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Course Offerings Fall 2011

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Code Name Instructor Day/Time
ANTH 063 East & West: A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Cultural History of the Modern World Lisa Mitchell MW 12:00-1:00
(cross-listed SAST 063) Sugar and Spices. Tea and Coffee. Opium and Oil. Hop aboard the Dutch schooners, Indian Ocean dhows, Chinese junks, and British and American clipper ships that made possible the rise of global capitalism. How have desires to possess and consume particular commodities shaped cultures and the course of Modern History? This class introduces students to the history of the modern world by tracing connections between East and West, South and North. Following the circulation of commodities and the development of modern capitalism, the course examines the impact of global exchange on interactions and relationships between regions, nations, and peoples, including the role of slavery, colonial and imperial relations, and struggles for economic and political independence. From the role of spices in the formation of European joint stock companies circa 1600 to contemporary conflicts over oil, the course's use of both primary and secondary source readings will enable particular attention to the ways that global trade has impacted social, cultural, and political formations and practices throughout the world.
ANTH 086 Desire and Demand Marilynne Diggs-Thompson M 2:00-5:00
  Does consumption shape culture or does culture shape consumption? As even the most mundane purchase becomes socially symbolic and culturally meaningful we can persuasively argue that the concept of "need" has been transformed. Analyzing a variety of physical and virtual consumer venues, the goal of htis seminar is to understand and to analyze historical and contemporary issues related to a culture of consumption. We investigate social and political-economic factors that impact when and how people purchase goods and argue that behavior attached to consumption includes a nexus of influences that may change periodically in response to external factors. Readings and research assignments are interdisciplinary and require a critical analyses of global/local linkages. The city of Philadelphia becomes the seminar's laboratory as we ask how have issues of culture, consumption, and global capitalism become intertwined around the world?
ANTH 184 Food and Culture Jane Kauer R 1:30-4:30
  In this seminar we will explore the various relationships between food and culture. Readings will draw from a range of fields aside from anthropology, including psychology, food studies, history, nutrition, and sociology. We will read about and discuss cross-cultural variation in food habits, the meanings underlying eating and food in the United States, and the different ways that individuals construct 'self' and identity through food and eating. Discussion in class will rely on in-depth reading, analysis, and discussion of the assigned texts. There will be a few short writing assignments throughout the class. In addition, students will conduct interviews and then write a paper based on both these and research in the published literature.
COML 300 Food and Culture of Italy Fabio Finotti T 1:30-4:30
(cross-listed ITAL 300) Food is culture.B Food is language.B This course wil explore the anthropology of food and the cultural aspects of gastronomy in Italian History.B We will focus on the communication through food advertising.B The class will be taught in English.B The reading material and the bibliographical refernces will be required in a course reader.B Further material will be presented in class.B Requirements include class attendance, preparation and participation, a series of oral responses, and a final oral presentation.B The course is conducted in English.B It counts for the Major and Minor in both Italian Culture and in Italian Literature, and has no prerequisite.
GAFL 135 The Politics of Food and Agriculture Mary Summers W 3:30-6:30
(cross-listed with HSOC 135 and PSCI 135) This academically based community service course will explore the politics and institutions that have shaped - and continue to shape - food production and consumption. Students will use the readings, their community service, and ongoing "food events" at Penn to analyze the politics of food in many arenas: from farms, kitchens, supermarkets, schools, and communities of faith to corporations, research institutions, the media and international trade.
GEOL 511 Geology of Soils Arthur Johnson MW 2:00-3:30
  Nature, properties, genesis, and classification of soils; soils of the United States.
HSCO 150 American Health Policy Beth Linker  
  This lecture course will introduce students to a broad range of topics that fall under the heading of American health policy. Its main emphasis will be on the history of health care in America from the U.S. Civil War to the present day. Some of the themes addressed include: American public health movements and hospitals, private health insurance (such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield), industrial health and workmen's compensation, the welfare state (in Europe and the U.S.), women's health, especially maternal and infant care programs, Medicare/Medicaid, the Clinton Health Plan, injured soldiers and the Veterans Administration.
HSOC 135 The Politics of Food and Agriculture Mary Summers W 3:30-6:30
(cross-listed with PSCI 135 and GAFL 135) This academically based community service course will explore the politics and institutions that have shaped - and continue to shape - food production and consumption. Students will use the readings, their community service, and ongoing "food events" at Penn to analyze the politics of food in many arenas: from farms, kitchens, supermarkets, schools, and communities of faith to corporations, research institutions, the media and international trade.
ITAL 300 Food and Culture of Italy Fabio Finotti T 1:30-4:30
(cross-listed with COML 300) Food is culture.B Food is language.B This course wil explore the anthropology of food and the cultural aspects of gastronomy in Italian History.B We will focus on the communication through food advertising.B The class will be taught in English.B The reading material and the bibliographical refernces will be required in a course reader.B Further material will be presented in class.B Requirements include class attendance, preparation and participation, a series of oral responses, and a final oral presentation.B The course is conducted in English.B It counts for the Major and Minor in both Italian Culture and in Italian Literature, and has no prerequisite.
NURS 054 Principles of Human Nutrition Jennifer Dolan MW 3:00-4:30
  Essentials of normal nutrition and its relationship to the health of individuals and families. These concepts serve as a basis for the development of an understanding of therapeutic application of dietary principles and the nurse's role and responsibility in this facet of patient care.
NURS 112 Nutrition Science and Applications Bart-Gerard C De Jonghe M 5:00-8:00 or T 5:00-8:00
  An overview of the scientific foundations of nutrition. The focus is on the functions, food sources and metabolism of carbohydrate, fat, protein, vitamins and minerals. Effects of deficiency and excess are discussed and dietary recommendations for disease prevention are emphasized. Current issues and controversies are highlighted. Students will analyze their own dietary intakes and develop plans for future actions.
NURS 313 Obesity and Society Charlene Compher R 4:30-7:30
  This course will examine obesity from scientific, cultural, psychological, and economic perspectives. The complex matrix of factors that contribute to obesity and established treatment options will be explored. This course satisfies the Society & Social Structures Sector for Nursing Class of 2012 and Beyond.
NURS 375 Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle Irene Berman-Levine W 12:30-3:30
  Understanding and meeting nutritional needs from conception through adulthood will be addressed. Nutrition-related concerns at each stage of the lifecycle, including impact of lifestyle, education, economics and food behavior will be explored.
PSCI 135 The Politics of Food and Agriculture Mary Summers W 3:30-6:30
(cross-listed with HSOC 135 and GAFL 135) This academically based community service course will explore the politics and institutions that have shaped - and continue to shape - food production and consumption. Students will use the readings, their community service, and ongoing "food events" at Penn to analyze the politics of food in many arenas: from farms, kitchens, supermarkets, schools, and communities of faith to corporations, research institutions, the media and international trade.
SAST 063 East & West: A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Cultural History of the Modern World Lisa Mitchell MW 12:00-1:00
(cross listed with ANTH 063) Sugar and Spices. Tea and Coffee. Opium and Oil. Hop aboard the Dutch schooners, Indian Ocean dhows, Chinese junks, and British and American clipper ships that made possible the rise of global capitalism. How have desires to possess and consume particular commodities shaped cultures and the course of Modern History? This class introduces students to the history of the modern world by tracing connections between East and West, South and North. Following the circulation of commodities and the development of modern capitalism, the course examines the impact of global exchange on interactions and relationships between regions, nations, and peoples, including the role of slavery, colonial and imperial relations, and struggles for economic and political independence. From the role of spices in the formation of European joint stock companies circa 1600 to contemporary conflicts over oil, the course's use of both primary and secondary source readings will enable particular attention to the ways that global trade has impacted social, cultural, and political formations and practices throughout the world.
URBS 290 Metropolitan Nature Michael Nairn M 2:00-5:00
  Metropolitan Nature begins with the premise that in order to understand the complex and skewed relationship between nature and its natural resource base, we must examine different scales simultaneously. The course explores a variety of issues concerning natures role in the contemporary urban world with a focus on urban sustainability. At its core, sustainability is a radical concept. Co-opted by marketing slogans, stripped of meaning and context, it has become vague and pliable. It does, however, have a real meaning, which will form the basis for examining nature in the city. Sustainability demands a systems view of both the economy and environment and understanding the management of their interactions. The course focuses on the ecological aspects of the emerging field of ecological economics fostering an understanding of the ecological principles of urban sustainability.
URBS 359 Nutritional Anthropology Francis E Johnston W 3:00-6:00
  Human nutrition and nutritional status within context of anthropology, health, and disease. Particular emphasis on nutritional problems and the development of strategies to describe, analyze, and solve them. Students will participate in the Urban Nutrition Initiative, an academically based community service project in local area schools.
WRIT Global Foodways Durba Chattaraj MW 2:00-3:30
011-302 The foods we put on our plates have stories behind them--more recent stories of how they were produced, and longer histories of how they traveled to various parts of the world. Through looking at world history as food history, we will examine the role that commodities played in fueling colonialism and global trade. In this course we examine the history of South Asia and South Asia's global interactions through the story of the creation and international spread of curry. We will closely read Lizzie Collingham's Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors, and explore key themes in South Asia's history, including colonialism and globalization. Once we have established that many foods seen as traditional to particular regions or cultures (such as chilies to India) arrived there from the Americas, we will examine contemporary local food movements. What is local food? What histories do crops and commodities tell?
WRIT Global Health and Healing Adam Mohr TR 1:30-3:00
011-304 In most of the world, multiple therapeutic traditions co-exist, sometimes symbiotically and at others competitively. Many societies have radically different ideas and practices concerning health, the body and disease than in the US. And these ideas and practices are contested both within these societies and between different societies in an emerging global world. In this writing seminar, we will examine several contested topics within the field of medical anthropology in Haiti, Ghana, Eastern Europe, Japan, India, Southern Africa and the US: holistic versus ontological approaches towards disease, the politics of suffering, religious healing and contestation, the meaning(s) of organ donation, biomedicine under conditions of poverty, female circumcision, the ethics of clinical trials in the developing world, and finally, HIV/AIDS. This course is designed to improve students' writing skills via peer review, multiple drafts and revisions of essays, and midterm and final portfolios.
WRIT Global Health and Healing Adam Mohr TR 9:00-10:30
011-305 In most of the world, multiple therapeutic traditions co-exist, sometimes symbiotically and at others competitively. Many societies have radically different ideas and practices concerning health, the body and disease than in the US. And these ideas and practices are contested both within these societies and between different societies in an emerging global world. In this writing seminar, we will examine several contested topics within the field of medical anthropology in Haiti, Ghana, Eastern Europe, Japan, India, Southern Africa and the US: holistic versus ontological approaches towards disease, the politics of suffering, religious healing and contestation, the meaning(s) of organ donation, biomedicine under conditions of poverty, female circumcision, the ethics of clinical trials in the developing world, and finally, HIV/AIDS. This course is designed to improve students' writing skills via peer review, multiple drafts and revisions of essays, and midterm and final portfolios.
WRIT Consumption and Society Justin Clapp TR 3:00-4:30
013-302 Interactions among people today increasingly occur around and through the use of goods and services purchased from powerful companies, from iPhones to NFL games. But academics and cultural critics stridently disagree about the precise effects of widespread consumption on social life and culture. These analysts offer starkly different assessments of the degree of influence producers hold over consumers, the possibility of resisting or escaping the consumer marketplace, the effects of consumerism on the cohesiveness of communities, and the role that consumption plays in class divisions. Using an open-minded anthropological approach, this writing seminar will critically consider the core assertions made by these authors. Students will be encouraged to develop their opinions and will learn to formulate their own concise and convincing written arguments about the nature of society in the age of consumer capitalism.
WRIT Global Health and Healing Adam Mohr TR 12:00-1:30
013-303 In most of the world, multiple therapeutic traditions co-exist, sometimes symbiotically and at others competitively. Many societies have radically different ideas and practices concerning health, the body and disease than in the US. And these ideas and practices are contested both within these societies and between different societies in an emerging global world. In this writing seminar, we will examine several contested topics within the field of medical anthropology in Haiti, Ghana, Eastern Europe, Japan, India, Southern Africa and the US: holistic versus ontological approaches towards disease, the politics of suffering, religious healing and contestation, the meaning(s) of organ donation, biomedicine under conditions of poverty, female circumcision, the ethics of clinical trials in the developing world, and finally, HIV/AIDS. This course is designed to improve students' writing skills via peer review, multiple drafts and revisions of essays, and midterm and final portfolios.
WRIT Madness and Wine in Classical Literature William Tortorelli MWF 12:00-1:00
026 301 The ancient Greeks founded Western Civilization as an exercise of reason and rationality, but their writings show an equal fascination with the irrational: for every Apollo a Dionysus. Their poetry, their religion, their philosophies...all pay equal honor both to reason and to madness and intoxication. This course will sample some foundational Western writings on madness in order to examine this apparent paradox. A close reading of Plato's Phaedrus will inform our exploration of the archaic Greek poets in order to understand the complexity of the ecstatic experience. Nietzsche's false Apollonian/Dionysian dichotomy will be deconstructed in our readings of Athenian tragedy. Topics will include the importance of wine in Greek and Roman culture, the role of irrational thought in Greek religion, the Eleusinian Mysteries, the roots of drama in Dionysian ritual observance, and the presence of madness at the heart of all personal erotic poetry.
WRIT Madness and Wine in Classical Literature William Tortorelli MWF 1:00-2:00
026-303 The ancient Greeks founded Western Civilization as an exercise of reason and rationality, but their writings show an equal fascination with the irrational: for every Apollo a Dionysus. Their poetry, their religion, their philosophies - all pay equal honor both to reason and to madness and intoxication. This course will sample some foundational Western writings on madness in order to examine this apparent paradox. A close reading of Plato's Phaedrus will inform our exploration of the archaic Greek poets in order to understand the complexity of the ecstatic experience. Nietzsch's false Apollonian/Dionysian dichotomy will be deconstructed in our readings of Athenian tragedy. Topics will include the importance of wine in Greek and Roman culture, the role of irrational thought in Greek religion, the Eleusinian Mysteries, the roots of drama in Dionysian ritual observance, and the presence of madness at the heart of all personal erotic poetry.
WRIT Eating Ethically Berman TR 1:30-3:00
073-301 At the heart of most ethical investigations lies a single question: namely, how should I live my life? This course addresses it in relation to a choice that we typically make daily: namely, what should I eat? As a precursor, we will look at arguments for and against moral relativism and ask whether ethical questions have determinate answers. On the hypothesis that they do, we will then consider what motivations, if any, we might have to act ethically. But the meat of the course will consist in a consideration of the ethical implications of our dietary decisions. Topics will include animal rights, the impact of agricultural practices on the environment, and distributive justice and our obligations to the hungry. Assignments will include drafting and revising short position papers, participating in regular peer review, and compiling a midterm and final portfolio of writings.
WRIT Eating Ethically Berman TR 10:30-12:00
073-305 At the heart of most ethical investigations lies a single question: namely, how should I live my life? This course addresses it in relation to a choice that we typically make daily: namely, what should I eat? As a precursor, we will look at arguments for and against moral relativism and ask whether ethical questions have determinate answers. On the hypothesis that they do, we will then consider what motivations, if any, we might have to act ethically. But the meat of the course will consist in a consideration of the ethical implications of our dietary decisions. Topics will include animal rights, the impact of agricultural practices on the environment, and distributive justice and our obligations to the hungry. Assignments will include drafting and revising short position papers, participating in regular peer review, and compiling a midterm and final portfolio of writings.

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