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Anthropology 191HB - Honors Seminar in
Research Design and Research Methods
goal of this class to help Anthropology Department Honors students
prepare for the data collection phase of their Honors research.
Anthropology M234T/Psychiatry M282 -
The Anthropology of the Human Body
seminar will explore how sociocultural and political dynamics shape
perceptions of and understandings about the human body and how,
reciprocally, those perceptions and understandings influence social
processes. Materials are drawn from both non-Western and Western
societies. Among the topics considered are: how society influences the
ways we perceive our own bodies and those of others; cross-cultural
variation in body metaphors, narratives, and discourses; the role
culture plays in shaping the bodily experience of illness and
disability; how sickness and disability challenge and alter perceptions
of the body among those affected, those around them and the society at
Anthropology M263Q/Psychiatry M273 -
Advanced Seminar in Medical Anthropology
anthropologists are concerned with issues surrounding the cultural
construction of health and illness, the nature of therapeutic
processes, and the ways that inequality and diverse forms of social
stratification shape sickness, suffering and recovery. They employ a
wide range of theoretical and conceptual approaches to examine these
issues. In this course, we examine some of the approaches having the
most impact on the development of the field today.
Anthropology M265/Psychiatry M283 -
Anthropological Perspectives on Genetics, Genetic Testing and Genetic
class will offer a broad overview of concepts that are orienting
research, clinical practice and public health programs and debates in
the fields of genetics and genetic testing. Most of the work we will
discuss concerns the U. S. experience.
day much is made in the press and other mainstream media about the
“cutting edge” nature of this field. The focus is typically on the vast
possibilities that genetic research holds for transforming our most
basic understandings as to what it is to be human, the nature of
disease and disability, the practice of medicine and law, the field of
education – in essence society at its very core – and the complicated
bioethical issues that accompany these developments.
seminar will explore how sociocultural and political dynamics shape our
understandings of genetic discoveries, and reciprocally, how genetic
information is used to create conceptions of the self and society.
Anthropology M269P/Psychiatry M280 - The
Politics of Reproduction
seminar will examine the various ways that power, as it is structured
and enacted in everyday activities, shapes human reproductive behavior.
Drawing on case materials from a variety of cultures, we will study how
competing interests within households, communities, states and
institutions influence reproductive arrangements in society.
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