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ANTH 214 Anthropology as Cultural Critique 3 Credits
This course provides an introduction to anthropology, a discipline that has historically produced knowledge of "other" cultures on the basis of fieldwork. In recent decades, a critical anthropology has come to question both the concept of culture and the task of cultural representation. At the same time, the geographical, theoretical, methodological, and thematic scope of anthropological research has expanded. In this course, various anthropological theories and methods will be discussed in light of these recent debates with readings on different parts of the world, including Turkey. For their final project, the students will have the option of writing a paper based on anthropological research.

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Spring 2017-2018 Anthropology as Cultural Critique 3
Spring 2016-2017 Anthropology as Cultural Critique 3
Spring 2015-2016 Anthropology as Cultural Critique 3
Spring 2014-2015 Anthropology as Cultural Critique 3
Spring 2013-2014 Anthropology as Cultural Critique 3
Spring 2012-2013 Anthropology as Cultural Critique 3
Spring 2011-2012 Anthropology as Cultural Critique 3
Spring 2010-2011 Anthropology as Cultural Critique 3
Spring 2009-2010 Anthropology as Cultural Critique 3
Spring 2008-2009 Anthropology as Cultural Critique 3
Spring 2007-2008 Anthropology as Cultural Critique 3
Spring 2006-2007 Anthropology as Cultural Critique 3
Spring 2005-2006 Anthropology as Cultural Critique 3
Spring 2004-2005 Anthropology as Cultural Critique 3
Spring 2003-2004 Anthropology as Cultural Critique 3
Spring 2002-2003 Anthropology as Cultural Critique 3
Spring 2001-2002 Anthropology as Cultural Critique 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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ANTH 251 Anthropology of the Global City 3 Credits
While known for their work in rural settings, anthropologists have long conducted field research in cities. This course will introduce students to urban anthropology and trace the development of the field, focusing in particular on current theoretical and methodological concerns in ethnographic studies of the global city. While the course will provide a comparative perspective on global cities, students will have the opportunity to undertake a fieldwork project of their own in the city of Istanbul.

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Spring 2008-2009 Anthropology of the Global City 3
Spring 2007-2008 Anthropology of the Global City 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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ANTH 255 Local Cultures, Global Forces 3 Credits
In the new millennium, we are faced with an increasingly globalized economy and culture. This course will seek to lay out the global forces that create this new world order/ disorder and address their unequal impact on particular localities. Institutions that shape the global economy (e.g. IMF and the World Bank), international non-governmental organizations that seek to raise global awareness (e.g. Greenpeace), as well as local organizations that problematize the effects of globalization will be discussed together with the theoretical underpinning of the changing sense of place and time created in these processes. Students will be asked to do research on local, national, and global responses to the different ecological, economic, social, and political aspects of globalization.

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Spring 2015-2016 Local Cultures, Global Forces 3
Spring 2014-2015 Local Cultures, Global Forces 3
Spring 2013-2014 Local Cultures, Global Forces 3
Spring 2012-2013 Local Cultures, Global Forces 3
Spring 2011-2012 Local Cultures, Global Forces 3
Spring 2008-2009 Local Cultures, Global Forces 3
Spring 2007-2008 Local Cultures, Global Forces 3
Spring 2006-2007 Local Cultures, Global Forces 3
Spring 2005-2006 Local Cultures, Global Forces 3
Spring 2001-2002 Local Cultures, Global Forces 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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ANTH 320 Material Culture 3 Credits
This course explores the meanings various artifacts?from pictures, photographs and exhibits to food, clothing and money -- acquire in different social, historical, and political contexts and the ways in which these meanings are contested by a variety of social actors. Special emphasis will be given to the ways in which we relate to the past through the use of material culture. Questions that will be addressed include: Do commodities and other items of material culture merely fulfill human needs, or are they also symbols that reveal certain things about their users? What kind of light can items of material culture shed on matters of social structure and inequality, values and morality, or processes of change at particular historical moments? How is material culture used in the service of representing, remembering and forgetting the past? What constitutes ''heritage'' and who owns it? How should ''heritage'' be preserved, displayed, remembered? How is cultural heritage packaged and marketed in the context of tourism and how does tourism change the meaning of material culture and cultural practices?

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Spring 2010-2011 Material Culture 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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ANTH 326 Anthropology of the Body 3 Credits
The biological body has an undeniable physicality, yet at the same time, our experiences of our bodies and the ways in which we make sense of those experiences are inevitably embedded in and defined by the social. Taking an anthropological perspective and paying attention to both discursive and phenomenological approaches, this introductory course will investigate the ways in which the body has been observed, classified, experienced and modified in different cultural contexts and disciplinary regimes.

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Fall 2017-2018 Anthropology of the Body 3
Spring 2013-2014 Anthropology of the Body 3
Fall 2007-2008 Anthropology of the Body 3
Fall 2004-2005 Anthropology of the Body, Health and Illness 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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ANTH 340 Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality 3 Credits
Throughout the 20th Century, anthropologists have studied the diverse constructions of gender and sexuality in human societies around the world. Researching the ways in which understandings of gender and sexuality are constitutive of people?s self understandings, religious beliefs and practices, constructions of kinship and family, the state, economic life, cultural practices, as well as political discourses and practices has been central to contemporary anthropology. This course covers anthropological studies and debates on gender and sexuality through a diverse selection of readings, visuals and ethnographic films.

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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ANTH 350 Anthropology of Development Social Change and Social Justice 3 Credits
The global expansion of the sphere of neoliberal market economy put the debates on development and social justice at the center of studies in social sciences. With the rise of global capitalism, developing countries such as China, India, Brazil and Turkey have experienced a remarkable economic growth in the last 20 years. However, this fast economic growth comes along with its downsides such as the dramatic rise in income inequality, violation of human rights, suppression of unionized workers, worsening conditions at work, and unemployment. In this social and political context, through a close examination of various ethnographic cases, this course aims to introduce major theoretical and critical approaches to global capitalism, development, social change, and social justice.

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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ANTH 354 Migration and Citizenship 3 Credits
This seminar will inquire into the global movement of people in relation to the increasingly variegated definitions and practices of citizenship. Through ethnographic accounts of border-crossings around the world, we will pay particular attention to the everyday experiences of migrants on the one hand, and to the political, cultural and legal discourses of citizenship that shape and constrain those experiences on the other. We will assess the significance of the spread of global capitalism and of transnational legal norms in relation to the changing relationship between state sovereignty, immigrants, and citizenship. We will also pay attention to the ways in which hierarchies of class, ethnicity and nation find expression in the politics of international migration and citizenship.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2015-2016 Migration and Citizenship 3
Fall 2014-2015 Migration and Citizenship 3
Fall 2013-2014 Migration and Citizenship 3
Fall 2012-2013 Migration and Citizenship 3
Fall 2010-2011 Migration and Citizenship 3
Spring 2009-2010 Migration and Citizenship 3
Spring 2008-2009 Migration and Citizenship 3
Spring 2004-2005 Migration, Diaspora and Transnationalism (CULT354) 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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ANTH 413 Etnographic Approaches to Law and Conflict 3 Credits
The ways in which conflicts are understood and acted upon show a significant degree of variation from one social context to another. In this course we will explore the cultural processes that create this variation. We use ethnographic material that is often the result of at least a year of field work, where the researcher observes and participates in the social and cultural life of the particular group. We will read ethnographies about a diverse set of contexts such as Mexico, Iran, Turkey, New Guinea and urban America. Main questions that inform class discussions are; what are the different notions of justice -including fairness, equity etc.- deployed in different cultural contexts? What is the relation of these different notions to the particular methods and mechanisms of resolving conflicts? How are these meanings and practices of justice related to the re-making of structural hierarchies-such as gender, age, status- in the given collectivity?

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Spring 2004-2005 Etnographic Approaches to Law and Conflict 3

Prerequisite: SOC 201 - Undergraduate - Min Grade D
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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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ANTH 415 Anthropology of the State 3 Credits
This course examines the institutions, spaces, ideas, practices, and representations that constitute and question the nation-state. It draws on perspectives on the state developed within other disciplines. Simultaneously, a distinctively anthropological understanding of the state is articulated by focusing on systems of meaning and belief; personhood and agency; everyday practices; and persistent structures and emergent forms. The course also examines how institutions which are considered to define the modern state, such as citizenship, sovereignty, territoriality, secularism, and violence, are manifested in and represented by ethnographic research and writing.

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Summer 2013-2014 Anthropology of the State 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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ANTH 425 Anthropology of Affect 3 Credits
This course explores the realm of the intangible and the unseen to think through 'vibes', 'energies', and `sentiments' that are associated with situations in which cultural formations are blocked, suspended or mobilized. The task at hand is to attend to the ways in which non-cathartic states of feeling create affective spheres that mobilize public opinion. Building up on a multiplicity of resources ranging from visual material, Marxism, critical race theory, queer studies, feminism, psychoanalysis, and ethnographies of militarism, the course explores a domain of politics where that which is repressed is denied further by or returns in spectral forms in cultural memory. The course aims to stimulate reflection on affective concepts in the ethnographic contexts where they seem most at stake to explore the intersections of gender, race, labor, and militarism and to problematize the nationalist processes of fact and memory building.

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Spring 2011-2012 Anthropology of Affect 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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ANTH 428 Anthropology of Hope 3 Credits
In social theory, popular discourse and everyday practice, hope is often an assumed or desired sentiment but albeit one that is rarely seen as being in need of critical elaboration. This course takes hope as a key category of social analysis. It first compares different historical approaches that locate in hope the utopian spirit of times of revolution and certain religious doctrines that link hope to faith in the face of experiential misery. It then delves into contemporary ethnographies that engage with theories of affect as they pertain to hope. How does hope relate to other affective states such as desire and optimism (hope?s presumed affines) and melancholy and despair (its presumed opposites ?) Under what conditions does hope become cruel? Building on a critical tradition in social theory, it also assesses the potential role of hope in progressive politics and thought as a method of critique.

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Fall 2014-2015 Anthropology of Hope 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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ANTH 450 Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) 3 Credits
Geographic regions such as the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) are human constructions based on ideas about space and difference, rather than naturally existing categories. This course starts with a critical analysis of the making of the MENA region, which covers about 25 countries from Morocco to Iran, as a historical and political process. In an effort to move beyond the predominantly Orientalist constructions of this region in mainstream discourses, we will read critical ethnographic studies of the historical, political and cultural processes that have shaped human lives in this diverse cultural space.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Fall 2013-2014 Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) 3
Spring 2005-2006 Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) 3

Prerequisite: CULT 201 - Undergraduate - Min Grade D
or SOC 201 - Undergraduate - Min Grade D
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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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ANTH 465 Social Mobilization, Resistance and Protest 3 Credits
This course will expore the nature of social protest in various parts of the world. It will examine the dynamics of massive revolutionary movements, and yet also the challenges of understanding diverse and less-publicized forms of protest and mobilization. We will examine forms of protest related to human rights, labor conditions, indigenous mobilization, ethnicity and nationalism, religion and gender in the context of increasing globalization. The course will both explore particular case studies of mobilization as well as introduce students to key questions about the role of culture, memory, mass media, and other forces in the making of social mobilization.

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Fall 2012-2013 Social Mobilization, Resistance and Protest 3
Fall 2008-2009 Social Mobilization, Resistance and Protest 3
Fall 2006-2007 Social Mobilization, Resistance and Protest 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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ANTH 468 Ethnography 3 Credits
Ethnography has been the main method of research and writing in anthropology. This course provides an in-depth reading of classical and contemporary ethnographies addressing a wide range of theoretical and political questions regarding the ethnographic experience and text.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2017-2018 Ethnography 3
Spring 2015-2016 Ethnography 3
Fall 2013-2014 Ethnography 3
Fall 2003-2004 Ethnography 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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ANTH 469 Anthropology and History 3 Credits
What happens when anthropologists take up history? The recent interest of anthropology in history will be examined in this course through the close reading of a selection of contemporary ethnographies (books produced by anthropologists on the basis of field research).

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Spring 2010-2011 Anthropology and History 3
Fall 2007-2008 Anthropology and History 3
Fall 2006-2007 Anthropology and History 3
Spring 2004-2005 Writing Culture 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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ANTH 471 Anthropology of Europe 3 Credits
Anthropology is conventionally perceived as the study of non-European societies, however, recent critical approaches have stressed the importance of turning the anthropological gaze to western societies, and in particular, of ''provincializing Europe.'' Through recent ethnographies of different nation-states and social spaces in Europe, the course will examine historical and contemporary constructions of ''Europeanness,"; debates over multiculturalism, cultural citizenship and ''Islamaphobia''; migration and ethnicity; and the uneasy relation of Eastern Europe and postsocialism to Western Europe an the EU

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Spring 2013-2014 Anthropology of Europe 3
Spring 2012-2013 Anthropology of Europe 3
Fall 2009-2010 Anthropology of Europe 3
Fall 2008-2009 Anthropology of Europe 3
Fall 2007-2008 Anthropology of Europe 3

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ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS / 6 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
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