ANTHRCUL 458 - Topics in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology
Winter 2022, Section 004 - People, Land, and Time
Instruction Mode: Section 004 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Junior and above.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Climate change and urbanization are changing how people interact with the natural and built environment. This seminar will explore how humans have thought about, constructed, and manipulated their environments across cultures and over time. Questions we will consider include: Can the built environment solve problems like poverty and the spread of disease? Do forests think? Are humans a force of nature? A connecting theme is how racial and ethnic identities, levels of economic development, spirituality, and religion have shaped relationships between people and landscapes. The central goal is to develop an appreciation for both the harmful and the innovative ways that aesthetics, technology, and power shape human-environment relations. Course materials include readings selected from history, geography, anthropology, and architecture, as well as painting, photography, and film. As a result of our interdisciplinary approach, students will learn how landscape design expresses philosophical concepts; be able to critically evaluate the Anthropocene concept; understand how symbolic violence is carried out through the structure of refugee camps; and gain tools for analyzing the intersection of climate, power, and migration.

Course Requirements:

Class participation, three written reflections, group case study, and individual final project.

Intended Audience:

International Studies Majors and Minors

Class Format:

Seven themed modules explored through readings and lectures.


ANTHRCUL 458 - Topics in Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
M 5:00PM - 8:00PM
003 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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