Current Courses

Current Courses

The Sociology & Anthropology Department provides students with intellectual tools for understanding contemporary social issues, such as globalization, nationalism, race relations, bioethics, and the complex layering of social inequalities in everyday life.

The department attracts students who seek knowledge about societies of the world and the opportunity to conduct independent projects based on primary research and fieldwork. Over 30 students a year choose to major or minor in Sociology & Anthropology, while our introductory courses enroll more than 125 students a year.

Courses cover social theory, the microtechnologies of social change, the symbolic aspects of culture, and the historical development of the disciplines. Methodology courses both generate a firm understanding of research design and explore the social dynamics behind the production of texts and visual representations. These intellectual foundations are brought to bear, in turn, in the study of social institutions such as religion and the workplace, and geographical areas such as the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, Southeast Asia, the former Soviet Union, and the United States.

Because of its strong cross-cultural and transnational orientations, the department encourages students to study abroad. For many, foreign study provides a basis for their senior thesis project (see the department's homepage for a listing of students' projects). The senior thesis project allows students to develop their research interests through working directly with a faculty member. This combination of breadth of knowledge, global understanding, and independent research make Sociology & Anthropology an ideal liberal arts major.

Spring 2015 | Fall 2015 | Spring 2016 | Fall 2016 | Spring 2017

This list is accurate as of 02/03/15. Changes will undoubtedly occur, particularly to the courses listed for 2016-2017 as leave scheduling, staffing, and curricular decisions are made. Check the bulletin boards adjacent to the department offices for updated lists or this website. 

During the academic year 2014-15, Professor Schuetze will be on leave Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.

Spring 2015
Course # Course Name Taught By
ANTH 002F Anthropology of Childhood and the Family Nadkarni
ANTH 009C Cultures of the Middle East (W) Ghannam
ANTH 040J Soc. Movements Latin Amer.Gender & Queer Persp (CR-LASC040) Machuca-Gálvez
ANTH 041C Visual Cultures of Mexico and Aztlån Fraga
ANTH 049B Comparative Perspectives on the Body Ghannam
ANTH 072D Visual Anthropology (M) Nadkarni
SOCI 006F Rich and Poor (T) Viscelli
SOCI 007B Intro to Race and Ethnicity in the United States (T) Johnson
SOCI 007C Black Feminist Thought Willie-LeBreton
SOCI 024C Latin American Society Through Its Novel Muñoz
SOCI 028E Methods of Social Exploration (M) Reay
SOCI 036C Sociology of US Labor Movement (T) Viscelli
SOCI 040L Urban Crime and Punishment Johnson
SOCI 044C Colloquium: Contemporary Social Theory (T)      Muñoz
SOCI 071B Strategy-Non-Violent Struggle (W) Smithey
SOAN 010U Sport& Society in Historical COntext & Contem Meaning Mullan
SOAN 020B Urban Education (T)  (CR EDUC 068) Staff
SOAN 020M Race, Gender & Environment DiChiro
SOAN 030Q Lang & Identity in African Experience Thomas
SOAN 095 Independent Study Staff
SOAN 096 Thesis * Staff
SOAN 097 Thesis * (W) Staff
Spring 2015 Seminars
Course # Course Name Taught By
SOAN 180 Honors Thesis Staff

During the academic year 2015-16, Professor Ghannam, Nadkarni and Smithey expect to be on leave for one or both semesters.

Fall 2015
Course # Course Name Taught By
ANTH 003G FYS: Development and its Discontents (W) Schuetze
ANTH 021D Anthropology of Art and Aesthetics Fraga
ANTH 043E Culture, Health, Illness (T) Schuetze
SOCI 004B First-Year Seminar: Intro to Contemporary Social Thought (T) Muñoz
SOCI 006G Social Problems and Social Policy Viscelli
SOCI 036D Into the Field: Qualitative Methods (M) Viscelli
SOCI 044E Colloquium: Modern Social Theory (T) Muñoz
SOCI 048I Race and Place Johnson
SOCI 071B Strategy and Nonviolent Struggle (CR PEAC 071B) Smithey
SOAN 001A Introduction to Anthropology and Sociology* Fraga/Johnson
SOAN 095 Independent Study Staff
SOAN 096 Thesis * Staff
SOAN 097 Thesis (Writing)* Staff
SOAN 098 Thesis Writers Master Class* Willie-LeBreton
Fall 2015 Seminars
Course # Course Name Taught By
SOAN 180 Honors Thesis Staff
Spring 2016
Course # Course Name Taught By
ANTH 023C Anthropological Perspectives on Conservation (T) Schuetze
ANTH 043F Culture, Power and Religion in Africa Schuetze
ANTH 051B Drugs and Goverance in the Americas Fraga
SOCI 006E Rich & Poor: Measuring & Explaining Economic Inequality in the US Viscelli
SOCI 007B Intro to Race and Ethnicity in the United States (T) Willie-LeBreton
SOCI 010J War, Sport and the Construction of Masculine Identity Mullan
SOCI 024C Latin American Society Through its Novel Muñoz
SOCI 036C Sociology of US Labor Movements (T) Viscelli
SOCI 044C Colloquium: Contemporary Social Theory (T) Muñoz
SOCI 048G Black Political Thought (CR BLST 040G) (T) Johnson
SOAN 020B Urban Education (T) (Cross-Listed as EDUC 068) Staff
SOAN 095 Independent Study Staff
SOAN 096 Thesis * Staff
SOAN 097 Thesis * (W) Staff
Spring 2016 Seminars
Course # Course Name Taught By
ANTH 103 Humanitarianism: Anthropological Approaches (CR PEAC 103) Atshan
ANTH 116 Anthropology of Capitalism Fraga
SOAN 180 Honors Thesis Staff

Additional courses will be offered for Fall 2106 and Spring 2017 by the end of Spril 2016.  Please check the department office or check our website at : http://www.swarthmore.edu/academics/sociology-and-anthropology.xmlfor updates.

During the academic year 2016-17, Professor Fraga and Willie-LeBreton expect to be on leave for one or both semesters.

Fall 2016
Course # Course Name Taught By
ANTH 002D FYS: Culture and Gender (T) Nadkarni
ANTH 020J Dance & Diaspora (T & W) (CR DANC 025A) Chakravorty
ANTH 039C Food and Culture Ghannam
ANTH 043E Culture, Health and Illness (T) Schuetze
ANTH 072C Memory, History, Nation (T) Nadkarni
SOCI 004B FYS: Intro to Contemporary Social Thought (T) Muñoz
SOCI 044E Colloquium: Modern Social Theory (T) Muñoz
SOCI 048L Urban Crime and Punishment Johnson
SOAN 001A Introduction to Anthropology and Sociology Johnson/Schuetze
SOAN 095 Independent Study Staff
SOAN 096 Thesis Staff
SOAN 097 Thesis (W) Staff
SOAN 098 Thesis Writers Master Class Ghannam
Fall 2016 Seminars
Course # Course Name Taught By
ANTH 112 Cities, Spaces and Power Ghannam
SOAN 180 Honors Thesis Staff

 

Spring 2017
Course # Course Name Taught By
ANTH 003G FYS: Development and its Discontents (W) Schuetze
ANTH 009C Cultures of the Middle East (W) Ghannam
ANTH 032D Mass Media and Anthropology (T) Nadkarni
ANTH 049B Comparative Perspectives on the Body Ghannam
SOCI 024C Latin American Society Through Its Novel Muñoz
SOCI 025B Transforming Intractable Conflict Smithey
SOCI 044C Colloquium: Contemporary Social Theory (T) Muñoz
SOCI 068B Class Warfare: Politics, Culture and Economic Inequality (T) Johnson
SOAN 095 Independent Study Staff
SOAN 096 Thesis Staff
SOAN 097 Thesis (W) Staff
Spring 2017 Seminars
Course # Course Name Taught By
ANTH 133 Anthropology of Biomedicine Schuetze
SOCI 148 Topics in Political Sociology: Power, Goverance and the State (T) Johnson
SOAN 180 Honors Thesis Staff

Notes:

* = Required course, T = Theory Course, M= Methods Course, W= Writing Course

Updated 02/03/2015