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Summer Field School Information

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Summer 2018
Session 1: May 21-June29


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.  (Gen.Ed. SB, DG) 4 CR

Anthro 105 Language Culture and Communication
Language from the perspective of the social sciences.  Anthropological perspectives on language topics, especially phonetics, phonology, morphology, historical reconstruction, sociolinguistics.  (Gen.Ed. 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.  (Gen.Ed. 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. (Gen Ed: HS DG) 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,D G) 4 CR

Anthro 258 Food and Culture

his course surveys how cultural anthropologists have studied the big questions about food and culture. How and why do people restrict what foods are considered ?edible? or morally acceptable? How is food processed and prepared, and what does food tell us about other aspects of culture like gender and ethnic identity? How have power issues of gender, class, and colonialism shaped people?s access to food? How has industrialization changed food, and where are foodways headed in the future? Along the way, students will read and see films about foodways in Europe, Africa, Asia, the United States, and Latin America. (Gen. Ed. SB, G) 4 CR

Anthro 577 Field School in Archaeology (Dates: Tue-Sat. May 29-June 30)
Practical training in archaeological field and laboratory techniques, problem formulation and appropriate methodologies. Emphasis may vary from survey to excavation of prehistoric or colonial sites. Anthro 102 or equivalent helpful but not required.
Enrollment is by application.  6 CR

Anthro 588 Field Methods in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology (Dates: Mon-Fri. May 28-June 29)
Introduces students to major questions in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology, including what constitutes data, how excavations and fieldwork are conducted, and how field data are analyzed in the laboratory. Enrollment through application to instructor. 6 CR
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Session 2: July 9-August 18


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.  (Gen.Ed. SB, DG) 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. (Gen Ed: BS) 4 CR

Anthro 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 DG) 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. (Gen Ed: HS DG) 4 CR

Anthro 234 Art in a Cross-cultural Perspective
Cross-cultural and comparative perspectives on visual arts. Art in different cultures in relation to economic, social, and religious contexts, and as a universal human manifestation.  (Gen.Ed. AT, G) 4 CR

Anthro 269 North American Archaeology
The history of Native North Americans from their arrival on this continent, sometime between 80,000 and 12,000 years ago, up until their initial contact with Europeans. Archaeology as a source for the telling of history sensitive to voices often excluded from the written record.   (Gen.Ed. HS, DU) 4 CR

Anthro 697SS Project Based Learning, K-12 History & Social Studies
This course will provide K-12 educators or students wanting to be teachers, with an opportunity to learn about and integrate Anthropology into their Common Core curriculum for History and Social Studies. Anthropology offers young people  important insights into cultural diversity, how humans lived in the past, and a host of other topics that engage students' imaginations about what it means to be human.   The course instructor will work with students in the class to find innovative ways to create grade-appropriate project-based learning opportunities for their students. The graded components of this course will include student-centered discussions, graded quizzes and a final project, which will be a portfolio of project-based lesson plans for potential use in their classroom. 3 CR
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Fall  2018 (registration begins June 4)
Sept. Sept. 4-Dec. 12


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.  (Gen.Ed. SB, G) 4 CR

Anthro 102 Archaeology and 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.  (Gen.Ed. SB, DG) 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. (Gen Ed: BS) 4 CR

Anthro 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 DG) 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