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Department of Anthropology College of Arts and Sciences
One Discipline, Four Fields

Graduate Courses

FALL Semester 2016-17


A403 Introduction to Museum Studies
Kirk (6524)
MTHR 110 (Mathers Museum)
02:30-03:45pm TR

This course provides a general overview of the museum profession, with particular emphasis on museums in American society. The first half of the course explores the history and organizational structure of museums; the second half examines museum functions—artifact acquisition, conservation, research, exhibition, and education.

Although the class is not restricted to students seeking careers in museums, it does serve as a first step in the training needed by aspiring museum professionals. Students who have completed the course will be prepared to enroll in more advanced courses such as A576/Museum Practicum, or to take advantage of other opportunities for experience in museum work.

A576 Museum Practicum
Jackson (32305)

The Museum Practicum (1-4 cr.) provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience in museums while earning academic credit through Indiana University's Department of Anthropology. Practica require prior agreement and must be arranged with museum personnel and the course instructor, Professor Jason Jackson, director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures ( or phone 812-856-1868).

Students interested in arranging practica at the Mathers Museum should visit for detailed information regarding a specific practicum. Practica may involve collections research, conservation, education/programs, the museum store, exhibits, and photography.

To apply for a practicum at the Mathers Museum, please review the information on the website, then contact the appropriate departmental supervisor (noted at the top of each listing) to request an application and arrange an interview. Acceptance of students is limited. The required number of practicum hours worked per week at the Mathers Museum varies according to the number of credit hours of X476 the student is enrolled in, and the semester of enrollment.

If you wish to arrange a practicum at a museum other than the Mathers Museum, you must obtain written permission from a designated supervisor at that institution. General guidelines require that you and your supervisor agree upon the number of credit hours to be awarded, the number of hours to be worked per week, and the specific work schedule. Your designated supervisor will be responsible for assessing your performance and assigning a grade. Please submit a copy of the supervisor's statement of permission to Professor Jackson when you request authorization to enroll.

A595 Individual Readings in Anthropology
Sept (33416, 33419, 33422)

Individual Readings in Anthropology (1-4 cr.) allows the student to work with a particular professor on a specific topic chosen by the student and agreed to by the professor. Field Study in Anthropology (3-8 cr.) gives the student a chance to earn academic credit for work "in the field."

A521 Internship-Teaching Anth
Robinson (2369)
C2 272
09:05-11:20am F

This seminar is designed to help graduate students become more effective teachers and to spark ongoing interest in the intellectual challenges and possibilities that teaching presents.  Faculty work in higher education includes both research and teaching, and this course will assist you in excelling at both. 

In this course, we will become familiar with the demands of an academic career and with current prescriptions for and critiques of higher education today, as well as with strategies for effective teaching and student learning.  In A521, we will approach teaching and learning as culturally-embedded practices that are responsive to longstanding and shifting traditions, narratives, controversies, and expectations, as well as ones implicating cognitive structures.  The course is designed to introduce students to basic instructional techniques (designing a course, leading discussion, evaluating students, etc.), within a framework that examines the field-specific, political, and cultural implications of those techniques. The course also situates our academic field within the modern university, provides guidance for developing a teaching portfolio, introduces students to contemporary pedagogical theory, and encourages students to interrogate all of these ideas and practices within the context of the courses they are currently teaching or will later.

Because no single course on pedagogy can be exhaustive, our seminar will serve as an introduction to three main topics:  the context of higher education, the teaching tools we can use, and the politics and identities we want to consider in making pedagogical decisions.  We will use these topics to work toward our central goals: to build foundational instructional knowledge, to develop a critical relationship between scholarship and teaching, and to represent our pedagogy to others. 

Readings include: texts on college demographics, the contemporary higher education landscape, learning theories and taxonomies, critical pedagogy, teaching strategies, lesson planning, and learning assessment.
Assignments include:  class observations, 4 short papers reflecting on pedagogy, 2 discussant presentations, and a statement of teaching philosophy.

G599 Thesis Research
Sept (6067)

Above section for Master’s students only who have enrolled in 30 or more hours of graduate coursework applicable to the degree and who have completed all other requirements of the degree except the thesis or final project or performance.

A800 Research
G901 Research
Sept (2370, 2374)



P425 Faunal Osteology
Scheiber (30680)
SB 025
09:30a-12:00pm MWF

This course carries Graduate Credit

This course is designed to introduce students to the method and theory of zooarchaeology, through a comprehensive practicum in archaeological faunal analysis. Zooarchaeology is the study of animal remains to help answer questions about past cultural and natural processes, and is a standard component of archaeological analyses. This course will address various topics in zooarchaeology, such as creating reference collections, vertebrate anatomy, identification of bone elements, methods of quantification, and social practices such as food sharing and preparation. Students will explore these issues through laboratory analyses, lectures, readings, and discussions. Course requirements will include bone quizzes, in-class presentations, specimen preparation, and a report based on the analysis of specimens from a North American archaeological site. The primary goal of the course is to teach students to identify bones of several larger mammal species of North America, plus other selected species. Students will be considered active researchers in the William R. Adams Zooarchaeology Laboratory.  Students will conduct hands-on research on animal food remains from North American archaeological sites, process a specimens for the permanent comparative collection, and participate in several field exercises.  Monday and Wednesday class periods will be divided between lecture and/or discussion and hands-on work with the collections. Friday class periods will emphasize studying for quizzes, prep work, and independent lab projects. This course carries N&M distribution credit.

P575 Food in the Ancient World
King (30739)
SE 240
01:25-03:40pm R

Food pervades all aspects of people’s lives, from the most basic task of acquiring and consuming food to the intricate social meanings and political roles that we give to food in different social settings.  Food is a requirement for life, yet it is always transformed by social meanings in specific cultural contexts.  We will look at the theoretical and methodological tools that archaeologists use to study food and foodways in ancient societies from a global anthropological perspective.  Together, we will explore how studying food and ancient foodways tells us more than just the methods and techniques of food acquisition, preparation, consumption, and discard, but also gives us a window into economic, symbolic, historic, and political realities of past peoples.  This course will focus on the social contexts in which specific food practices occur and the social and cultural meanings that are ascribed, created, and reproduced in those contexts.  Topics include why humans share food, feasting, politics and power, food and identity, cannibalism, transitions in food systems, culture contact and exchange and will highlight OLD WORLD and NEW WORLD examples. 

We will meet once a week in a seminar format.  Students will read articles and book chapters to discuss in class, do a research paper or project on a topic of their own choice (with different items due throughout the semester), provide commentary on each other’s paper drafts, and give a class presentation.  In addition, graduate students will be expected to lead class discussions during the semester.

P600 Arch: Conflict and Violence
Alt (34999)
SB 050
01:00-03:15pm T

People have long engaged in violent acts against each other. Violence is and always has been perpetrated in a multitude of ways by individuals, groups, and nations.  Anthropologists have long suspected that violence and warfare not only occurred throughout history but played a major role in shaping past and present societies, perhaps even as a force that pushed societies to greater complexity.  Violence has also been considered a motivation behind many technological advances. But then again, violence and warfare can act as restraints, hampering societies. How then, does the presence, or even just the threat of violence, or war, have an effect on people and societies?

In this course we will examine first, how we define violence, is it always overt? What about structural violence? Is inequality a type of violence?   Second, we will explore how archaeologists identify violence, and warfare in past, but will engage modern case studies and theory to provide ways of engaging in our discussions of violence. We will explore: When is violence used as a political tool? When is violence a defensive response? How do people manipulate or dominate others through violence? What changes in societies that are threatened by violence, either from internal, or external sources? What are the differences between various kinds of violence? To what degree has violence shaped gender and identity? These are questions that will be explored through readings, illustrated lectures, and film.  Since this course concerns violent encounters between people, we will at times deal with graphic, and unpleasant subject matter such as murder, rape and terrorism.



B301 Laboratory in Bioanthropology
AI (2372)
SB 060
08:55-10:45am MW

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basic research techniques used by biological anthropologists through hands-on experience and an introduction to the literature of the field. The course is divided into two main sections.  The first focuses on human skeletal anatomy, and the second covers methodologies used in forensic anthropology, paleontology, primatology, human growth and development, and population genetics.   This course counts for the NMNS distribution requirement.

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basic research techniques used by biological anthropologists through hands-on experience and an introduction to the literature of the field. The course is divided into two main sections.  The first focuses on human skeletal anatomy, and the second covers methodologies used in forensic anthropology, paleontology, primatology, human growth and development, and population genetics.   This course counts for the NMNS distribution requirement.

B301 Laboratory in Bioanthropology
AI (10159)
SB 060
06:15-08:30pm MW

Same as above class.

B526 Human Osteology
Cook (30202)
SB 260
02:30-05:00pm F

This course covers the morphology of the human skeleton. We will discuss as comprehensively as possible surface features of the bones, soft tissue relationships, functional anatomy, age and sex differences, variability, and data collection techniques. You will learn the fundamental skill of the bone specialist in anthropology: identifying fragments. Each student will prepare a short research project. This may be an inventory and description of a small archeological sample, a study of a single feature in a larger series, or a technical essay. Your paper should be prepared in the style of the AJPA, and is due on the Friday of exam week by noon. Be prepared to present your findings as 10 minute oral presentation in our last class meeting. Final grades are based on 5 bone fragment quizzes (50%), weekly exercises (10%) and the research project (40%). You must identify 80% of the bone fragments on quizzes correctly to earn an A. You may use any materials you like in identifying quiz specimens. Quizzes and practice materials will be available afternoons in SB 260 for the week before each due date. You may buy a copy of either textbook, Aiello and Dean, An Introduction to Human Evolutionary Anatomy, or White, Human Osteology as your basic resource, and you will find both useful. A gross anatomy text or atlas will be helpful as well. I will assign review articles and technical papers from other sources as weekly reading. These readings will be available in SB260.

B568 The Evolution of Primate Social Behavior
Hunt (30496)
BH 005
02:30-03:45pm TR

In B568 we will become familiar with the variety of primate social organizations.  Primate societies will be parsed into 5 basic systems, after which variations on these themes will be explored.  You will learn that nonhuman primates vary from solitary, positively antisocial species to animals that gather in groups of up to 300.  We also aim to understand the theoretical underpinnings of primate social behavior.  We will investigate the evolutionary and ecological bases of sociality, intense affiliation within groups (bonding), dispersal (group transfer), territoriality, aggression, primate intelligence, communication, tool use, mating strategies and parenting strategies.

B600 Peopling of the Americas
Kaestle (15614)
SB 131
05:30-07:45pm R

Despite more than two centuries of speculation and study, the initial peopling of the Americas remains shrouded in mystery. Where did the first American come from, and when did they arrive? Were the first colonizers unsuccessful, or are they the ancestors of today’s Native Americans? Were there subsequent migrations into the Americas? How did these first Americans enter this continent, and how did they spread across the more than 15,000 miles from Alaska to the Southern tip of Argentina? Why did they make the trek? Once they were here, how did they interact with each other and adapt to the different environments here? Were there subsequent contacts with Old World peoples, like Pacific Islanders, Chinese sailors, or Vikings? This course explores the history of and current research on the prehistoric peopling of the Americas. We will use evidence from many fields, including genetics, skeletal studies, archaeology, linguistics, and geology to address these questions. We will also examine varying Native American beliefs and understanding of the peopling of the New World, as well as the social, legal and ethical issues surrounding this research. There will be some short background lectures, but most of the course will focus on discussion and exploration of the assigned readings, which will consist of review papers and book chapters, popular media accounts, historical documents, and primary research articles, all of which will be available online. We will also view one or two videos on these topics. Grades for the course will be determined by discussion participation, a few short critical commentaries or other written work on assigned reading during the semester, and a final research paper.



L507 Language and Prehistory
LeSourd (30589)
SB 131
04:00-05:15pm TR

This course provides an introduction to the areas of linguistic research that are most relevant to the concerns of archaeologists and other students of prehistory. We will investigate the ways in which languages change, explore the principles by which languages are grouped into families, and see how proto-languages, the ancestors of linguistic families, are reconstructed. We will then apply the results of these studies to such problems as identifying the locations of ancient populations, tracing early patterns of migration, and revealing the cultures of groups who lived in the distant past. Work for the course will include a series of problem sets that provide experience with the methods of historical reconstruction.



E526 Creative-Interdis Ethnography
Lepselter (30581)
SW 103
11:15am-12:25pm W

This course primarily explores works of ethnography that seek to represent the real through expressive, nonstandard forms.  We approach the often permeable boundaries and overlaps between fiction, memoir and ethnography through both close readings and discussion of selected texts (including fiction itself) and through the students’ own forays into producing nontraditional, creative ethnographic writing.  By considering the meanings and uses of fiction and ethnography we will explore issues on subjectivity and social life; narrative and poetics; and imagination and the ambiguity of genre, to explore the different ways in which various writers attempt to negotiate the limitations of objective representation, and to artfully portray affective dimensions of social and cultural life.

E527 Environmental Anthropology
Brondizio (11406)
SB 060
11:15am-01:25pm W

Environmental anthropology is the general designation for the anthropological investigation of human-environment relationships. This field brings together interests in local, state, and global nexuses, ranging from resource management to environmental values and religion; environmental cognition and perception to global climate change. This rainbow of foci is the product of discussion, debate, and interdisciplinary cross-fertilization over the last 100 years, in the course of which paradigms have risen and fallen and that witnessed a changing social, economic and cultural milieu with respect to both the practice of anthropology and the nature of human-environment relationships.

This graduate seminar will discuss environmental approaches in contemporary anthropology by unfolding the storyline of the field. We started by discussing the formative period of the field in the early 20th century and the related theoretical-methodological debates, which led to the evolution of Cultural Ecology and later Ecological Anthropology. At different time periods three important trends developed -- one dominated by an ecosystem-oriented approach, one by a political economy-oriented approach, and the other by a symbolic approach. These approaches developed with different degrees of overlap into different fields of contemporary inquiry which we will overview during the seminar: Ecological Anthropology, Political Ecology, Institutional Analysis, Historical Ecology, Ethnobiology, and Symbolic Ecology. The second part of the seminar focuses on a sample of current themes in human-environment interactions more broadly and beyond Anthropology, including climate change, the Anthropocene, development issues, market and environmental valuation, among others.

E600 Sem on Anthropology of Religion (Focus on Islam)
Shahrani (30598)
WH 112
04:00-06:30pm R

This seminar will explore historical development of anthropological approaches to the comparative study and analysis of religious belief systems, values and practices in human societies—i.e., religion in all of its manifestations—ancient and modern, primitive and complex, heretical and orthodox, individual and cosmic. Specifically, through analytical essays and ethnographic case studies, we will critically examine the institutional structure, organization, manifestations, meaning and function of systems of religious symbols, myths, and various forms of ritual acts/performances (e.g., spirit possession, magic, witchcraft, divination, pilgrimage, shamanism, prayers, and meditations) within specific social and cultural contexts.  The historically changing importance of religion as a cultural system in different societies, the processes of religious change (including but not limited to religious revitalization movements and secularization/desecularization), the uses and abuses of religion in contemporary politics will be also discussed.

E628 Latin American Social Movements
Greene (30575)
LH 023
03:35-05:50pm W

This course offers students the chance to explore the diversity of grassroots politics, social movements, alternative democratic practices within contemporary Latin America. We will attempt to do so in both an academic and a practical sense: by not only reading about, writing about, and discussing social movements but also by attempting to become something like a social movement ourselves. The academic side of the course will introduce students to various Latin American social movements, provide an overview of the possible theoretical approaches to understand them, and equip students to undertake a rigorous comparative analysis of them. The course will entail an explicitly comparative framework based on readings and a few films focused around the analytics of ethnicity/race, gender, resources, human rights, electoral strategies, and the environment. Running parallel to (and possibly even against) the academic discussion are the more practical and experimental efforts we will undertake. The experimental question we hope to give a practical answer to is the following: As a group how can we (or, indeed, can we at all) devise plans and engage in activities to join an existing social movement or constitute one of our own during (and possibly after) this course? This will entail a fundamentally different format for interaction between students and between student and instructor than is typical in most academic settings. As a result it will also require a considerable amount of active participation in rethinking the nature and possibilities for us as a politically invested, social collective.

The course is a joint undergraduate/graduate class and the readings and requirements are divided accordingly.

E656 The Anthropology of Race
Sterling (30518)
SB 220
11:15am-12:30pm TR

“The Anthropology of Race” explores the idea of race in cultural anthropology with focus on three main themes. First, it considers the development of this idea within anthropology and a number of other disciplines. It secondly explores the global dissemination of the idea of race and the social realities that have come to be constructed around it; this phase of the course incorporates historical and anthropological literature on Africa, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and South America. The third concern is with exploring the uneasy play between the supposed “demise” of race as an intellectual paradigm among many social scientists and its resilient but shifting status as “fact” in society at large. The course is focused here on the West and particularly the United States, incorporating a range of social issues and interdisciplinary readings that inform, or potentially inform the anthropology of race today. In addition to anthropology, these readings will be largely drawn from sociology and cultural studies; the issues include the question of racial representation on college campuses, (re-) imaginations of racial, religious and national others in the wake of 9/11, and the production, commodification and global traffic of racial symbolization.

E660 Sensual Knowledge
Royce (32845)
SB 230
10:10am-12:25pm F

Above section meets 2nd eight weeks

This course will examine how we experience and understand, through the senses, the aesthetics of ritual, performance, material culture, images, and the sounds of language and music.  We will draw our examples from cultures around the globe, including those of the displaced, from the historical as well as the contemporary, and from the everyday and the extraordinary.  We will be examining the similarities and differences across cultures and time in how people define beauty and aesthetics, and how it is manifested in their values and works.  Our approach will include experience in the form of workshops, museum collections, narratives of visiting artists, exploration of landscapes, short field trips, and participation in the offerings associated with the Themester topic of Beauty.  Our explanations of what we experience will take a variety of forms—writing in different genres and for different audiences, photography, making (pots, textiles, sculptures, painting,etc), digital creations, performances.

This E660 seminar will meet once a week for 3 hours, time to be arranged.  Seminar students will also be expected to participate in the workshops, performances, Museum exhibits, and field trips that are part of ANTH E460.
Course requirements will include:
*Participation in the workshops, field trips, films at the IU Cinema, Themester offerings, and museum lectures
*Written reflections in the form of blogs, short essays (citations, etc.), media presentations, and presentations/performance (8-10 short reflections and/or presentations)
*A final research paper (20 pages, publishable quality), topic to be chosen by each student depending on their interests

E675 Law and Culture
Friedman (30522)
BH 107
02:30-04:45pm W

This course is a graduate-level introduction to legal anthropology. At the intersection of legal studies and anthropology, this sub-discipline examines the role of law in, of, and through culture and society. Key questions include: How are legal systems shaped by culture? How are cultures shaped by legal systems? Are all legal-cultural systems equal? We will read widely from both classic and contemporary texts in the fields of legal and political anthropology, examining the logics of legal systems and how people use, abuse, subvert and leverage them. Focusing broadly on how law matters in everyday lives, we will address law’s changing relationship to discipline, power, justice, and governmentality. Topics to be covered may include human rights, intellectual property, domestic violence, access to justice, legal pluralism and the “rule of law,” and bureaucratic power.



H500 Hist Anth Thought in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Gershon (2375)
SB 231
04:00-06:15p T

This course is designed to introduce first year graduate majors to the development of theory in socio-cultural anthropology. Attention will be paid to the traditions of anthropology in England, America, and France focusing on the major personalities and theoretical orientations of the field from the late 19th century through the 1970s. The course is seen as an introduction and companion to E500, which will emphasize contemporary issues.