The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Winter 2021 Online

Courses offered through University Without Walls (UWW) for Winter 2021 (December 7, 2020-January 16, 2021)

Anthro 100      Human Nature
Description: 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 & Variation
Description: 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 105        Language Culture and Communication
Description: Language from the perspective of the social sciences.  Anthropological perspectives on language topics, especially phonetics, phonology, morphology, historical reconstruction, sociolinguistics.  (Gen.Ed. SB, DG) 4 cr

Anthro 106        Culture Through Film
Description: 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, DG) 4 cr

Anthro 150        Ancient Civilizations
Description: The emergence and character of the world's 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 275        Dragons Around the World
Description: This course will expand the student’s horizon to include an understanding of the cultural and environmental diversity of cultures on every continent with human habitation.  Legends are created to help humans to understand the natural and cultural events of their specific culture in their specific ecological niche.  Analyzing dragon legends enables students to have a holistic perspective and awareness of the interrelationships among cultural systems, individuals and their environments (cultural and physical) on every continent from Africa to Asia to Oceania, the Americas and Europe. Students are introduced to over fifty cultural systems and their ecological niches. (Gen. Ed. SB, DG) 4 cr

Anthro 312        Medical Anthropology   
Description: 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.  4 cr