Academics: Anthropology Courses

Introductory Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 2)

The nature of culture: survey of the range of cultural phenomena, including material culture, social organization, religion, and other topics.

Introduction to Women, Culture, and Development (ANTH 102A)

Hancock; Bhavnani. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. Same course as Global Studies 180A and Sociology 156A.

Critical examination of the relations among women, culture and development. Topics include colonialism, violence, globalization, and the state, health and reproduction, biotechnology, representation, and resistance movements.


Seminar in Women, Culture, and Development (ANTH 102B)

Hancock; Bhavnani. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102A; upper-division standing. Same course a Global Studies 180B and Sociology 156B.

Critical examination of the interrelationships among women, culture, and development through individual research projects.


People, Poverty, and Environment in Central America (ANTH 104H)

Stonich. Prerequisite: Anthropology 2 or Environmental Studies 1 or 3. Same course as Environmental Studies 104.

Analysis of the interrelated social, demographic, economic, political, and environmental crises occurring in Central America from an anthropological perspective. Emphasis on the evolution of contemporary problems, current conditions and future prospects for the region.

The Anthropology of Food (ANTH 111)
Staff. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Critical survey of different anthropological approaches of food production and consumption: biological implications of diet; relations between agricultural forms and political systems; the meanings of feasting; cooking, class and gender; food and national identity.

Behavioral Ecology of Hunter-Gatherers (ANTH 129MG)
Gurven. Prerequisite: Anthropology 5 or 7.

A thorough introduction using a behavioral ecology approach to the diversity of behaviors found among foragers in Africa, South America, Southeast Asia, and Australia. Topics include: diet and subsistence, mating, demography, social behavior, mobility and settlement patterns, gender, indigenous rights, and conservation.

Third World Environments: Problems and Prospects (ANTH 130A)
Stonich. Prerequisites: Anthropology 2 or Environmental Studies 1 or 3.

Same course as Environmental Studies 130A. Examination of the human dimensions of globalization/global environmental change from the Third World. Emphasis on the sociocultural context of environmental destruction, environmental justice and interdisciplinary approaches.

Third World Environments: Conservation and Sustainable Development (ANTH 130B)
Stonich. Prerequisites: Environmental Studies 1 or 3 or Anthropology 2. Environmental Studies 130A or

Anthropology 130A.

Same course as Environmental Studies 130B.Focus on conservation and sustainable development. Includes examination of contending views of sustainable development. Special emphasis on tourism, agricultural, fisheries, and aquacultural development in the Third World.

Third World Environments: Response and Resistance (ANTH 130C)

Stonich. Prerequisites: Environmental Studies 1 or 3 or Anthropology 2.

Same course as Environmental Studies 130C.Concerned with response and resistance to economic globalization, impoverishment, and environmental degradation: household economic strategies; migration, urbanization; social conflict; environmental movements of the poor; the information revolution; and alternative development strategies.

Anthropological Demography and Life History (ANTH 145)

Gurven. Prerequisite: Anthropology 5 or 7 or upper-division standing; or Environmental Studies 2 or 3.

Introduces students to anthropologic applications of demography and life history theory. Focuses on ecological approaches to population dynamics, birth and death processes, and policy implications in light of population “problems” among traditional and modern societies.

Water and Society (ANTH 147)

Walsh. Prerequisite: ANTH 2 or Consent of instructor

Covers the longstanding debate over the relation between irrigation and state formation, as well as current developments in the study of water and society. Emphasis is placed on people living in arid and semi-arid environments.

World Agriculture, Food, and Population (ANTH 149)

Cleveland. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. Same course as Environmental Studies 149 and Geography 161.

Evolution, current status, and alternative futures of agriculture, food, and population worldwide. Achieving environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable food systems; soil, water, crops, energy, and labor; diversity, stability, and ecosystems management; farmer and scientist knowledge and collaboration; common property management.

Climate Change in Prehistory (ANTH 166)

Staff. Prerequisite: Anthropology 3.

Survey of the impact of short- and long-term climate change on human prehistory from the late Ice Age to the Medieval Warm Period (c. A.D. 1000). Course surveys the relationships between climate and changing human societies.


Biotechnology, Food, and Agriculture (ANTH 166BT)

Cleveland. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. Anthropology 149 or Environmental Studies 149 or Geography 161. Same course as Environmental Studies 166BT and Geography 171BT. Course offered every other year.

Social, cultural, ethical, biological, and environmental issues surrounding biotechnology (BT) and the food system. Includes theory and method of BT; scientific, social and political control of BT; effect of BT on genetic diversity, small-scale farmers, the environment, food supply, consumer health.

Evolution of Cooperation (ANTH 169)

Gurven. Prerequisite: Anthropology 5 or 7.

Interdisciplinary focus on the emergence and maintenance of cooperation in human populations. Are we unique in our abilities to reap gains from cooperative endeavors? Why are some people generous, others stingy? How do propensities, personalities, ecology, and cultural institutions affect success in cooperation?