Social Anthropology

GENED 1128 - The Conduct of Life in Western and Eastern Philosophy

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Prof. Michael Puett
Thurs. 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

A study of approaches in the philosophical traditions of the West and the East to the conduct of life. Philosophical ethics has often been understood as meta-ethics: the development of a method of moral inquiry or justification. Here we focus instead on what philosophy has to tell us about the first-order question: How should we live our lives?

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ANTHRO 3628 - Anthropological Research Methods

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Prof. Kaya Williams
Tues. and Thurs. 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM 
Tozzer 102

This course offers a conceptual overview of research methods used by anthropologists. We will hear from faculty members their experience of doing fieldwork—from formulating a research question, choosing a site, entering the field to ethical issues they face in the field. Students will not only learn about but also practice these various methods and reflect on their projects in lights of the discussion about methods. To that end, students will complete several exercises and craft a...

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ANTHRO 1883 - Where Science Meets Society: Introduction to STS

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Prof. Anna Jabloner
Weds. 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Tozzer 416

The German word for science literally means knowledge made. In line with this meaning, STS approaches science as practice. The interdisciplinary field asks empirically and methodologically how knowledge is made, how truths become truths, and how matters come to matter and to be matters of fact.

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ANTHRO 1826 - Anthropology of Mental Health, Mental Illness and Mental Health Care

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Prof. Arthur Kleinman
Weds. 3:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Tozzer 416

Course will review ethnographies of mental health problems and mental health care, including substance abuse, depression/anxiety, psychosis, trauma, and related conditions. Also included are ethnographies of the failed chronic care system, psychiatric practice, and global mental health approaches.... Read more about ANTHRO 1826 - Anthropology of Mental Health, Mental Illness and Mental Health Care

ANTHRO 1836AR - Sensory Ethnography 1

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Profs. Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel
Tues. and Thurs. 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Sever B10

Students use video and audio to produce short works about embodied experience, culture, and nature.

This course is also offered as AFVS 158AR. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in ANTHRO 1836BR, Sensory Ethnography 2. No previous studio experience necessary.

To take this limited-enrollment course, you must first consult the Canvas course site for information about the enrollment process and procedures.

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ANTHRO 1716 - Neoliberalism: Empire, Extraction, and the Making of the Global Social Order

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Profs. Salmaan Keshavjee, Jason Silverstein, and Lindsey Zeve
Weds. 12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Tozzer 416

This course is designed primarily for advanced undergraduates and graduate students who are interested in the relationship between neoliberalism, the global social order, and inequities in health and wellbeing.

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ANTHRO 1679 - Punishment Culture

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Prof. Kaya Williams
Thurs. 9:00 AM -11:45 AM
Tozzer 203

What is punishment, and what might attention to punitive practices teach us about the cultures in which they are used? Modern American culture is so saturated with punishment that it is difficult to know where to begin such an investigation.... Read more about ANTHRO 1679 - Punishment Culture

ANTHRO 1435 - Challenging Collections: Critical Reflections on Collecting Through Harvard’s History

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Profs. Diana Loren, Ilisa Barbash, and Ingrid Ahlgren
Mon. 12:00 PM - 2:45 PM 
Peabody 12

Harvard’s museum collections have often been used to interrogate the world outside of “us”: peoples, events, places, and things. This course reverses that gaze and asks what the collections and the processes of collecting reveal about the history of Harvard and its institutional identity as “the” place of learning.... Read more about ANTHRO 1435 - Challenging Collections: Critical Reflections on Collecting Through Harvard’s History

ANTHRO 99B - Thesis Tutorial in Anthropology

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Prof. Michelle Choi
By Arrangement

This is a full year research and writing seminar limited to senior honors candidates. The course is intended to provide students with practical guidance and advice during the thesis writing process through structured assignments and peer feedback on work-in-progress. It is intended to supplement not replace faculty thesis advising (with the requirement of consulting regularly with the advisor built into the assignments) and, most importantly, allow students to share their work and experiences with other thesis writers in a collegial and...

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ANTHRO 98B - Junior Tutorial for Thesis Writers in Anthropology

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Prof. Michelle Choi
By Arrangement

This individual tutorial is for anthropology students intending to write a senior thesis, and is normally undertaken with an advanced graduate student during the second term of junior year. Students will have weekly meetings with the project advisor for the purposes of developing the appropriate background research on theoretical, thematic, regional, and methodological literature relevant to their thesis topic, and fully refining their summer research proposal. The tutorials final paper will be comprised of a research proposal representing...

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ANTHRO 97Z - Sophomore Tutorial: Anthropology as Social Theory and the Social Theory of Anthropology

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Prof. Malavika Reddy
Tues. and Thurs. 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM 
Peabody 12

Anthropology 97z is a course about what social theory is, how to read it and how it relates to the discipline of anthropology. The course encourages students to think expansively about the sources and boundaries of theory, guiding them through three approaches to the theorization of social life: First, we work from early anthropological conceptualizations of society, culture and race to trace the impacts of these concepts on the formation of the discipline and on contemporary life, more broadly;...

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GENED 1126 - Race and Caste

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

Prof. Ajantha Subramanian
Tues. and Thurs. 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Sever Hall 102

Race and caste are two of the most enduring forms of social stratification. While their histories date well before the advent of political democracy, they have taken on new forms in the context of democratic social transformation and capitalist development. In this course, we will grapple with the meanings, uses, and politics of race and caste historically and in the contemporary moment.... Read more about GENED 1126 - Race and Caste

GENED 1093 - Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Cares? Reimagining Global Health

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Profs. Arthur Kleinman, Salmaan Keshavjee, Anne Becker, and Paul Farmer
Tues. and Thurs. 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Science Center Hall B

If you are sick or hurt, whether you live or die depends not only on biological factors, but social ones: who you are and where you are, what sort of healthcare system is available to help you survive, and what kind of care is available to help you recover, if society believes you deserve it.

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GENED 1091 - Classical Chinese Ethical and Political Theory

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021

Prof. Michael Puett
Mon. and Wed. 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
CGIS South S010

What is the best way to live a fuller and more ethical life? Concretely what should we do to begin to live in a more flourishing and inspiring way? Questions such as these were at the heart of philosophical debates in China. The answers that classical Chinese thinkers developed in response to these questions are among the most powerful in human history. Regardless of whether one agrees with them...

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