Anthropology Course Descriptions
Anthropology is the study of human culture. Often cross-listed and interdisciplinary, Anthropology courses at Drury stress social science methodologies, with emphasis on the contextual specifics of place and time on shaping unique societies. These courses also seek to closely examine how people make meaning in their lives by taking into account social relationships of power present in economics, politics, religion, race, and gender. Currently, the university does not offer a minor or a major in Anthropology.
A survey that builds on basic anthropological concepts, methodologies and theories to examine human cultures in a variety of geographic and historical contexts. Topics include human origins, biological evolution, archaeology, gender, health, religion, family and marriage, economics, political organization and representation.
An examination of the concepts and issues of globalization and development, including a study of the roles of the state, multilateral agencies, philanthropies and community organizations in the contemporary world.
This course introduces community and public health by framing it in a broad global context, and it examines social and cognitive factors contributing to health status and behavior. Topics may include the history and practice of public health; the social, political and economic determinants of health disparities; and distributions of disability, disease, and mortality.
A study of the concepts of culture and the body, including critical analysis of alternative gendered experiences, comparisons of how cultures shape identities about the body and sexuality, and cultural perceptions about sexuality, child-bearing and self-identification.
This course offers an overview and in-depth consideration of the relationship between gender and religion in Islamic cultures around the world. The course introduces students to cultural practices of Islamic society and the ways that women’s lives are shaped by religious forces. Readings and course materials emphasize the cultural contexts of the women’s lived experiences and daily practices, including the regulatory discourses of veiling and seclusion, kinship structures, violence, health, feminist activism, literary expressions, etc. Students will also look critically at the emergence of Islamic feminist thought, in dialogue with the human rights discourse present in western feminism, to draw out issues related to gender, ethics, and cultural relativism in a global world.