ANTH 30433: Mexican-American Folklore: Traditions of La Raza
Analysis and methods in the study of traditional customs and beliefs of Mexican-Americans. Topics may include storytelling and joking, popular religion, ethnomedicine, ethnic identity rituals, and folk art.
ANTH 30653: Sex, Gender, and Culture
Prerequisites: ANTH 20623 or WOST 20003, or consent of the instructor. Explores the anthropological significance of sex and gender as multifaceted and diverse categories of human experience across a broad range of cultures. Studies of sexual orientation, gender identity, reproduction, cultural politics, health, and sociocultural inequalities.
ANTH 30663: Human Rights, Environmental Justice, and Agriculture
Discusses the intersection of food and justice. Investigates injustices generated by the current U.S. food system and by global agribusiness against farmworkers in Mexico and residents of underprivileged communities in U.S. cities. Explores possible solutions to these injustices, including fair trade, urban agriculture, food banks, and food policy councils. Students will design an experiential, service learning group project in conjunction with TCU and community partners.
ANTH 30673: Anthropology and Religion
Prerequisites: ANTH 20623, RELI 10023 or RELI 10043 or consent of the instructor. Anthropological findings in the comparative study of religion and culture across a broad range of societies. Studies of sacred experience, myth, ritual, magic, witchcraft, religious language, gender and religion, healing, and relationships between social and religious change.
ANTH 30703: Archaeology of Mexico and Peru
Prerequisites: ANTH 20613 or 20623 or 20633, or with consent of the instructor. An archaeological survey of the ancient cultures of Mexico and Andean South America, from the first human migrations into the Americas to the Aztec and Inka empires. Anthropological perspectives on developmental sequences and achievements of major indigenous civilizations in both culture areas are discussed and compared.
ANTH 30723: Ethnology of Selected Areas
Origin and distribution of the native populations of selected areas. The historical development and current perspectives of institutions, belief and value systems, and comparative organization of cultural areas. Possible areas to be examined include Native North Americans, peoples of South America, peoples of Africa.
ANTH 30783: Anthropological Approaches to Nature and the Sacred
Explores the complex interrelationships between people's spiritual beliefs and the environment. Comparative, cross-cultural approach to key features of selected work and indigenous religions, such as cosmologies, sacred lands, agriculture, and animals. Also examines emerging approaches to environment and religion, including ecofeminist spirituality; environmentalism as spiritual practice and civic religion; new green religious movements; and contemporary religious responses to the environmental crisis.
ANTH 30823: Native American Religions and Ecology
Explores religious beliefs related to the environment and subsistence among Native North American Indian peoples. Investigates topics such as sacred stories and folktales, art and dance, rites of passage, health and helaing, and hunting and agricultural rituals. Discusses the changing roles Native American religious beliefs have played among both native and Euro-American peoples since the time of first contact, from the crafting of pan-tribal native identities to New Age approptiations of sweat lodges and vision quests.
ANTH 30923: Studies in Anthropology
Topics of interest in anthropology, including substantive areas of the discipline.
ANTH 40003: Senior Honors Research Paper
ANTH 40423: The Anthropology of Violence
Prerequisites: ANTH 20623 or consent of instructor. An anthropological examination of the relationship between violence and culture. Ethnographic cases of violence in many different regions, such as Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Western Europe. Topics may include: civil war, ethnic conflict, crime and the structural 'violences' of poverty, racism, gendered violence, famine and disease, and the cultural construction and social consequences of fear.
ANTH 40433: Transnational Processes: Globalization, Migration, and Borders
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. This course explores ongoing processes that link economic systems, multinationals, supranational institutions, armed conflict, poverty, and prosperity in different parts of the world, combining macro and local, native perspectives. Students learn theoretical frameworks and their application to develop ethics that may orient future endeavors in graduate training and professional life.
ANTH 40523: Mass Media and Culture
Prerequisite: ANTH 20623 or consent of instructor. An anthropological examination of the relationship between mass media and culture. Particular emphasis on the impact of mass media on the production and consumption of cultural meaning and identities. Inquiry into representations of gender, sexuality, the body, ethnicity, social race, and nationhood in mass media discourses. Case studies of mass media in local spaces and global contexts.
ANTH 40620: Directed Reading or Research in Anthropology
For upper-division students who undertake projects in anthropology in regular consultation with the instructor, for one to three semester hours credit.
ANTH 30233: Sustainability: Environmental, Social, and Economic Issues
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the concept of sustainability from a multidisciplinary perspective. Sustainability includes a focus on the environment, social justice issues, and economic development that provides the basic needs for sustaining an acceptable quality of life. A focus on the global implications will be stressed and students will explore the connections between sustainability and citizenship and social values.
ANTH 30943: Japan: Heritage, Culture, and Globalization
This course provides the student with an overview of Japanese history and major cultural traditions. Japanese society will be looked at from its origins through the Tonkugawa period and onto modern Japan. Religious traditions and cultural perspectives will be highlighted. Additionally, the place of modern Japan in the global community will be examined.
ANTH 30963: Japan: Environment, Technology, and Sustainability
The course provides the student with an overview of Japan's perspectives on and efforts toward sustainability in relation to the environment and economic/technological growth. Issues of mass transportation, energy production, green architecture, and farming/fishing will be addressed. In addition the place of sustainability as a philosophical dovetail to Japanese religious and cultural traditions will be highlighted.