For the most current listing, see

Graduate students from any department on campus are encouraged to enroll in our courses. Indeed, we encourage students to consider the Graduate Specialization in Anthropologies of Medicine, Science, and Technology, which only requires taking four courses (three of which must be from our department).


The only exceptions to this policy are:

Courses limited to Ph.D. students in the Department of Anthropology: 202A (Proseminar A), 202B (Proseminar B), 202C (Proseminar C), and 215C (Grant and Proposal Writing)

Courses limited to Ph.D. students and M.A. in MSTS students in the Department of Anthropology: 215A (Ethnographic Methods) and 215B (Research Design).

Please note this listing is only a tentative plan. It is subject to change.
Last updated August 7, 2018

Fall 2018 - Course Offerings
Proseminar in Anthro (Kim, E.)
Proseminar in Medicine, Science & Technology (Zhan, M.)
215A Ethnographic Methods (Fortun, K.)
Globalizing Social Theory (Darian-Smith, E.)
250A The Cultural Politics of Visual Representation (Chavez, L.)
Dissertation Writing (Nam, S.)

Feminist Anthropology (Mahmud, L.)
This course examines feminist anthropology's rise as an interdisciplinary field. Paying special attention to issues of power, subjectivity, and authority in the research encounter, the course surveys feminist anthropologists' major contributions to ethnography, gender studies, queer studies, and cultural anthropology.

289 Colonialism in Latin America (OToole, R.)
This course tracks how colonial authorities and their supposed subjects both engaged in and destabilized racial, economic, and sexual logics. We will explore postcolonial, subaltern, African Diaspora, and indigenous theories of colonization and slavery amid what remains of the colonial Iberian empires.

Teaching Anthropology (Jenks, A.)
This course examines the teaching and learning of anthropology in higher education from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Topics include critical and decolonizing pedagogies, theories of learning, course design and instructional strategies, inclusive teaching, and teaching in academic careers.

Winter 2019 - Course Offerings
Proseminar in Anthropology (Fortun, M.)
Research Design (Olson, V.)
Ethnographies (Marcus, G.)
Capital Empire (Peterson, K.)
Humanism and Posthumanism (Zhan, M.)
289 Anthropology of Secrecy (Mahmud, L.)
289 Imaginary Ethnographies (Schwab, G.)
This course facilitates encounters between science fiction and critical theories of the future. Beginning with theories that provide the grounding for a robust concept of "ethnographies of the future," (Strathern; Fischer; Rheinberger), we will explore conditions and possibilities of writing the future and then discuss a range of Science Fiction as imaginary ethnographies of the future. Rather than applying the theories in question to a reading of these literary texts, we will explore their implied theoretical potential as well as their challenges to anthropological or philosophical theories of the future. One of the goals is to discuss the contribution of literature as a form of writing culture, and particularly of future-oriented writing.  The course should also be helpful in thinking about issues of ethnography as design. Finally, to enhance the experimental form of this course, I am encouraging students to write their own "ethnography of the future" either in form of a "theory of the future" or in form of a SF short story. (Conventional papers are, of course, also an option.) We will end the course with a celebratory gathering with readings from the student projects.
289 Visual Anthropology (Varzi, R.)
This course will focus on the construction of culture through visuality. We will look at ethnographic films, film theory and anthropological texts in order to analyze ideas about: ethics, "reality" and fiction; propaganda and documentary, the construction of a frame and the responsibility of the filmmaker, photographer and anthropologist.
289 Kinship and Relatedness (Kim, E.)
289 Law and Modernity (Richland, J.)

Spring 2019 - Course Offerings
Proseminar in Anthropology (Sojoyner, D.)
Grant & Proposal Writing (Boellstorff, T.)
Structuralism and Post-Structuralism (Fortun, M.)
Digital Technologies, Culture, and Media (Boellstorff, T.)
 289  Multimodal Anthropology (Varzi, R.)





© UC Irvine School of Social Sciences - 3151 Social Sciences Plaza, Irvine, CA 92697-5100 - 949.824.2766