Category: Cultural Anthropology


Lee Baker
Fall 2019

The paradox of racial inequality in societies that articulate principles of equality, democratic freedom, and justice for all.

Anthropology of Race

Lee Baker
AAAS 251/CultAnth208/ICS239/RIGHTS 208
Spring 2020

Human variation and the historical development of concepts of race; science and scientific racism; folk-concepts of race; and the political and economic causes of racism; ethics of racism.

Global ‘Mixed Race’ Studies: Global Perspectives on ‘Mixed Race’, Citizenship and Immigration

Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe
CULANTH 220FS/ Immigration and Citizenship Focus Cluster
Fall 2020

By exploring pioneering and controversial writings from both the social and the biological sciences as well as the humanities, this course will situate debates on ‘race’, ‘mixed race’ and social hierarchies within broader global, comparative, and historical contexts. These comparative examples shed light on the the different social, social, and historical meanings attached to ‘race’ and ‘mixed race’ and address social and cultural variations in the symbolic rules which determine the social status of ‘mixed race’ communities. Open only to students in the Focus Program.

Human Rights in the Americas

Robin Kirk
Cultural Anthropology: CULANTH 245S
Fall 2019

This course introduces students to the history of human rights in Latin America, with a focus on certain regions. We will begin with the Conquest and cover the emergence of independent nation-states; the role of imposed economic policies, including neoliberalism; indigenous protest movements and their relationships to corporate interests; and the influence of the United States on human rights, government formation, immigration and the drug trade. Instructor consent required. Open only to students in the Duke Immerse program. One course.

Race, Genomics, and Society

Charmaine Royal
Fall 2019

The field of genetics has been at the forefront of discourse concerning the concept of “race” in humans. This course explores human origins, human variation, human identity, and human health through a broad range of enduring and emerging themes and challenging questions related to race and genetics (and now, genomics) on a global scale. Students will acquire knowledge and skills required for integrative analyses of the relevant scientific, ethical, legal, societal, cultural, and psychosocial issues. Open to students at all levels from any discipline in the arts, humanities, and sciences (natural, social, formal, and applied).

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