• Families in Contemporary Society (Spain) SOC 224

    An exploration of the diversity of contemporary families. Comparisons are made between the cultural myths of the "ideal family" and the lived realities. Challenges confronting contemporary families and their implications for social policy are examined in such areas as work/family conflicts, gay and lesbian families, welfare, family violence. 4 credits

  • Cultural Diversity & Human Need SOC 228

    The course enables students to examine, as well as develop an awareness and appreciation of, diversity within today's society. Providing an overview of the major racial, ethnic and cultural groups in the US, the focus is on the ways in which cultural awareness enhances professional helping relationships and improves the operation of human services systems. 4 credits

  • Special Topics: Mediterranean Societies SOC 327

    “The Mediterranean speaks with many voices,” wrote the French historian Fernand Braudel. This course examines some of the most important anthropological studies of peoples living on the Mediterranean Sea – a part of the world that has been seen stereotypically as both the origin of “Western Civilization” and as poor and backward – looking at the things which these peoples have in common and at those things in which they differ. The societies looked at comparatively – primarily through the examination of ethnographic (first-hand fieldwork-based) studies, with some supplemental articles about topics of cross-cultural concern – will include not only those of the northern “European” shore such as Greece, Turkey, Italy and Spain, but also those of the southern “African” shore such as Morocco, Algeria and Egypt. Institutions such as “the honor and shame complex” and “the law of hospitality” will be examined critically to see what justification, if any, there is in speaking of “the unity of the Mediterranean”. The course will also look at the history, art, architecture and society of ancient Greece and Rome and the most important archaeological sites of these civilizations. 4 credits

  • Anthropological Perspectives on Spain SOC 379

    The recent changes in both Spain and Portugal are only the latest in a series of important transformations which these two countries have undergone over the past fifty years or so. In that time, they have both gone from being predominantly rural societies where the majority of the population live and work on the land to become industrial societies not unlike those of northern Europe and North America. Yet the underlying cultural heterogeneity of the peoples of the Iberian Peninsula has meant that different regions have often had very distinct reactions to the various pressures towards political, economic and social change. This seminar will examine the ethnographic diversity of the Iberian Peninsula in its regional manifestations, using a specifically anthropological approach in order to better comprehend present day Spain and Portugal. 4 credits