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Anthropology

In the Department of International & Transcultural Studies

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Course Listing

Department Courses:

Please check the Class Schedule or contact the department for specific course availability for each semester:

ITSF 4010 Cultural and social bases of education
Analyses of basic anthropological concepts, with particular reference to the sociocultural context of education and the role of educational institutions in community, national, and regional development. Four-point enrollment requires attendance at film showings before or after class and at discussion sessions held at hours to be arranged.

ITSF 4011 Social context of education
The exploration of anthropological and social science concepts for the analysis of educational, cultural, and social institutions, organizations, and processes of different peoples of the world. Four-point enrollment requires attendance at film showings before or after class and additional discussion sessions held at hours to be arranged.

ITSF 4012 Cross-cultural studies of learning
Analyses of basic anthropological concepts, with particular reference to the influence of cultures and subcultures on the learning process, to education in multicultural classrooms, and to the relevance of psychological anthropology to educational issues. Four-point enrollment requires attendance at film showings before or after class and additional discussion sessions held at hours to be arranged.
Instructor(s): Charles Harrington

ITSF 4014 Urban situations and education
An introduction to the anthropological study of the sociocultural patterns of populations residing in urban settings, with emphasis on domestic, ethnic, class, and educational relationships.

ITSF 4016 Culture and society in Africa
A general survey of sub-Saharan Africa, using contributions from theoretical approaches to anthropological research in the area. Emphasis on socioeconomic, ideological and religious, educational, and political analysis of African communities.

ITSF 4018 Anthropology and Development in Africa
This seminar considers issues and problems of development in sub-Saharan Africa. It examines specific development projects from different theoretical and empirical perspectives.

ITSF 4026 Technology and culture
An exploration of the impact of technology broadly defined upon cultural evolution as currently discussed in anthropology and related disciplines. Special fee: $30. Also listed as MSTU 4028.

ITSF 4900 Research independent study anthropology and education
Advanced students may register for intensive individual study of some aspect of their concentration. Registration is only by permission of the instructor under whose guidance the work will be undertaken. Times for individual conferences will be arranged. Enrollment may be for 1 or more points each term, and registration is not limited to one or two terms.

ITSF 5000 Methods of inquiry: Ethnography and participant observation
This course examines the methods of the social sciences as they relate to ethnography and participant observation. The course emphasizes the role of theory, characteristics of various research techniques, and the importance of integrated research design. The course provides opportunities to practice ethnographic research techniques, including developing a research question, designing a study, interviewing, conducting observations, and analyzing data.
Instructor(s): Charles Harrington, Leah Pope

ITSF 5001 Ethnography and participant observation: fieldwork, analysis, reporting
Permission required. ITSF 5000 or equivalent required. This course examines methods to analyze ethnographic and, more broadly, qualitative data. Students who enroll are expected to have already completed a significant amount of data. The course emphasizes the role of theory, different analytical traditions and techniques, and how to write up ethnographic data.
Instructor(s): Herve Varenne

ITSF 5007 Race, class and schooling: Ethnographic approaches
This course examines the role of schooling in the formation of race and class structures across the Americas, including Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States.

ITSF 5012 Culture and society in the Caribbean
Detailed survey, utilizing contributions from theoretical approaches to anthropological research in the area. Emphasis on socioeconomics, community studies, and sociopolitical analyses.
Instructor(s): Lambros Comitas

ITSF 5013 Psychological anthropology
The concepts, theories, and methods of psychological anthropology. Cross-cultural studies of learning processes. Emphasis on recent work in the field, problems of cross-cultural methodology, and the study of socialization.
Instructor(s): Charles Harrington, Leah Pope

ITSF 5015 Political anthropology: Labor, race, and belief
This course considers the theories and concepts used by anthropologists and other social scientists in the analysis of political behavior and institutions. It emphasizes the comparative study of political systems, movements, and processes within the context of rural and urban situations.

ITSF 5016 Ethnography of education
Introduction to the ethno-graphic investigation of educative institutions (villages, neighborhoods, families, peer groups, schools, etc.) and to the policy issues it addresses.
Instructor(s): Herve Varenne

ITSF 5018 Drugs and Society
Utilizing theoretical and methodological perspectives from social and cultural anthropology, this course is designed to explore the contextual dimensions of illicit drug use as well as other drug-related issues. A comparative, cross-cultural approach will be utilized and case material drawn from traditional as well as modern settings.

ITSF 5020 Practicum in anthropological field techniques
For anthropologists and non-anthropologists contemplating independent, qualitative research, this course provides hands-on experience in techniques for generating, recording, and managing anthropological data in the field.
Instructor(s): Lambros Comitas

ITSF 5610 First-year colloquium in applied anthropology
Permission required. This is a year-long critical review of important works in anthropology and education and applied anthropology. During the spring semester, students present proposals for their summer fieldwork before the members of both programs. Required of, and open only to, first-year doctoral students. Meets concurrently with ITSF 5611 during the spring semester.
Instructor(s): Lambros Comitas, Herve Varenne

ITSF 5611 Second-year colloquium in anthropological method
Permission required. This is a year-long review of the methods of field research and data analysis in anthropology, with special reference to educational systems and processes. Network analysis, systematic observation, quantification procedures, participant observation, ethnographic interview, use of film and videotape, cross-cultural survey techniques, and testing and experimental design. During the spring semester, students report on their completed summer fieldwork before the members of both programs. Required of, and open only to, second-year doctoral students. Meets concurrently with ITSF 5610 during the spring semester.

ITSF 6510 Education and cultural production
Seminar reviewing theoretical developments in culture theory as it focuses on education as the foundation of cultural production.
Instructor(s): Herve Varenne

ITSF 6511 Seminar in psychological anthropology
Permission required. Prerequisite: ITSF 5013. A research seminar focusing on current issues in psychological anthropology.
Instructor(s): Charles Harrington

ITSF 6900 Research independent study anthropology and education
Advanced students may register for intensive individual study of some aspect of their concentration. Registration is only by permission of the instructor under whose guidance the work will be undertaken. Times for individual conferences will be arranged. Enrollment may be for 1 or more points each term, and registration is not limited to one or two terms.

ITSF 6911 Workgroup in psychological anthropology
This workgroup meets every other week to discuss current issues in psychological anthropology. It also discusses and reviews current research and proposals for research of workgroup members, including faculty, alumni, and doctoral students concentrating in psychological anthropology.
Instructor(s): Charles Harrington