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Zombies: Social Anxiety & Pop Culture

Professor: E. Gonzalez-Tennant

Term: Fall

Year: 2013

Course Code: FY-101-AN03

This course will introduce students to the discipline of anthropology by examining how human beings deal with social anxiety as expressed through references to one particular manifestation of the undead. Zombies have traditionally represented a state in which human beings interact with the world around them, but lack any form of recognizable consciousness or free will. Students will develop critical thinking skills concerning topics in anthropology, visual studies, religious studies, science, politics, and economics. The course introduces students to the interdisciplinary discipline of anthropology through a structured analysis of popular culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Weekly readings will combine popular writings with academic chapters and articles to explore core anthropological topics.