Classes

African Diaspora Religions: Vodou, Pop Culture, and the Culture Wars

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2012

This course will introduce students to the study of African diaspora religions, through the lens of exploring why these traditions—usually in mangled form—appear so frequently in American pop culture products, especially horror films. Quickly moving beyond the simple question of whether such products accurately depict these religions, the focus will instead be on exploring what work they do in creating and maintaining cultural and racial boundaries. While the special focus of the course will be Haitian Vodou, students...

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Peoples and Cultures: Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology (Northeastern University Department of Sociology and Anthropology)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2012

This course is an introduction to the discipline of Socio-Cultural Anthropology. Using diverse readings, as well as film and audio, the course emphasizes the role that anthropology has played in shaping our understanding of common ideas such as culture, class, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, and globalization. While presenting information about the history of the discipline, it encourages students to think critically (and sometimes skeptically) about anthropological truth-claims. The course also takes a hard look at...

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