Topics in Social and Cultural Anthropology

Course Description: This course will begin with an overview of theories and practices of social justice and how it can be integrated into a capitalist society. We will then lay the groundwork for the study of social justice from an anthropological perspective. Beginning with eugenics, carrying through to the COVID-19 pandemic, the course will examine the effects of race, economic status, occupation, and local environment on health, illness and mortality. The burgeoning science of epigenetics—including the effect of stress on gene expression, chronic illness, and autoimmunity--will also be a focus of the class. We will come closer to an understanding of the connection between mind, body, and society, and students will be better able to understand their own well being in light of these issues.






Spring 2022

Alexandra E. Golla
M: 6:20 PM - 8:50 PM BOBS 743
Noelle Barrera
M: 6:20 PM - 8:50 PM BOBS 743

Summer 2022

Sujit Thomas
MTWR: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM 25WV 706

Fall 2022

Melissa Forbis
R: 4:55 PM - 7:25 PM GCASL 388