ANSO 207 Archaeology of Sex and Gender

This course focuses on sex and gender in prehistory and in archaeological theory. This course seeks to reconstruct the lives and roles of women, men, and children in a range of ancient societies, examining the ways that gendered differences have been portrayed in the past and the present and considering how we can approach the study of social identities and relations of power. We will examine how women contributed to subsistence, technological innovation, symbolic and ritual activity, and how they shared in or were denied social, political, and religious authority and power.

ANSO 231 Gender and Society

This course examines how and why society prescribes different gender expectations to men and women. In turn, we will discuss how those expectations affect the experiences, attitudes, and opportunities of men and women in society. Students will gain the conceptual and theoretical tools to analyze the personal, interactional, and institutional consequences of different social constructions of gender.

ANSO 327 Gender and Power in Latin America

This course looks at the construction of sex and gender in Latin American societies, both past and present, exploring anthropological approaches to the study of social identities, gender relations, and the complex negotiation of power that they entail. We will examine anthropological, ethnohistoric, and archaeological evidence to understand gender roles and ideologies and con-sider how sex and gender intersect with ethnicity and social class in a range of prehispanic, colonial, and postcolonial societies.

ANSO 333 Sociology of Hip-Hop

 This course uses an interdisciplinary and intersectional lens to examine the social, economic, and cultural significance of hip-hop domestically and globally in the post-civil rights era. Drawing on work in hip-hop studies and the fields of sociology, cultural studies, and gender studies, this course roots the genealogy of hip-hop in other musical forms and analyzes hip-hop as a modern and comprehensive expressive form that provides critical reflection on social phenomena.

Not open to first-year students. 

ANSO 393 Black Feminist Thought

 This course explores the micro-level and institutional intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality from social scientific and humanistic perspectives by placing African American women’s thought at the center of class discourse. It maps the genealogy of African American feminist thought from early American “race women” to contemporary, “third-wave,” hip-hop, and digital black feminists. It will consider various instantiations of black feminist identity and activism and explore black feminist praxis.

Not open to first-year students.

HIST 457 The History of HIV/AIDS

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) has drastically changed the landscape of public health, medical science, and human sexuality and community since the virus was first identified in 1984. What came before this moment of scientific discovery, and what followed it? This course explores the history of HIV and the illness it causes, AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), from its probable origins in the Belgian Congo to its contemporary impact in the United States and around the globe.