Undergraduate Courses

The courses listed below are provided by Student Information Services (SIS). This listing provides a snapshot of immediately available courses within this department and may not be complete. Course registration information can be found at sis.jhu.edu/classes.

Please consult the online course catalog for cross-listed courses and full course information.

Column one has the course number and section. Other columns show the course title, days offered, instructor's name, room number, if the course is cross-referenced with another program, and a option to view additional course information in a pop-up window.

Technology and Politics in Native North America
AS.070.125 (01)

How have biodiversity protection measures, cultural heritage NGOs, genomic science, and transnational media altered the lives of Indigenous groups in North America in the twenty-first century? What does "recognition" mean for these people, and how does it actually work in practice? This course will explore the emergence of new spaces and technologies of Indigenous politics and their new roles in shaping everyday experiences, from Inuit communities in Arctic Canada to urban centers in the United States.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Ozden-schilling, Thomas
  • Room: Mergenthaler 426
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/18
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Data and Society
AS.070.213 (01)

This course explores the context, experience, and consequences of data proliferation in the contemporary moment. Both experts and laypeople generate and study data at unprecedented rates to make decisions, communicate with each other, and process their environments. How do data advance or constrain our social, political, and economic relationships at large? How is knowledge transformed when it is mediated by large volumes of data? What are the consequences of trusting sociopolitical decisions to data-processing algorithms? What happens when everyday users generate data about themselves and volunteer their data to for-profit entities? The course consists of different modules zeroing in on topics ranging from the economy, to public health, climate change, media, and the law. Each module consists of lectures and seminar-type discussions, as well as interactions with invited speakers. Students will be expected to actively participate in all discussions and develop one independent project. The course content and activities tie into the 2019-2021 Sawyer Seminar on “Precision and Uncertainty in a World of Data” led by the Departments of Anthropology and the History of Medicine.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Ozden-Schilling, Canay
  • Room: Mergenthaler 426
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/30
  • PosTag(s): ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR

An Introduction to Reality
AS.070.329 (01)

Reality is a key concept we often think with more than we think about. And yet reality is not a self-evident thing. This seminar explores a central paradox in the concept of reality: as a totality—an ‘everything’—nonetheless produced and maintained from a partial and situated practice of making. The course begins with historical examinations of reality-making and -undoing then proceeds to approaches from anthropological theory and ethnography. It looks critically at the role of scientific knowledge, technological development, and capitalist and socialist ideological regimes in making realities in their own image. The course puts forth the case that anthropology is uniquely situated to understand how systems of knowledge come into being and stabilize a social order while investigating the inherent contestability and fragility of those systems.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Angelini, Alessandro
  • Room: Mergenthaler 426
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/19
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Freshman Seminar: Anthropology of Home
AS.070.124 (04)

In this course we will examine different conceptions and experiences of "home" through studies of domesticity, kinship and household in diverse cultural settings. Reading anthropological analysis of urban built environment and locality, we will explore the notions of home and homeland, as realms of care, intimacy and belonging yet also as sites of subjection, discrimination and gender/racial inequality.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Procupez, Valeria
  • Room: Mergenthaler 426
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/18
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Introduction to Medical Anthropology
AS.070.253 (03)

Is illness bound within an individual body, or is it entangled with our relations? What are the ethics and politics of the doctor/patient relation? How are medical technologies changing the way we experience illness and healing? How have global institutions responded to the problems posed by disease and development? Drawing on ethnography, film, and literature, this course introduces students to how anthropologists have explored and researched problems related to health and illness.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 12:00PM - 1:15PM, W 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Han, Clara
  • Room: Hodson 110
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/25
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Methods
AS.070.317 (01)

This course aims to teach basic fieldwork skills: Choosing and entering a community; establishing contacts; learning to listen and to ask questions and locating archival material that might be relevant. It is a hands-on course that increases student familiarity with various neighborhoods such as the Arts District in Baltimore. Recommended Course Background: two or more prior courses in anthropology (not cross-listed courses). Course is a requirement for anthropology major.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Haeri, Niloofar, Ozden-schilling, Thomas
  • Room: Mergenthaler 426
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/20
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Introduction to Medical Anthropology
AS.070.253 (01)

Is illness bound within an individual body, or is it entangled with our relations? What are the ethics and politics of the doctor/patient relation? How are medical technologies changing the way we experience illness and healing? How have global institutions responded to the problems posed by disease and development? Drawing on ethnography, film, and literature, this course introduces students to how anthropologists have explored and researched problems related to health and illness.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 12:00PM - 1:15PM, W 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Han, Clara
  • Room: Hodson 110
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 16/33
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Introduction to Medical Anthropology
AS.070.253 (02)

Is illness bound within an individual body, or is it entangled with our relations? What are the ethics and politics of the doctor/patient relation? How are medical technologies changing the way we experience illness and healing? How have global institutions responded to the problems posed by disease and development? Drawing on ethnography, film, and literature, this course introduces students to how anthropologists have explored and researched problems related to health and illness.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 12:00PM - 1:15PM, W 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Han, Clara
  • Room: Hodson 110
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 17/33
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Religious Freedom and Prisons in America
AS.070.363 (01)

"Although we often think of religious freedom as a fixed philosophical doctrine of Enlightenment liberalism, it is a concept continually being (re)made from the ground up in increasingly important ways that today affect national politics and the judiciary. Nowadays, religious freedom has cultivated oppositional meanings: it holds together both a freedom from and to supersede government regulation; where actions in the name of religious freedom seek both to separate from government and to radically engage it as a theological force. We begin by taking this tension as a provocation to look locally and draw widely from a variety of ethnographic, historical, philosophical, literary, and other present-day texts and media, which will deepen how we understand the significant scope of what is at play and at stake in contemporary America and its politics. Through our readings and discussions, we will better grasp how religious freedom and its legal interpretations have grown from the bottom up, moving through local policies, social geographies and institutions, such as churches and prisons, as much as through any singular adherence to transcendent philosophical doctrine. While this class is an overarching exploration of how American Christianity has developed, it will pay particular attention to the Alabama and Louisiana prison systems and their distinctive religious histories. And we will focus on how the varied conceptual forms of religious freedom relate to the social geographies, religious discourses, literary texts, and media produced in and through ideas of the American South."

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 4:00PM - 6:30PM
  • Instructor: Thornton, Thomas Frederick
  • Room: Mergenthaler 426
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/18
  • PosTag(s): n/a

The Origins of Civilization: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
AS.130.214 (01)

One of the most significant transformations in human history was the “urban revolution” in which cities, writing, and social classes formed for the first time. In this course, we compare five areas where this development occurred: China, Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, Egypt, and Mesoamerica (Mexico/Guatemala/Honduras/Belize). In each region, we review the physical setting, the archaeological and textual evidence, and the theories advanced to explain the rise (and eventual collapse) of these complex societies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Schwartz, Glenn M
  • Room: Shaffer 300
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 41/50
  • PosTag(s): ARCH-ARCH, NEAS-ARTARC, NEAS-HISCUL

Social Ecology Studio
AS.070.379 (01)

This course will grapple with the social and cultural dimensions of contemporary ecological problems through a local, project-based approach. Coursework will be organized on a studio basis in partnership with a local environmental organization, Friends of Stony Run. Continuing a collaborative project initiated in the fall of 2019, we will work together to develop interpretive materials for the Stony Run stream and urban watershed adjoining our campus.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Pandian, Anand
  • Room: Mergenthaler 426
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 1/19
  • PosTag(s): ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR

Design Anthropology
AS.070.407 (01)

From casinos to canoes, algorithms to animal traps, our worlds are bursting with intentional objects. The word design has come to evoke the prestige of such objects, and their power to shape our collective habits and sensations. This course explores the anthropology of designed artifacts and their complex social trajectories. Beginning with philosophical investigations into the relationship between materials, form, and craft, we will proceed through ethnographic case studies of design as expert discourse and ordinary practice. Ultimately we will consider the affinities between the ethnography and design as open-ended and not entirely predictable engagements with the world.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Degani, Michael, Pandian, Anand
  • Room: Mergenthaler 439
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/17
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Contemporary Anthropology
AS.070.334 (01)

Students are invited to attend, for credit, the departmental research colloquium in anthropology. The colloquium meets most (but not all) Tuesday afternoons during the semester. Students are expected to attend and listen, encouraged to ask questions when they wish, and to write one brief reflection on contemporary trends in the field, based on what they have observed during these sessions.

  • Credits: 1.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 4:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Instructor: Pandian, Anand
  • Room: Mergenthaler 439
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Slumworld: Life in informal Settlements
AS.070.380 (01)

One quarter of the planet's urban population lives today in slums, shantytowns, favelas, chawls, colonias and other forms of rudimentary settlements (according to UN Habitat). Despite their prevalence throughout the world, these places are still depicted as spaces of informality and abjection, rather than as sites of emergence of innovative -even if disadvantaged-, makeshift ways of producing the city. This course will combine ethnographic and geographical literature, as well as works of fiction and film to explore the lives of squatters and slum-dwellers in many regions of the world and examine in what way their practices, forms of dwelling, sociality, conflict and cooperation are constitutive of the urban experience.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Procupez, Valeria
  • Room: Maryland 217
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, INST-CP

Gods and Monsters in Ancient Egypt
AS.130.126 (01)

A basic introduction to Egyptian Religion, with a special focus on the nature of the gods and how humans interact with them. We will devote particular time to the Book of the Dead and to the "magical" aspects of religion designed for protective purposes.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Jasnow, Richard
  • Room: Olin 305
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/100
  • PosTag(s): ARCH-RELATE

Introduction To Archaeology
AS.136.101 (01)

An introduction to archaeology and to archaeological method and theory, exploring how archaeologists excavate, analyze, and interpret ancient remains in order to reconstruct how ancient societies functioned. Specific examples from a variety of archaeological projects in different parts of the world will be used to illustrate techniques and principles discussed.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Anderson, Emily S.K.
  • Room: Shaffer 100
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/50
  • PosTag(s): ARCH-ARCH

Islamic Finance
AS.230.367 (01)

Today, Islamic finance is a global industry comprising nearly $2 trillion in assets, with hubs from Kuala Lumpur to Dubai to London. But half a century ago, nothing called “Islamic finance” existed. So where did Islamic finance come from? Why is it growing so fast? And what does it mean for finance to be Islamic? We discuss the ban on riba in the Quran and hadith, finance in early and medieval Islamic societies, petrodollars and the birth of Islamic banking in the 1970s, the rise of Islamic capital markets since 2000, contemporary shariah-compliant financial structures, and the constitution of piety through financial practice.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 3:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Instructor: Calder, Ryan
  • Room: Gilman 400
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-ECON, ISLM-ISLMST

Kinship: Old and New
AS.070.426 (01)

We wil track the transformations in kinship theory in relation to wider changes in legal theory, biomedicine, and the relation between state and family. In particular we will ask how the concepts of sovereignty, gift, exchange, human and non-human milieus affect notions of relations. Co-listed with AS.070.639

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Das, Veena
  • Room: Mergenthaler 439
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Concepts: How to Read Hindu and Islamic Texts
AS.070.465 (01)

What is the nature of anthropological concepts and what relations do they bear to concepts internal to a society? We invite students to think with key ideas from Hindu and Islamic traditions, asking if anthropological concepts are best seen as abstractions from the particular or as intertwined with ongoing lines of inquiry, say into the nature of the real and continual efforts to test it? Topics in ritual theory, grammar, aesthetics, translation, revelation, luminosity, figuration and the mythological among those to be considered.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: F 2:00PM - 4:30PM
  • Instructor: Das, Veena, Khan, Naveeda
  • Room: Mergenthaler 439
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST, ISLM-ISLMST

History of Chinese Medicine
AS.140.346 (01)

Students will study the most recent anthropological, philosophical, and historical scholarship on medicine in traditional and modern Chinese society. They will approach the topic from several angles including medical pluralism, the range of healers, domestic and literate medicine, gender, emergence of new disciplines, public health and the history of disease. The course relies on secondary sources and primary sources in English translation. Cross-listed with East Asian Studies.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MWF 9:00AM - 9:50AM
  • Instructor: Hanson, Marta
  • Room: Gilman 186
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/19
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Logic of Anthropological Inquiry
AS.070.419 (01)

Anthropology is an endeavor to think with the empirical richness of the world at hand, a field science with both literary and philosophical pretensions. This course grapples with the nature of anthropological inquiry, reading classic works in the discipline as well as contemporary efforts to reimagine its foundations. Required for anthropology majors.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Degani, Michael
  • Room: Mergenthaler 439
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/15
  • PosTag(s): ARCH-RELATE

Culture & Society in the High Middle Ages
AS.100.365 (01)

History 100.365 will consist of two lectures a week and one discussion section. Readings focus when possible on primary sources. It will cover the social, economic, political and intellectual development of medieval society, beginning with the rise of feudal society, the development of medieval courtly culture, primarily the creation of epic and romance literature in the various courts of Europe; the creation of universities and the intellectual revival of Europe in the form of scholasticism; the re-emergence of trade and, with it, the rise of a middle class, the political development of royal authority which was tantamount to the creation of the modern national state and finally, the emergence of heresy and new forms of spirituality in the late Middle Ages to combat it, especially with the creation of the Dominican and Franciscan monastic orders.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AM
  • Instructor: Spiegel, Gabrielle M
  • Room: Gilman 17
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/20
  • PosTag(s): HIST-EUROPE, INST-GLOBAL

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.070.125 (01)Technology and Politics in Native North AmericaM 1:30PM - 4:00PMOzden-schilling, ThomasMergenthaler 426
AS.070.213 (01)Data and SocietyTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMOzden-Schilling, CanayMergenthaler 426ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR
AS.070.329 (01)An Introduction to RealityT 1:30PM - 4:00PMAngelini, AlessandroMergenthaler 426
AS.070.124 (04)Freshman Seminar: Anthropology of HomeTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMProcupez, ValeriaMergenthaler 426
AS.070.253 (03)Introduction to Medical AnthropologyM 12:00PM - 1:15PM, W 12:00PM - 1:15PMHan, ClaraHodson 110
AS.070.317 (01)MethodsW 1:30PM - 4:00PMHaeri, Niloofar, Ozden-schilling, ThomasMergenthaler 426
AS.070.253 (01)Introduction to Medical AnthropologyM 12:00PM - 1:15PM, W 12:00PM - 1:15PMHan, ClaraHodson 110
AS.070.253 (02)Introduction to Medical AnthropologyM 12:00PM - 1:15PM, W 12:00PM - 1:15PMHan, ClaraHodson 110
AS.070.363 (01)Religious Freedom and Prisons in AmericaM 4:00PM - 6:30PMThornton, Thomas FrederickMergenthaler 426
AS.130.214 (01)The Origins of Civilization: A Cross-Cultural PerspectiveTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMSchwartz, Glenn MShaffer 300ARCH-ARCH, NEAS-ARTARC, NEAS-HISCUL
AS.070.379 (01)Social Ecology StudioTh 1:30PM - 4:00PMPandian, AnandMergenthaler 426ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR
AS.070.407 (01)Design AnthropologyM 1:30PM - 4:00PMDegani, Michael, Pandian, AnandMergenthaler 439
AS.070.334 (01)Contemporary AnthropologyT 4:00PM - 6:00PMPandian, AnandMergenthaler 439
AS.070.380 (01)Slumworld: Life in informal SettlementsW 1:30PM - 4:00PMProcupez, ValeriaMaryland 217INST-GLOBAL, INST-CP
AS.130.126 (01)Gods and Monsters in Ancient EgyptMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AMJasnow, RichardOlin 305ARCH-RELATE
AS.136.101 (01)Introduction To ArchaeologyMW 1:30PM - 2:45PMAnderson, Emily S.K.Shaffer 100ARCH-ARCH
AS.230.367 (01)Islamic FinanceM 3:00PM - 5:30PMCalder, RyanGilman 400INST-ECON, ISLM-ISLMST
AS.070.426 (01)Kinship: Old and NewTh 1:30PM - 4:00PMDas, VeenaMergenthaler 439
AS.070.465 (01)Concepts: How to Read Hindu and Islamic TextsF 2:00PM - 4:30PMDas, Veena, Khan, NaveedaMergenthaler 439INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST, ISLM-ISLMST
AS.140.346 (01)History of Chinese MedicineMWF 9:00AM - 9:50AMHanson, MartaGilman 186
AS.070.419 (01)Logic of Anthropological InquiryT 1:30PM - 4:00PMDegani, MichaelMergenthaler 439ARCH-RELATE
AS.100.365 (01)Culture & Society in the High Middle AgesMW 11:00AM - 11:50AM, F 11:00AM - 11:50AMSpiegel, Gabrielle MGilman 17HIST-EUROPE, INST-GLOBAL

Column one has the course number and section. Other columns show the course title, days offered, instructor's name, room number, if the course is cross-referenced with another program, and a option to view additional course information in a pop-up window.

Violence & Medical Pluralism
AS.070.232 (21)

The course explores contemporary approaches to illness and disease in which somatic expressions reflect broader histories of political violence. The readings in the course will challenge students to consider the ways in which the contours of the human body, its interior as well as its dynamic relations with the milieu are touched by structures of violence and histories of militarization. This will enable students to understand the varying expressions in which illness is expressed in the interactions between medical professionals and patients in clinical and non-clinical settings..

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MTWTh 9:00AM - 10:55AM
  • Instructor: Khan, Sanaullah
  • Room: Mergenthaler 426
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 30/30
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.070.232 (21)Violence & Medical PluralismMTWTh 9:00AM - 10:55AMKhan, SanaullahMergenthaler 426