Course Schedule - Fall Semester 2023


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ANTH 321 001 (CRN: 15232)


Department: Anthropology
Instructor: Massie, Victoria
Meeting: 1:00PM - 3:30PM R (21-AUG-2023 - 1-DEC-2023) 
Part of Term: Full Term
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Distribution Group: Distribution Group II
Analyzing Diversity: Yes
Method of Instruction: Face to Face
Credit Hours: 3
Course Syllabus:
Course Materials: Rice Campus Store
Section Max Enrollment: 15
Section Enrolled: 10
Total Cross-list Max Enrollment: 20
Total Cross-list Enrolled: 12
Enrollment data as of: 14-JUL-2024 2:47AM
Additional Fees: None
Final Exam: No Final Exam
Final Exam Time:
9:00AM - 12:00PM W
Description: This upper level seminar examines the increasing significance of genetics as a central component of our social, economic, and political life. As the potential applications of DNA to our social life increasingly appear endless, this course asks how is genetic information reshaping our understanding of the value of life itself? In addition to identifying markers, scientific knowledge production around genetic information is reconstituting key ideas of risk, care, capital that impact our ideas of disability, race, kinship, citizenship, nationalism, and justice. In this class, our aim is to ask a) what is historically and materially distinct about genetic information as a metaphor for social processes, b) how is the value of life itself being reproduced and transformed for whom, and c) what are potential consequences we face by relating to one another through the geneticization of social life? Cross-list: ANTH 521. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ANTH 321 if student has credit for ANTH 521.