Varieties of human cultures past and present throughout the world, emphasizing the comparative study of social systems.
This course introduces students to the basic work of archaeology. It aims to dispel popular myths about the field perpetuated by popular media. In place of those myths it presents methods of archaeological research and the discoveries such research has produced. These discoveries reveal the 4 million year history of humans and their ancestors before the invention of written records.
Biological anthropology studies human biological evolution and variation. Topics will be: Genetics and Human Evolution, Misconceptions about human evolution and adaptation, the biology and behavior of primates, the fossil record and the origin of bipedalism and evolution of larger brains and lastly the challenges of the future as a result of our recent evolution history.
Medical anthropologists apply critical concepts and ethnographic methods to understand the lived experience of illness and suffering; differing medical practices; and the various ways modern healthcare impacts societies. This course is an introduction to the field and designed for students in the social sciences, humanities, and biological/health sciences.
This course, while assessing anthropology's long-term relationship with Native North America, primarily presents an opportunity for students to engage with the representation of contemporary Native cultures (and identity) through ethnographic reading and study. This will be accomplished through autobiographic, ethnographic, and medical anthropological literatures (and other media forms). Students will be asked to react through discussion, writing, and examination.
This course will study stages of the pharmaceutical life-cycle: research and development, clinical testing, marketing, consumer advertising, and the impact of prescription drugs on patient's lives. Readings will help to critically assess the biopolitics of drugs (globally and locally) and how prescriptions have both medical uses and human enhancement potential.
What is heritage and what role does it play in determining who and what we are and what we might be? This course explores these questions seeking to explain how groups define heritage, use it, and varyingly preserve it. Topics include resource management systems, the World Heritage program, activist groups, impacts of heritage tourism and looting.
This is an advanced course for students who wish to explore the area of recovery and identification of human skeletal remains. This class is offered as an introduction to the field of Forensic Science. It also provides us with opportunity to see an application of scientific knowledge to jurisprudence. A detailed look into the events surrounding death will be examined. Since we will deal directly with the human body, some prior knowledge of the human body will be helpful although we will cover this material in class.
Anthropological approaches to the cross-cultural study of gender relations and sexuality with emphasis on societies of the non-Western world. Topics vary.
This course examines contemporary Japanese society. It includes a study of social institutions, processes, and culture of Japan. the course examines following areas: (a) culture (beliefs, customs, social identity); (b) social institutions (family, religion, education, work, media); (c) societal processes (socialization, deviance, urbanization); (d) inequalities (gender, income, race-ethnic, region); and (e) the politics, economy, and international position of Japan.
A study to acquaint the student with historical development of urban centers, the increasing societal dominance of urbanism, the aspects of urbanism that constitute societal problems as well as societal contributions and new urban trends such as suburbanism and urban renewal.
Cultures like the Mayas, Aztec,and Inca, surprised, shocked, and even appalled Europeans when the first encountered each other. This course examines historical, social, and technological aspects of these three great civilizations and their predecessors and seeks to understand them in a way that informs the modern world
This course presents theory, methods and case studies examining the role of women in human societies from our earliest origins through the beginning of the modern period. The dominant discipline in this inquiry is archaeological anthropology, but relevant material from sociology, biology, history and other fields will also be covered. No previous knowledge of any one field is expected, but exposure to the social sciences is desirable. My goal for this course is that you will leave with a better understanding of the role of women in past human societies, envision some of the trajectories that have led to contemporary social formations and be able to envision how the past, present and future are connected.
This course is a broad survey of anthropological theory. The goal is to understand anthropology's specific historical trajectory as it relates to theory and to see how anthropological theory has been put into practice/informed ethnographic writing, both classic and contemporary monographs. Students will be expected to engage at a high level through critical reading and critical writing assignments.
The course is a practicum in forensic anthropology. Student will gain an understanding of osteology, trauma and pathology as it relates to interpretation of human remains. The effect of culture on the human skeleton will be shown using examples from archaeology. Students will survey, inventory, a mock crime scene. They will produce a forensic report and present it in a mock court situation.
This course provides selected undergraduates with teaching experience in a college classroom. Students learn from a teaching aide experience in which the student assists an instructor in preparing, delivering, and overseeing lab, review or discussion sessions or by tutoring students. The student will attend the class sessions for a second time, meet weekly with the instructor, and is under the direct supervision of a faculty mentor.
Variable topics. Faculty-led courses abroad
Variable topics. Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing a small group in intense study with a faculty member.
Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings. Repeatable.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.