New Anthropology courses

Melissa Rosario (Visiting Assistant Professor)

Resisting Racism, Extraction, and Dispossession in the Americas

ANTH 217
Fall 2015
Crosslisting: LAST 217
M.W… 11:00AM-12:20PM

In this course, we examine land based social movements as responses to the legacies of empire and colonialism. We begin with an overview of the ideologies of economic and political “progress” that justified the dispossession of indigenous and racialized groups in the Americas. Then we will turn away from the logic of imperial domination to consider alternative forms of knowledge and practice that posit new relationships between nature and society. Of special focus will be a range of ethnographies of land-based movements including the Zapatistas, Garifuna, and MST (Movimento Sem Terra) as well as feminist, indigenous, and anti-racist theories informed by the forms of resistance and decolonization that we have studied.

Sarah Newman (Visiting Assistant Professor)
Talking Trash
ANTH 112
Fall 2015
Crosslisting: ARCP 112
T.R.. 10:30AM-11:50AM

Every day, we make conscious and unconscious decisions that define what we consider clean or dirty, good or bad, valuable or expendable. As the familiar saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” At an individual and societal level, our ways of wasting affect both the world we inhabit and our place within it. This course draws on readings in archaeology, anthropology, history, psychology, material culture studies, and environmental science to explore one of humanity’s most prodigious products and greatest legacies: trash. We will study conceptions of waste from different times, places, and perspectives, as well as the impact of refuse on our everyday behavior, systems of ethics and meaning, and interactions with the environment.

The Pre-Columbian World: 100 Objects
ANTH 227
Fall 2015
Crosslisting: ARCP 227, ARHA 227
T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM

From cities of gold and frightful gods to apocalyptic calendars and ritual human sacrifice, the ancient Americas are both sensational and sensationalized. This course delves deeper into the Pre-Columbian world by examining 100 objects made and left behind by indigenous Americans. We will explore cultures and histories in North, Central, and South America from the peopling of the New World over 10,000 years ago to the arrival of Europeans at the end of the fifteenth century. Organizational themes include: the domestication of plants and animals, notions of rulership and authority, modes of communication, and religious ideologies.

New Psychology Courses

Dear ’18,
I’m Jennifer Wood, dean for the class of 2019, and I’ll taking over the ’18 blog until your new dean is hired.
Please see below regarding new Psychology courses.
Dean Wood

The Psychology Department has added several new courses for the fall (listed below). They are all in WesMaps. To ensure that they would not completely fill over the summer, the courses were indicated to be by permission-of-instructor (POI) but most simply require the stated prerequisites (typically PSYC 105) for admission, assuming seats are available. If you are interested in one of these courses, you should make an enrollment request as soon as it is possible to do so, and plan to attend the first class (or let the professor know if you cannot attend).

Introductory Research Methods:
PSYC 203-01 Quantitative Research Methods, MF 1:10-2:30
PSYC 203-02 Quantitative Research Methods, MF 2:40-4:00

Column 1 Breadth Course:
PSYC 221-01 Human Memory, TR 10:30-11:50
PSYC 221-02 Human Memory, TR 1:10-2:30

Column 2 Breadth Course:
PSYC 251-01 Psychopathology, MWF 9:00-9:50
PSYC 251-02 Psychopathology, MWF 10:00-10:50

Specialized Courses:
PSYC 322 Psychology of Decision Making, T 1:10-4:00
PSYC 350 Seminar on Eating Disorders, MW 1:10-2:30

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First-Year Seminar: Music and Downtown, New York, 1950-1970

Music and Downtown, New York, 1950-1970

This course will explore the history, interconnections, and simultaneous flourishing of four distinct music communities that inhabited and shaped downtown New York during two particularly rich decades in American culture: Euro-American experimentalists; African American jazz-based avant-garde; blues and folk revivalists; and Lower East Side rock groups. Much of the course will be devoted to understanding their points of convergence and divergence, especially in conversation with broader currents of the time (e.g., the Civil Rights Movement and related notions of freedom, shifting youth subcultures, and avant-garde aesthetics). We will read about and listen to recordings of a wide variety of musicians, identify aesthetic and cultural trends, and study the local industry that supported them. Student research, interpretation, and writing will be stressed throughout the semester.!wesmaps_page.html?crse=011500&term=1139