Anthropology (ANTH)

ANTH 507. Space, Place and Culture3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status, or consent of instructor.

Description: This course is organized around the question of how culture is spatially distributed. How are specific spaces and places constructed, connected, and interpreted through cultural practices?

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ANTH 508. History of Anthropology 3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Prerequisite(s): Senior status, and 18 hours of Anthropology credits.

Description: Class explores the range of questions anthropologists pose and their historical context; how and why are human groups constructed and how are they similar to and different from one another.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
Note: Anthropology graduate students cannot enroll in this class.

Course Attribute(s): CUE - This course fulfills the Culminating Undergraduate Experience (CUE) requirement for certain degree programs. CUE courses are advanced-level courses intended for majors with at least 90 earned credits/senior-level status.

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ANTH 509. Archaeological Theory and Methods 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior status, and 18 hours of Anthropology credits.

Description: Archaeological theory and methods emphasizing basic practices and procedures in research skills and writing in archaeology.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
Note: Anthropology graduate students cannot enroll in this class.

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ANTH 511. Ethnographic Methods 3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior status, and 18 hours of Anthropology credits.

Description: Explores the range of qualitative research methods and techniques. Emphasis is on designing and developing a research project and conducting ethnographic fieldwork.

Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).
Note: Anthropology graduate students cannot enroll in this class.

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ANTH 517. Anthropology of China3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

Description: It is widely acknowledged that China is a rising power in the global political economy. However, with the coexistence of tradition and modernity, the nature of Chinese culture and society remains heavily debated. This course explores a wide range of topics and issues that constitute the socio-cultural fabric of contemporary mainland Chinese society. These topics include, but are not limited to, family, gender, ethnicity, religion, education, politics, and economics. Our investigation will focus on two broad themes: 1) the unity and diversity of Chinese society, and 2) the continuity and change that took place from late traditional China to the present. The goal of this course includes learning various aspects of Chinese culture and society, studying diverse anthropological approaches to the study of China, and examining the political dimensions of representation.

Note: Cross-listed with AST 517.
Note: Students may not receive credit for this course and ANTH 317 or AST 317.

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ANTH 522. Ecology, Politics and Culture3 Units

Description: This course examines the relations between ecology, economic system, culture, ideology and power relations. The focus moves back and forth between theoretical synthesis and case studies. The case studies are both ethnographic and historical. A few of the themes treated in detail: the role of religious ritual in regulating certain environments; the mutual influences of ecology and political economy in the making of "the Third World"; the local and global politics of national parks; combined and uneven development. Stress is laid on political ecology as a complex, shifting, analytical framework. Questions of sustainability weave in and out of the proceedings. Also emphasized: the story of ecological analysis over the last seventy years is a story about changing relations between anthropology and other social sciences.

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ANTH 526. Archaeology as Practice3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ANTH 204.

Description: This course focuses on the analytical techniques that archaeologists use to study the past. Students will learn the practice of archaeology emphasizing modern methods of survey, excavation and analysis used to investigate the past. By the end of the course, students will have learned how to construct their own research plan, collect and analyze their data and draw inferences about the past.

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ANTH 528. Animals and Humans3 Units

Description: This course explores the complex and often contradictory ways that humans interact with animals. We cover a range of topics emerging from a multidisciplinary perspective including the origins of hunting and domestication: modern animal economies; cross-cultural attitudes toward animals; symbolic representations of animals in art, literature, religion and folklore; animals as companions; and the status of animals, both wild and domestic, in contemporary society. Students will gain a broad, cross-cultural perspective on the relationship humans have with the rest of the animal kingdom, focused mainly on other mammals.

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ANTH 529. Zooarchaeology3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate student status.

Description: The course will provide basic instruction in the identification of animal remains commonly recovered from archaeological sites. It will follow a taphonomic approach to zooarchaeology with an emphasis on understanding and interpreting the formation of archaeological faunal assemblages. The course examines approaches to using bone data to construct and investigate archaeological questions. Students will engage in hands-on identification and interpretation of animal remains commonly found in archaeological sites.

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ANTH 530. Human Impacts on Past Environments3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status, or consent of instructor.

Description: This course is about the archaeological and paleoecological record of past human impacts on Earth. We will explore a number of concepts regarding socio-natural systems including land degradation, perception, resilience and sustainability. The course will provide a background for understanding the ways archaeologists and paleoecologists reconstruct past environments and recognize human impacts. We will examine a number of global case studies and discuss the possible lessons for current and future decision-making in human land-use.

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ANTH 531. Anthropology of Water3 Units

Description: Explores the political ecology of water from prehistory to present; integrates the archaeological and historical record with contemporary examples of water management; emphasis on privatization, globalization, and health.

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ANTH 535. Nutritional Anthropology3 Units

Description: This course provides students with a broad overview of topics in nutritional anthropology; an area of study that is highly multidisciplinary. Students will learn to critically think about the impact of culture concerning the current understanding of nutrition in a biocultural context. The course will range over nutritional aspects of human evolution, federal perspectives on nutrition, aspects of nutritional epidemiology, food and ethnicity, food and self, and obesity as culture bound syndrome.

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ANTH 540. Health and Civilization3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status, or consent of instructor.

Description: Explores biological strategies of human adaptation to different environments from an evolutionary emphasis on plasticity of human evolutionary responses.

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ANTH 549. Modes of Consiousness3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Description: This course is devoted to examining how consciousness mediates between humans and the wider material world. While all of the concepts central to anthropology and the other social sciences-culture, society, evolution, history, mind, politics, economics-are premised in consciousness, the premise receives attention only sporadically. The attention that has been paid reveals that consciousness is not uniform. It has various modes. Thus the course focuses on these.

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ANTH 562. Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: An examination of one or more specific areas of social-cultural anthropology. Details announced each semester.

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ANTH 563. Special Topics in Biological Anthropology1-3 Units

Description: An examination of one or more specific areas of biological anthropology. Details announced each semester.

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ANTH 564. Special Topics in Archaeology1-3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Occasionally Offered

Prerequisite(s): ANTH 202 and ANTH 204.

Description: An examination of specific areas of archaeology. Details announced each semester.

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ANTH 578. Lithic Technology3 Units

Prerequisite(s): One introductory course in ANTH 201, ANTH 202, ANTH 203, or ANTH 204.

Description: This course provides an introduction to the study of stone tool technology. Topics to be covered include broad examination of major changes in stone tool technology during the course of human prehistory (~3.3 million - 10,000 years ago), analytical approaches commonly employed by archaeologists to interpret the lithic record, and experiential learning through knapping and lab exercises. In addition to the hands-on exercises, the course material is supported by films, and readings from the textbooks, and journal articles. Students are required to submit a literature based term paper focusing on ethnographic or archaeological case studies that incorporate lithic datasets.

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ANTH 579. Ceramic Analysis3 Units

Description: Pottery is abundant in many archaeological sites, and the study of pottery has a long history in archaeology. Analysis and interpretation of ceramics has been used by archaeologists to accomplish varied ends: to establish a time scale, to document interconnections between different areas, sites or groups of people,and to suggest what activities were carried out at particular sites. Archaeologists also use ceramics as a basis to understand the organization of ceramic production itself as an important activity. The varied means that archaeologists use to bridge the gap between the recovery of ceramics and their interpretation is the focus of this course.

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ANTH 601. Special Topics in Anthropology3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor, or department chair.

Description: Outlines vary as to area of expertise of instructors; objectives aim at the maximum of staff utilization and meeting program needs within the University which call for studies in anthropology as that discipline interrelates with other special knowledge.

Note: Students may take the course as often as topics vary, up to 6 hours.

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ANTH 607. Emergence of Human Culture3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status.

Description: Traces of the origins and development of human culture; focus on technology, social organization, language, food acquisition and sharing, religion and art in both Old and New World.

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ANTH 608. Social and Cultural Theory3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status.

Description: Examination of how social and cultural theorists construct accounts of human existence that compliment and diverge from one another.

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ANTH 609. Research Design: Archaeology3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status.

Description: Basic practices and procedures in research skills and writing in archaeology; focus on preparing grant proposals; publications and oral presentations.

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ANTH 610. Research Design: Biological Anthropology3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status and consent of instructor.

Description: Review of methods, models, and theory from seminal papers and new research in anthropological genetics.

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ANTH 611. Research Design: Socio-Cultural Anthropology3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status.

Description: Course focuses on developing a substantive research project in cultural anthropology; students will integrate a literature review, theoretical and methodological approaches, and data collection strategies to produce a research proposal.

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ANTH 612. Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Anthropology3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status.

Description: Team taught course focused on the intertwined contributions of archaeology, biological and cultural anthropology to understandings of theory and method in anthropology. Themes will vary year to year.

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ANTH 622. Anthropology of Violence3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status.

Description: Seminar on anthropological approaches to the study of violence and human suffering, including political, structural, domestic, and criminal violence. Case studies come from different regions of the world.

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ANTH 624. Black Cultural Traditions3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status.

Description: Intensive and interdisciplinary approach to production of African-based traditions in the Diaspora; explores sociocultural implications of African-based literacy and arts.

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ANTH 625. Globalization, Transnationalism, and Anthropology3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status.

Description: Focus on globalization at the local level; how it bears on identities and how subjects construct identities in transnational spaces.

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ANTH 626. Food Justice3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status or consent of instructor.

Description: This course explores the political, economic, cultural dimensions of hunger, food security, and food justice globally and locally. The concept of food justice has been deployed to capture consumption-based inequalities in access to tasty and nutritious food. The course considers not only justice in terms of dietary and culinary consumption but also such matters as land rights, intellectual patrimonies, migrant farm labor, restaurant working conditions, the concentration of grocery chains, food regulation, international trade rules related to agricultural commodities, and the environmental impacts of farming. The course concludes with a look at transnational efforts to build more just and sustainable food systems.

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ANTH 627. Political Economy and Culture3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status.

Description: Examines how anthropologists have used concepts and methods derived from political economy to understand markets, production, power, and cultural practices.

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ANTH 640. Linguistic Anthropology3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Permission from instructor.

Description: This course provides an introduction to the field of linguistic anthropology. Topics include: the semiotic properties of human language; principles of linguistic and cultural categorization; language use in social interaction; markers of social identity and relationship; registers of social conduct; the textual organization of discourse; the role of discourse in the formulation of norms, and the institutionalization of modes of conduct.

Note: Cross-listed with LING 640.

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ANTH 650. Health and Disease: A Bio-Cultural Approach3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate student.

Description: Focus on the adaptations that made us human and may not fit as well at the present; how human biology and evolution were and are shaped by lifestyles, health, and disease.

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ANTH 651. Seminar in Biological Anthropology3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status and ANTH 202.

Description: Discusses current issues and debates in biological anthropology; discuss selected papers that have made a fundamental contribution to understanding human evolution.

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ANTH 653. Human Molecular Evolutionary Genetics3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status and consent of instructor.

Description: Introduction to population genetics theory and a review of the peopling of the world as conceptualized using both molecular and anthropometric data.

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ANTH 662. Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: An examination of one or more specific areas of social-cultural anthropology.

Note: Details announced each semester.

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ANTH 663. Special Topics in Biological Anthropology1-3 Units

Description: An examination of one or more specific areas of biological anthropology.

Note: Details announced each semester.

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ANTH 670. Independent Study (Reading)1-6 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status.

Description: Intensive reading course under the supervision of a faculty member.

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ANTH 671. Independent Study (Research)1-6 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status.

Description: Intensive research course under the supervision of a faculty member.

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ANTH 672. Thesis1-6 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status.

Description: Reading, research, and writing of thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.

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ANTH 673. Internship1-6 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate status.

Description: Internship in a social service, governmental, or NGO under the supervision of a faculty member. A substantial paper related to the internship is required.

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