Graduate Courses

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Please note that courses number 400-600 are open to both graduate and undergraduate students; courses numbered 700 and above are open to graduate students only.

428   RELIGION AND ANTHROPOLOGY (ANTH 428, RELI 428). Religion studied anthropologically as a cultural, social, and psychological phenomenon in the works of classical and contemporary social thought.

429   CULTURE AND POWER IN SOUTHEAST ASIA (ANTH 429, ASIA 429).   The formation and transformation of values, identities, and expressive forms in Southeast Asia in response to forms of power.   Emphasis on the impact of colonialism, the nation-state, and globalization.   Peacock, Nonini, Wiener.

435   CONSCIOUSNESS AND SYMBOLS (ANTH 435, CMPL 435). This course explores consciousness through symbols.   Symbols from religion, art, politics, and self are studied in social, psychological, historical, and ecological context to ascertain meanings in experience and behavior.   Peacock.

454   HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY OF THE UNITED STATES (GEOG 454).   A study of selected past geographies of the United States with emphasis on the significant geographic changes in population, cultural, and economic conditions through time.

455   ETHNOHISTORY (ANTH 455).   Integration of data from ethnographic and archaeological research with pertinent historical information.   Familiarization with a wide range of sources of ethnohistorical data and practice in obtaining and evaluating information.  Pertinent theoretical concepts are explored.   Crumley.

470   MEDICINE AND ANTHROPOLOGY (ANTH 470). This course examines cultural understandings of health, illness, and medical systems from an anthropological perspective with a special focus on western medicine.

473   ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE BODY AND THE SUBJECT (ANTH 473).   Anthropological and historical studies of cultural constructions of bodily experience and subjectivity are reviewed, with emphasis on the genesis of the modern individual and cultural approaches to gender and sexuality.

484   DISCOURSE AND DIALOGUE (ANTH 484, LING 484).   Study of cultural variation in styles of speaking applied to collection of ethnographic data.   Talk as responsive social action and its role in the constitution of ethnic and gender identities.   Sawin.

487   FOLK NARRATIVE (ENGL 487).   The study of three genres of folk narrative (fairytale, personal narrative, and legend) and their distinctive roles in contemporary life.   Sawin.

490   TOPICS IN FOLKLORE. An irregularly offered class exploring selected topics in the theory and practice of folklore

495   FIELD RESEARCH. A rarely-used course designation for a directed field research project undertaken under the supervision of a Folklore faculty member.

496   DIRECTED READINGS IN FOLKLORE. An intensive directed readings course conducted under the supervision of a Folklore faculty member.

502   MYTHS AND EPICS OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST (RELI 502).   An examination of Babylonian, Canaanite, Egyptian, Hittite, and Sumerian texts from the pre-Biblical era, focusing on representative myths, epics, sagas, songs, proverbs, prophecies, and hymns.

525   CULTURE AND PERSONALITY (ANTH 525).   Systems theory used to conceptualize the relationship between cultural patterns and individual minds.   Functional, dysfunctional, and therapeutic processes considered.   Drawing examples from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Native America, this class utilizes lectures, films, and recitations.   Daniels.

537   GENDER AND PERFORMANCE (ANTH 537, WMST 438).   A study of the ways in which individuals constitute themselves as gendered subjects in the contemporary context of economic and cultural globalization.   Sawin.

550   INTRODUCTION TO MATERIAL CULTURE.   An introduction to material folk culture, exploring the meanings that people bring to traditional arts and the artful creations with which they surround themselves (e.g., architecture, clothing, altars, tools, food).

560   SOUTHERN LITERATURE AND THE ORAL TRADITION.   This seminar considers how Southern writers employ folklore genres such as folktales, sermons, and music and how such genres provide structure for literary forms like the novel and the short story.   w Ferris.

562   ORAL HISTORY AND PERFORMANCE (COMM 562, HIST 562, WMST 562).   This course combines readings and field work in oral history with study of performance as a means of interpreting and conveying oral history texts.   Emphasis on women’s history.

565   RITUAL, THEATRE, AND PERFORMANCE IN EVERYDAY LIFE (COMM 565). Prereq. COMM 160 or ENGL 126. This course explores the dynamics of performance as it is broadly produced within the texture of individual experiences, the interaction of community memberships, and the dramas of cultural aesthetics.

571   SOUTHERN MUSIC (HIST 571).   Explores the history of music in the American South from its roots to twentieth century musical forms, revealing how music serves as a window on the region’s history and culture.   w Ferris.

585   BRITISH AND AMERICAN FOLKSONG (ENGL 585). Explores the forms, functions, and relationships of British and American folksongs, charting the emergence of Anglo- and African American vernacular musics and the dynamic processes of tradition, creolization, innovation, and revival.

587   FOLKLORE IN THE SOUTH (ENGL 587).   An issue-oriented study of Southern folklore, exploring the ways that vernacular artistic expression (from barns and barbecue to gospel and well-told tales) come to define both community and region.

589   AFRICAN AMERICAN FOLKLORE (ENGL 589) . A study of folklore within the Black community, concentrating on African and slave backgrounds, and covering rural and urban folktales, spirituals, work songs, blues, toasts, and folk beliefs.   Harris.

610   VERNACULAR TRADITIONS IN AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC (AFAM 610).   Explores performance traditions in African American music, tracing the music’s development from African song through blues, jazz, gospel, and contemporary vernacular expression.   Focuses on continuity, creativity, and change within African American aesthetics.   Hinson.

670   INTRODUCTION TO ORAL HISTORY (HIST 670).   Introduces students to the uses of interviews in historical research.   Questions of ethics, interpretation, and the construction of memory will be explored, and interviewing skills will be developed through fieldwork.

675   ETHNOGRAPHIC METHODS (ANTH 675).   Intensive study and practice of the core research methods of cultural and social anthropology.

684   WOMEN IN FOLKLORE AND LITERATURE (ENGL 684, WMST 684).   The images of women depicted in the folk imagination from ancient times to the present: sorcerers, conjurers, witches, sexual objects, tricksters, healers, heroines, avengers, and carriers of family tradition.

688   OBSERVATION AND INTERPRETATION OF RELIGIOUS ACTION (ANTH 688, RELI 688).   Exercises (including fieldwork) in learning to read the primary modes of public action in religious traditions (e.g. sermons, testimonies, rituals, and prayers).

690   STUDIES IN FOLKLORE.   An irregularly offered graduate class exploring selected topics in the theory and practice of folklore.   This number also indicates the graduate section of courses taught by the visiting Lehman Brady Professor in Documentary Studies, a collaborative initiative of Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies and UNC’s Department of American Studies.

790   PUBLIC FOLKLORE.   A graduate seminar addressing theory and praxis in public sector cultural work.   Focusing on public folklore, this course explores broad issues of representation, cultural politics, and cultural tourism.   Hinson.

841   PERFORMANCE ETHNOGRAPHY (COMM 841). This seminar focuses on methods of ethnography and fieldwork ethics.   Performance as theory and practice informs methodological inquiries as well as the analysis of specific ethnographic texts and case studies.

842 SEMINAR IN PERFORMANCE AND CULTURAL STUDIES (COMM 842). This course focuses on performance-related issues in the emergent field of cultural studies.

843 SEMINAR IN PROBLEMS IN CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE THEORY (COMM 843). An advanced graduate seminar, this course will address recent developments and problems in performance theory. It will consider cross- and multidisciplinary approaches to performance as sites for consideration and debate. Pollock, Long, Madison.

850 APPROACHES TO FOLKLORE THEORY. A systematic overview of the major issues and perspectives informing two centuries of folklore study, including: social base, tradition, evolution, diffusion, structure, function, interpretation, performance, feminism, and ideology. Fall.

860 ART OF ETHNOGRAPHY (ANTH 860). A field-based exploration of the pragmatic, ethical, and theoretical dimensions of ethnographic research, addressing issues of experience, aesthetics, authority, and worldview through the lens of cultural encounter. Field research required. Spring. Hinson.

895 SEMINAR IN FOLKLORE. Seminar in special topics.

993 MASTERS THESIS. Writing of the MA thesis under the supervision of members of the Folklore faculty. (Three hour course counts as full-time enrollment.)