Topical Seminar in Social and Cultural Anthropology II

PREREQUISITE: ANTH-UA 1.

Course Description: Anthropology historically sought to understand the nature-nurture conundrum and is therefore founded upon the ethnography of genetics. We will begin with developing a general understanding of the science of genes and DNA. We will also examine alternative theories of inheritance across cultures and in historical depth. Franz Boas and Margaret Mead’s campaign against eugenics and racist reductions of behavior, the infiltration of sociobiology into anthropology, ethnographies of genetic decision making, the commodification of sperm and egg donation, and the consequences of the Anthropocene on human genetics will be among the topics covered. Students will gain insight into the ethnographic study of the effect of culture on the human body at the molecular level.

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Spring 2022

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Alexandra E. Golla
R: 6:20 PM - 8:50 PM 12WV L120