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Taught in Belize. Entails additional costs. Prerequisites: ANT 101 and permission of Instructor.
Alternate years. (Social Science)

208. Cross-Cultural Love and Family
This course focuses on the wide variety of ways that people organize their families and their love
lives around the world. Students will study the conceptualization of family and kinship, cultural
definitions of relatedness, and enduring human bonds. We will focus on continuity and social
change across cultures and the ways in which the meaning of family has been transformed by
migration, multi-ethnic, interfaith and transnational relationships, same-sex relationships,
friendships, new reproductive and genetic technologies, polygamy, and the influence of the
internet. Prerequisite: ANT 101, SOC 101, SOC 273, GSS 171, or EST 123. Offered every third

year. (Social Science)

210. Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft
The course provides a cross-cultural perspective on religious beliefs, practices, and world views.
Students survey some of the theoretical approaches to the study of religion, and are provided
with tools to examine religions within their cultural contexts. Topics include spiritual healing,
rites of passage, sorcery, witchcraft, shamanism, and syncretic religions like Hatian Vodou.
Using ethnographic texts and films, students will explore some of the ways that religious and
spiritual practice shape peoples’ lives. . Prerequisite: ANT 101 or SOC 370. Alternate years.

(Social Science)

222. Applied Anthropology
This course will explore the relationship between anthropology and contemporary world
problems, especially as they impact small-scale developing countries. Focus will be on the
impact of tourism on local churches, economies and ways of life as well as the impacts of labor
migration, climate change and practices like overfishing that deplete local natural resources.
Students will observe the various kinds of tourism that have shaped contemporary Nassau, visit
plantation ruins, and attend cultural events as opportunities arise. Some classes will be
combined with the biology and geology classes traveling from Cornell to the Bahamas with
us. There may also be opportunities to learn from presentations given by individuals or groups
visiting the Center. Taught in the Bahamas, with time in Nassau, and at the Gerace Research
Center, on the island of San Salvador. Entails additional costs. Prerequisites: ANT 101 and
permission of Instructor. Alternate years. (Social Science)

249. Tradiational Culture and Contemporary Issues in Japan
This off-campus course, taught in Japan, examines the interconnections between Japanese
cultural traditions and contemporary issues. Cultural ideologies, social practices, and public
policies related to gender, race/ethnicity, and human rights will be emphasized. Specific topics
may include: gender roles; work and family life; intimate relationships; interpersonal violence;
birthrate and aging concerns; youth culture and the current challenges faced by young adults;
national identity; race/ethnicity, immigration and human rights; historical preservation and
urban development; and the juxtaposition of traditional and popular culture.
Initial sessions will provide an orientation to enduring historical and cultural foundations and
values as well as contemporary issues that inform everyday life in Japan. While in Japan, class
members will participate in a variety of activities and discussions; will complete field excursions
to historical, cultural, educational, and religious settings; and will read materials relevant to
these themes. Students will also explore contemporary culture by observing and interacting with
Japanese citizens and hearing from guest lecturers. The course typically includes travel to and

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