ANT 4462 Culture and Medicine: This course offers a broad examination of health and disease in a cross-cultural context. As part of this course, we explore the relationship of anthropology to the art and science of medicine through cross-cultural comparisons and specific ethnographic examples. Given the time constraints of this class, we are not able to examine everything related to medical anthropology. Instead we use literature, film, and discussion to examine the cultural construction and organization of diverse health systems, world economic development/political economy of health, and the role of the anthropologist in transformations of contemporary Western health systems.
Maternal Health and Nutrition/Anthropology of Pregnancy and Birth: This course uses a biocultural lifecourse approach to examine variability in health among mothers across the world. This class is designed to provide a systematic overview and foundation for understanding issues associated with global maternal health and the anthropology of reproduction across the life course. The class focuses on several aspects of maternal heath including reproductive ecology and determinants of fertility, maternal-fetal nutrition, birth experience and the political ecology of maternal health.
ANG 3930 Evolutionary Medicine: This course explores evolutionary and Darwinian medicine and the application of modern evolutionary theory to understanding health and disease among contemporary human populations. Evolutionary insight is yielding important advances in understanding the nature of disease and evolutionary approaches are becoming widely used for both disease surveillance and control. This course focuses on the principles of evolutionary medicine and emphasizes the difference between proximate and ultimate explanations of disease patterns and how these different explanations shape our view of human health.
ANT 2301 Human Sexuality and Culture: This course uses an anthropological perspective to examine sex and sexuality. An anthropological perspective is useful to this endeavor because it allows us to compare a wide range of human sexual experiences across both culture and time. The course focuses on the biological and cultural aspects of sexuality including anatomy and physiology, sexual response, sexually transmitted diseases, birth control, gender and sexual orientation, and sexual behaviors and attitudes.
Anthropology of Global Health: This course uses an anthropological perspective to examine a range of contemporary issues in global health. It focuses on the complex interactions between economy, ecology, geography, politics, and culture in the construction of a “global public health.” The goal of the course is to help students develop a better understanding of how anthropology and the social sciences can help inform our understanding of and response to disparities in global health, and critically evaluate the ways that different stakeholders approach global health concerns.
Global Issues in Pastoral Production: This course offers a broad examination of non-western peoples that identify themselves as pastoral, or people who rely primarily on animals for their mode of production. Herding has been going on for roughly 12,000 years and is found in many variations throughout the world. Pastoralist groups have long held the interest of anthropologists, geographers, and ecologists because of their biocultural diversity. Composition of herds, management practices, social organization and all other aspects of pastoralism vary between areas and between social groups. Despite this extensive diversity, pastoral and agro-pastoral populations are also on the margins in many senses of the word. Many traditional herding practices have had to adapt to the changing circumstances of the modern world and pastoral groups are often isolated from development processes and vulnerable to land, food, and health insecurity because of their geographic, political, and cultural position. The goal of this course is to provide a detailed understanding of the issues associated with pastoralism across the globe and to use an integrated anthropological approach to examine how herding populations respond to the myriad challenges associated with globalization, environmental change, and infectious disease. Obviously, many of these issues are intertwined–so as the course progresses, students develop a more nuanced understanding of the interaction of historical, cultural, and ecological variables and the way they mediate the vulnerability of pastoralist populations.
Methods in Nutritional Anthropology: This course is designed to provide an overview of key methods and approaches to assessing human food use and nutritional status on an individual and population/community level. The course is aimed at students with a limited background in nutritional anthropology and/or techniques for assessing nutritional status, food systems and food use.
Food & Nutrition Security: (coming soon)