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Spring 2014:
Anthro 100 Human Nature
Introduces the full range of human cultural and biological diversity. Human evolution, rise and fall of civilizations, non-Western cultures, and the human condition in different societies today. Emphasis on the relationships among biological, environmental, and cultural factors. (GenEd: SBG) 4 CR

Anthro 106 Culture Through Film
Exploration of different societies and cultures, and of the field of cultural anthropology, through the medium of film. Ethnographic and documentary films; focus on gender roles, ethnicity, race, class, religion, politics and social change. (GenEd: SB G) 4 CR

Anthro 208 Human Ecology
The study of human/environmental interactions. Emphasis on biological and cultural responses by contemporary human groups to pervasive environmental problems. Examples from mountains, grasslands, deserts and tropical forests. (Gen Ed: SB G) 3 CR

Anthro 270 North American Indians
Survey of the indigenous people of America north of Mexico; their regional variations and adaptations, their relationship to each other and the changes taking place in their lifeways. (GenEd: SBU) 4 CR

SUMMER 2014
Session 1
(5/19-6/27)
Anthro 102 Archaeology & Prehistory
Introduction to archaeological method and theory along with a survey of human world prehistory through the rise of civilizations. Topics include archaeological survey, excavation, analysis and interpretation of data, dating, research methods, and theories of cultural change.
(GenEd: SB G) 4 CR

Anthro 103 Human Origins and Variation
The biological aspects of being human. Evolution, how and where the human species originated, and biological similarities and dissimilarities among contemporary human groups. (GenEd: BS) 4 CR

Anthor 104 Culture, Society & People
The nature of culture and its role in creating forms of social, economic and political life in diverse historical and geographical contexts. Readings drawn from contemporary ethnographies of various peoples, analyzing the persistence of cultural diversity in the midst of global social and socioeconomic forces. (GenEd: SB G) 4 CR

Anthro 106 Culture Through Film
Exploration of different societies and cultures, and of the field of cultural anthropology, through the medium of film. Ethnographic and documentary films; focus on gender roles, ethnicity, race, class, religion, politics and social change. (GenEd: SB G) 4 CR

Anthro 205 Inequality and Oppression
The roots of racism and sexism and the issues they raise. The cultural, biological, and social contexts of race and gender and examination of biological variation, genetic determinism, human adaptation, and the bases of human behavior. (GenEd: SB U) 4 CR

Anthro 312 Medical Anthropology
The course is designed to introduce students to the concepts, approaches, methods, and goals of medical anthropology. In doing so we will undertake an examination of the interplay between biology and culture and how health, illness, medicine and therapy exist in different cultures. Central to this concern is the idea that culture plays a central role in definitions of health and illness. After establishing a base for examining and defining medical anthropology, as well as taking a look at health, illness, and medicine within a range of different cultures, we will take a closer look at health issues in North America. There will also be particular emphasis on the diversity (plurality) of therapeutic and philosophical approaches to the body and medicine, and how these are culturally infused and reflective. This latter point will involve a critical analysis of biomedicine and various alternative therapies currently in practice in North America. 3 CR

Anthor 588 Field & Lab Methods in Bioarchaeology & Forensic Anthropology; this is an in-person field school. (Registration is by Application)

Session 2 (7/8-8/16)
Anthro 100 Human Nature
Introduces the full range of human cultural and biological diversity. Human evolution, rise and fall of civilizations, non-Western cultures, and the human condition in different societies today. Emphasis on the relationships among biological, environmental, and cultural factors. (GenEd: SBG) 4 CR

Anthro 105 Language, Communication and Culture
Language from the perspective of the social sciences. Anthropological perspectives on language topics, especially phonetics, phonology, morphology, historical reconstruction, sociolinguistics. (GenEd: SBG) 4 CR

Anthro 106 Culture Through Film
Exploration of different societies and cultures, and of the field of cultural anthropology, through the medium of film. Ethnographic and documentary films; focus on gender roles, ethnicity, race, class, religion, politics and social change. (GenEd: SB G) 4 CR

Anthro 150 Ancient Civilizations
The emergence and character of the worlds first civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Indus Valley, Shang China, the Olmec and Maya of Mesoamerica, and the Chavin of Peru. Topics include the Neolithic background to the rise of civilizations and theories on the rise and fall of civilizations. (GenEd: HSG) 4 CR

Anthro 208 Human Ecology
The study of human/environmental interactions. Emphasis on biological and cultural responses by contemporary human groups to pervasive environmental problems. Examples from mountains, grasslands, deserts and tropical forests. (Gen Ed: SB G) 3 CR

Anthro 271 Human Variation
Reconstruction of the evolution of humans and our nearest relatives, with special emphasis on comparative anatomy as well as the fossil and archaeological records of human evolution. Prerequisite: anthropology 103 or introductory biology. 3 CR

 

 

 

 
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