COURSE OFFERINGS

Please note, this is a tentative list of course offerings and is subject to change.
Last updated April 17, 2019.

For the most current listing, see http://websoc.reg.uci.edu/perl/WebSoc.

 

Fall 2019 Course Offerings

Course Number
 
Course Title
2A

Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology (Lec A - Bernal, V.)
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.

2A

Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology (Lec B - Egan, J.)
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.

2B

Introduction to Biological Anthropology (Egan, J.)
Evolutionary theory and processes, comparative primate fossil record, human variation, and the adequacy of theory, and empirical data.

2C

Intro to Archaeology (Drover, C.)
Archaeological theory and cultural processes with emphasis on the American Southwest, Mesoamerica, and Mesopotamia.

10A

Probability & Stats (Huffman, M.)
An introduction to probability and statistics. Emphasis on a thorough understanding of the probabilistic basis of statistical inference. Emphasizes examples from sociology, anthropology, and related social science disciplines.

25A

Environmental Injustice (Fortun, K.). Course website
Explores how pollution, climate change, and other environmental problems impact people around the world, often worsening social inequality. Students use social science frameworks to understand environmental problems, different interpretations of these problems, and how people have organized for political change.

41A

Global Cultures and Society (Douglas, T.)
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.

100A

Ethnography and Anthropological Methods (Section A - Peterson, K.)
Anthropological research, learning ethnographic methods, and how to choose a research topic, construct research questions, explore library resources, collect data, and write an analytical paper on research findings.

100A

Ethnography and Anthropological Methods (Section B - Hundle, A.)
Anthropological research, learning ethnographic methods, and how to choose a research topic, construct research questions, explore library resources, collect data, and write an analytical paper on research findings.

125A

Economic Anthropology (Egan, J.) (xlist Econ 152A)
Economic systems in comparative perspective: production, distribution, and consumption in market and non-market societies; agricultural development in the third world.

132A

Psychological Anthropology (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 (Hamdy, S.) (xlist Chc/Lat 178A) (MSTS Course)
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.

134B

Cultures of Biomedicine (Fletcher, E.)
An introduction to the anthropological study of biomedicine and biotechnology. Topics include medicalization, experimentation and discovery, diagnosis, expertise, health activism, and biotechnology

134F

Anthropology of the Body (O'Rourke, S.)
Examines human bodies as both biological and socio-cultural 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.

139

Black Public Culture (Lecture A - Sojoyner, D.)
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139

Law and Violence (Lecture B - Al-Bulushi, S.)
What does it mean to act, govern, or protest in the name of 'humanity'? What sense can we make of the idea that compassion, violence, and the law are so intimately intertwined in today's world? As states, NGOs, and international institutions are increasingly preoccupied with the question of 'security,' this class will grapple with the reality that seemingly benign entities (e.g. the United Nations) are tasked with managing and policing the populations they claim to serve. We will critically engage with the idea of a purportedly universal 'humanity,' and with the notion of humanitarianism as an ethos, a set of laws, and a form of power. At the same time, we will grapple with questions of solidarity and justice, studying the convergences and divergences between imperial and anti-imperial invocations of 'humanity.' Drawing on ethnographic texts, we will explore the cultivation of sensibilities about grievable life, and consider how race, gender, and class shape policies and popular struggles that contend with how violence is named and how it is addressed.

139

Islam in American (Hamdy, S.)

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149

Archaeology in the Islamic World (Straughn, I.)
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163A

Peoples of the Pacific (Egan, J.)
The cultural history and recent developments among the Pacific peoples of Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia, New Guinea, and Australia

169

SE AS & SE AS Immigrants (Section A - Douglas, T.)
This class provides on overview on some of the histories and cultures of Southeast Asia and also looks at some groups of Southeast Asian immigrants who have come to the US. Geographically, Southeast Asia includes Insular Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, East Timor, Brunei, The Philippines, as well as Mainland Southeast Asia – Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Ecologically and culturally, we can also consider parts of southwestern China - Yunnan Province and parts of Szechuan Province, up to the borders of Tibet to be included as part of Southeast Asia.

169

Gold: Culture of a Barbarous Relic (Straughn, I.)
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180AW

Culture, Space, Design (Anthro Major Seminar) (Section A - Marcus, G.)
A course in anthropological theory designed especially for majors in Anthropology.

180AW

Exploring Narrative (Anthro Major Seminar) (Section B - Varzi, R.)
A course in anthropological theory designed especially for majors in Anthropology.

H190B

Honors Field Research (Jenks, A.)
Students begin or continue ethnographic field research and gain experience with a variety of data collection methods, including participant-observation, interviews, surveys, and the study of archival and documentary materials.

 

Winter 2020 Course Offerings

Course Number
 
Course Title
2A

Intro to Socio-cultural Anthro (Lec A) (Kim, E.)
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.

2A

Intro to Socio-cultural Anthro (Lec B) (Egan, J.)
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.

2D

Intro to Language and Culture (Murphy, K.)
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.

10B

Probability & Statistics (Staff)
An introduction to probability and statistics. Emphasis on a thorough understanding of the probabilistic basis of statistical inference. Emphasizes examples from sociology, anthropology, and related social science disciplines.

20A

People, Cultures, and Environmental Sustainability (Egan, J.)

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.

30A

Global Issues in Anthropological Perspective (Douglas, T.)

Explores anthropological perspectives on issues of importance in an increasingly global society. Topics include emphases on ethnic conflict; identity; immigration and citizenship; religion and religious diversity; medical anthropology; legal anthropology; development and economic change; gender.

41A

Global Cultures & Society (Douglas, T.)
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.

100A

Ethnography and Anthropological Methods (Section A - Olson, O.)
Anthropological research, learning ethnographic methods, and how to choose a research topic, construct research questions, explore library resources, collect data, and write an analytical paper on research findings.

125X

Transnational Migration (Chavez, L.)
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.

128A

Science, Technology, Controversy (Fletcher, E.)
Explores ways in which the social sciences conceive of science as a sociocultural practice. Emphasis on literature in Science and Technology Studies (STS), especially writings that concern the relationship of science to space and place, power, and politics.

129

Standing with Standing Rock (Richland, J.)

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129

Anthropology of Debt (Straughn, I.)

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134A

Medical Anthropology (Jenks, A.)(xlist Chc/Lat 178A)(MSTS Course)
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.

134H

Anthropology of Food (Egan, J.)
Examines how food communicates ideas about ethnocentrism, disgust, privilege, gender, race, labor, social identities and hierarchies, globalization, power, and the "Western diet" and its health consequences.

136K

Anthropology of the Body (O'Rourke, S.)
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.

139

Critical Awareness & Social Justice (Peterson, K.)
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139

Feminist Theory (Hundle, A.)
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139

Global Mental Health (Fletcher, E.)
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139

Anthropology of Religion (Varzi, R.)
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139

Encounters and Identities (Douglas, T.)
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141A

Ancient Civilization of Mexico and the Southwest (Drover, C.)
The prehistory and cultural evolution of the civilization 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.

169

Egyptomania (Straughn, I.)
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180AW

Anthropology Major Seminar (Zhan, M.)
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180AW

Anthropology Major Seminar (Fortun, M.)
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H190C

Honors Research Analysis (Jenks, A.)
Students apply qualitative data analysis techniques to ethnographic data collected as part of their Honors research.

 

Spring 2020 Course Offerings

Course Number
 
Course Title
2A

Intro to Socio-cultural Anthro (Lec A) (O'Rourke, S.)
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.

2A

Intro to Socio-cultural Anthro (Lec B) (Douglas, T.)
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.

2A

Intro to Socio-cultural Anthro (Lec C) (Egan, J.)
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.

2B

Introduction to Biological Anthropology (Egan, J.)
Evolutionary theory and processes, comparative primate fossil record, human variation, and the adequacy of theory, and empirical data.

2C

Intro to Archaeology (Straughn, I.)
Archaeological theory and cultural processes with emphasis on the American Southwest, Mesoamerica, and Mesopotamia.

10C

Probability & Stats (Staff)(Home Dept. is Soc Sci)
An introduction to probability and statistics. Emphasis on a thorough understanding of the probabilistic basis of statistical inference. Emphasizes examples from sociology, anthropology, and related social science disciplines.

41A

Global Cultures & Society (Douglas, T.) (xlist IS 11) (Home Dept. is International Studies)
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.

45A

Science, Culture, Power (Fortun, M)
Examines science in historical and cultural context (Scientific and Darwinian Revolutions, Manhattan Project, contemporary biosciences) to understand scientific truths and their limits, scientists as social actors, and vital intersections of sciences with religion, politics, gender, and other forms of culture.

100B

Anthropology Careers (Richland, J.)

Gives students the skills and perspective needed to leverage undergraduate anthropology education in diverse career domains. Students explore different career domains (health care, tech development, environmental governance, etc.) and learn to represent themselves professionally.

121AW

Kinship and Social Organization (Egan, J.)

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.

121D

Cross-Cultural Studies in Gender (Mahmud, L.)(xlist IS 153B) (Fulfills GE VII Multicultural)

Explores the construction of gender in national and transnational contexts. Special attention is given to how race, sexuality, class, and global inequalities shape different experiences of gender, and how gender structures political, institutional, and social life across the world.

128B

Race, Gender, and Science (Fletcher, E.)
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128C

Digital Cultures (Boellstorff, T.)(MSTS Course)
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132A

Psychological Anthropology (O'Rourke, S.) (xlist Psych 173A)(MSTS Course)

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134N

Disease, Health, and Inequality (Jenks, A.)
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136B

History of Anthropological Theory (Douglas, T.)
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138

Prisons and Public Education (Sojoyner, D.)(xlist AfAm 159)
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139

Critical Geopolitics (Al-Bulushi, S.)

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Anthropology of Social Services (Fletcher, E)

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Comics & Medicine (Hamdy, S.)

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 148

 I Dig UCI (Straughn, I.)

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 149

 Cognitive Archaeology (Drover, C.)

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 169

 Captain Cook's Voyage (Marcus, G) (xlist HIST 183 (Seed, P.)

 This course traces the three famous voyages of Captain Cook in the Pacific Ocean during the later 18th century and through their contacts with diverse island peoples provide a perspective on how islands came to be occupied through technologies of sailing and navigation, how these people
formed their own cultures, and how ocean and island ecologies affect their character even up to the present day.

 180AW

 Anthropology Major Seminar (Nam, S.)

 

 H190A

 Honors Research Design (Olson, V.)

Students design a research project and articulate its goals and significance. Written work consists of a research proposal describing the research questions, the relevant literature, methods of data collection and analysis, and ethical considerations 

 H190W

 Honors Thesis Writing (Jenks, A.)

Students draft a senior honors thesis (typically) with the following sections: problem statement, literature review, ethnographic background, and descriptions of the methods, results, and conclusions.

 

Summer Session I 2019 Course Offerings

2A
Intro to Sociocultural Anthro (Lec A) (Palmer, J.)
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.
2A
Intro to Sociocultural Anthro (Lec B) (Egan, J.)
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.
2B
Intro to Biological Anthrpology  (Egan, J.)
Evolutionary theory and processes, comparative primate fossil record, human variation, and the adequacy of theory, and empirical data.
25A
Environmental Injustice  (Fortun, K.)
Explores how pollution, climate change, and other environmental problems impact people around the world, often worsening social inequality. Students use social science frameworks to understand environmental problems, different interpretations of these problems, and how people have organized for political change.
41A
Global Cultures & Society (Mclaughlin-Alcock, C.)
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..
136K
Woman and the Body (O'Rourke, S.)
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.
138
Prisons and Public Education (Sojoyner, D.)
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Summer Session II 2019 Course Offerings

2A
Intro to Sociocultural Anthro (Lec A) (Cox, K.)
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.
2A
Intro to Sociocultural Anthro (Lec B) (Chavez, L.)
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.
2D
Language & Culture (Kohler, G.)
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.
41A
Global Cultures & Society (Mclaughlin-Alcock, C.)
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.
134A
Medical Anthropology (Jenks, A.)
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.
162A
Peoples and Cultues of Latin America (Richart, R.)
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.

 

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