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Fall 2018-2019
* ANT 442 (EC)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Death, Aging, and Mortality: Cultural and Biosocial Perspectives

Janet M. Monge

Nothing in the lifespan of humans is as revealing on the interface of culture and biology as is death and the experience of death. This course will explore death from a bio/cultural perspective, including the evolution of life history (ageing, demography - mortality), as well as an archaeological perspective (prehistory) and early history of mortuary practices. This course is concerned not specifically with how an individual experiences death, but in the ways in which culture and biology have come to define and deal with physical death and the death experience.

Sample reading list:
Metcalf, P., Huntington, R., Celebrations of Death: The Anthropology of Mortuary Ritual
Morgan, J.D. (ed.), Death and Bereavement Around the World
Pearson, M.P., The Archaeology of Death and Burial
Roach, M., Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Glaskin, K. and Tonkinson, M. (eds.), Mortality, Mourning and Mortuary Practice in Indigenous Aust
Arnold, B. (ed.), Gender and the Archaeology of Death
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approx. 150 pp of reading per week. One short paper at midterm, and one term paper. Students will be asked to present their paper topics during class.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other information:
MOVIES: S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (Rithy Panh); Donner Party (Rick Burns); NOVA: Arctic Passage; AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Influenza 1918; Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State(Laurence Rees); The History Channel: Crypts, Coffins, and Corpses; INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS: Business of Death; AMERICAN JUSTICE: Death Penalty.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20715 S01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W   Aaron Burr Hall   219   Enrolled:31 Limit:28 Closed