:15 - 7:15 p.m., Rm. 4433,  3 credits, Prof. Coronil / Prof. Wilder [96939]
Open only to Level 1 Anthropology Students.

ANTH 70800 – The Anthropology of Technology

GC: F, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Rm. 6114, 3 credits, Prof. Strassler [96940]

The relationship between human beings and technology has been one of the defining problematics of modernity. This course will look at the social, political and sensory dimensions of human encounters with technology and the ways that various technologies have extended and redefined the very concept of the human. This course will combine readings in the philosophy of technology with ethnographies of particular technologies such as radio, trains, cameras, medical imaging technologies, and computers. We will also explore how the study of technology challenges some of the underlying, defining premises of anthropology, leading to new directions in theory and ethnographic practice.

ANTH. 71000 - Anthropological Approaches to Property

GC:   T, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Rm. 5383 , 3 credits, Prof. Verdery [96941]    

This course examines some of the history of work on property in anthropology or relevant to it (we read some Locke, Maine, Fustel de Coulanges, Malinowski, and Gluckman) and then takes up a series of topics in current research.  These include privatization in Eastern Europe, cultural property rights, intellectual property issues, property and colonialism, property claims on the body, public goods and commons, and bioprospecting. The aim is to provide an overview that might help students settle on a research topic in this broad domain of inquiry.

ANTH 71600 - Gender and Environment/Sexuality and Space

GC: T, 4:15 – 6:15, Rm. 6421, 3 credits, Prof. Katz [96943]
Cross listed with PSYCH 80103

ANTH 72300 – Env Soc Sci III: Social and Cultural Theories

GC:  Th 4:15-6:15, Rm. 6493, 3 cr, Prof. Low [96945]
Cross listed with PSYCH 79103

ANTH 72400 – Capitalist Crises

GC: F, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Rm. 6114, 3 credits, Prof. Blim [96946]

The seminar takes a long historical look at the variety of crises characteristic of capitalism since the 16th century. Emphasis will be placed on theories and cases. In the past quarter century, theories have gotten more sophisticated, and our knowledge cases more particular and nuanced. A third of the seminar’s sessions will be devoted to the present crisis, starting the crisis clock in the mid-1970s. The global origins and impacts of capitalism’s crises are central to the seminar’s work. Download Syllabus.

ANTH 72900 - Ethnology & Ethnography of the US

GC:  M, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Rm. 6421, 3 credits, Prof. Susser [96947]
Open to Anthropology students only

ANTH 73100 - South Asia, Ethnography and History

GC: W, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Rm. 6421, 3 credits, Prof. Halliburton [96948]
Open Anthropology students only

ANTH 75000 - Core Course: Archaeology

GC: M, 11:45 a.m. -1:45 p.m., Rm. 6421, 3 credits, Prof. McGovern  [96949]
Open only to Anthropology students.

ANTH 78400 – Language, Gender, and Sexuality

GC: TH, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Rm.  5382, 3 credits, Prof. Cavanaugh [96950]
Open to Anthropology students only

This course examines the complex interrelationships among language, gender, and sexuality. We will consider how language is used in the construction of gender and sexuality and how gender and sexuality are expressed in and enacted through language, as well as how these intersect with race, class, religion, ethnicity, and distributions of power. The focus will be both theoretical and empirical. We will explore how understandings of the relationships of language and gender have changed over the last 3 decades since Robin Lakoff first theorized “Women’s Language,” and look at the more recent focus on language and sexuality. We will examine various important topics including: socialization, gossip, multilingualism, politeness, and the political economy of language, gender, and sexuality. Our readings will cover a broad ethnographic range. While much of the research on language and gender has been done in the United States, case studies will also include Brazil, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Italy, Spain, Morocco, and Austria.

ANTH. 79000 - Core Course in Primate Ecology and Behavior

H:  TH. 5:30 - 7:20, Rm. HN 730   3, cr., Prof. Rothman [96951]
Open to Anthropology students only. [NYCEP-phys anth]

This graduate core course for the Physical Anthropology program provides an overview of the ecology, behavior, and social systems of nonhuman primates and examines variation in these aspects of primate biology from the perspectives afforded by evolutionary ecology and socioecological theory. The course provides an introduction to the grouping patterns, mating systems, foraging ecology, and individual behavioral strategies that characterize taxa from the major groups of primates. The course covers the fundamental theoretical perspectives that modern primatologists employ to study and understand the variation in primate social systems, including the theory of evolution by natural selection, the concepts of reproductive success, inclusive fitness, kin selection, and the basic principles of primate population biology and socioecology. We also use these core principles to examine the various survival, mating, and parenting strategies seen in primates and to explore how ecological factors differentially affect the dispersal decisions and the nature of social relationships - both competitive and cooperative - of male and female primates. Several weeks of the class are also devoted to a consideration of the roles that primates play in their natural ecosystems and to their conservation.

ANTH 79100 – Integrative Paleoanthropology, Pt. I

AMNH, W. 1:00-4:00, Rm. TBA, 3 cr., Prof. Harcourt-Smith [96952]
Open to Anthropology students only. [NYCEP-phys anth]

ANTH 79800 - Quantitative Methods in Physical Anthropology

NYU: F, 10:00am -1:00pm, Rm. TBA, 3 cr., Prof. Raaum [96953]
Open to Anthropology students only.

ANTH 80800 – Doctoral Dissertation Writing

GC: F, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Rm. 6493, 0 cr., Prof. Skurski [96955]
Open only to Level 3 Anthropology students.

ANTH 80900 - Phenomenology & Existentialism: Philosophy, Literature, Critique

GC: W, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Rm. 5383, 3 cr., Prof. Crapanzano [96956]
Cross listed with Comp. Lit. 85000

ANTH 81200 - Anthropology and Human Rights

GC: TH, 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Rm. 6494, 3 credits, Prof. Talal Asad [96957]  
Permission of instructor required.

ANTH 81700 - Geographic Thought and Theory

GC: W, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Rm. 4433, 3 credits, Prof. Smith [96958]
Open to Anthropology students only. Cross listed with EES 70900.

ANTH 83300 – Field Methods in Archaeology

H:   M, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Rm. HN 732, 3 credits, Prof. McGovern   [96959]
Open to Anthropology students only.

ANTH 89000 – Seminar in Physical Anthropology

GC: F, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Rm. 6496, 0 credits, Prof. Delson
NOTE: NYCEP seminar; students attend but do not register for credit this semester.