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ANTH 303A Ethnography of Special Areas - ETHNO SPEC AREAS

A specialized study of ethnographic and theoretical problems in one area. Different culture areas or regions may be selected each term. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
FullANTH 303A 001Web-Oriented Course1 Tue Thu11:0012:30

Anth 303A-001: In this class we ask what covid-19 can teach us about structures of power, cultural dynamics, and knowledge created at high velocity. Setting covid-19 against the historical backdrop of other pandemics, we ask what the virus can teach us about social inequality, political ideology and cultural adaptability. Using ideas from the anthropology of science and medical anthropology, we also ask what mistakes scientists and pubic officials made and which public health measures (social distancing? Masks? Testing? Contact tracing?) proved most effective. Readings will include works of journalism and fiction as well as academic articles.

ANTH 303A 002Web-Oriented Course2 Tue Thu11:0012:30

ANTH303A (Ethnography of Special Areas  Anthropology of the Middle East):

This course will focus on anthropological methods of analyzing and interpreting Middle Eastern cultures and societies. We use a variety of ethnographies and other supporting texts to learn about the region and its cultural, historical, and political complexity. We examine a wide range of historical and cultural accounts from across the region. In our discussions, we acquire critical tools for studying the region, including examining our disciplines contribution to the construction of the Middle East as a region in the first place.