Course Offerings

Approved Graduate Courses in the Anthropology Department

The following Anthropology graduate courses are examples of those that may be counted as electives toward the M.A. in MSTS. Specific course offereings vary from year to year.

*Indicates courses planned to be offered in the 2018-19 academic year. Please consult the schedule of classes for final listing.

* 215A: Ethnographic Methods - offered Fall 2018 (Fortun, K)
(Exposes students to diverse methods, both traditional and experimental, used in anthropological ethnographic research. Students gain experience practicing diverse methods, and learn to select methods appropriate to particular study designs and contexts.)
229A: Anthropology of Knowledge
231C: Technomethods for Sociocultural Research
232B: Medical Anthropology
232C: Ethnographies of Science and Medicine
* 249A: Humanisim and Posthumanism - offered Winter 2019 (Zhan, M)
(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.)
249B: Multispecies Anthropology
* 250A: The Cultural Politics of Visual Representation - offered Fall 2018 (Chavez, L)
(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: Digitial Tech, Culture, and Media - offered Spring 2016 (Boellstorff, T)
(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.)
253A: Design, Aesthetics, and Social Life
256A: Ethnographies of Technology
257A: Natures and Environments
289: You may choose from the following variable topics courses: Other Knowledges, Technomethods for Language and Culture, or Engaging Contradictions: Activist Scholarship

Approved Upper-Division Undergraduate Courses in the Anthropology Department

Up to two approved Anthropology undergraduate courses may be counted as electives toward the M.A. in MSTS. Specific course offerings vary from year to year, but sample courses include the following:

125B: Ecological Anthropology
*125F: Humans and Other Animals - offered Winter 2019 (Olson)
(Explores peoples' relationships with other animals, a topic that continues to shape anthropological understandings of humanness, culture, and the social. Subthemes: symbol and matter, nature/culture, ontologies, relations, moralities, ecologies, futures.)
* 128B: Race, Gender, and Science - offered Winter 2019 (Staff)
(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.)
128C: Digital Cultures
* 132A: Psychological Anthropology - offered Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 (O'Rourke, S)
(Cultural differences and similarities in personality and behavior. Child-rearing practices and consequent adult personality characteristics, biocultural aspects of child development and attachment, culture and behavior evolutionary models, politically linked personality, cognitive anthropology, psychology of narrative forms, comparative national character studies)
* 134A: Medical Anthropology - offered Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 (Jenks, A) (staff)
(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.)
* 134F: Anthropology of the Body - offered Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 (O'Rourke, S) (Staff)
(Examines human bodies as both biological and sociocultural entities and explores the relationship among mind, body, and society cross-culturally. Topics include embodiment; race, sex, gender, and the body; somatization; control of the body; commodified bodies; and hybrid/cyborg bodies.)
134G: HIV/AIDS in Global Context
139: Anthropology of Biomedicine and Biotechnology

Students may petition for additional courses to be counted as electives.


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