Instructor: Jonah Steinberg Assistant Professor of Anthropology More . . .
The study of the most acute human experiences of suffering forms a worthwhile endeavor. In this course, students will have a chance to delve deeply into the lives of people living under some of the most difficult conditions anywhere. Populations of street children can be found in cities across the planet. With numbers in the tens or perhaps hundreds of millions, they are among the least powerful and the least privileged in our contemporary global system. Their existence and situation, and the question of whether they embody a single phenomenon, present us with a powerful lens for studying the ways that large-scale processes affect individual people and places. Through an inspection of the ethnography of street children, we can better understand the ways that historical forces like globalization, colonialism, and industrial capitalism shape people's daily lives and experiences. Observations of street children point to important questions about social life, history, and subjective personal experience. Students will explore those questions with a variety of tools and will examine in detail questions that might help us explain how and why populations of street children come into existence. Our focus will be on the impact of social change and upheaval upon homes, families, and lives. Hands-on research, with opportunities for videoconferences and in-depth research on real life, provides this course with an unusual, practical focus.
Requirements Satisfied: one Social Science course
Meets: Sec A: MWF 10:40am-11:30am Sec B: MWF 3:00pm-3:50pm
Instructor: Benjamin Eastman Assistant Professor of Anthropology More . . .
With more countries represented at the Olympic Games than in the United Nations, there has never been a better time to focus on the role of sports in global, political, economic, and cultural orders. Using ethnographic and popular accounts of events ranging from soccer in the United Kingdom to aerobics in Japan, cricket in India to baseball in Cuba, the Olympics to the X-Games, this course will consider how athletes and fans, nations and states, empires and colonies participate in cultural and political negotiations of gender, race, nationalism, and globalization, among other themes. Students will be introduced to basic concepts in the theories and methodology of cultural anthropology, all with the goal of preparing them to design their own research projects on local sporting phenomena within the UVM or broader Burlington communities.
Requirements Satisfied: one Social Sciences course
Meets: TR 11:30am-12:45pm