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Anthro 102: Introduction to Anthropology
Anthro 122: Living and Learning in a Global Community (formerly World Ethnography)
Anthro 123: Cultural Diversity in the U.S.
Anthro 150: The Ancient World
Anthro 202: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
4 credits Physical anthropology is the study of the human biology and behavior in the framework of evolution. This course provides an introduction to the scientific approaches and methods used by physical anthropologists, including evolutionary theory and the mechanisms of heredity, the ecology and behavior of nonhuman primates and what they can teach us about human origins, the fossil evidence for human evolution, and modern human variation and adaptation. Students should leave this class with a broader understanding of humanity’s place in nature and a grasp of our unique evolutionary history. (3+2)
Anthro 204: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
3 credits Focusing on the concept of ‘culture’, the course discusses the aims, methods, and achievements of anthropological research and presents a general model for comprehending human society.
Note: This class was formerly known as Anthropology 232.
Anthro 206: Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
3 credits In this course, students will develop knowledge and skills in the theories, research methods, and modes of analysis of linguistic anthropology. The course focuses on how linguistic anthropologists attend to elements of phonology, morphology, syntax, and semiotics to better understand speech in social and cultural contexts. How does language and speech reflect and emerge from social relations and cultural beliefs and practices? In turn, how does speech and language impact and shape culture, social relationships, hierarchy, power, inequality, resistance, and more? To this end, the course emphasizes approaches such as verbal art as performance and ethnography of speaking and includes topics such as constructed languages, code-switching, linguistic revitalization, speech and identity, and the intersections of race, gender, and speech.
Note: This class was formerly known as Anthropology 274.
Anthro 208: Introduction to Archaeology
Anthro 220: Culture and Health
Anthro 225: Celebrating Culture through the Arts
Anthro 300: Topics in Anthropology
1-6 credits A variable topics course covering a theme of current interest in anthropology. Each time the course is offered, the topic and number of credit hours will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated with different content.
For Fall ’18: Global Landscapes in Aging– This course will acquaint students with experiences of aging across cultures and will examine the intersection of local cultural beliefs and practices centered on aging with wider policies and global dynamics. This cross-cultural analysis destabilizes and challenges stereotypes, helps build empathy, and critically examines our own beliefs and practices surrounding aging. Through this course, students will develop knowledge and skills concerning the fast-growing, global elder population.
Anthro 301: Reading Theory
Anthro 308: Race and Human Variation
Anthro 310: Anthropology and Film
Anthro 312: Native North America: Contemporary Issues, Culture and History
Anthro 318: Peoples and Cultures of Southern Asia
Anthro 314: Native American Women
Anthro 324: Latino Culture and Society
3 credits This course discusses a survey of Chicano social and cultural adaptations to present day American society. Economic, political, social, educational, religious and other factors in Chicano communities, both rural and urban. Topics as discrimination, minority group status and relations with the larger society will be considered.
Anthro 322: People and Cultures of Africa
Anthro 332: Magic and Religion
Anthro 328: Peasant & Contemporary Cultures of Latin America
Anthro 335: Political Resistance
3 credits As Cultural Anthropologists, we are committed to exploring the complex webs of social relations, beliefs, and behaviors through which humanity makes the world into a meaningful and coherent place. Part of understanding the larger world around us is to understand the structure from which our cultures are informed and from which our cultures form. With structures come governing bodies, policies, etc that outline ways in which communities should behave, operate, and progress. With such bodies and policies come negotiations and at times these negotiations come in the form of resistance. This course explores a limited sample of political resistance during a particular time in history, the policies and infrastructure that was formed, cultural dynamics, inequality and how these informed the cultural responses. As a class, we will utilize the lens of historical particularism to understand the contemporary political climate and forms of resistance today. In other words, what does the past tell us about our present and our future.
Anthro 340: Culture and Personality
Anthro 342: Expressive Culture
Anthro 343: Masculinity Across Cultures
Anthro 344: Kinship, Gender and Sexuality
Anthro 346: Indigenous Peoples, National Parks and Protected Areas
3 credits This course explores the historical and contemporary relationships of Indigenous Peoples, National Parks and Protected Areas. This course will look at Indigenous peoples of the United States and globally, whom have been directly impacted by the creation of the spaces of “wilderness”. More specifically, this course will peel back the layers of the stated intentions of the conservation, environmentalism and preservation of National Parks and Protected Areas and the often glossed over or excluded question of “at what cost”. This will challenge students to deconstruct the romantic cultural expressions of the pristine; explore the power dynamics (political, financial, social, etc.) at play in the creation and perpetuation of these spaces, the reclamation of cultural interactions with these spaces, and the question of where we go from here. Cross-listed: Anthropology 346/Environmental Studies 346/Indigenous Studies 346. Students may receive credit for only one of the three cross-listed courses.
Anthro 347: Indigenization, Economy and Environmentalism
3 credits This course explores the interconnected relationships of our economy, nature and culture as expressed in the Indigenizing of space and place. We will examine the shared belief systems and political factors that influence how we as humans at large and Indigenous peoples more specifically, interact with our biophysical environment to solve the production, distribution, and consumption needs in society. Specifically focusing on Indigenous voices, experiences and lessons, we will travel through the anthropological foundations of culture, nature and economy; the theoretical underpinnings of cultural ecology and globalization; the importance of situated knowledge; Indigenous “environmentalism” and glocalization; and attempt to process the adage “where do we go from here”. Cross-listed: Anthropology 347/Environmental Studies 347/Indigenous Studies 347. Students may receive credit for only one of the three cross-listed courses.
Anthro 348: Economy, Nature and Culture
Anthro 350: Ethnographic Methods
Anthro 352: Old World Archaeology
Anthro 354: Archaeology of North America
3 credits A survey of prehistory in the New World from the earliest migrations to Columbian times, with special emphasis on North America. Prerequisite: Anthropology 250: Introduction to Archaeology or consent of instructor.
Anthro 355: Wisconsin Archaeology
Anthro 356: Preindustrial Technology
Anthro 359: Fantastic Archaeology
Anthro 358: Archaeological Theory
Anthro 362/562: Field Work in Archaeology
Anthro 360: Mesoamerican Culture
Anthro 366: The Evolution of Human Language
Anthro 363: Archaeological Analysis (SS)
Anthro 374: Human Osteology
Anthro 368: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation
Anthro 377: Forensic Anthropology
Anthro 372: Primate Behavior and Ecology
Anthro 378: Human Evolution
Anthro 380: Globalization
Anthro 381: Anthropology and Tourism
3 credits Tourism is among the world’s largest industries, generating trillions of dollars in annual revenues and employing millions, has a direct impact on our natural environment and resources, and informs cultural identity and meaning for individuals and groups alike. The anthropological examination of tourism seeks to understand the relationships between the industry and other cultural productions, often mitigated by the environment. In this course, we will explore the cultural practices and impacts of tourism in relation to both host and guest communities and travel itself as a part of culture. We will ask questions such as “Who are tourists? Who are the hosts and guests? What are the motivators or felt needs of the consumer and provider? What are the power structures at play? What role does anthropology play in/for tourism? Etc. We will explore various forms of tourism such as indigenous tourism, spiritual tourism, ecotourism, dark tourism, heritage tourism and more, through various theoretical lenses, giving attention to gender, ethnicity, nationalism, class, as well as environmental and economic impacts. Cross-listed: Anthropology 381/Environmental Studies 381. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.
Anthro 382: Food: A Bio-cultural, Socioeconomic Examination
3 credits Why do we eat what we do? The fundamental question guides an exploration of the relation between food and people: biologically, economically, socially, and culturally. The course critically examines the “unnatural” current state of food and its impact on humans and the environment. The course also provides practical knowledge of food, food production, and nutrition with which students can make informed decisions about their food.
Anthro 384: Urban Anthropology
Anthro 386: Ethnography of Communication
3 credits This course emphasizes the dual functionality of the ethnography of communication, approaching EOC as both a theory for explaining human communication as well as a method for generating and collecting situated cultural discourses. Students will read, discuss, and critique ethnographic accounts that theorize the uses and meanings of various communicative phenomena.
Anthro 392: Museum Techniques (SS)
Anthro 394: Field Experience
Anthro 400: Senior Seminar
Anthro 446: Independent Study
Anthro 456: Related Readings
Anthro 494: History of Anthropological Thought
Global Religions 102: World Religions
A historical survey of the basic experiential, mythical, doctrinal, ethical, ritual and social dimensions in the world’s major traditions: tribal religion, Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese and Japanese religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Students may not receive credit for both Global Religions 102 and Global Religions 110.
Global Religions 104: Religions of America
This course will introduce students to the power and pervasiveness of religious expression in America. Religious expression involves the entire person, acting through all his/her senses. Consequently, the study of American religion must look for data beyond traditional religious texts and doctrines. Readings will introduce students to: 1) the formative religious meaning of the New World and the enduring classification of land and people that such visions engendered; 2) a variety of sacred texts in American life; 3) a variety of sacred rituals in American life; 4) social and personal pilgrimage; 5) the construction of sacred environments; and 6) sacred sounds.
Global Religions 105: Honors — Religions of America
Covers the same subject matter as Religious Studies 104.
Prerequisite: University Honors student.
Global Religions 106: The Bible and Current Events
This course introduces the Bible and biblical interpretation by focusing on the role of the Bible in shaping culture and public discourse on key issues in public and foreign policy, general interest, and popular culture, such as church/state relations, abortion, domestic violence, ‘family values’, welfare reform, same-sex marriage, and recent conflicts in the Middle East.
Global Religions 108: Introduction to Global Religions
What is religion? Who does religion, and how does it happen? How do we study religion across history and in the modern world, and how have other scholars of religion studied this phenomenon? This course introduces students to the field of Religious Studies as it has been practiced historically and as it is practiced today, with a particular focus on the study of religion in the modern world. By critically reading excerpts from classic theorists of religion alongside recent case studies, students in the course will learn about a wide variety of methodologies in the study of religion. By engaging students in some of the major issues in the field today, this course will prepare them for upper-division courses in the major.
Students are strongly encouraged to take this course early in their major (during the first two years) before taking upper division courses.
Global Religions 109: Reading the Bible Across Cultures
A course on ways to bridge cultural differences by understanding different American cultures and the ways they read the Bible. Texts from both the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and the New Testament will be covered.
Global Religions 110: Honors — World Religions
Similar in content to Religious Studies 102, with an emphasis on class participation and the addition of a term paper.
Prerequisites: Enrolled in good standing with the UW Oshkosh Honors program with prior or concurrent enrollment in INTRDSCP 175.
Students may not receive credit for both Global Religions 102 and Global Religions 110.
Global Religions 115: Religion & the Making of Community
Through fiction, autobiographies, scholarly essays, and interviews, this class will explore how religion serves both to create community and isolate individuals both on campus and in the wider community.
Global Religions 123: Religion & the Other
This course will use novels and films to observe the ways that we in the West have thought and written about other people and places. Focusing on the religions of Asia and the Middle East, we will not only question the stereotypes we have inherited, but we will also consider how Americans can be fascinated with Hindu yoga and Buddhist meditation while harboring an intense fear of Islam.
Global Religions 164: Religion and Nature
Examines competing environmental ethics, and the ensuing social conflicts, which result from diverse views about what constitutes proper moral relationships with and obligations toward the natural world.
Global Religions 202: Honors — The Old Testament
Global Religions 203: Hebrew Bible
A literary and historical introduction to the collection of texts sacred to both Jews and Christians (known to Christians as the “Old Testament”) with emphasis on the period up to the Exile in Babylon.
Global Religions 204: New Testament
A literary and historical introduction to the New Testament in its religious, social and cultural context with emphasis on the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, and the Pauline Epistles.
Global Religions 210: Christianity
Global Religions 211: Catholicism in America
Global Religions 215: Judaism
Global Religions 221: The Hindu Tradition
Historical and religious study of Hinduism in its unity and diversity as world view, world faith, and world influence. The course aims at a systematic understanding of Hindu origins, values, and practices as revealed in texts in translation, artistic expression, and modern transformative movements in and beyond India.
Global Religions 222: Buddhism
An introduction to how Buddhists throughout the Buddhist tradition in India, Southeast Asia, Tibet and Central Asia, China, Korea, Japan, and the West understand the world, experience their religion, and apply it to society and culture.
Global Religions 240: Islam
Global Religions 265: Women and Religion
Global Religions 285: Afro-American Religious Experience
Global Religions 309: Religion and Culture of New Testament
Global Religions 312: Jesus and the Gospels
A course on the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and the quest for the historical Jesus. Course includes class held “Jesus Seminar” and attention to non-canonical gospels like the “Gnostic Gospels.”
Prerequisites: Religious Studies 204, New Testament.
Global Religions 313: Letters of Paul
Global Religions 314: Women and the New Testament
Global Religions 318: Religion and Sexuality
In this class, we will explore how religious practice and sexuality intersect, with a particular focus on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer-identified (LGBTQ) individuals in the modern world. By placing LGBTQ issues at the center of study, we will gain a greater understanding of how religious adherents think about the very notion of sexuality itself. We will also become more sophisticated in our ability to engage with civic questions about religion, families, and rights.
Global Religions 334: Holocaust and American Memory
Global Religions 338: Comparative Religious Ritual
Global Religions 340: Hindu Myth and Ritual
Global Religions 354: Buddhist Myth & Ritual
This course will use essays, films, and short novels to examine popular forms of Buddhist narrative and performance from across Asia, as well as, from contemporary America. In addition to looking at traditional forms of monastic Buddhism, we will also look at devotional practices towards relics and icons, political uses of Buddhist processions, and the importance of Buddhist monks and nuns in the performance of funerals.
Global Religions 358: Popular Religion in Asia
This course will look at “popular” religious practices performed throughout classical and contemporary Asia. Important to these contemporary practices are the new media that people use in the performance and communication of them. Thus, this course will focus on the roles that television, comic books and the internet have had on traditional Asian religions.
Global Religions 362: Religion and Earth Ethics
Global Religions 363: Meditative and Mystical Experience
Global Religions 364: Cults and Sects in America
Global Religions 365: Religion and Children in America
Global Religions 395: Special Topics
Global Religions 399: Study Tour
A combination of background reading, travel, and field lectures. Students will keep a journal and write a comprehensive paper. May be repeated with different content. For details, inquire at the Department Office.
Global Religions 446: Independent Study
Global Religions 456: Related Readings
Global Religions 474: Honors: Thesis
Global Religions 475: Global Religions Capstone Course
Global Religions 498: Honors — Seminar Global Religions
Global Religions 499: Seminar in Religion
Presentation and discussion, by faculty and advanced students, of recent publications and other developments in various areas of the study of religion. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisite: 60 college credits including 15 credits in Global Religions.