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.

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: Canceled
  • 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

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.

African Cities
AS.070.241 (01)

Over the past two decades, African cities have absorbed rapid population increase without accompanying economic growth. Students will review the major challenges of this mode of urbanization and explore the vibrant ways residents have sought to meet them. Following anthropology’s commitment to lived experience, we will track these issues through the twists and turns of everyday life, and consider what they may say about urbanity more broadly in the 21st century. Topics include livelihood, the built environment, conflict and membership, and popular culture.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Degani, Michael
  • Room: Mergenthaler 426
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 12/18
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL

Invitation to Anthropology
AS.070.132 (01)

Click. The screen that brings you last night’s Instagrams and celebrity gossip also flashes glimpses of melting icecaps and burning rubble. These are complex times for human beings, both exciting and unsettling. This course introduces anthropology as a way of reflecting on the challenges of contemporary life around the globe, focusing on themes such as migration, warfare, ecology, inequality, and addiction.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Pandian, Anand
  • Room: Mergenthaler 111
  • Status: Reserved Open
  • Seats Available: 5/25
  • PosTag(s): ARCH-RELATE, GECS-SOCSCI

Ethnographies
AS.070.273 (01)

What does it mean to translate the field onto the page? This course explores the craft of ethnography and its relationship to anthropological knowledge. Reading a series of classic and contemporary works, and engaging in our own writing experiments, we attend to the knotty problem of rendering lived experience, attending to narrative, voice, structure, and the relationship between description and analysis.

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

Conflict and Security in a Global World
AS.070.295 (02)

Students will be introduced to problems of global governance in the context of transnational conflicts, changing nature of war, new epidemics and pandemics, and the threats of planetary extinction. What are the ways security is imagined and what kinds of political passions are mobilized for security of people versus security of states.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 12:00PM - 1:15PM, Th 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Das, Veena
  • Room: Shaffer 303
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/24
  • PosTag(s): INST-IR

Invitation to Anthropology
AS.070.132 (02)

Click. The screen that brings you last night’s Instagrams and celebrity gossip also flashes glimpses of melting icecaps and burning rubble. These are complex times for human beings, both exciting and unsettling. This course introduces anthropology as a way of reflecting on the challenges of contemporary life around the globe, focusing on themes such as migration, warfare, ecology, inequality, and addiction.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Pandian, Anand
  • Room: Mergenthaler 111
  • Status: Reserved Open
  • Seats Available: 5/25
  • PosTag(s): ARCH-RELATE, GECS-SOCSCI

Invitation to Anthropology
AS.070.132 (03)

Click. The screen that brings you last night’s Instagrams and celebrity gossip also flashes glimpses of melting icecaps and burning rubble. These are complex times for human beings, both exciting and unsettling. This course introduces anthropology as a way of reflecting on the challenges of contemporary life around the globe, focusing on themes such as migration, warfare, ecology, inequality, and addiction.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Pandian, Anand
  • Room: Mergenthaler 111
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/25
  • PosTag(s): ARCH-RELATE, GECS-SOCSCI

Minorites in South Asia
AS.070.212 (01)

This course will introduce first-year students to the anthropology of modern South Asia from the lens of its varied minorities. We will interrogate ideas of nation, community, tradition, and belonging across the region to understand contemporary dilemmas of diversity, heterogeneity, and cultural citizenship.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Instructor: Asif, Ghazal Ghazal Asif
  • Room: Mergenthaler 439
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 18/18
  • PosTag(s): INST-CP

Freshman Seminar: Urban Citizenship
AS.070.221 (01)

In our present "urban age," the city appears as the privileged framework to claim citizenship rights. This demand, however, clashes with issues of urban renewal and development, security and circulation, as well as conditions of stark inequality that relegate vast sectors of the urban population around the globe to informality and precarious residence, without access to adequate healthcare, sanitary services and amenities, or secure housing tenure. This course examines the intricacies of the notion of "urban citizenship" and how the "right to the city" is imagined and demanded in struggles for belonging and inclusion in cities throughout the world.

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

Culture, Religion and Politics in Iran
AS.070.267 (01)

This is an introductory course for those interseted in gaining basic knowledge about contemporary Iran. The focus will be on culture and religion and the ways they in which they become interwoven into different kinds of political stakes.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Haeri, Niloofar
  • Room: Mergenthaler 426
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/13
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST, INST-CP, ISLM-ISLMST

Conflict and Security in a Global World
AS.070.295 (01)

Students will be introduced to problems of global governance in the context of transnational conflicts, changing nature of war, new epidemics and pandemics, and the threats of planetary extinction. What are the ways security is imagined and what kinds of political passions are mobilized for security of people versus security of states.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 12:00PM - 1:15PM, Th 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Das, Veena
  • Room: Shaffer 303
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/24
  • PosTag(s): INST-IR

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. Prerequisite: Students must have completed one Anthropology course previously.

  • Credits: 1.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 4:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Instructor: Pandian, Anand
  • Room: Mergenthaler 439
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Housing Matters
AS.070.373 (01)

This course will collectively craft an anthropological critique of housing, both as a social concern and as an object of public policy and urban planning. As a key component of the structure and functioning of cities, housing is instrumental to urban governance, segregation, and citizenship, as well as to cultures of consumption and class formation, identities, solidarities and the imagination of alternative social orders. We will study several ethnographies to examine how the material and social effects of housing shape the politics of difference, rights, markets and property relations, consumption and activism in the US urban context.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Procupez, Valeria
  • Room: Mergenthaler 426
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Technology, Trust, and Expertise
AS.070.375 (01)

How does an idea or an observation become a “fact”? How does one study "science” anthropologically? This course will introduce students to the field of science and technology studies (STS) by asking how different societies have defined the relationship between experimentation, knowledge, and power. Through ethnographic portraits of laboratories, clinics, toxic landscapes, and virtual simulations, we will explore how scientists and other experts have understood their relationships with other citizens, the state, and the physical environment.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Instructor: Ozden-schilling, Thomas
  • Room: Mergenthaler 426
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 17/19
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Reading Marx
AS.070.413 (01)

This seminar offers a close reading of selected works of Karl Marx, along with supplemental secondary literature. We will explore how the central pillars of Marx’s thought--including dialectical materialism, critical political economy, and utopian socialist thought—shape his critical method in interrogating the logic of capital.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Angelini, Alessandro
  • Room: Mergenthaler 439
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/9
  • PosTag(s): INST-PT

Cultures of Pilgrimage in Islam
AS.194.305 (01)

The hajj pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the pillars of Islam. But Muslims around the world also take part in many other pilgrimages, from the massive annual Shi’a pilgrimage to Karbala to the smaller ziyarat “visits” to Sufi saint shrines, to travel to centers of Islamic learning, to pilgrimage to isolated natural features like mountains, trees, valleys. What are the theologies that propel the act of travel in Islam? How are cities, architectures, economies shaped by these cultures? And how are these traditions affected by the wars and colonial projects that plague many Muslim-majority countries in the contemporary world? Readings in this course will draw from anthropology, philosophy, Islamic interpretive texts (tafsir), and travelogues.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Roy, Arpan
  • Room:  
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/19
  • PosTag(s): ISLM-ISLMST, INST-GLOBAL

Sustainable Design
AS.070.433 (01)

Sustainable design involves the development of socially engaging and ecologically sensitive interventions and alternatives, a task both social and technical in nature. Through interdisciplinary readings and collaborative workshops in social science, environmental engineering, and planning and design, this seminar focuses on both theoretical and practical dimensions of this challenge. The first of a two-course sequence, to be followed by a studio practicum in the spring semester.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: F 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Pandian, Anand
  • Room: Gilman 313
  • Status: Approval Required
  • Seats Available: 10/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Precarity in South Korea through TV and Film:Aesthetics and everyday life
AS.070.389 (01)

This seminar explores how precarity in South Korea gains expression in the medium of TV and film. In particular, this seminar will focus on how the moving image brings the viewer into the texture of everyday life. We will focus on the TV show Misaeng and include films such as Parasite and Burning. TV and film will be paired with readings on the transformations of intimate life in contemporary South Korea and comparative work on precarity.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: W 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Han, Clara
  • Room: Mergenthaler 439
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-CP

Householding on a Warming Earth
AS.070.495 (01)

The household appears as commonsensical to us. It is where people, most often those of a family, reside together, sharing its resources, labor and collective fate. However, anthropologists have been arguing against this commonsense since it emerged in the 1950s. Yet the household is back again in climate change policy discussions as being most vulnerable to the problems associated with climate change, such as, temperature extremes, food insecurity, exacerbated disease, enhanced competition and violence. How might anthropological debates and controversies relating to households and householding as an activity within the context of war, famine and migration, provide important insights into today’s urgencies?

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Khan, Naveeda
  • Room: Mergenthaler 439
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 2/9
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Anthropology of Epidemics
AS.070.425 (01)

In this course we will examine how forms of governance, politics, expert knowledge, and citizen actions are implicated in the emergence and management of epidemics.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: F 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Das, Veena
  • Room: Mergenthaler 439
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/10
  • PosTag(s): INST-IR

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.070.241 (01)African CitiesT 1:30PM - 4:00PMDegani, MichaelMergenthaler 426INST-GLOBAL
AS.070.132 (01)Invitation to AnthropologyW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 12:00PM - 1:15PMPandian, AnandMergenthaler 111ARCH-RELATE, GECS-SOCSCI
AS.070.273 (01)EthnographiesM 1:30PM - 4:00PMAngelini, AlessandroMergenthaler 426
AS.070.295 (02)Conflict and Security in a Global WorldT 12:00PM - 1:15PM, Th 12:00PM - 1:15PMDas, VeenaShaffer 303INST-IR
AS.070.132 (02)Invitation to AnthropologyW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 12:00PM - 1:15PMPandian, AnandMergenthaler 111ARCH-RELATE, GECS-SOCSCI
AS.070.132 (03)Invitation to AnthropologyW 12:00PM - 1:15PM, F 12:00PM - 1:15PMPandian, AnandMergenthaler 111ARCH-RELATE, GECS-SOCSCI
AS.070.212 (01)Minorites in South AsiaTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMAsif, Ghazal Ghazal AsifMergenthaler 439INST-CP
AS.070.221 (01)Freshman Seminar: Urban CitizenshipTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMProcupez, ValeriaMergenthaler 426
AS.070.267 (01)Culture, Religion and Politics in IranW 1:30PM - 4:00PMHaeri, NiloofarMergenthaler 426INST-GLOBAL, INST-NWHIST, INST-CP, ISLM-ISLMST
AS.070.295 (01)Conflict and Security in a Global WorldT 12:00PM - 1:15PM, Th 12:00PM - 1:15PMDas, VeenaShaffer 303INST-IR
AS.070.334 (01)Contemporary AnthropologyT 4:00PM - 6:00PMPandian, AnandMergenthaler 439
AS.070.373 (01)Housing MattersTh 1:30PM - 4:00PMProcupez, ValeriaMergenthaler 426
AS.070.375 (01)Technology, Trust, and ExpertiseTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AMOzden-schilling, ThomasMergenthaler 426
AS.070.413 (01)Reading MarxTh 1:30PM - 4:00PMAngelini, AlessandroMergenthaler 439INST-PT
AS.194.305 (01)Cultures of Pilgrimage in IslamT 1:30PM - 4:00PMRoy, Arpan ISLM-ISLMST, INST-GLOBAL
AS.070.433 (01)Sustainable DesignF 1:30PM - 4:00PMPandian, AnandGilman 313
AS.070.389 (01)Precarity in South Korea through TV and Film:Aesthetics and everyday lifeW 1:30PM - 4:00PMHan, ClaraMergenthaler 439INST-CP
AS.070.495 (01)Householding on a Warming EarthT 1:30PM - 4:00PMKhan, NaveedaMergenthaler 439
AS.070.425 (01)Anthropology of EpidemicsF 1:30PM - 4:00PMDas, VeenaMergenthaler 439INST-IR