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  • African, African American, Diaspora Studies

    AFDS 103 – Introduction to African, African American, Diaspora Studies

    An introduction to the study of Africa and its diaspora, primarily in the Americas, but also Europe. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach to a range of historical, literary, artistic, economic and political questions crucial to the understanding of the experiences of people of African descent.

  • African, African American, Diaspora Studies

    AFDS 201 – Witnessing Contemporary African Society

    “Witnessing Contemporary African Society” is an intensive, interdisciplinary course designed to give students exposure to and an overview of one or more African countries – normally South Africa and Botswana. Course activities and assignments include visits to political, economic, historical and cultural centers (e.g. townships, neighborhoods, museums and courts), meetings with local leaders and activists, lectures/seminars by local academics, and interactions with university students.

  • African, African American, Diaspora Studies

    AFDS 298 – Experimental Course

    From time to time, departments design a new course to be offered either on a one-time basis or an experimental basis before deciding whether to make it a regular part of the curriculum. Refer to the course schedule for current listings.

  • African, African American, Diaspora Studies

    AFDS 299 – Independent Study

    An opportunity to do independent work in a particular area not included in the regular courses.

  • African, African American, Diaspora Studies

    AFDS 347 – Introduction to African, African American, Diaspora Studies

    See English 347 – The Mothership has Landed: Black Speculative Fiction (ENG 347) for course description.

  • African, African American, Diaspora Studies

    AFDS 398 – Experimental Course

    From time to time, departments design a new course to be offered either on a one-time basis or an experimental basis before deciding whether to make it a regular part of the curriculum. Refer to the course schedule for current listings.

  • African, African American, Diaspora Studies

    AFDS 399 – Independent Study

    An opportunity to do independent work in a particular area not included in the regular courses.

  • Anthropology

    ANTH 099 – Independent Study

    An opportunity to do independent work in a particular area not included in the regular courses.

  • Anthropology

    ANTH 101 – Human Evolution

    Discoveries related to human and cultural evolution are constantly changing our view of where we came from and how we got to be the way we are. This course considers the latest findings and controversies concerning evolutionary theory, our relationship to apes, our sexuality, bipedalism and capacity for language, the relevance of “race,” our links to Neanderthals, the development of what we call civilization and other topics.

  • Anthropology

    ANTH 102 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

    This course explores cultural diversity in the contemporary world and introduces the analytical and methodological tools that anthropologists use to understand cultural similarities and differences in a global context. This course will acquaint students with the extraordinary range of human possibility that anthropologists have come to know, provide a means of better understanding the culturally unfamiliar and offer a new perspective through which to examine the cultures that they call their own.

  • Anthropology

    ANTH 198 – Experimental Course

    From time to time, departments design a new course to be offered either on a one-time basis or an experimental basis before deciding whether to make it a regular part of the curriculum. Refer to the course schedule for current listings.

  • Anthropology

    ANTH 199 – Independent Study

    An opportunity to do independent work in a particular area not included in the regular courses.

  • Anthropology

    ANTH 210 – Feast or Famine: The Ecology and Politics of Food

    This course concerns how food is produced, distributed and consumed. Topics covered include: how culture shapes taste, cuisine, nutrition and food production systems, as well as the ecological, economic and political factors that cause famine and food shortage. Films, case studies, guest speakers, action/service fieldwork and modeling exercises provide opportunities to think creatively about policy and action to increase food security for the most vulnerable at home and abroad. Students are expected to meet the challenge of bringing these issues into a forum for discussion on the Wheaton campus.

  • Anthropology

    ANTH 215 – Tanzania: Education and Development

    This faculty-led field course uses education as lens to study the history of development in one of the most geographically and culturally rich countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Through readings, lectures, site visits, village homestays, and intensive teaching in a rural secondary school, students explore the history of education in East Africa from the pre-colonial period to the present and the challenges that persist in providing equal educational opportunities for all in a poor, developing country. Students will spend several days visiting development projects in two Northern zone cities, Arusha and Moshi and then move up-county to reside in a village mid-way up Mt. Kilimanjaro, a world heritage site and gateway to the roof of Africa.

  • Anthropology

    ANTH 220 – Archaeology: Practice and Prehistory

    Archaeology is the study of past human cultures and societies through their material remains. This course covers archaeological theories, methods and practice, how data is collected and analyzed, and how archaeologists draw conclusions to interpret and reconstruct the past. Topics such as the archaeology of gender, ethnicity, and social inequality are considered. The course also focuses on human prehistory – the transition from mobile hunter-gatherers to sedentary farming, and the rise of cities and the first civilizations. The course concludes with the role and obligation of archaeology to the public, and the impact of colonialism, warfare, and extremism on archaeology.

  • Anthropology

    ANTH 225 – Peoples and Cultures of Africa

    This course takes a topical/historical approach to the study of sub-Saharan African societies. The diversity of unique African cultural features (in kinship, economy, politics and ritual) will be considered against the backdrop of historical interactions with Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia from the precolonial period to the present. Topics covered include: lineages and stateless societies, chiefdoms and long-distance trade, slavery, colonialism and underdevelopment, social movements and resistance, cosmology, warfare and stratification by ethnicity and gender.

  • Anthropology

    ANTH 226 – Anthropology of Art

    This course considers art as diverse as Maori canoe prows, Warhol’s Pop, aboriginal sand drawings, gang graffiti, Tibetan tangkas, children’s finger painting and Mapplethorpe’s photographs from an anthropological perspective, asking: Why do humans make art? How and why does art affect us and those of other cultures? What are the relationships between art, artists and society? Artists are encouraged to participate.

  • Anthropology

    ANTH 230 – Language and Culture

    Linguistic anthropology is concerned with the many ways that language and communication make us what we are as human beings and affect our daily social and cultural lives. Topics covered include: evolution of language; how language and culture affect the way we know the world; language acquisition; and language and communicative behaviors associated with social classes, races and genders.

  • Anthropology

    ANTH 235 – Peoples and Cultures of Latin America

    The course looks at the issues faced by peoples and cultures of Latin America primarily through the careful reading of ethnographies. The ethnographies, as well as the associated articles and films used in the course, highlight the social realities and history of Latin American region. In this course we focus on understanding the interconnectedness of the Americas, the relationship between gender and state development, multiple forms of violence (structural, gendered, political, symbolic and everyday), religious change, and the impact of migrations, as well as the legacies of historical constructions of race, gender and ethnicity.

  • Anthropology

    ANTH 240 – Urban Anthropology

    The 20th century has been characterized by massive urban growth throughout the world. Ethnographic studies serve as a basis for studying the causes, processes and consequences of urban migration and urbanization, as well as cross-cultural similarities and variations in urban ways of life. This course examines how people negotiate urban life as a particular sociocultural world. We develop an anthropological view of cities by surveying rural-urban influences, neighborhoods, ethnicities, subcultures, social networks and stratification to understand how social relations are constructed and how cultural knowledge is distributed in cities, including the metropolitan area.

  • Anthropology

    ANTH 245 – Indigenous Movements of Latin America

    This course takes a topical approach to contemporary challenges facing indigenous peoples in Latin America. The course uses recent ethnographic accounts to give us an in-depth understanding of the struggles, achievements and meaning-making practices of indigenous peoples in Latin America. We focus on identity-making practices of indigenous ethnic groups in their struggles within the states of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Guatemala and Mexico.

  • Anthropology

    ANTH 250 – Political Anthropology

    What is power and what are the many forms in which we can see it being exercised? This course starts by exploring the evolution of political structures from stateless societies to advanced civilizations. We will analyze some classic anthropological studies of local political systems in different parts of the world and then shift our focus to how changes in the global economy affect citizens in such areas as employment, immigration, health and human rights.

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    ANTH 255 – Gender in Africa

    What contributions have women made to the societies of Africa prior to colonialism? How and why did colonialism affect men and women differently? What are the implications of gender inequality for economic development in Africa today? These questions are considered from ethnographic, autobiographical and fictional accounts. Gender, class and cultural identity will be focal points.

(Previously Women in Africa)

  • Anthropology

    ANTH 260 – Gender and Development

    This course focuses some of the central development problems in the Global South (poverty, hunger, infectious disease, illiteracy) and how our thinking about these issues changed once women were entered into the development equation. The backdrop to the issues we will tackle is the re-organization of the global political economy and the way that different actors in the business of development (international bodies such as the UN and its subsidiaries, national governments, multinational corporations and trade bodies, NGOs and Aid agencies, and the local recipients of aid) understand the fundamental problems causing underdevelopment and the solutions that they affirm. While we will consider the big picture of development from the top down, our key focus will remain on how women and men in the Global South understand and cope with the key development challenges they face in a rapidly changing world.

(Previously Women and Development)

  • Anthropology

    ANTH 265 – Medical Anthropology

    Medical Anthropology explores how socio-cultural and biological factors influence practices of health and well being. Students in the course will learn about (1) diverse experiences and cultural influences on the distribution of illness, (2) cultural breadth in prevention and treatment of sickness and healing processes, (3) ways to document and understand the social relations of therapy management, and (4) the potential social benefits of pluralistic medical systems.