101. Cultural Anthropology
The course provides a cross-cultural, critical perspective on human behavior and society. The diversity of human cultures from nomadic food foragers to industrialized city dwellers is examined, and the implications of subsistence, social, economic, political, and religious systems for the lives of men and women are explored through readings, videos and lively discussions. Students are provided with tools to more objectively compare other cultures with their own. Emphasis on non-Western cultures. Not open to seniors without permission of the instructor. (Social Science)
105. Human Origins
Introduction to the study of human origins through an explicitly scientific anthropological approach. The processes and products of human evolution are surveyed from the perspectives of genetics, evolutionary theory, comparative anatomy, primatology, the fossil record, artifactual evidence, and biocultural behaviors. Course purposes include learning the basic concepts and terminology of physical anthropology to enable anthropological thinking about biocultural change through time; becoming acquainted with the basic precepts of evolutionary theory including Mendelian principles and modern genetics; exploring the relatedness of past and present human species with living and extinct primates; gaining knowledge about the basic sequence of human evolution including species names, key attributes, dates of existence, and hypothesized connections; and considering ongoing issues relating to the interaction of biology and culture in the contemporary world. Alternate years. (Social Science)
106. Language and Culture – Linguistic Anthro
This class presents a broad survey of linguistic anthropology, focusing on language as a form of human behavior. We explore the nature and function of human language learning the ways that language reflects and informs social life. Core topics include differences between human and animal communication, ways that language functions as a formal system, language patterns that differ cross culturally, and social strategies that reflect power relationships. We address such subjects as nonverbal communication, folklore, spoken art, dialects, language origin, language acquisition and language change, including into the electronic age. This course provides you the opportunity to connect theoretical perspectives with everyday communication and understand the significance of language in your own personal and professional life. (Social Science)
Intensive introductory-level exploration of how archaeologists use a systematic scientific approach to investigate the past. Specifics on selected past cultures will be presented although this course is not intended to be a comprehensive overview of human prehistory. Students will learn about (1) research methods for the collection of archaeological data; (2) techniques developed for interpreting archaeological site formation, relative and chronometric dating, and artifact analyses; (3) a brief history of archaeological inquiry; and (4) essential theoretical underpinnings of major archaeological paradigms. Alternate years. (Social Science)
205. The Maya
An introduction to the intriguing cultures, philosophies, and achievements of the Maya. Ancient Maya culture, Spanish colonialism, modern events and recent Maya response, as well as history, culture, society, language, and beliefs are addressed. Materials written by Maya authors used when possible. Prerequisite: ANT 101, HIS 141, or LAS 141. Alternate years. (Social Science)
206. West Indian People and Culture
The course will familiarize the student with the anthropological concerns of a number of topics concerning the people of the West Indies including maroonage, cultural retentions, family, religion, folklore, and cultural pluralism. In Belize students will focus on the Garifuna and their interactions with Creoles, Mayans and Hispanics. There will be several fieldtrips to places such as an archaeological site, a drumming center, a doll maker and storyteller, schools and churches. Several classes will be held at Belize's first women's co-operative. The class may also travel to San Pedro to meet with another Cornell College class - EDU 262 "Comparative Education". Taught in Belize. Entails additional costs. Prerequisites: ANT 101 and permission of Instructor. Alternate years. (Social Science)
208. Cross-Cultural Love and Family
The course focuses on interracial, multiethnic, interfaith and transnational relationships from a cross-cultural perspective. Students will study the conceptualization of family and kinship, cultural definitions of race and color, ethnicity, cultural identity, racial classifications, transracial adoption, syncretism and social stratification around the world, with an emphasis on intercultural love in the United States, the West Indies, and Brazil. Films will augment readings and discussions. Prerequisite: ANT 101 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 several theoretical approaches to the study of religion, and are provided with tools to examine religions within their cultural contexts. Topics include rites of passage, the spirit world, witches, magic, myths, syncretism, shamanism, and revitalization. Prerequisite: ANT 101. 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. Issues will include 1) cultural survival - the global plight of indigenous people, including nutrition and disease, 2) tourism (sexual, cultural, and ecological) and 3) environmental concerns, e.g. the depletion of natural resources. Students will visit plantation ruins, local institutions and 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 at the Gerace Research Center, College of the Bahamas on the island of San Salvador. Entails additional costs. Prerequisites: ANT 101 and permission of Instructor. Alternate years. (Social Science)
256-260. Topics in Anthropology
Selected topics of current interests in anthropology. See Topics Courses.
271. Women's Roles-Cross-Cult Perspective
Study of how gender roles are defined and reinforced in different societies, the social, economic and political roles played by women and the options available to women within different cultural contexts. Topics include the effects of war and/or military occupation on women, the trafficking of women and children, socialization, aging, symbolism, religion, and culture contact. Ethnographies, biography, videos, and discussions will be used. This course also counts towards the GSS major. Prerequisite: ANT 101 or GSS 171. Offered every third year. (Social Science)
280/380. Internship: See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent Study Courses 280/380.
290/390. Individual Project: See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent Study Courses 290/390.
308. Ritual, Symbol, and Behavior
Exploration of theories and topics in the cross-cultural study of symbolic thought and action. Emphasis on food and culture, death and dying, rites of passage and symbolism surrounding the Japanese bath. Topics include secular and religious ritual analysis, ritual space, time and drama, mythology, tricksters, social organization, and communitas. The course will reflect the instructor’s special interest in African-Caribbean festivals. Prerequisites: ANT 101 and sophomore standing. Alternate years. (Social Science)
311. Introduction to Archaeological Field Methods
Field course involving direct student participation in archaeological data collection through excavation of buried historic or prehistoric site deposits. Standard archaeological excavation techniques, recording of excavation context through mapping and photography, regional culture history sequences and artifact identification. Registration entails additional costs. Prerequisite: ANT 101, 105, or 110. Alternate years. (Social Science)
312. Medical Anthropology
This course offers an introduction to the cross-cultural study of illness, health, disease and medical systems. We will look at how culture, political systems and economics shape experiences of and access to medicine. Using ethnographic case studies we will examine cultural understandings of pain, suffering, healing, and death as well as the contemporary challenges of AIDS and emerging infectious diseases. Prerequisite: ANT 101. Alternate years. (Social Science)
356-365. Advanced Topics in Anthropology
Selected topics and current issues in anthropological theory. See Topics Courses. Prerequisite: ANT 101 or 110.
483. The History of Ethnological Theory
Critical and historical study of theories of culture. Historical and contemporary schools of thought and major trends in ethnological theory, along with seminal theorists. Theoretical approaches in relation to biography, historical era, and sociocultural milieu of theorists, and to the function of anthropology in Western thought. Prerequisites: ANT 101 and junior standing. No S/U option. Alternate years. (Social Science)
484. Qualitative Research Methods and Fieldwork
Introduction to the theoretical and practical concerns of anthropological research methods, including writing research proposals, the tradition of participant observation, interviewing techniques, the qualitative approach to data analysis, the collecting and reporting of data, and the use of ethnography in social science. Students learn how to conduct original ethnographic research. Prerequisites: ANT 101 and junior standing. No S/U option. Alternate years. (Social Science)
485. Readings/Research in Anthropology (1/2-1)
Student-designed individual research in selected areas. May be repeated for credit; however, no more than one term of 485 may be counted toward an individualized major in Anthropology or the Sociology and Anthropology major. Prerequisites: ANT 101 and one other course in Anthropology.
511. Extended Research in Anthropology (1/4)
Students will pursue an empirical problem through a new qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods research project or substantially revise and expand an existing research project. Over the course of four blocks, students will engage in research design and implementation. Course will require 2-3 hours of work per week. Prerequisites: SOC 484 or ANT 484, and permission of instructor. (CR)