ANTH - Anthropology

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • This course promotes understanding of the world’s cultures by providing an introduction to cultural anthropology, the study of contemporary cultures worldwide. Case studies are selected for specific ethnographic focus, through which to explore different approaches to life, considering questions of power and inequality, gender, personhood, and religion. The experiences of colonial encounters and internal domination are examined.

  • This course will examine diversity in contemporary Europe as the continent struggles to find a collective identity in an evolving global environment. Students will explore the development of the European Union and cultural issues relating to gender, migration, religion, nationalism, crime, and social innovation. Specific attention will be paid to foods associated with different European cultures and to issues related to food allocation.

  • This course develops a framework for cross-cultural literacy - understanding different cultural contexts and the dynamics of cross-cultural communication. Attention is paid to the challenges that might be encountered in multi-cultural environments and how they might be resolved. Leading social, economic, and political institutions of several specific cultures will be examined. The course is writing-intensive and a project is required.

  • The discovery of the buried city of Pompeii in the 18th century gave birth to the modern science of archaeology, and at the same time added greatly to our understanding of Roman civilization. "Cities of Fire" is offered to students enrolled in the study abroad program in Sorrento, Italy, and takes advantage of the unique cultural heritage of Campania (the region surrounding the Gulf of Naples). The course is a survey of the techniques of archaeology, the vulcanism of the region, and the history and culture of the Roman civilization in Campania.

  • This course will introduce students to the diversity in health seeking practices and beliefs across the globe. Students will learn how to analyze medical practices including biomedicine, as a cultural institution. We will explore how culture shapes our perceptions of what it means to be sick or healthy. This course will provide a context for understanding the way in which culture plays an integral role in understanding, maintaining and restoring health.