The course will be organized thematically around some of the central research interests of ANSO faculty. A range of theoretical issues central to contemporary anthropological and sociological debates will be explored via thematic domains. These will vary annually but may include such topics as global health and medical anthropology; migration and mobility; violence and conflict; humanitarianism and development; inequality and (visual) politics; gender and reproduction; agriculture, resource extraction, and food security; religion and politics. In addition to the exploration of different themes, the course will familiarize students with the research carried out by the department. One of the main assignments of the class will be to research and write a literature review connected to one of the themes discussed during the semester and, where possible, related to one's thesis topic.