Carolee Berg, Ph.D


Assistant Professor
Sociology and Anthropology

B.S./M.S. University of Bridgeport
M.A./ PhD University of Illinois

Dammann 7
(914) 323-5320

Department of Sociology & Anthropology




Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 1050 - 3 cr.) An introduction to the myriad of human cultural systems. Students  examine kinship, political organization, economic processes, myth, religion and social change, with specific reference to two non-Western cultures.  Syllabus 


Anthropology of Death and Dying (ANTH 2037 - 3 cr.) A cross cultural exploration of the phenomena of death. We will examine how people make sense of death in a social and historical context. Topics include the concept of death, grief and bereavement, rituals, ethical and legal issues and the Hospice movement.  Syllabus 


Medical Anthropology (ANTH 2069 - 3 cr.) Health and illness beliefs and practices in different societies around the globe. How people make sense of illness and misfortune. Of particular interest is the social construction of health and illness. Topics include doctor-patient interactions, ritual and healing, cross-cultural psychiatry, medical pluralism, and global health issues, including AIDS.  Syllabus  


Gender, Health and Culture (ANTH 3024 - 3 cr.) How individuals know they are sick and what they do to return to health is governed by their cultural beliefs, values and traditions.  In this class, we look at the relationship between gender, health and culture in different societies in the world.  We examine the economic, political and environmental factors influencing women’s health and health care.  Topics to be studied include the medicalization of the life cycle, childbirth, healers, mental health, gendered violence and international health and development.  Syllabus 


Language and Culture (ANTH 2065 - 3 cr.) In this course we will study the relationship between language and culture and the culture of conversation.  We will look at language as a natural resource and speaking as a cultural practice.  Utilizing an anthropological perspective, we will concentrate on socio-linguistics or how language works in everyday life.  We will look at people who speak the same language but have problems in communication due to differences in class, age, gender and/or ethnicity.  Topics to be covered during the semester include language acquisition, discourse analysis, language and power, linguistic relativity and ASL (American Sign Language) and deaf culture. Syllabus 


Sociology of Family and Sex Roles (SOC 2031 - 3 cr.) The family has become a central concern of recent politics as people debate whether it is disintegrating or simply changing, whether it oppresses women or provides them with their natural role. This course will examine what forms the family has taken and the interactions between the family and the large society. It also will explore various political and policy issues regarding the family, such as child care, the labor force role of women, and the problem of domestic violence. 


Research Methods (SOC 2091)