Special Topics Course Information

Winter 2015


Trash Talk: The Anthropology of 'Dirt' and Disposal

Prerequisite(s): 60 credits, to include ANTH 102 and at least 6 additional credits of sociology and/or anthropology

Jason Ramsey

CRN 10060

Tuesdays 1:00 - 4:40 p.m. in room D139


MACS 299C Wrestling with Culture‌

Prerequisite(s): None. MACS 110 or MACS 130 recommended.

Darren Blakeborough

CRN: 10876

Mondays 10:00 - 12:50 p.m. in room D134

Muscled superstars and sexy Divas may lay the smackdown on our televisions every week, but the business of professional wrestling is more than thundering piledrivers and screaming fans; it is a billion dollar industry.

Wrestling has been one of the more popular forms of entertainment in North America for over a century and while millions watch it every week, it is denigrated by many as a lowbrow cultural artefact.

This course will take a critical look at the spectacle of professional wrestling while interrogating such topics as ritual, authenticity, gender, fandom, narrative, performance, and national identity. There will be guest speakers from the industry and we will be attending live events.

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