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ANTH-A 107 Becoming Human Evolution
Ruck (33720)
5:30pm-6:45pm MW
SB 060

This course replaces Anth-A 105 Human Origins and Prehistory
This course will introduce you to the interdisciplinary science of human evolution. Paleoanthropology is a branch of anthropology which seeks to understand human uniqueness by studying the human past.  The story of our past can be found in clues from a wide range of sources -- everything from details of DNA to Ice Age art.  This is why the scientific quest for human origins requires the curiosity of a philosopher coupled with the skepticism of a forensic detective.
We will begin with an introduction to evolutionary principles, and a discussion of the nature of scientific reasoning. While people often think of themselves as very different from other animals, you will discover that we can learn a lot about ourselves by studying the genes, bodies and behavior of our closest living relatives, chimpanzees and other primates, and apply this knowledge to help interpret ancient evidence.  During the second half of the class we will dig into the past, to look at ancient environments, fossils and archaeological sites for the evidence revealing when and where humans first began to behave like "odd animals." When did our ancestors begin to walk upright? Where were tools and art invented? Who were the “cave men”? What do we know about the origins of language, or the roots of human bio-cultural diversity today?
Throughout the semester we will examine examples of how researchers define and compare different kinds of scientific evidence and how scientific hypotheses about human evolution can be tested with data from a variety of sources. We will look at examples of contrasting interpretations of scientific evidence for the human past, and study why some arguments have stood the tests of time, and are more convincing than others.
Sitting at the beginning of a new millennium, our goal is to help you appreciate how a knowledge of the scientific evidence of the human past is relevant to your own life, whether as a student at IU today, or as a future parent, medical patient, consumer…. or IT professional! Lectures will include digital media presentations and discussions using interactive student response systems (clickers) to model problem-solving and help explore student understanding of difficult concepts.  Weekly lab /discussion sections will give students the chance to examine different types of paleoanthropological evidence for themselves (e.g., casts of fossils, artifacts) and to learn about the strengths and weaknesses of each approach to interpreting our past.  Weekly quizzes will be administered online, and students will also be graded on their lab exercises and several short written take-home essay assignments and projects.

ANTH-A 122 Interpersonal Communication
(Many sections (23) - see online for meeting times and locations)

Introduction to the study of communication, culture, identity and power. Each student does original primary research. Topics range from groups in North Africa to high school and college students in the United States, and issues such as gendered language, slang, verbal play, and institutional language. Credit given for only one of ANTH-A 122 or CMCL-C 122.

ANTH-A 200 Topics Anth Culture and Soc: Bike, Racing, Doping & Intl Sport
Gilley (10187)
9:30am-10:45am TR
SE 140

In recent years the international sport of bike racing has come under scrutiny for the ubiquity of performance enhancing drugs.  However, doping is only one aspect of a 130 year cultural history of bike racing which has been used to further political agendas, challenge racism and as a tool of colonialism.  This course will examine the cultures and institutions of professional bike racing from its early beginnings through its attempt to recover from the Lance Armstrong scandal in 2013.  The course will primarily focus on Western Europe, but will also include material on the United States and Latin America.  Students will be able to see the ways cycle sport is a culture unto itself but also reflects specific national cultures and embodies historic moments.  

ANTH-A 208 Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll
Gilley (13879)
10:10am-11:00am MWF
MY 130

Do you feel like a punk? Do you wonder what an ‘ethical slut’ is? Are hallucinogens illegal because they open the mind and somebody prefers to leave it closed? In short: Are you interested in the subversive culture that surrounds Sex, Drugs, and Rock-n-Roll? If so, you should take this course. In it we try to answer these and other provocative questions by proposing to take them on as legitimate academic inquiry. First, we introduce ourselves to various theoretical perspectives that shed light on the reasons for and inherent contradictions within forms of cultural expression and social practice that claim to be subversive but often run the risk of “selling out.” Second, we divide the remainder of the course into three broad sections - (1) Sex (2) Drugs and (3) Rock-n-Roll – in order to examine in detail particular kinds of subversive subcultures in their cultural and historical context. This includes various edgy rock subcultures like punk, extreme metal, rave, and goth. It also includes expressive subcultures that grow up around illicit substances (i.e. club cultures/hallucinogenic subcultures) and anti-normative sexual practices like modern polygamy/polyamory, homosexuality, alternatives to mainstream pornography, and BDSM.  

ANTH-A 208 Anth: Art & Expressive Behavior. Topic: Anth of parents and children.
Seizer (30947)
11:15am-12:30pm TR
SB 220

This course is an ethnographic exploration of both dominant and alternative social ideas about what it is to be a parent and what it is to be a child. What are the cultural dimensions of our notions of “proper” and “normal” practices of parenting?  Of children’s behavior at each stage of childhood? Our exploration is organized by a children’s life stages, i.e. Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, Primary School (K-2), Elementary school (3rd – 6th grades), Pre-adolescence, Adolescence, Teenagers.  

This will be a co-taught course in which both professors will be present in the classroom every class meeting. We believe that the scholarly dialogue we engage in regarding the course readings and materials will provide a scholarly dialogue into which students can enter with their own curiosity. How do we talk about ideas, especially when we are bringing in our own experiences? And especially our own experiences of something so naturalized as our own childhoods and our own parenting? How do we foster reflexivity in each other, so that we can learn to situate our own experiences of being children and parents historically, socially, politically, and culturally? The form of our co-taught class will also serve as a mimetic model of the “ideal” “normative” American two-parent family (consisting of two adults who will not always agree with each other!). You will use your own experiences as ethnographic data in group exercises throughout the semester.

ANTH-A 399 (1583)Honors Tutorial

  • Permission of departmental honors advisors.



ANTH-P 302 Invention and Technology
Pyburn (32284)
6:15pm-8:45pm TR
SB 220



ANTH-B 301 Laboratory in Bioanthropology (3 cr.)
Newell / Robinson (33843)
4:00pm-5:50pm TR
SB 060

ANTH-B 343 Evolution of human eco footprint (3 cr.)
Wasserman (32222)
4:30pm-6:45pm W
OP 105

The current environmental crisis did not begin overnight and likely has roots deep in our evolutionary history. Although the scale of our effects on the biosphere has only recently shown exponential growth, it is worth examining how we got to this point today. This course explores a series of threshold moments in the history of our species that had great implications for the environment.

ANTH-B370 Human Variation (3 cr.)
Kaestle (33746)
1pm-2:15pm MW
SB 150

ANTH-B 400 Undergraduate Seminar (3 cr.)
Topic: Genes and Human Evolution
Kaestle (33850)

1pm-3:15pm T
SB 159

The field of biological anthropology increasingly relies on genetic and genomic data to test and generate hypotheses regarding primate and human evolution.  In this seminar we will review some of the latest genetic evidence concerning our evolution, and along the way will become familiar with many of the methods of genetic analysis used both in this field and in many others (forensics, medicine, genetic engineering, animal behavior, conservation, etc.).  Topics covered may include, but are not limited to, human vs. ape genomes, the origin of modern humans, Neanderthal genetics, evidence of selection on the human genome, genetic influence on human physical and physiological traits, genetic influence on human behavioral traits, epigenetic effects on the human genome, and additional topics to be determined in discussion with enrolled students. Each semester the course content is tailored to the interests of participants.  Grades are based on participation (100 points), written critical commentaries on 5 selected readings (20 points each for a total of 100 points) and a research paper (100 points). Thus, each component contributes 1/3 to the grade. I will assume some knowledge of bioanthropology as well as basic genetics, but basic readings will be included on each topic to get you up to speed. This course requires a significant amount of reading. This course is designed not only to familiarize you with the topical material, but also to improve your ability to read and critically assess primary scientific literature.

ANTH-B 400 Undergraduate Seminar (3 cr.)
Topic: Chimp Behavior: Legacy Jane Goodall
Kaestle (30290)

11:30am-1:45pm W
SB 159

Seldom in science has one individual had such an impact on a field of study as Jane Goodall has had on primatology?  Most of our early knowledge of chimpanzee behavior and ecology we learned directly from her publications and much of what we have learned since we know from the work of researchers who had their start at Gombe or from work growing out of analysis of the immense Gombe dataset.  In this seminar through discussion, films and occasional lectures we will investigate the structure of chimpanzee society and ecology.  Seminar reading will begin with the three works that constituted much of what we knew of chimpanzees before Goodall, the first study of wild chimpanzees by Henry Nissen (1931), Wolfgang Köhler’s The Mentality of Apes (1925) and Nadia Koht’s Comparative Study of Ape Emotions (1935).  We will read Goodall’s early scientific publications and her classic popular book In the Shadow of Man as an introduction to current understanding of chimpanzee behavior.  The rest of the seminar will devoted to reading recent scientific literature that builds on this foundation.  Among the issues we will cover are feeding behavior, sexual behavior, communication, language studies, association patterns, social bonding, mother-infant interactions, reproduction, and patterns of aggression, dominance relationships and ranging behavior.  A term paper will be required.  Grades will be assigned based on attendance/participation (30%), a Quiz (30%), and a term paper (40%).

ANTH-B 400 Undergraduate Seminar: Evolution of Human Cognition
Schoenemann (8633)

2:00pm-4:15pm W
SB 060

ANTH-B 464 Human Paleontology (3 cr.)
Hunt (33840)

9:30am-10:45am TF
BH 144



ANTH-L 200 Language and Culture
Suslak (4551)
2:30pm-3:45pm TR
SB 150

This course provides an introduction to the field of linguistic anthropology, the social scientific study of language. We will examine how the languages that people speak reflect their cultural traditions, how the use of language reproduces those traditions, how categories of language are related to categories of thought, and how linguistic variation both reflects and helps shape social categories such as gender, class, race, and ethnicity. While this is primarily a lecture course, class sessions integrate discussion, as well as individual and partnered exercises practicing the methods of linguistic anthropology. In addition to in-class examinations assessing your understanding of the material, work for the course includes brief weekly reading responses, a series of problem sets that will give you experience with the methods of formal linguistic analysis, and two short papers in which you will engage critically with readings for the course in a more structured essay format.

ANTH-L 500 Proseminar in Language and Culture
Graber (11368)
1:25pm-3:40pm M
GY 407



ANTH-E 200 Social & Cultural Anthropology
Robinson (1586)
9:30am-10:45am MW
SB 150

ANTH-E 300 Culture Areas & Ethics Groups. Photography and ethnography.
Buggenhagen (13248)
11:15am-12:30pm TR
M2 110

ANTH-E 323 Indians of India
LeSourd (30472)
11:15am-12:30pm TR
WH 111

ANTH-E323 Indians of Indiana provides an introduction to the Native American peoples of Indiana, including in particular the Miami, the Potawatomi, and the Shawnee. The course takes an ethno historical approach, seeking to understand the past and present of these communities in their own terms by combining information derived from Native American sources and anthropological research with the results of the study of historical documents.

ANTH-E 347 Anth of Contemporary Japan
Sterling (30473)
11:15am-12:30pm TR
AC C112

The Anthropology of Contemporary Japan" frames the history, present and future of Japanese society in anthropological perspective. It explores anthropological research on Japanese ethnic and national identity; gender and education; and the wide-ranging impact of Japan’s economic decline on attitudes towards work, play, consumption, and travel overseas. The course is divided into two main sections. The first considers “traditional” Japanese society as a context for the second, and focal, section of the course on contemporary Japan. Traditional cultural production is examined, for instance, as one context for investigating such contemporary popular cultural forms as comic books, fashion, animation, sports and cuisine. The course explores the social, economic and political terms under which these cultural forms have spread globally, particularly to the United States, as well as Japan's engagements with foreign culture in the U.S. and other regions. “The Anthropology of Contemporary Japan” considers in similar terms both the immediate and the potential long-term effects of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country on March 11, 2011, and of the ensuing nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Facility.

ANTH-E 397 Peoples & Cultures of Mid-East
Shahrani (30486)
1:00pm-2:15pm TR
BH 105

ANTH-E 400 Fashion, Beauty, Power
Buggenhagen (32455)
1pm-2:15pm TR
M2 110

This course will examine the circulation of cloth and clothing and discourses about the body and bodily ornamentation in global contexts. This course follows debates about photography, clothing and fashion, and contemporary self-imaging and self-representations of beauty and aesthetics. We will consider the relationship between ideas about the body and self-presentation and ideas about gender, family, race and national consciousness. A & H, I.

ANTH-E 422 Native American and Indigenous Media (3 cr.)
Lepselter (11589)
5:00pm-6:15pm TR
BH 319

Study of contemporary Native American and global indigenous representation and communication, including oral performance and media. Explores the poetics and politics of media and performance in the context of indigenous histories, cultures, and experiences of colonization. Examines the use of performance forms as symbolic resources in literature, film, the Internet, music and television. Addresses intersections of gender, class and race in indigenous media worlds. Credit given for only one of ANTH-E 422 or CMCL-C 430.

ANTH-E 432 Cultures of Democracy
Gershon (30475)
4pm-5:15pm MW
BH 336

This country is now seen as split between two distinct political worldviews.  To be a Democratic or to be a Republican is to take a stand on four ethnographic and philosophical questions central to democracy.   What does democratic representation involve?  How does a nation become democratic?  What is a government’s obligations to its citizens? And lastly, what are a citizen’s obligations to their nation – what constitutes a model citizen?

In this course, we are going to address all three questions from an ethnographic perspective, exploring the cultural assumptions that underlie different countries’ answers to these questions.  We will explore how and when culture matters, asking whether democracy in Chile can ever be same as democracy in Uganda or in the United States. In addition, we will examine how people discuss politics in the United States to look at what is American about politics here, paying particular attention to the assumptions inherent in public accounts of democracy in media, polling, congressional hearings, and so on.

ANTH-E 454 India lost & found thru film
Seizer (33412)
2:30pm-4pm M
5:45pm-9:30pm W
PH 10 / SB 150

This course focuses on the films of Indian diasporic filmmakers from the 1980s to the present. In these films India and South Asian diasporic culture more broadly are both harshly critiqued and fiercely loved. Drawing on their own and others’ experiences of displacement and difference, the filmmakers whose work we consider offer powerful political provocations as well as historical testimony. Their films invite cultural critique and foster debate concerning the success of India as a modern and ‘modernizing’ nation, and the politics of treating Indian culture itself as something akin to an iconic commodity that bespeaks ‘tradition.

ANTH-E 606 Res Meth in Cultural Anth
Osterhoudt (8730)
2:30pm-4:45pm W
SY 0013

This seminar will introduce students to research methods, with an emphasis on qualitative methodologies and ethnography. We will consider the multiple stages of designing and carrying out research: defining a field site, formulating a research question, choosing appropriate methodologies, navigating fieldwork, and analyzing and writing up data. We will also discuss ethics of field research, and ways to share research results both with your fieldwork communities and with the broader public.

ANTH-E 674 Res Meth in Cultural Anth
Sterling (13206)
1:00pm-2:15pm MW
SB 220

Cultural anthropologists have been increasingly engaged in dialogue over the relationship between “universal” human rights and “cultural relativist” respect for local culture. Framed in these terms, “The Anthropology of Human Rights” investigates the discipline’s theoretical and practical engagements with global social justice. The course examines a number of documents and theoretical texts central to the development of the notion of human rights. In light of these works, it explores several case studies oriented around such historical and contemporary human rights issues as colonialism and imperialism; refugees’ experiences; indigenous peoples, children’s and women’s rights; genocide; and development and corporate transnationalism. The course incorporates journalistic, documentary, and other resources to inform discussion of assigned readings.


CMCL Classes that converted to ANTHROPOLOGY

As of Summer 2015, all IUB Communication and Culture (CMCL), Journalism (JOUR), and Telecommunications (TEL) classes have converted new subject codes.  Most JOUR and TEL courses are now listed as MSCH courses.  CMCL courses moved into four distinct categories:  African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAAD), Anthropology (ANTH), English (ENG), and Media School (MSCH).  Below for easy reference are the CMCL courses that now have ANTH numbers.  (You may also view the full course conversion list.)