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    ANTH 110A: Public Life and Contemporary Issues

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    How can cultural anthropology help us to understand current events unfolding locally, nationally, and globally? Students learn how to "read" newspapers differently--that is, through the lens of cultural analysis. The world of everyday politics and society, as it unfolds in debates happening right now, forms the topical substance of the course. GE Code: IM

    "This was my favorite class I've ever taken.  It really changed the foundations of how I view the world, and now I can't read a news article without picking apart the exact word choice and framing used therein. ...  This class was like reading your favorite book for the very first time.  Everything feels new and exciting, and you jump at every surprise. ... The homework of the class was mostly in the form of weekly news reading assignments, as well as a standard suite of readings.  The news assignments required us to seek out an article of our choice once per week and analyze it the way we had been learning in class.  There was also a group project and presentation, and personally, I had so much fun doing it, I would do it again if given the chance.  If I were to rename this course, I would name it something like 'Politics and Framing in the News Media'.  A big part of the class was learning how to identify the political spin and connotation of words, and then applying that knowledge to the weekly assignments." --Adam, 4th Year Anth Student, Winter '17


  • ANTH146: Anthropology and the Environment

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    Examines recent approaches to study of nature and the environment. Considers historical relationship between nature, science, and colonial expansion as well as key issues of contemporary environmental concern: conservation, environmental justice, and social movements. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 146.


    "Andrew Mathews is one of my favorite lecturers, and I've only had this one class with him.  The course sounds broad, but has a few specific focuses that are related to Mathews’s research in Italy and Mexico.  One of the main focuses is how knowledge is generated, and how trust works from an anthropological perspective.  Peasant farmers, their market, and the governmental bodies that impose regulations on them all contribute to a shared pool of knowledge, and the details of these interactions make a world of difference.  Beyond this, a purposeful omission of information also has a profound impact on how knowledge is co-produced.  The co-production of both knowledge and ignorance are equally important for anthropologists looking to understand the human element of politics.  Implicit in this human element is trust, or a lack thereof, which is also covered in the class.  Trust, fear, lies, and farming.  It’s like Settlers of Catan meets Game of Thrones. ...  There were more reading responses for this class than most I have taken, but they are are short and fairly straightforward, and the prompts give plenty of topics to expand on." -- Adam, 4th Year Anthropology Student, Spring '17


  • ANTH151: Ethnography Workshop

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    Through demonstration, practice, and participation, acquire skills in collecting and analyzing cultural data. Learn to work with members of other cultures and with each other to develop skills in identify significant cultural patterns. Lectures and readings provide added perspective and a theoretical base.  Especially recommended for students considering study abroad.

    "...If you aren’t sure about writing a thesis, this is a safe way to test the waters and weigh your options without committing..."

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  • ANTH182A: Lithic Technology

  • Introduction to lithic and ceramic analysis in archaeology. Includes lab analysis, discussions of classification and typology, and exploration of the concept of style as it relates to ceramics and lithics in archaeology. Prereq: Anth 3.

    "The class is two parts lecture, one part flaking, and one part measuring said flakes.  Honestly, measuring flakes was about as dull as watching paint dry, but making the flakes was a blast..."

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