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The Department of Anthropology offers a wide range of courses during the 2018 Summer Sessions period. This is a great opportunity for students concerned with graduating on time or those that are interested in getting an academic head start on completing their requirements. 

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GLB HLT 191: Global Health: Comparative Perspectives in Ethics and Politics of Health Care | Instructor: Yael Assor | MW 12:30PM-2:35PM  | Enrollment: 30 | Dodd Hall Room 162 | Sociocultural anthropology | Approved as an upper div elective for Anthro BA, BS, and minor.


Session A Course Descriptions

Anthropology 3 - Culture and Society
Summer Session A, 2018
MW 9:30-11:35a | Haines A25
A. Mack / A. Boum

This course offers an introduction to the theories and methods of sociocultural anthropology through reading and analyzing classic and contemporary ethnography. Key concepts covered include culture and cultural production, ritual and symbolism, religion, exchange, race, gender, kinship, globalization, and migration. Students will gain a broad overview of major areas of research that sociocultural anthropologists have undertaken in an effort to understand the diversity of human behaviors and experiences. 


Anthropology 110 - Principles of Archaeology
Summer Session A, 2018
MW 12:30-2:35p | Dodd 170
B. Shephard, PhD

Anthro 110 is an exciting, hands-on advanced introduction to the field of archaeology. We will explore how archaeologists think about the archaeological record and the methods they use to study ancient societies. Major topics include archaeological site formation processes, research project design and field techniques, material dating methods, artifact analysis, and the archaeological study of human-environment relationships, food production systems, social organization, and ideology. But we won't just read about these topics! We will use actual tools that archaeologists use in the field and laboratory to record and analyze data from authentic and reproduced artifacts. Students will be asked to apply course materials to “real life” situations that archaeologists frequently encounter while working on sites ranging from Paleolithic rockshelters to Roman coliseums. Toward the end of the course we will also explore archaeological careers and the place of archaeology in modern society. Students enrolled in the course should have taken Anthropology 8 (or its equivalent). This course is also intended to complement Anthro 111, which focuses more closely on archaeological theory. Course requirements include a series of laboratory exercises, writing assignments, take-home exams, and participation in discussion.


Anthropology 124S - Evolution of Human Sexual Behavior
Summer Session A, 2018
TR 12:30-2:35p | Fowler A139
J.K. Snyder, PhD

An examination of human sex differences and similarities in morphology, physiology, and behavior from an evolutionary perspective. Emphasizes theories, hypotheses and evidence for differences between men and women in their patterns of growth, maturation, fertility, mortality, parenting, and relations with members of opposite sex. Special focus on evidence-based critical thinking about interactions between biology and culture and how evolved behaviors match local environments. Adapted from the ten-week course of the same name.


Anthropology 133 - Anthropology of Food
Summer Session A, 2018
TR 9:30-11:35a | Royce 362
M.K. Kim, PhD

The relationship between food and health may seem obvious. After all, according to common wisdom, our bodies need certain nutrients for optimal health, and we are supposed to get these nutrients by consuming healthy foods. It is understood that not having enough to eat and/or eating the “wrong” kinds of foods—often blamed on ignorance and/or indifference, and even modern living—can be harmful to health.

 This course seeks to problematize and add depth to this set of views by examining the relationship between food and health from a critical and holistic perspective that accounts for the interplay of biology and culture within broader historical, societal, and global contexts.

Toward this goal, we will address the following questions:

  • What do we mean by health, especially in terms of diet?
  • Why do we eat what we eat? What is the relationship between food practices and our evolutionary biology? What are the relationships among food practices and societies’ particular environments, cultural systems, and histories, including in light of globalization and modernization? What have been the implications for health?
  • Related to this, what are the major foods that are produced and consumed around the world, how have they come to their prominence, and what health consequences have they had?
  • Before food is consumed, it must be produced, distributed, and prepared. How can we understand how such processes have affected human health?

** Not open for credit to students with credit for Society and Genetics 180: Food & Health in Global Perspective taught by Professor Mi Kyung Kim


Anthropology 139 - Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology: Understanding Mental Health and Disability: Cross- and Intra-Cultural Perspectives
Summer Session A, 2018
MW 9:30-11:35a | Dodd 170
M. Bloom / A. Boum

This course looks at notions of mental health and disability within and among cultural groups and from various disciplinary perspectives. We will look at the subjective experience of disability for Mexican-origin & Latino youth and families in the United States and draw comparisons with how disability is experienced, perceived, and managed among other cultural groups and in other countries. To enrich our understanding of the complex meanings of “disability,” we will read and discuss literature from multiple perspectives, including first person accounts of living with mental illness. We will examine what disability means to different individuals and groups of people, at different times, and in different places. We will look at questions of stigma, status, inequality, and discrimination as they relate to disability, and at the implications of different concepts of and perspectives on disability for individuals and groups of people growing up and living in different parts of the world.

NOTE: “Satisfactory completion of this course will fulfill an elective requirement for the Disability Studies Minor. Please contact the Academic Adviser for the minor once the grade has posted. www.disabilitystudies.ucla.edu


Anthropology 142P - Anthropology of Religion
Summer Session A, 2018
MW 12:30-2:35p | Dodd 175
C. Stephan / A. Boum

This course examines anthropological approaches to the religious beliefs and practices of cultures throughout the world. Religion has been a major interest in anthropology since the beginnings of the discipline. Early debates about the rationality of so-called “primitive” religions dominated the discipline, which approached the subject from a skeptical scientific perspective. Later, anthropologists became more concerned with in-depth ethnographic studies and a succession of new theoretical and interpretive paradigms followed. From its inception, the discipline has always been concerned with linking up the details of religious beliefs and behaviors across cultures with larger explanations of the nature and functions of religion as a human universal. The class is organized around themes that have shaped the historical and contemporary anthropological study of religion. These include some of the most important theoretical approaches to the study religion as well as the relationships between religion and society, religion’s fundamental basis in human cognition, religion’s role in organizing the human experience, and more focused topics like myth, ritual, altered states of consciousness, healing, witchcraft, and the powerful impact of colonialisms and globalisms on religious life.


Anthropology 160B - Change & Continuity among Native North Americans
Summer Session A, 2018
TR 12:30-2:35p | Haines A25
R. Thornton, PhD

Consideration of tremendous change Native American societies and cultures have undergone since European contact. Emphasis on patterns of adaptation and continuity as Native Americans confronted colonization and its implications.


Session C Course Descriptions


Anthropology 1 - Human Evolution
Summer Session C, 2018
MW 9:30-11:35 am | Fowler A139
J. Rashidi, PhD

Understanding human evolution is a powerful tool for better understanding ourselves and the world around us. Acquiring this basic knowledge is not just relevant but also crucial for fully understanding human history, society, psychology, and culture and stands as a fascinating example of how organisms fit an ecological niche, adapt to it, and then re-construct their niche. In short, engaging for any student from any of the social sciences, liberal arts, or life sciences. Specifically designed to be informational and hone evidence-based critical thinking skills.

The course is consists of four parts: (1) the mechanics of biological evolution; (2) primate behavior and ecology; (3) the history of the human lineage understood from fossil and genetic evidence; and (4) understanding the genetic diversity of modern humans. Adapted from the ten-week course offered during the academic year to fit in a six-week session while still conceptually rich and detailed.


Anthropology 124Q - Evolutionary Psychology
Summer Session C, 2018
TR 930-11:35a | Fowler A139
D. Frederick, PhD

Survey of research in evolutionary psychology. Review of relevant theory in evolution and genetics. Emphasis on empirical studies of modern human behavior from evolutionary perspective, including social behavior, decision making, language, culture, and child development. Topics will include evolutionary perspectives on aggression, cooperation, and mate choice. Class will involve mix of lecture, debate, discussion, and group activity. Grade will be based on attendance/participation, quiz, exam, group activity, and poster presentation based on topic of interest.


Anthro 135 - Visual Anthropology: Documentary Photography
Summer Session C, 2018
TR 9:30-11:35a | Dodd 175
G. Talley / A. Boum

Photographs in anthropology serve many purposes: as primary data, illustrations of words in books, documentation for disappearing cultures, evidence of fieldwork, material objects for museum exhibitions, and even works of art. Topics include the discussion of National Geographic and photography, ethnographic film, and the reading of Instagram as ethnographic evidence.


Anthro 153 - Language and Identity
Summer Session C, 2018
TR 12:30-2:35p | Royce 164
T. Mitsuhara / A. Boum

Language is one of the fundamental devices that all humans share and through which they distinguish themselves from other animals. At the same time human language presents a vast diversity within and across communities. Individuals use differences in language to signal their belonging to a given community or communities as well as to distinguish themselves from others. In this course we will explore the ways in which language is used to create personal and group identities, how different identities are set off against one another, and criteria for inclusion or exclusion. We will analyze how particular forms of speech are tied to specific traits of speakers and the ways in which the perception of particular people and the way they speak impacts the projection of particular social and cultural characteristics. Identity should thereby not be taken as a distinct property of a person or a group, but rather as the result of particular ways of interacting within and across human communities of practice.


Anthropology 159 - War and Conflict
Summer Session C, 2018
MW 9:30-11:35a | Royce 164
F. Amoozegar-Fassie / A. Boum

War and conflict have been a central object of study for anthropologists, and social concern throughout the ages. The course is organized into six major themes: a) the ontology of violence and conflict; b) everyday violence and structural violence; c) gender and war; d) conflict and the body; e) war and memory; and f) conflict and resilience. Over the duration of this course, we will examine overt and extraordinary forms of conflict and violence, and consider the significance of its discreet and everyday expressions. To this end, we will explore anthropological scholarship ranging from war, ethnic conflict and genocide, to neglect, exclusion and exposure to harm to inquire. Some of the questions under analysis are: What is conflict? How does conflict emerge and reproduce? How do different labels or categories—neglect, harm, discipline, civilian justice—affect our understanding of conflict and war? And, what can ethnography offer to our understanding of conflict?


Anthropology 163P - Ideology and Social Change in Contemporary China
Summer Session C, 2018
MW 12:30-2:35p | Fowler A139
C. Huang / A. Boum

This course offers an overview of Chinese social change in the last half-century. The goals of the course are three-fold. Students will come away with an understanding of 1) the political and economic upheavals that took place in China starting with the communist takeover in 1949 2) the impacts of these changes on social institutions and cultural norms (such as marriage practices and the relationship between citizens and the state) and 3) the persistence and flexibility of certain cultural constants (such as guanxi networks and collectivity) throughout these changes. Particular attention will be paid to the continuing and oftentimes intimate influence of state policies on personal lives. Lectures will be supported by weekly readings and occasional in-class film screenings. 


Global Health 191 - Variable Topics Senior Research Seminar: Comparative Perspectives in Ethics and Politics of Health Care
Summer Session C, 2018
MW 12:30-2:35p Dodd 162
M.A. Rodriguez / Y. Assor

Approved as an upper div elective for Anthro BA, BS, and minor. In current era, medical technologies and treatment methods advance more rapidly than ever before. These new advancements bring with them new dilemmas and debates. While similar dilemmas emerge in various global settings, they take different form in each locality, according to its unique social and cultural dynamics. Examination of how some core debates in contemporary health care are addressed in different localities, through analysis of ethical considerations and political interests that shape stakes, possible paths of action, and decisions taken about these debates in various global settings. Study takes Israeli health care system as reference point for discussions. Through comparative view of central debates in different global settings, study equips students with skills to analyze ethical considerations and political interests shaping core health care debates worldwide.