Description of Anthropology Upper Division Courses Offered in Spring 2014

ANT 221 - Introduction to Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology.

Reg. Code 1429 TTH 3:50-5:05 pm Flanagan

The course focuses on the central role that culture and language plays in our lives from everyday interactions to institutional arrangements. Symbols, meanings, and their social contexts are emphasized in the linguistic part of the course. The course provides the foundation for much of what you do in upper-division anthropology courses. Requirements will include three exams and a paper.


ANT 317 - Culture and Power of Latin America.

Reg. Code 20285 TTH 9:30-10:45 am Hayden

This course will introduce students to social and cultural dynamics of Latin America and the legacy of political and economic inequality in the region. We will exam geographical sub-regions; race, ethnicity, class and gender; political economic forces and the historical development of the region. Requirements will include weekly reading assignments, class participation, two exams and short writing assignments. 


ANT 334 - Archaeology of the Old South.

Reg. Code 20286 MWF 1-1:50 pm Young

This course is a survey of archaeological research conducted on plantations, farms, and communities in the Southern United States with a special focus on African American sites. Students will become acquainted with the scope of the research and the types of research questions that historical archaeologists of Old South sites have addressed over the last several decades, as well as the analytical techniques used to make sound inferences about life and material culture


 ANT 342 - Forensic Anthropology.

Reg. Code 20287 TTH 2:25-3:40 pm Danforth

This course is designed to introduce the student to human osteology and its use in forensic settings. In the first portion, the students will learn to identify the human skeleton, including fragmentary remains. The middle portion will discuss interpretation of remains, including determination of age, sex, race, individual identification, and trauma. The final portion will cover applications of this information in forensic analysis, such as crime scene recovery and time since death, as well as its presentation to law enforcement agencies.


ANT 401 - Senior Seminar in Anthropology. Prerequisites: ANT 221, ANT 231, and senior standing.

Reg. Code 6364 TTH 1-2:15 pm Hayden

The capstone seminar will focus on current issues and careers in anthropology. You will be asked to reflect on and articulate your understanding of what anthropology is and how it can be useful. The primary goals of the seminar are to provide an opportunity for you to think holistically with a more advanced understanding of the sub-disciplines’ methods and epistemologies than you had in anthropology 101 and to hone your communicative skills. Towards that end, your own term project and the weekly readings and discussions will be equally important. A secondary goal of the seminar is to give you the opportunity to think about what you will do with anthropology now that you are graduating. Whether you plan to go to graduate school or other career, you will take this semester to think about your relationship to anthropology. What does it mean to think anthropologically? What is your relationship to the discipline and how does it inform your understanding of your life after graduation? Readings will focus on the application of anthropological theory to issues of public importance, as will students' term projects.


ANT 428/528 - Political Anthropology.

Reg. Code 20288/20289 Flanagan

In this course, we will look at behavior from a political standpoint - from foraging bands to globalization. We will examine different kinds of political structures and how they function in different kinds of societies, and the relationship between politics and other aspects of culture and social organization. Man, Aristotle informed us, is a political animal. Anthropologists, with their commitment to a cross cultural perspective, have a special contribution to make to the exploration of different political structures, differing distributions of power and the study of how individuals operate within these structures.


ANT 461/561 - Visual Ethonograpy. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

Reg. Code 20290/20291 TTH 11-12:15 pm Kaufmann

The purpose of this course is to train students in the visual study of Piney Woods cultures. Students learn 4 classic styles of anthropology documentaries. Assignments are short visual compositions, which are uploaded to YouTube. At the end of the course, students use the most appropriate “style” of filmmaking according to the fieldwork setting and submit their own visual project  for inclusion in their e-portfolio. The final projects provide a visual anthropology of Piney Woods cultures suitable for submission to film festivals and to the online journal Digital Piney Woods ( Graduate students are required to submit a longer visual piece based on original research. Students are not required to have any equipment other than a flip camera suitable for YouTube postings.