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Graduate Courses 2013-14

 Courses Term 1

702 The Politics of Desire: Thinking the Present through the Middle East and North Africa, and the European Union
Dr Kee Yong
738 Archeology as History Dr Aubrey Cannon

Courses Term 2

703 Writing the Field
Andy Roddick
Research Design in Anthropology: Ethnographic Theory and Research Methods Dr Andrew Gilbert
741  Sunbathing and Scurvy Dr Megan Brickley

Other Courses

RS 789 - Term 1 Thursdays 1:30 - 2:30 UH/Rm 122 Topics in Gender and Feminist Theory and Religious Studies Dr C. Rothenberg

000:     Graduate Workshop - course spread over two terms; bi-weekly meetings

Dr  Megan Brickley  Tuesday 3:30-5:30pm in CNH-607.

        Term 1 start date:    Monday, September 9, 2013

        Term 2 start date:    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The graduate workshop is a student-focused bi-weekly workshop that is defined for and by graduate students.  We began this workshop because many graduate students felt it was important to have a forum for intellectual and practical discussion for incoming students. It focuses on 1) Professional training such as proposal-writing and preparing for conference presentations, 2) Discussions of intellectual debates on topics defined by the attending students, and, 3) Student research presentations.  Students enrolled each year jointly define the content of the workshop in consultation with the faculty facilitator.  It is twinned with the departmental visiting speakers’ series so that each week (Tuesdays at 3:30) we have a collective forum for discussion outside of specific course-work.  The graduate workshop is mandatory in year one and until December of year two for all graduate students.


Can be taken in Terms 1, 2 and 3







Term 1 Courses

 702:    The Politics of Desire - Thinking the present through MENA (Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and the so-called peripheries of the European Union
Dr. Kee Yong . Start Date: Tuesday, September 10, at 11:30-2:30 in CNH-307

This interdisciplinary course explores the politics of desire during turbulent times in the current global neoliberal economic onslaught, witnessed by the proliferation of politics and protestations in MENA, Latin America, and parts of the EU that promise change in contexts that resist it. Taking "desire" as an open conceptual domain that brings together the affective and the (ir)rational, the personal and the public, the present and the future, this course will explore the construction of human conditions of what people want, what they imagine as beneficial, and what they strive for through the fields of politics, literature, and the economy. We will analyze the politics of desire as manufactured by the state and transnational institutions; and the politics of desire as mediated through artistic as well as quotidian expressions, including music, documentaries, graffiti, anarchism, and other grass root social movements. A major concern of this course is the relationship among political power, the production of subjects, and the potential horizons of imaginative futures. 


 738:    Archeology as History
Aubrey Cannon . Start Date: Wednesday, September 11, at 1:30-4:30 in CNH-307

Term 2 Courses

Dr Andy Roddick. 

Start Date:  Monday, January 13, 9:30 - 12:30 in CNH-307

Writing the Field - What makes good anthropological writing? What defines a good conference paper, thesis chapter or academic article? How do scholars become stronger academics through critical reflection on tough feedback and peer review? What is a good scholarly workflow in the age of new media and "info glut"? This course will investigate these questions through case studies, writing exercises and work on a larger writing project relevant to the larger academic goals of the seminar participants. The class will consist of seminar discussion, group work, and class presentations. This course permits students from all three sub-disciplines to work on projects relevant to their development as scholars, while engaging with a wider literature on academic writing, research and critical thinking.


722: Research Design in Anthropology: Ethnographic Theory and Research Methods
Dr. Andrew Gilbert. 

Start Date:  Tuesday, January 14, 9:30-12:30 in CNH-307


Dr. Megan Brickley.  

Start Date: Wednesday, January 15, at 9:30-12:30 in CNH-307.

This course explores the way in which conditions such as rickets and scurvy (along with other metabolic bone diseases) can contribute to our understanding of past societies. The focus of the course will be archaeological human remains and interpretations of past human health, but reading will also include current clinical literature and discussion of contemporary health problems. The course will include practical skills involved in identifying pathological conditions in archaeological human bone. Vitamin C deficiency, Vitamin D deficiency, age-related and other causes of bone loss and lesser studied conditions will all be reviewed. For each condition considered skeletal changes observable at the gross, radiological and histological level will be evaluated and cultural factors associated with the condition considered. In addition to the course text readings will include archaeological reports, contemporary texts from the periods considered and clinical literature, enabling students to gain experience of taking a bioarchaeological approach to past human health. Key text: Brickley, M. & Ives, R. (2008). The Bioarchaeology of Metabolic Bone Disease. Academic Press: San Diego. The class is to be run as a 3 hour class once a week. The course will use the facilities to be created by the Laboratory for Integrated Bioarchaeological Research in Health, Diet, Disease, and Migration (Bioarch-HDDM) and other resources around the campus.



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