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Course Offerings Fall 2012


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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 11:00-12:00 NOON
(cross-listed with SAST 063) FULFILLS HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES SECTOR REQUIREMENT. 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 PM
  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.
ANTH 359 Nutritional Anthropology Francis E Johnston TR 10:30-12:00 NOON
(cross-listed with URBS 359) AN ACADEMICALLY BASED COMMUNITY SERVICE COURSE. For complete course description, see URBS 359.
GEOL 511 Geology of Soils A. Johnston MW 2:-00-3:30PM
Nature, properties, genesis, and classification of soils; soils of the United States.
NURS 112 Nutrition Science and Applications McLauglin / Meassick 001: TR 4:30-6:00 PM; 002: TR 6:00-7:30 PM
  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 Compher / Kral R 4:30-7:30 PM
(cross-listed with NURS 513) FULFILLS THE SOCIETY & SOCIAL STRUCTURES SECTOR FOR NURSING CLASS OF 2012 AND BEYOND. 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
NURS 365 Case Analysis in Clinical Nutrition Theory Jennifer Dolan W 1:00-4:00 PM
This course is designed for present and future nurse professionals who wish to increase their knowledge of nutrition and expertise and application of knowledge to achieve optimal health of clients and themselves. Principles of medical nutrition therapy in health care delivery are emphasized in periods of physiologic stress and metabolic alterations. Individual nutrient requirements are considered from pathophysiologic and iatrogenic influences on nutritional status. Nutritional considerations for disease states will be explored through epidemiological, prevalence, incidence, treatment and research data. Understanding applications of medical nutrition therapy are included through case analysis and field experiences.
NURS 513 Obesity and Society Compher / Kral R 4:30-730 PM
(cross-listed with NURS 313) FULFILLS THE SOCIETY & SOCIAL STRUCTURES SECTOR FOR NURSING CLASS OF 2012 AND BEYOND. For complete course desription see NURS 313.
SAST 063 East & West: A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Cultural History of the Modern World Lisa Mitchell MW 11-12 NOON
(cross-listed with ANTH 063) FULFILLS HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES SECTOR REQUIREMENT. For complete course description, see ANTH 063.
URBS 290 Metropolitan Nature Michael Nairn M 2:00-5:00PM
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 TR 10:30-12:00 NOON
(cross-listed with ANTH 359) AN ACADEMICALLY BASED COMMUNITY SERVICE COURSE. 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 001-302 Global Health and Healing Adam Mohr MW 2:00-3:30 PM, W 1:00-2:00 PM
FULFILLS WRITING REQUIREMENT. 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 013-301 Global Health and Healing Adam Mohr MW 3:30-5:00 PM
FULFILLS WRITING REQUIREMENT. For complete course description see WRIT 001-302.
WRIT 013-305 Drinking & Cultural Difference J Clapp TR 5-6:30PM
FULFILLS WRITING REQUIREMENT. As a physical intoxicant, alcohol is often seen as producing predictable behavioral effects. As such, in American society, its use is strictly prescribed: in some contexts, drinking is condemned, while in others it is celebrated. But anthropological studies have revealed that alcohol consumption exhibits tremendous global variety. This writing seminar will bring a cross-cultural approach to the examination of alcohol use. The role of drinking in social interactions will be explored. The influence of alcohol consumption in shaping gender relations will be analyzed. We will examine how intoxication is exhibited in different societies, and debate whether drunkenness is a chemical reaction or a culturally shaped practice. Finally, we will tackle the issue of alcohol abuse: is alcoholism as we know it present in all societies, and how is it treated by different cultures? By engaging with anthropological readings, students will learn to write clearly and convincingly about this scholarly topic.