The course explores anthropological approaches to society, culture, history, and current events. Themes include social organization, ideology, religion, exchange, subsistence, gender, land use, ethnicity, ethnic conflict, and local/global interrelations. Students explore these themes through detailed studies of women in North Africa, ethnicity in Bosnia, ritual exchange in the South Pacific, and political organization in Southeast Asia. The instructor also reviews his current applied research on contemporary indigenous responses to political, economic, and ecological changes in Latin America... Read more about Anthropology S-1600: Introduction to Social Anthropology
This course combines an introduction to the formal, theoretical, and normative structures of human rights with analyses of contemporary case studies. It illustrates several critical human rights issues, debates, and practices which demonstrate the increasing significance of ethnographic field methods and related interpretive analysis. Accepting that agreement on and realization of human rights often require negotiation and compromise, the course illustrates why, and suggests how, realization of many broadly-defined human rights requires specific contextualization.
This course provides an understanding of human rights practice, while also grounding that practice in social theory. Focusing largely on groups --ethnic, minority, and indigenous—students analyze and discuss timely and critical, political, ethical, and methodological problems. Several case studies, and general methodological caveats, draw from the instructor’s international practitioner experiences and other opportunities for
The course demonstrates that human rights practice requires working within the formal structures of international law while also encouraging... Read more about SOC-STD 98gd: Human Rights: Current Issues in Social Theory and Practice
Analyses human rights and the popular movements linked to them in Latin America. Examines how human rights language and legislation have influenced local people and, conversely, how local claims and needs have shaped the interpretation of rights. Case studies from early movements to the present day. Introduces the theoretical, legal, and institutional tools of human rights practice. Emphasizes the understanding of local perspectives in many of the region's widely known human rights cases.
Note: Open to Freshmen only.
Anthropology and Human Rights combines an introduction to the formal, theoretical, and normative structures of human rights with detailed analyses of contemporary case studies. The course illustrates several critical proscriptive and prescriptive human rights issues,debates, and practices, which demonstrate the increasing significance of ethnographic
field methods and related interpretive analysis. Accepting that agreement on and realization of human rights often require negotiation and compromise, the course illustrates why, and suggests how, realization of many broadly-defined human rights... Read more about Anthropology 1615: Anthropology and Human Rights, Contextualizing Universals