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Nancy Eberhardt

Professor of Anthropology, Chair of Anthropology and Sociology

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7242

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Requirements

Requirements for the major

10 credits in the department, as follows:

  • Two introductory l00-level courses
  • Area course: ANSO 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, or 236
  • Theory and method: ANSO 300 and ANSO 301
  • Electives: three other courses in the department, of which at least one must be at the 300-level
  • Senior research courses: ANSO 398 and ANSO 399

With permission of the chair, up to two credits in related studies outside the department may be counted toward electives in the major.

Requirements for the minor

5 credits in the department, including:

  • No more than two 100 level courses
  • At least one 300 level course (which cannot be ANSO 301)

Anthropology and Sociology Course Descriptions

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Course Descriptions

ANSO 101. Human Origins. (1)

Humankind's place in nature, the origins of humanoid traits, the nature of the earliest human societies, and the relation of biology to human behavior are discussed on the basis of current anthropological evidence. Offered annually, in winter; J. Wagner;

ANSO 102. Introduction to Culture and Society. (1)

This class introduces students to a wide range of human societies and cultural forms throughout the world, along with some of the major concepts and methods that anthropologists have used to understand them. Our approach is ethnographic and comparative, with an emphasis on appreciating cultural complexity, understanding the global connections that link one society to another, and most of all, learning to think analytically about other people's lives and our own. HSS; DV; Offered annually in fall and winter, sometimes in spring; N. Eberhardt; W. Hope; L. Breitborde;

ANSO 103. Contemporary Social Issues. (1)

This introductory sociology course begins with an examination of globalization and social inequality in the U.S. from both a microsociological and macrosociological perspective. We then explore the "rationalization" of social and economic life and the social dimensions of consumerism. The course invites students to develop their "sociological imagination" by attempting to link their lives as workers and consumers to broader social and economic forces at work in the contemporary world. HSS; DV; Offered annually; G. Raley; T. Gonzales;

ANSO 195A. . (1)

Utilizing an interdisciplinary, Critical Ethnic Studies and transnational framework, this course is designed as an introductory foray to studying Latinx/@ communities in the United States. There are close to 54 million Latin@s/xs residing within the United States, accounting for the largest "minority majority" within the country. This rise in numbers is largely caused by economic, political and other social policies, prompting Latin@s/xs to reside in new regions, cities, and towns that were once hostile to them, accounting for new demographic shifts and thus, creating political, economic, cultural and social changes across the U.S. In the process, Latin@s/xs have undeniably emerged as a significant political, cultural, economic and social force. Cross Listing: AMST 195A;

ANSO 201. School and Society. (1)

Acquaints students with the forces that have shaped the formation of American public education and explores the social context of which schools are a part. The relationships between the school and the wider social, political, economic, and cultural order are explored. Course includes 20 hours of aiding at a local social service agency. HSS; Prerequisite(s): Not open to first-year, first term students; Cross Listing: EDUC 201; DV; J. Estes; B. Swanson; N. Williams;

ANSO 205. Race and Ethnic Relations. (1)

This course examines the development and role of race and ethnicity in comparative perspective. HSS; Cross Listing: AFST 205;BKST 205; DV; Offered annually, in fall and spring; W. Hunigan;

ANSO 208. The Sociology of Gender. (1)

This course provides an examination of the ways in which social systems create, maintain, and reproduce gender dichotomies with specific attention to the significance of gender in interaction, culture, and a number of institutional contexts, including work, politics, family, and nation. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing and previous coursework in sociology; Cross Listing: GWST 208; Offered in alternate years; Staff;

ANSO 218. Urban Sociology: Cities and Society. (1)

This course studies the sociological dimensions of urban life. It will focus on ideas about cities and the people who live there through a series of lenses including: city as symbol; city as locus of social relationships and cultural forms; city as a site of segregation, power, and capital. How do cities work and for whom? By combining theoretical readings with case studies, we will move from historical ethnographies of cities and communities to current studies of cities in sociological contexts. The course will begin with an overview of the field and then cover several advanced topics, such as the processes of urban change, urban poverty and social conflict, and strategies for urban revitalization. Prerequisite(s): Previous coursework in ANSO, and sophomore standing; Offered alternate years, in fall or spring; T. Gonzales;

ANSO 220. Reading and Writing in Anthropology and Sociology. (1)

In this seminar, students will continue to develop the ability to read and write as social scientists. In order to be productive researchers, students need to read monographs and journal articles effectively and purposefully, which means that they need to develop a set of strategies for consuming and comprehending these types of academic work. Likewise, students need to be able to develop social scientific arguments, create literature reviews, and report on analytical conclusions. This course will help students continue to develop these skills, so that they can understand other people's research projects and communicate effectively their own. Prerequisite(s): sophomore standing and previous coursework in ANSO or permission of the instructor; W; Staff;

ANSO 221. Art Work: Culture, Power, and Meaning in Aesthetic Practice. (1)

What is art? Who decides? What distinguishes ordinary objects from art and everyday activity from artistic practice? In this course, we conceive of art as a social construction: a product of situated social action rather than an essential thing-in-itself. Tracing the historical and cultural variation of the objects and practices now considered art, we analyze how artistic boundaries are maintained, contested, and subverted in everyday aesthetic practice. Students apply cultural theory and sociological research to analyze their own qualitative data, collected via semi-structured interviews with two artists of studentsÂ’ choosing. HSS; W; G. Raley;

ANSO 231. Native America: Identity and Adaptation. (1)

Cultural diversity of North American tribes at the time of contact, adaptive strategies of particular culture areas, intellectual and artistic traditions of native North America, and confrontation of Indian and European cultures are explored. HSS; Cross Listing: ENVS 231; DV; Offered annually, in fall; J. Wagner;

ANSO 232. Social and Cultural Change in Contemporary Africa. (1)

The course explores contemporary social and cultural changes in Sub-Saharan Africa through an anthropological lens. Anthropologically-based understandings of African peoples demonstrate how the lives of contemporary Africans are informed by the intersection of local, national, and global systems of culture, history, politics, economics, and environment. General readings and selected case studies provide a framework for a guided student-initiated research project. Prerequisite(s): ANSO 102 required. Students who have successfully completed other ANSO or PS/IR courses, or AFST 145, may be admitted by permission of the instructor.; L. Breitborde;

ANSO 234. Culture and Identity in the Caribbean. (1)

This course offers a study of the diversity and distinctiveness of cultural practices and social contexts of the Pan-Caribbean, understood broadly. We examine the rhythms of everyday life of Caribbean people and how these articulate with historic and contemporary experiences of migration - both forced and free - of remembrances and forgetting, of social organization and political economy, and of the affective power of cultural expressions and identities. We foreground these vantage points through a series of stories, essays, films, music, and selected ethnographic case studies. Prerequisite(s): two courses in the department or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: AFST 236;LAST 234; Offered alternate years, in winter or spring; W. Hope;

ANSO 235. Contemporary Buddhism in Southeast Asia. (1)

Southeast Asia is home to the strand of Buddhism known as "Theravada". What is included in this category and how do Southeast Asians who call themselves Buddhist actually practice this religion? How has Theravada Buddhist practice changed in recent years, and what has prompted these changes? After providing some historical background, including attention to the rise of Buddhist modernist movements, this course will examine the contemporary practice of Buddhism in Burma, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia, as well as its connections with Buddhist practice in other parts of the world. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing; Cross Listing: ASIA 235;RELS 235; Offered annually, in spring; N. Eberhardt;

ANSO 236. Ethnography of Southeast Asia. (1)

This course uses ethnographic inquiry to study the diverse nations, ethnicities, religious traditions, and cultural processes that comprise contemporary Southeast Asia. Highlighting the way Southeast Asia has always been deeply connected to other parts of the world, it considers the legacy of colonialism, religious and social transformations, internal and external migration, the consequences of tourism, and the role of global capital in local economies. HSS; Cross Listing: ASIA 236; DV; Offered occasionally; N. Eberhardt;

ANSO 237. Music and Culture in the Americas. (1)

This class seeks to understand music making and dance as powerfully affective expressive cultural practices that people invest with social value and meaning. We will study a series of conceptual frameworks as well as basic music terminology for thinking about, listening to, and discussing music in specific cultural contexts. Case studies covered include music making in Cuba; Brazil; indigenous and mestizo musics in Peru; North American old-time country, music of the 'folk revival', and of the civil rights movement, among other case studies. This class is designed for non-music majors (although music majors are certainly welcome). Prerequisite(s): ANSO 102 or ANSO 261 or by permission; Cross Listing: LAST 237;MUS 237; DV; Offered occasionally; W. Hope;

ANSO 241. Social Movements. (1)

Analysis of the origins, strategies and political impact of social movements. Readings focus mainly on American movements including the Civil Rights movement, the Gay and Lesbian movement, the Labor movement and the Christian Right. HSS; Cross Listing: PS 241; DV; D. Oldfield;

ANSO 243. Community Engagement: Theory, Practice, and the Politics of Help. (1)

Why do community service? What does it mean to help? Do communities need outside help in order to thrive? What should that help look like? What is the difference between help and engagement? In this course, we will explore the uniquely American perspective on community service and community engagement in order to answer the aforementioned questions. We will begin with some historical foundations in the U.S. to recent attention on ways to build community via engaged participation. We will also challenge ourselves through comparative analysis of neighborhood-based responses to local and national policies. This is a discussion and project-based course. Offered alternate years, in fall or spring; T. Gonzales;

ANSO 246. Working: The Experience, Structure, and Culture of Work in the U.S.. (1)

Work is one of our fundamental social activities. Our jobs define our identities, structure our days, and condition how we interpret the world around us. At the same time, work stratifies our population, creating highly divergent social and economic opportunities based on occupation and income. In this course, we use a range of sociological approaches to investigate the shape, nature, meaning, and outcome of work in the U.S., linking social theory, the everyday experience of work, and the sociopolitical structure of society. W; Offered occasionally; G. Raley;

ANSO 256. Examining the Anthropocene. (1)

In the early 21st century, the term 'Anthropocene' emerged to characterize the increasingly extensive impact of human generated transformations of ecological, geological, and biological processes at global proportions. This class examines the arguments surrounding the concept of the Anthropocene and accelerated demands on natural resources and corresponding eco-systemic pressures. We incorporate the insights of cultural ecology regarding the interrelationships of social, political, and economic organization and the local and regional environments within which humans live. Through ethnogrpahic case studies, we examine the contested social and political fields in which people are making sense of, adapting to, and engaging these global transformations. Prerequisite(s): A 100-level ANSO course or ENVS 101 or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ENVS 256; Offered alternate years, in spring; W. Hope;

ANSO 260. Topics and Methods in Ethnomusicology. (1)

Ethnomusicology can be defined as the study of music outside the Western classical tradition, or as the study of music as cultural practice. Our modes of ethnomusicological inquiry may include structural functionalism, paradigmatic structuralism, Marxist explanations, literary and dramaturgical theories, performance theory, gender and identity issues, and postcolonial and global issues. Cross Listing: MUS 260; O; DV; Staff;

ANSO 270. Language and Culture. (1)

An examination of the relationship of language to culture and social organization. Topics include the relationship between language and thought, ways in which language structure (phonology and grammar) is shaped by culture, and communicative styles as culturally-embedded behavior. HSS; Prerequisite(s): a 100-level Anthropology and Sociology course or permission of the instructor; DV; L. Breitborde;

ANSO 280. -ANSO 281 Social Service Internship. (1)

This course combines experiential learning and academic study to investigate the practical, social and theoretical issues of social work. At the beginning of this two-term, two-credit course sequence, students are placed as interns in local social service organizations. Students have interned with a wide variety of populations (e.g. the elderly, the developmentally delayed, at-risk teens, domestic violence victims) across a broad range of issues and practices (e.g. teen reproductive health and education, public housing, Teen Court, individual counseling, legal assistance). In the classroom, students discuss and analyze their internship experiences, while also exploring the principles of introductory social work practice. Prerequisite(s): junior standing; ANSO 280 is a prerequisite for ANSO 281; DV; offered annually, in winter-spring; T. Cervantez;

ANSO 295. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Anthropology and Sociology not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

ANSO 300. Modern Theories of Society and Culture. (1)

Major nineteenth and twentieth century theorists are discussed, with particular attention given to the emergence of the disciplines of anthropology and sociology and the types of social theory that have been developed. Majors should take this course in the junior year. Prerequisite(s): two courses in the department; Offered annually, in winter; G. Raley;

ANSO 301. Methodologies in Sociology and Anthropology. (1)

An examination of philosophical, theoretical and practical issues that arise when humans attempt to study other humans scientifically. The strengths and weaknesses of a variety of methodological strategies that have been devised by social scientists to deal with these issues are explored. Majors should take this course in the senior year. Prerequisite(s): ANSO 300 or permission of the instructor; Offered annually, in fall; N. Eberhardt;

ANSO 321. Microsociology: Explorations into Everyday Life. (1)

Microsociology is the study of the taken-for-granted world of everyday interaction. Proceeding from the assumption that people cannot help but engage in interpretation and meaning making as they move through their daily lives, this course aims to uncover the patterns and structures by which these interpretations are made. We assume that common sense, group action, and social institutions are "achievements" that must be explained through the study of face-to-face interaction. Topics in this course include the structures of interaction, the production of reality, the self, conversational patterns, and the interactional foundations of social institutions. Prerequisite(s): One ANSO course or permission of the instructor; Offered alternate years; G. Raley;

ANSO 326. Psychological Anthropology: Self, Culture, and Society. (1)

How is our subjective experience of ourselves and others shaped by the social and cultural context in which we live? How might one investigate this? Are Western accounts of human psychology valid cross-culturally? Drawing on recent research in the field of psychological anthropology, this course takes a comparative approach to such topics as emotional experience and its expression, gender identity, the role of power in social life, language and discursive practices, notions of self and personhood, and the indigenous representation of these in various 'folk theories' or ethnopsychologies. Prerequisite(s): two courses in Anthropology and Sociology and junior standing; ANSO 102 recommended; Cross Listing: GWST 326; Offered occasionally; N. Eberhardt;

ANSO 328. Race & Gender in the U.S. Welfare State. (1)

This course examines how political, economic, and cultural ideologies regarding race and gender work(ed) to frame the conception and creation of both the U.S. Welfare State and U.S. welfare policy. We will engage these ideas through an historical exploration of the ways that the U.S. Welfare State was enacted, framed, and codified through policy. In addition we will analyze how the creation of the Welfare State and its subsequent policies reflect American identity and cultural norms, and reinforce social inequities along racial and gendered lines. Prerequisite(s): ANSO 103 and Junior standing or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: AMST 328;GWST 328; W; Offered alternate years; T. Gonzales;

ANSO 341. Anthropology of the Senses. (1)

This course explores a basic premise: sensory perception is as much a cultural act as a physical or biological function. In this class, we will consider a number of scholarly debates and concerns regarding the inter-relations of the senses with historically dynamic human bodily experience. What does it mean to study the senses? What are the possible relationships among physiological capacities; social, political, and economic organizations; and their corresponding relations of power? How might we examine the various ways in which food, drink, art, music, dance, and other corporeal practices are mediated through personal and collective ideologies and practices around the affective and the sensual? Prerequisite(s): Two courses in the department or permission of the instructor; Offered alternate years, in winter; W. Hope;

ANSO 342. Sound Cultures. (1)

In this course, we examine how sounds are enacted through diverse cultural practices and invested with individual and collective meanings. We engage these phenomena through sensory ethnographies, films, cultural histories of sound reproduction technologies, and soundscape mapping. Students will refine their ethnographic techniques to document and make sense of the acoustic ecologies of Knox County and beyond. Prerequisite(s): ANSO 102 or ANSO/MUS 260; Offered alternate years, in winter; W. Hope;

ANSO 348. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff;

ANSO 370. Language and Social Identity. (1)

This course explores the anthropology study of language and its relationships to individual, ethnic, and national identities. We consider selected cases, examining the political, economic, and other sociocultural factors which shape patterns of language loyalties, language use, and language policies. Since the power of various major languages to evoke loyalty and to advance the interests of certain social groups crosses international boundaries, we examine some of the processes involved in the spread of world languages, particularly English. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing and at least two credits in ANSO; L. Breitborde;

ANSO 395. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Anthropology and Sociology not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

ANSO 398. Research Design. (1)

Working closely with a departmental faculty member, each student prepares a research proposal including appropriate theoretical and methodological background materials and a detailed research design to be implemented in ANSO 399. During periodic group meetings, issues that have emerged in research design are shared and alternative solutions are discussed. Prerequisite(s): ANSO 300 and 301, or senior standing, or permission of the instructor; Offered annually, in winter; Staff;

ANSO 399. Research Seminar. (1)

Working closely with a departmental faculty member, each student executes the research design prepared in ANSO 398 and prepares a "professional" research report. These reports are orally summarized and discussed during group meetings toward the end of the term. Prerequisite(s): ANSO 398 or permission of the department; O; W; Offered annually, in spring; Staff;

ANSO 400. Advanced Studies. (1/2 or 1)

See College Honors Program. Staff;

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