DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY
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Karen Leonard, Department Chair
Faculty / Undergraduate Program / Graduate Program / Courses
Anthropology is the comparative study of past and present human societies and cultures. The Department of Anthropology at UCI is at the forefront of addressing issues in contemporary theory and ethnographic methods within the discipline. The Department has a strong interdisciplinary bent, with research and teaching interests in economic anthropology, political and legal anthropology, the anthropology of finance, social history and social change, the anthropology of science, technology and medicine, identity and ethnicity, gender and feminist studies, urban anthropology, modernity and development, religion, visual anthropology, and the arts and expressive culture. The Department also has a strong emphasis on the study of contemporary issues, especially those concerned with emergent, fluid, and complex global phenomena such as international flows of goods, peoples, images, and ideas; the relationship between global processes and local practices; immigration, citizenship, and refugees; population politics; violence and political conflict; ethnicity and nationalism; gender and family; food, health, and technological innovation; law; development and economic transformation; urban studies; and environmental issues. Geographic regions of expertise include China, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Oceania, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, East Africa, Latino communities of the United States, and diasporic and transnational communities in the United States and abroad.
The major in Anthropology prepares students to embark on a wide range of careers, to pursue graduate studies, and to continue to learn and achieve in our culturally diverse world. The curriculum develops students' knowledge and skills, including (1) an understanding of cultural diversity and global relationships; (2) the fundamentals of conducting research and analyzing sources of information through ethnographic and other anthropological techniques; and (3) communication skills in organizing and presenting information in written reports and oral presentations.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE B.A. DEGREE IN ANTHROPOLOGY
University Requirements: See pages 54-61.
School Requirements: See page 526.
Departmental Requirements for the Major
School requirements must be met and must include 12 courses (48 units) as specified below:
A. Anthropology 2A.
B. Anthropology 2B, 2C, or 2D.
C. Anthropology 30A or 30B.
D. Three topical courses (12 units) from Anthropology 120-159, 170-179).
E. Two courses (eight units) on a geographical area, from Anthropology 160-169.
F. Four additional elective courses (16 units) from Anthropology 30A, 30B, 40-179, 180A.
Students are strongly encouraged to take Anthropology 180A after they have had at least three courses beyond Anthropology 2A and 2B, 2C, or 2D. Students are also strongly encouraged to take both Anthropology 30A and 30B.
The faculty encourages Anthropology majors or minors to study abroad and experience a different culture while making progress toward degree objectives. The Study Abroad Center, which includes the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) and the International Opportunities Program (IOP), assists students in taking advantage of many worldwide opportunities. For example, UCEAP offers excellent opportunities to study anthropology at many universities abroad; courses taken abroad can be used to fulfill departmental requirement C, D, and E. Study abroad also can provide opportunities for cross-cultural experience, field research, and foreign language training. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides funding for independent field research. See the Study Abroad Center and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program sections of the Catalogue for additional information.
Honors Program in Anthropology
The Honors Program in Anthropology is designed to allow undergraduates to pursue field research and write an honors thesis on topics of their choice under the guidance of Department of Anthropology faculty members. Research projects typically involve a combination of library research, exploratory ethnographic interviews, participant observation, and systematic data collection and analysis. The program is open to all senior Anthropology majors with a grade point average of 3.3 or better overall, with 3.5 in Anthropology courses (at least five courses). Successful completion of the Honors Program and the honors thesis satisfies the upper-division writing requirement. Students must apply to be admitted into the Honors Program. The application form is available on the Departmental Web site (http://www.anthro.uci.edu); in the Department office (B203 SBSG); and in the School of Social Sciences Undergraduate Student Affairs Office (1201 SBSG).
Although course work for the Honors Program does not start until the senior year, it is highly recommended that during the spring quarter of the junior year, students find a professor willing to serve as their research project advisor on the basis of a mutually acceptable abstract that indicates the goal and significance of their project. If extensive research is to be undertaken at this time, students enroll in Anthropology 199.
During the fall quarter of the senior year, students enroll in Anthropology H190A and write a proposal describing their research question, the relevant background literature, and the method of data collection and analysis. Field work for the project may begin during this quarter.
In the winter quarter of the senior year, students begin or continue ethnographic field research by enrolling in Anthropology H190B. Field research typically combines exploratory field research with fixed format data collection methods.
In the spring of the senior year, students enroll in Anthropology H191 and complete a senior honor thesis that is typically 40 to 80 pages long. Honor theses are read and evaluated by the advisor and the Undergraduate Program Director.
Anthropology Minor Requirements
Requirements for the minor in Anthropology are met by taking seven Anthropology courses (28 units) as specified below:
A. Anthropology 2A.
B. Anthropology 2B, 2C, or 2D.
C. Anthropology 30A or 30B.
D. Two topical courses (eight units) from Anthropology 120-159, 170-179).
E. Two courses (eight units) on a geographical area, from Anthropology 160-169.
Medical Anthropology Minor Requirements
Requirements for the minor in Medical Anthropology are met by taking seven Anthropology courses (28 units) as specified below:
A. Anthropology 2A.
B. Anthropology 2B, 2C, or 2D.
C. Anthropology 30A or 30B.
D. Anthropology 134A.
E. Three topical courses (12 units) from among the following: Anthropology 50B, 121D, 128B, 132A, 132C, 134B, 134D, 134E, 134G, 136K, 139 (special topics, by petition to the Undergraduate Director), Sociology 154.
Residence Requirement for the Minors: The four required upper-division courses must be completed successfully at UCI. Two of the four may be taken through the UC Education Abroad Program provided course content is approved in advance by the Undergraduate Director of the Department of Anthropology.
NOTE: Students may complete only one of the following programs: the major in Anthropology, the minor in Anthropology, or the minor in Medical Anthropology.
Interdisciplinary Minor in Archaeology
An interdisciplinary minor in Archaeology is offered by the Department of Classics. See the School of Humanities section of the Catalogue for information.
The Department of Anthropology offers a Ph.D. degree program in Anthropology. The program focuses on social and cultural anthropology, with a strong focus on understanding emergent processes and systems at a number of scales, including the national and transnational level. Areas of teaching emphasis include the anthropology of modernity and development; political, legal, and economic anthropology; ethnographic method; and the anthropology of science, technology, and medicine. In addition, Ph.D. students have the option of enrolling in a Feminist Studies or a Critical Theory emphasis, both of which involve interdisciplinary work with departments and centers in the School of Humanities. The Department's faculty members have interests in ethnicity, gender, international migration, science, technology and medicine, law and finance, urban anthropology, youth culture, and social networks. The program also provides rigorous training in ethnographic method. The Department is committed to fostering new and innovative approaches to anthropological inquiry in a pluralistic and intellectually open academic environment. Program faculty take diverse theoretical and methodological approaches to a variety of substantive issues. They are united, however, in a willingness to question taken-for-granted theoretical premises and analytic frames, and to engage in good-faith intellectual dialogue about alternative models and approaches.
Students are admitted to the program based on their application materials and evidence of scholarly potential, including grade point average, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation.
Students must complete a one-year Proseminar in Anthropology (202A-B-C) during their first year and one course in anthropological fieldwork methods during their second year. In addition, students are required to complete two-course sequence in statistics, research design, and data analysis (211A, 212A), and six elective courses in Anthropology, which are selected in consultation with their advisor and which normally cover a coherent area of specialization within the field. All course work must be completed before a student is advanced to candidacy. Students must demonstrate competence to read one foreign language, in accordance with the requirements of the Ph.D. degree in Anthropology.
At the end of the first year, students must pass a formal evaluation which is made by the Department of the basis of (1) the first-year course work and (2) examinations to be taken as part of the Proseminar. Students should advance to candidacy by the end of the third year; the advancement to candidacy examination is based on a research proposal, a review of relevant literature, and an annotated bibliography. The fourth (and, in many cases, some or all of the fifth) year is normally devoted to extended anthropological fieldwork. The sixth year (in some cases, also part of the fifth) is devoted to writing the dissertation, in close consultation with the advisor. The normative time for completion of the Ph.D. is seven years, and the maximum time permitted is eight years.
Program in Law and Graduate Studies (J.D./Ph.D.). Highly qualified students interested in combining the study of law with graduate research and/or professional qualifications in Anthropology are invited to undertake concurrent degree study under the auspices of UC Irvine's Program in Law and Graduate Studies (PLGS). Students in this program pursue a coordinated curriculum leading to a J.D. degree from the School of Law in conjunction with a Ph.D. degree in Anthropology. Additional information is available from the PLGS Program Director's office, (949) 824-4158, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. A full description of the program, with links to all relevant application information, can be found on page 389 of this Catalogue and at http://www.law.uci.edu/plgs.
Feminist Studies Emphasis
A graduate emphasis in Feminist Studies is available. Refer to Women's Studies in the School of Humanities section of the Catalogue for information.
Critical Theory Emphasis
A graduate emphasis in Critical Theory is available. Refer to the Critical Theory Emphasis in the School of Humanities section of the Catalogue for information.
Courses in Anthropology
(Schedule of Classes designation: Anthro)
2 Introduction to Anthropology. Basic introduction to anthropology. These courses can be taken in any order.
2A Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology (4). Introduction to cultural diversity and the methods used by anthropologists to account for it. Family relations, economic activities, politics, gender, and religion in a wide range of societies. Stresses the application of anthropological methods to research problems. (III, VIII)
2B Introduction to Biological Anthropology (4). Evolutionary theory and processes, comparative primate fossil record, human variation, and the adequacy of theory, and empirical data. (III)
2C Introduction to Archaeology (4). Archaeological theory and cultural processes with emphasis on the American Southwest, Mesoamerica, and Mesopotamia. (III)
2D Introduction to Language and Culture (4). Explores what the study of language can reveal about ourselves as bearers of culture. After introducing some basic concepts, examines how cultural knowledge is linguistically organized and how language might shape our perception of the world. Same as Linguistics 68. (III)
10A-B-C Probability and Statistics (4-4-4). An introduction to probability and statistics. Emphasis on a thorough understanding of the probabilistic basis of statistical inference. Emphasizes examples from anthropology, sociology, and related social science disciplines. Prerequisites: for 10B, Anthropology 10A; for 10C, Anthropology 10B. Same as Sociology 10A-B-C. Students who receive credit for Anthropology 10A-B-C may not receive credit for Political Science 10A-B-C, Psychology 10A-B-C, Social Ecology 13, Social Science 9A-B-C or 10A-B-C, or Sociology 10A-B-C. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment. (10A: Va; 10B: Va; 10C: Vb)
20A People, Cultures, and Environmental Sustainability (4). An anthropological consideration of global environmental sustainability from the perspective of human cultures and communities. Causes and consequences of population growth, natural resource management, environmental law, environmental ethics. Case studies emphasize tropical rain forests, arid lands of Africa and North America. (VIII)
30A Global Issues in Anthropological Perspective (4). Explores anthropological perspectives on issues of importance in an increasingly global society. Topics vary from year to year; may include emphases on ethnic conflict; identity; immigration and citizenship; religion and religious diversity; medical anthropology; legal anthropology; development and economic change; gender. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment. (VIII)
30B Ethnography and Anthropological Methods (4). Explores ethnography, anthropology's classic method. Students obtain hands-on training in participant observation, interviewing, and other methods, in local communities, and the preparation of research reports. Also provides theoretical and reflexive readings on ethnography. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
41A Global Cultures and Society (4). Offers a general overview of the rise of global interdependence in political, economic, demographic, and cultural terms. Considers what drove people from relative isolation into intensified intercourse with one another, and investigates the consequences of this shift. Same as International Studies 11. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment. (III, VIII)
50B Gender and Global Health (4). Examines the social forces, life circumstances, and political and economic processes that influence gendered health outcomes. Focuses especially on women located at the economic and political margins of societies throughout the world. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
85A Cultures in Collision: Indian-White Relations Since Columbus (4). An introductory survey of topics such as: indigenous religious belief and socio-political organization, stereotypic "images," intermarriage, the fur trade, Native leaders, warfare, and contemporary issues. Slides, films, and trips to local museums enhance student learning. Same as Sociology 65. (VII)
89 Special Topics in Anthropology (1 to 4) F, W, S. Prerequisites vary. May be repeated for credit as topic varies. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
121A Kinship and Social Organization (4). Organization of social life primarily in preindustrial societies. Theories of kinship, marriage regulations, sexual behavior, and social roles. Comparisons of biological, psychological, sociological, and economic explanations of social organization. (VIII)
121D Cross-Cultural Studies of Gender (4). Familiarizes students with the diversity of women's experiences around the world. Gender roles and relations are examined within cultural and historical contexts. A central concern is how class, race, and global inequalities interact with women's status. Prerequisite: Anthropology 2A or 2B. (VIII)
121G Political Anthropology (4). Utilizes anthropological accounts of Western and non-Western societies to question conventional ways of thinking about power and politics. Classical traditions in political anthropology are critiqued; an alternative view is presented through recent anthropological political analyses of topics such as class, gender, aesthetics, and popular culture. (VIII)
121J Urban Anthropology (4). Cultural roles of urban centers and processes or urbanization in comparative perspective, focusing on nonwestern, nonindustrial societies of past and present; relationship between modern urban centers and Third World peoples. Migration, urban poverty, adaption, social and political integration of rural folk in urban settings in Africa, Asia, Latin America. (VIII)
125A Economic Anthropology (4). Economic systems in comparative perspective: production, distribution, and consumption in market and non-market societies; agricultural development in the third world. Prerequisite: one course in general science, anthropology, economics, geography, or sociology. Same as Economics 152A. (VIII)
125B Ecological Anthropology (4). Studies relationships between human communities and their natural environments. The role of environment in shaping culture; effects of extreme environments on human biology and social organization; anthropologist's role in studying global environmental problems, e.g., African famine, destruction of tropical rain forests. Prerequisite: Anthropology 2A, 2B, or 2C. (VIII)
125S The Anthropology of Money (4). Anthropological approaches to money; impact of money on subsistence economies; cultural history of money; and modern transformations of money. Students conduct ethnographic research on alternative money practices in Southern California, and create an online exhibition and research paper. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
125X Transnational Migration (4). Examines the movement of people across national borders, governmentality and the role of state practices to control populations, and issues of citizenship, belonging, and identity. Examples are drawn from the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Same as Chicano/Latino Studies 161. (VIII)
125Z Muslim Identities in North America (4). Explores multiple identities of Muslims in North America, including indigenous Muslims (e.g., African American Muslims and Sufis) and immigrants of many national origins. Explores religious, political, cultural, ethnic, class differences among American Muslims, turning to Islamic institutions near UCI to conduct small research projects. Same as Asian American Studies 142.
126A Elite Cultures (4). The distinctive contribution that ethnographic studies have made to the understanding of elites past and present, in particular societies and globally. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
127A Law and Modernity (4). The rise and spread of Enlightenment legal traditions, social contract theory, individual rights, ideologies of "liberty, equality, fraternity"; contradictions of liberal law, its understandings of "primitive" and "civilized"; pervasive myths of property, difference, race, and rights. Reading- and writing-intensive. Same as Criminology, Law and Society C191. (VIII)
128B Race, Gender, and Science (4). Perfect for pre-health, science, and social science majors wanting to appreciate how science and society interact. Race and gender as biological and socio-cultural constructs are examined. Questions explored: What is disease? What is science? What are social and biological differences? Same as Chicano/Latino Studies 176. (VII)
128C Culture, Power, and Cyberspace (4). Explores cultural and political implications of the infotech revolution and the ways new media are used around the world, new cultural practices and spaces (e.g., cybercafes), debates surrounding the meanings of these new technologies, and their implications for transforming society. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
129 Special Topics: Social and Economic Anthropology (1 to 4) F, W, S. Prerequisites vary. May be repeated for credit as topic varies. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
132A Psychological Anthropology (4). Cultural differences and similarities in personality and behavior. Child-rearing practices and consequent adult personality characteristics, biocultural aspects of child development and attachment, evolutionary models of culture and behavior, politically linked personality, cognitive anthropology, psychology of narrative forms, comparative national character studies. Prerequisite: Psychology 7A or 9A, B, C, or Psychology and Social Behavior 9 or 11A, B, C, or Anthropology 2A. Same as Psychology 173A. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
132C Anthropology of Madness (4). "Madness" poses fundamental questions related to science, experience, and modernity, Course examines cultural representations of madness, psychiatric discourse, ethnographic explorations of mental illness, and social theory on subjectivity, science, and technology. Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of the lower-division writing requirement.
134A Medical Anthropology (4). Introduces students to cross-cultural perspectives and critical theories in anthropological studies of medicine. Special attention is given to diverse ways of understanding bodies, illnesses, and therapeutic practices in our changing world. Same as Chicano/Latino Studies 178A. (VIII)
134B Anthropology of Drugs (4). Examines the increasing role "drugs" play in shaping the expression, understanding, and representation of the self and social life. The shifting construction of licit/illicit; cultural and ethnographic representations of drug use; the pharmaceutical industry; production and management of addiction and disease. Prerequisite: junior- or senior-standing or consent of instructor.
134E Caring vs. Curing (4). Examines place of health, suffering and medicine in society, with a particular focus on differing conceptions of "caring" versus "curing." Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
134G HIV/AIDS in a Global Context (4). Examines issues concerning cultural conceptions of HIV infection and disease worldwide. Topics include treatment and prevention, identity and behavior, risk, ethnicity, gender, youth, sexuality, activism, drug use, illness, religion, the clinical encounter, national belonging, and the pharmaceutical industry. Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of the lower-division writing requirement. (VIII)
134M Borders and Bodies: Boundaries and Bioscapes (4). Examining borders and boundaries as material and semiotic constructs, explores troublings of places, spaces, disciplines, borders, and bodies of all sorts. Geographical, corporeal, and identity transgressions examined alongside blurrings of nature/culture, biology/society, modernity/postmodernity, and other such concepts/situations. (VII)
135A Religion and Social Order (4). An anthropological exploration of religious belief and practices in diverse social and historical contexts. Emphasis placed on selected non-western traditions of the sacred, and on issues of power, ritual, moral order, and social transformation. (VIII)
135I Modern South Asian Religions (4). Nineteenth- and twentieth-century developments in Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism are covered, with emphasis on changing forms as well as contents of religious movements. (VIII)
136A Nationalism and Ethnicity in the Contemporary World (4). An exploration of the concepts of identity, culture, ethnicity, race, and nation through ethnographic cases, with a view to asking larger questions: How do people create nativeness and foreignness? How does "culture" get worked into contemporary racisms and nationalisms? (VIII)
136B History of Anthropological Theory (4). Provides foundational knowledge in the discipline of anthropology by reviewing competing approaches in anthropological theory, from the nineteenth century to the present. Covers historically fundamental approachessocial evolutionism, functionalismand recent movements such as feminism, cultural studies, poststructuralism, and postmodernism. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
136D Conflict Management in Cross-Cultural Perspective (4). Examines theories of conflict management. Analyzes how conflict is mitigated in diverse cultures: at the interpersonal level, between groups, and on the international scale. Students discuss readings, hear from conflict management practitioners, and simulate negotiations. Same as Political Science 154G, Social Science 183E, and International Studies 183E. (VIII)
136G Colonialism and Gender (4). An anthropological enquiry into the ways colonial relations of power have been structured and gendered throughout the world and to what effect. Examines the social locations of men and women in the everyday exercise of colonial and imperial power. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
136K The Woman and the Body (4). Probes culture and politics of the female body in contemporary American life. Focusing on "feminine beauty," examines diverse notions of beauty, bodily practices, and body politics embraced by American women of different classes, ethnicities, and sexualities. (VII)
137A Reading Images Culturally (4). Students are provided with the analytical tools necessary to undertake research on visual representations. Images, as cultural productions, are steeped in the values, ideologies, and taken-for-granted beliefs of the culture which produced them. Of concern are representations of race, identity, gender, and the "Other." Same as Chicano/ Latino Studies 116. (VII)
138H Music of Indonesia and the Philippines (4). Thousands of islands are encompassed by the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Many common cultural ties have been obscured by colonial conditions and influences during last two centuries. Reviews region's major forms of music, from earliest communal societies to complex stratified and recent cultures.
138J Music of Japan and Okinawa (4). A survey of the musics that developed in the islands of Japan and Okinawa from the perspective of the social, political, and economic forces that played upon the culture and that formed the context of these musical languages. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
138M Music as Expressive Culture (4). Fundamental requirements for development of a musical tradition. Guiding structural principles which must be agreed upon for new forms of expression to be understood and accepted. How members of society develop their own individual musical cultures and how these permit them to interact with the personal cultures of others. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
138O Music and Society in the Ottoman Sphere (4). The unique character of Ottoman society created a musical culture which spread throughout much of Eastern Europe and into much of the Arabic speaking world. This influence is still clearly manifest in these regions as well as in Turkey. (VIII)
138P Music of Asia (4). A survey of the major music traditions of Asia and a consideration of the broad cultural and historical patterns which brought them about. Discusses the interaction and development of regional forms and communicates something of the value systems underlying these forms. (VIII)
138Q Latino Music: A View of Its Diversity and Strength (4). A survey of the musics of the many Latin cultures of the Americas including Mexico, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean, and of those many Latin cultures which thrive and survive in the United States. Same as Chicano/Latino Studies 115A. (VIII)
138T Africa and Afro-American Music (4). Africa's range of musical languages had a profound influence on the musics of the Americas. Covers sub-Saharan Africa and Afro-American musics of Latin America and the United States. Explores the survival of cultural characteristics and diffusion of musical ideas. (VII)
139 Special Topics in Cultural and Psychological Anthropology (1 to 4) F, W, S. Prerequisites vary. May be repeated for credit as topic varies. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
141A Ancient Civilizations of Mexico and the Southwest (4). The prehistory and cultural evolution of the civilizations which originated in Mexico, including the Olmecs, Aztecs, Toltecs, Maya, and Zapotec, as well as the Pueblos of the Southwestern U.S. Topics include the origins of food production and of the state, political and social history, ancient cities, and the Spanish conquest. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
149 Special Topics in Archaeology (1 to 4) F, W, S. Prerequisites vary. May be repeated for credit as topic varies. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
150A Language and Social Cognition (4). Explores the relationship between language and cognition in social and cultural contexts. The overall goal is to think through how language structure and use impact how individuals perceive, think about, and understand the world around them. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
151A Improvisation, Language, and Culture (4). Addresses improvisation, both in performance and in everyday life. Examines improvisation as the "flexible regulation" of everyday behavior by spending half the week exploring different scholarly treatments of language and interaction, and the other half working on developing actual theatrical improvisation skills. Prerequisite: junior- or senior-standing or consent of instructor.
152A Language Origins: Evolution, Genetics, and the Brain (4). Examines how human language(s) may have originated. Studies pertinent techniques (reconstruction) and addresses related questions, including Is our language faculty inborn (i.e., genetically encoded)? Can brain imaging and population genetics research help to unlock this mystery of human evolution? Same as Global Cultures 105, History 135G, and Linguistics 175.
161T Field Research: Asian Immigrants and Refugees in Orange County (4). Instruction in field work methodology via research projects involving the local communities of immigrants and refugees from Asia. Open only to School of Social Sciences majors. (VII)
162A Peoples and Cultures of Latin America (4). Surveys the prehistory of Latin America and its indigenous cultures, emphasizing the impact of colonial rule, capitalism, and twentieth-century transformations. Emphasis on communities from several countries. In some years, emphasis on comparisons between the Latin American and Caribbean experiences. (VIII)
162B Indian North America (4). A survey of indigenous peoples in North America: American Indians, Alaska Natives, First Nations, Native Americans. Tribal populations and geographic distributions, political and social organization, sovereignty, self-determination, intergovernmental relations; cultural continuity and change; management, preservation, development of environments/resources. Prerequisite: satisfaction of the lower-division writing requirement. (VII)
163A Peoples of the Pacific (4). The cultural history and recent developments among the Pacific peoples of Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia, New Guinea, and Australia. (VIII)
163K Korean Society and Culture (4). Introductory background to the social and cultural forces that affect the lives of the Koreans, including those in the United States. Considers traditional values and contemporary issues within a historical framework. Same as Sociology 175A. (VIII)
164A African Societies (4). Comparative studies of the cultures and societies of Sub-Saharan Africa, with emphasis on critical study of colonialism and postcoloniality, social transformation, and the politics of identity. Prerequisite: Anthropology 2A. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
164P Peoples and Cultures of Post-Soviet Eurasia (4). Examines the cultures and political conflict of the more than 130 indigenous ethnic groups in the European and Asian territories of the former U.S.S.R. Emphasis is on the theoretical issues of ethnicity, nationalism, and conflict management. Same as Political Science 154F. (VIII)
169 Special Topics in Area Studies (1 to 4) F, W, S. Prerequisites vary. May be repeated for credit as topic varies. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
174A Human Complexity: World Cultures (4). Introduction to ethnology/ethnography, comparative research and theory, culminating in processes of discovery and hypotheses testing using world cultural databases to which students can contribute. Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of the lower-division writing requirement. (VIII)
179 Special Topics: Methods and Formal Representations (1 to 4) F, W, S. Prerequisites vary. May be repeated for credit as topic varies. Anthropology majors have first consideration for enrollment.
180A Anthropology Majors Seminar (4-4-4). A course in anthropological theory designed especially for majors in Anthropology. Different issues are considered in different years. Prerequisite: Anthropology major only or consent of instructor.
190 Senior Thesis (4). May be taken a total of three times. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
H190A Honors Research Workshop (4) F. Students articulate the goals and significance of their research projects. Written work consists of an eight- to fifteen-page research proposal, due by quarter's end, describing the research question, the relevant literature, and methods of data collection and analysis. Prerequisites: open only to students in the Honors Program in Anthropology; consent of instructor.
H190B Honors Field Research (4) W. Students begin or continue ethnographic field research that combines exploratory field research (e.g., participant-observation, interviews, study of archival and documentary materials) with fixed format data collection methods (e.g., standardized interviews, behavioral observations). Prerequisite: Anthropology H190A; consent of instructor.
H191 Honors Senior Thesis (4) S. Student drafts a senior honor thesis (typically) with the following sections: problem statement, literature review, ethnographic background, description of the methods, results, and conclusions. Prerequisites: Anthropology H190A, H190B; satisfaction of the lower-division writing requirement; consent of instructor.
197 Field Study (1 to 4). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit as topic varies.
198 Group Directed Study (1 to 4). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit as topic varies.
199 Independent Study (1 to 4). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit as topic varies.
202A-B-C Proseminar in Anthropology (4-4-4). Year-long intensive introduction to the history of anthropological thought and reading in classical and contemporary ethnography for first-year graduate students. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
204A Proseminar in Medicine, Science, and Technology (4). Explores how the phenomena studied by "medical anthropology" and "science and technology studies" are inextricably linked, and how understanding these formations requires moving between disparate fields of inquiry.
208A Anthropological Fieldwork Methodology (4). A survey of anthropological fieldwork methodology techniques, including attention to contemporary analysis of fieldwork. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
211A Statistics and Research Design (4). Introduces basic concepts of research design for anthropology in conjunction with relevant concepts from the field of statistics, which will be learned in conjunction with the research designs that require use of those methods. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
212A Research Design and Data Analysis (4). Introduces advanced concepts of research design for anthropology, presents statistical models for multivariate analysis and for analysis of systems of relationships, and includes practice in sampling and data analysis. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
221A Family and Life History (4). Interdisciplinary and comparative work in family and life history. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Same as Social Science 253A.
225A Grant and Proposal Writing (4). Focuses on production, critique, and revision of student research proposals. A practical seminar designed to improve student proposals, help students through the application processes, and increase students' chances of obtaining support for their research. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Same as Social Science 255C.
228A Anthropology of Encounters (4). Cultural encounters have long provided the ground for ethnographic research. This seminar refocuses on "encounter" not only as the material condition but also as a productive heuristic device in anthropological inquiry. Examines the reorientation of anthropology as a "global discipline."
229A Anthropology of Knowledge (4). Examines the politics of knowledge. Considers the long history of anthropological studies of a wide variety of knowledge forms and practices, as well as more recent feminist and postcolonial studies. Aims to investigate and enlarge normative definitions of knowledge and science.
230A Anthropology and History (4). An examination of the complex, long-standing relationship between anthropology and history. Themes include: history, culture, and colonialism; history and the power to represent; nostalgia and the uses of the past in struggles over "national history." Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
230D Ethnographies (4). Surveys changes in the character of ethnographic writing in the face of changing fields and topics of research. The emergence of new research terrains and the comparative contexts of ethnography are emphasized.
232B Medical Anthropology (4). Explores historical and contemporary theoretical positions and debates in medical anthropology. Topics may include subjectivity, theories of the body, biopolitics, biomedical technologies, sexuality, pharmaceuticals, political economy and health, infectious disease and epidemics, health disparities, and humanitarianism.
235A Transnational Migration (4). The immigrant experience will be examined in order to explore how specific theoretical issues are examined empirically. These issues include ethnic enclave formation, gendered differences in migration and settlement, class differences, the migration of indigenous groups, identity formation, and issues of representation. Same as Social Science 254A.
236A Borders and Bodies: Places, Processes, and Transgressions (4). Examines borders and boundaries as material and semiotic constructs. Drawing upon an array of literatures, but loosely situated in U.S. geo/biopolitics, explores transformative troublings of places, spaces, borders, and bodies of all sorts. Same as Chicano/Latino Studies 214.
240A Economic Anthropology (4). Classic and contemporary theory in economic anthropology. Case studies from Latin America (primarily Mexico and the Andes), Africa, and the Pacific. Substantive topics include non-market exchange, markets and marketplaces, households, gender, management of common property (fisheries, pastoral lands, forests), labor, development, and change. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
242A Language and the Social World (4). An introduction to the study of language in culture. Topics include theories of the sign; the relation of language structure to linguistic practice; language and group formation; linguistic ideologies; conversation analysis; and language and embodiment.
246B Law, Colonialism, and Nationalism (4). Origins and spread of law in colonial and nationalist contexts: law's role in constituting and policing difference. Recent theoretical approaches; property in things and people; human and indigenous rights; "customary" law; legal foundations of nationalism; resistance to/through law; globalization. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
247A Structuralism and Post-Structuralism (4). Traces recent theoretical discussions and arguments over the philosophical and historical "subject" from structuralist decenterings toward the characteristically "post-structuralist" contemporary concern with the historical and political constitution of subjectivities and subject positions. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
248A Approaches to Globalization (4). Historical and contemporary approaches to the world economy, emphasizing anthropological questions of culture, power, identity, inequality. Examines "neo-imperialism," "late capitalism," accumulation, global markets, urban space, the state, business and policy globalization discourse, "local" responses to and instantiations of the "global." Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Same as Social Science 254L.
249A Humanisim and Posthumanism (4). Examines alternative forms of human, humanisms, and posthumanisms to explore the inherent ambiguities and shifting boundaries of knowing and being human, and to venture into modes of analysis that problematize the universality and globality of liberal humanism.
250A The Cultural Politics of Visual Representation (4). Develops a theoretical framework for analyzing and reading visual images. Images, as cultural productions, are steeped in the values, ideologies, and taken-for-granted beliefs of the culture which produced them and a political economy that is class, race, and gender inflected.
250B Cybersociality (4). Explores questions of sociality in cyberspace, including what social theories and ethnographic methods are effective in studying online cultures. Topics include general issues like indexicality, reference, temporality, spatiality, and embodiment, and topics such as language, gender, ethnicity, property, and inequality. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
252A Queer Anthropology (4). Explores historical and contemporary scholarship that employs ethnographic approaches to address the discursive construction of sexuality. Also examines how the discipline of anthropology has been shaped by the study of sexuality. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor.
253A Design, Aesthetics, and Social Life (4). Anthropology has only recently recognized that design demands consideration as a cultural form linked to, yet nonetheless distinct from, other aesthetic endeavors. Course is largely oriented toward collaboratively working out a conceptual basis for a distinctly anthropological approach to design.
259A Dissertation Writing Seminar (4). Intended for advanced, post-fieldwork Anthropology graduate students. Emphasis on the presentation of research design and results, problems of ethnographic writing, and qualitative and quantitative data and analysis. Prerequisites: post-fieldwork; graduate standing in Anthropology or consent of instructor.
289 Special Topics in Anthropology (1 to 4). Special topics vary from quarter to quarter. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
290 Dissertation Research (4 to 12). Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.
299 Independent Study (1 to 4). Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.