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    Pete Killoran
    Lecturer, Master Adviser
    Phone: (262) 472-1422
    Location: Laurentide 2134

    Leda Nath
    Department Chair and Professor
    Phone: (262) 472-1125
    Location: Laurentide 2110

    Amanda Zierath
    Academic Department Associate
    Phone: (262) 472-1133
    Location: Laurentide 2112

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    Course Descriptions

    Anthropology Courses

    CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (GS)

    Anthropology 218, Credits: 3

    Varieties of human cultures past and present throughout the world, emphasizing the comparative study of social systems.

    TOMBS, TEMPLES & BURIED TREASURE: INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY (GS)

    Anthropology 220, Credits: 3

    This course introduces student to the basic work of archaeology. It aims to dispel popular myths about the field perpetuated by the 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.

    HUMAN EVOLUTION: INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (GS)

    Anthropology 225, Credits: 3

    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.

    CULTURE, MEDICINE AND HEALTH

    Anthropology 302, Credits: 3

    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.

    NATIVE NORTH AMERICA TODAY: PEOPLE, CULTURE AND SURVIVAL (DV)

    Anthropology 305, Credits: 3

    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.

    WOMEN AND THE SHAPING OF LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE

    Anthropology 310, Credits: 3

    This course critically examines roles of women in shaping Latin American culture and society through exploration of individual and collective action. Through the lenses of film, essay, and objective studies students encounter ways in which women create, maintain and restore cultures often viewed by the outside as strongly male-dominated.

    PHARMACEUTICALS, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY

    Anthropology 316, Credits: 3

    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.

    UNDERSTANDING HERITAGE: FROM LANDMARKS TO THEME PARKS

    Anthropology 320, Credits: 3

    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.

    FORENSIC DOCUMENTATION

    Anthropology 325, Credits: 3

    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.

    CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE SOCIETY

    Anthropology 350, Credits: 3

    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.

    URBAN SOCIETY

    Anthropology 352, Credits: 3

    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.

    MAYAS, AZTECS AND INCAS: PRECOLUMBIAN CIVILZATIONS

    Anthropology 365, Credits: 3

    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

    ARCHAEOLOGY OF WOMEN

    Anthropology 367, Credits: 3

    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.

    ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY

    Anthropology 420, Credits: 3

    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.

    ADVANCED FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY: BIOARCHAEOLOGY, TRAUMA & PATHOLOGY

    Anthropology 425, Credits: 3

    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.

    SUPERVISED TEACHING AIDE

    Anthropology 482, Credits: 2

    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.

    TRAVEL STUDY

    Anthropology 491, Credits: 1-3

    Variable topics. Faculty-led courses abroad

    FIELD STUDY

    Anthropology 492, Credits: 1-6

    Variable Topics

    ANTHROPOLOGY SEMINAR

    Anthropology 494, Credits: 3

    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.

    SPECIAL STUDIES IN ANTHROPOLOGY

    Anthropology 496, Credits: 3

    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. Prereq: 6 units in anthropology or consent of instructor.

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    College of Letters & Sciences
    Laurentide Hall 4100
    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
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    Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

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    Phone: (262) 472-1621
    E-mail: lamkinn@uww.edu

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