I’ve traveled the world, seen/experienced each country’s offerings. Well, only within my thoughts - they feel so real. As if I lived there, for a short while; yet enough to soak-up the learned behaviors practiced by the nation’s citizens..Excuse me as I fly to Togo..
33. Caribbean Histories, Cultures and Societies. Though known to persons from the United States primarily as sites of recreational tourism (“sun, surf and sex”), the islands of the Caribbean are sites of daily work and life for some 36 million persons. This course examines the cultures, societies and histories of the Caribbean, focusing primarily on the English and French speaking Caribbean. Thematically, the course focuses on processes of racialization, effects of globalization, experiences of labor, the circulation of popular/mass culture and the openness of the Caribbean to travel. Prerequisite: History 21 or permission of instructor. D. Segal. [not offered 2010-11]
41. Social Movements and Other Forms of Political Struggles. The last decades have been marked by a proliferation of social and political movements all over the world. Indians, peasants, mothers, students, among others, have organized collective actions to fight discrimination, poverty, violence, environment degradation, etc. This course will examine the historical context and different forms of the so-called New Social Movements in the context of globalization and latecapitalism. We will read ethnographic accounts of these movements, watch movies made by and about them and analyze the theories that attempt to explain these struggles. L. Martins. [not offered 2010-11]
50. Sex, Body, Reproduction. Is there a line between nature and culture? Drawing on historical, ethnographic and popular sources, this course will examine the cultural roots of forms of knowledge about sex, the body and reproduction and the circulation of cultural metaphors in medical, historical and colonial discourse. Fall, E. Chao.
52. Indigenous Societies: Histories of Encounters. The course gives an overview of the current lives of indigenous societies in different parts of the world [North America, South America, Africa, and Asia]. We will examine major topics that mark their encounters with nation-states: political power, economic development, gender relations, collective rights, healthy, formal education, and religion. The course compares a variety of ethnographic cases (through movies and texts) to expose the difference and similarities between ‘indigenous peoples.” L. Martins. [not offered 2010-11]
58. Doing Research Abroad. Designed to prepare students to conduct independent research projects in the Pitzer study abroad programs. This course will assist students in conducting research in unfamiliar or less familiar cultures than their own. We will focus on issues related to the scope of the research, methodology and ethics. The course will also provide a general basis for the encounter and understanding of other societies. Open and relevant to students in all areas. L. Martins. [not offered 2010-11]
70. Culture and the Self. This course examines the way emotions, cognition and motivations are shaped by culture. Topics will include ideas of personhood in different societies, cultural differences in child rearing, whether there are any universal emotions or categories of thought and mental illness cross-culturally. Spring, C. Strauss.
74. The City: An Anthropological Examination. Through internships in the neighboring city of Ontario and readings about cities historically and crossculturally, we will examine the connection between life in cities as experienced by different social groups and the larger forces shaping these experiences. How are the experiences of immigrants, or members of different classes, shaped by social forces at work in Southern California and the United States at this time? Particularly recommended before or after participation in the Pitzer in Ontario Program. C. Strauss. [not offered 2010-11]
75. Cognitive Anthropology. In what ways are human thought processes the same everywhere, in what ways do they vary across and within societies? We will examine the latest versions of classic debates about rationality, the effect of language on thought, innate knowledge, the structure of cultural knowledge and the relation of people’s thoughts to their emotions, motivations, practices and social worlds. C. Strauss. [not offered 2010-11]
76. American Political Discourses. This course will examine individualist discourses and alternatives to them (e.g., populist, religious, ethnic/racial identity, socialist, New Age) in the United States. We will study how these discourses have been used in the past and present by elites and average citizens, including their key words, metaphors, rhetorical styles and unspoken assumptions. The focus of the class will be original research projects examining the ways these discourses are used in discussions of politics and public policy. Fall, C. Strauss. [not offered 2010-11]
105. Field Methods in Anthropology. An investigation of various methods used in the study of culture, e.g., participant observation, key informant interviewing, linguistic analysis. Students will learn techniques of both collecting and analyzing sociocultural data and will carry out a range of research projects during the course of the semester. Prerequisites: Anthropology 2. Fall, L. Martins.
107. Medical Anthropology and Global Health. This course emerges in critical study of health, disease, and illness across cultures from biomedical and ethnomedical perspectives. It will address the history, theory, methodology, and application of anthropology in various health settings. It will examine implications for global health and health care policy. N. Chen (Scripps).
113. Ethnographic Tales of the City: Anthropological Approaches to Urban Life. Students in this course will examine the ways ethnographic fieldwork methods have been applied to research in urban settings, explore global patterns of urbanization and urban sociality, and consider the distinct theoretical and epistemological issues that arise from the cultural analysis of urban life. Seminar participants will critically engage a range of recent and classic urban ethnographies from around the world and conduct their own investigations. Staff (Scripps).
178. Prisons: Theory, Ethnography and Action. This seminar critically analyzes past and present issues in juvenile detention, mass incarceration and the prisonindustrial complex in the United States. Although the class is primarily focused on juvenile detention, we familiarize ourselves with readings about the current state of our penal system as a whole. This semester, the class will create and pilot a curriculum designed as a rapid-fire, three-week literacy intervention. The class will consist of readings and discussion, as well as planning curriculum development and implementation. S. Phillips. [not offered 2010-11]
Semester is over, meaning I can breathe yet again. Books, books, books on my mind; it is as if they have turned spine-up and began to flap their book-cover-wings to fly, circling around my living quarters. Haruki, love we meet again.
School has endlessly filled my thoughts since..August? Where will I be when the fall season breezes in? Who knows. I sure do not.
Travels may arise this summer, and man, it has been far too long.