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Spring 2023 Course Offerings

APY 508SEM: Qualitative Research Methods

Reg. #20363
Tuesday, 3:00-5:40pm
261 Academic Center (Paley Library)
Dr. Ana Mariella Bacigalupo

This course will provide students with hands-on training in qualitative, ethnographic methods of research in anthropology. Students will learn field techniques such as participant observation, interviewing, documentation, and use of media. Students will also learn how to design a research project, write a research proposal, and apply to the human subjects review board for project approval. The course will address research ethics, interpretation and representation of data, and the use of effective writing techniques. It will provide a critical evaluation of the nature of ethnographic research, including the rethinking of site, voice, and ethnographic authority. Students’ final projects can either be an ethnographic interview, an exercise in participant observation, or a research proposal in preparation for an MA or PhD project.

APY 546SEM : Issues in Evolutionary Anthropology

Reg. #23246
Monday, 12:00-2:40pm
107 Baldy Hall
Dr. Noreen von Cramon-Taubadel

This course offers an insight into some of the “big questions” facing evolutionary anthropologists today. Some of these questions have arisen relatively recently as a result of new fossil discoveries, while others are more long-standing but have been difficult to address for a variety of ethical, methodological and empirical reasons. We will tackle topics and debates across many different aspects of evolutionary anthropology including questions in human evolution, primatology, and modern human biology.

APY 547SEM : Behavioral Research Methods

Reg. #19959
Wednesday, 12:00-2:40pm
Clemens 202
Dr. Stephanie Poindexter

Behavioral Research Methods provides students with first-hand experience in all of the steps involved in observational research. They will develop a research question, select appropriate observation methods, collect data and summarize their findings in a written report and formal scientific presentation.

APY 610SEM: Method and Theory in Archeology

Reg. #23258
Wednesday, 12:30-3:10pm
261 Academic Center (Paley Library)
Dr. Timothy Chevral

This seminar introduces the critical theoretical issues that are central to Anglo-American archaeology. Using current and classic texts, we will spend the first few meetings developing an understanding of archaeology as a discipline; the various ways practitioners have perceived themselves over time and the historical development of archaeological theory, highlighting significant changes in the direction and nature of archaeological research during the 20th century. Next, we will look at the theoretical approaches that seek to explain culture change or culture transformations, including neoevolutionary, functionalist and ecological approaches, neo-Marxist and materialist perspectives; and multivariate interaction theories such as world systems theory. After this, we will examine contemporary theories that have roots in various disciplines, involving not only “cultural change” but cultural reproduction. These include neo-idealist, interpretive and neo-historical/contextual approaches; cognitive approaches, hermaneutics, practice, agency, and phenomenological theories, gender theory and postcolonial theories of identity, among others.

Throughout this course we will consider the relationship between archaeology and the entire field of anthropology as well as its relation to the social sciences and humanities in general. We will focus attention on the presence of multiple theoretical trajectories and how these perspectives can be combined eclectically to study the complex issues surrounding the interpretation of the human past. We will examine, but not model our discussion, on the what some perceive as pernicious conflicts within the discipline, but instead of subscribing to these rigid arguments, we will try to discover how to combine older and newer types of theory into a contemporary whole.

APY 623SEM: Memory and Commemoration

Reg. #23243
Friday, 9:30am-12:10pm
261 Academic Center (Paley Library)
Dr. Vasiliki Neofotistos

In this course we will explore anthropological perspectives on the politics of memory and commemoration with a focus on the struggles over meaning that lie at the heart of memory. Questions we will ask includes the following: How do individuals, communities, and societies remember the past? How and why is memory mobilized? What is collective memory and what is its relation to national identity? What role do memory and forgetting play in the production of historical knowledge? We will also explore the sociopolitical significance of memorials, monuments and museums commemorating incidents of mass violence. 

APY 624SEM: Topics in Medical Anthropology

Reg. #23242
Thursday, 12:00-2:40pm
261 Academic Center (Paley Library)
Dr. Meghana Joshi

Course description coming soon!

APY 654LEC: Graduate Survey of Social Anthropology

Reg. #16613
Tuesday, 12:00-2:40pm
261 Academic Center (Paley Library)
Dr. Meghana Joshi

This seminar will introduce you to current theoretical issues within social and cultural anthropology.