Anthropology of War and Peace OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Anthropology Course by MIT Focusing on the Iraq War

Published Jan 31, 2009

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'Anthropology of War and Peace,' a free course from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, looks at war and peace from an anthropological perspective, focusing primarily on America's war in Iraq. This OpenCourseWare from MIT is aimed at undergraduate students seeking their Anthropology degree.

Anthropology of War and Peace: Course Specifics

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Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
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Anthropology of War and Peace: Course Description

This OpenCourseWare from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology takes a look at war from a cross-cultural perspective. The class also explores theories of war, how cultural differences affect the experience of war and how war has impacted culture in the United States. The first part of the course studies war throughout history. The second part focuses on America's wars in Vietnam and Iraq with a special emphasis on the Iraq war. Students taking the course write two papers on topics of their choosing, including Gulf War Syndrome, Amnesty International, campus military recruiting, the Kosovo conflict and weapons treaties. MIT Professor Hugh Gusterson teaches this free Anthropology course.

This MIT OpenCourseWare about the anthropology of war and peace includes a comprehensive reading list and a detailed description of paper assignments. If you are interested in taking this free course, visit the anthropology of war and peace course page.

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