Description of Anthropology Upper Division Courses offered in Fall 2015

ANT 221 - Introduction to Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology.

Reg. Code 8034 (8W1) MWF 10-11:50 a.m. Hayden

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 231 - Introduction to Archaeology and Physical Anthropology.

Reg. Code 5795 MW 2-3:15 p.m. Young

This course will look at the human condition from two of the perspectives that make anthropology unique among the social sciences. First, it will address our past, looking at the origins of human culture in the Lower Paleolithic over two million years ago until the emergence of settled societies in the Neolithic. Second, it will also look at the origins and development of humans as a biological form, covering prehistoric and modern physical variation and its causes. For much of the course, the two perspectives will be very much integrated. The course will provide the foundation for many upper-division courses. The requirements will include tests, short written papers, and laboratory/field assignments.


ANT 301 - History of Anthropology.

Reg. Code 5795 MWF 10-10:50 a.m. Young

This writing intensive course examines the development of anthropology from the 19th century to the present. Rather than focusing on just ethnological theory, as many history of anthropology courses do, we will, instead highlight a number of significant ideas (e.g. evolutionism, materialism, idealism) and/or concepts (e.g. culture, structure,) both within anthropology and in related disciplines, and examine how they impacted the four subfields of anthropology. The course is designed to provide students with the broad overview of the discipline that will allow them to gain the maximum benefit from the capstone course ANT 401. Students will complete a 15-20 page paper on an approved research topic of their choice and will present their research to the class.


ANT 331 - Survey of Archaeological Methods.

Reg. Code 8036 TTH 3:50-5:05 p.m. Jackson

How do archaeologists learn about the unwritten past? This course surveys field methods, what can be learned by the broad range of archaeological evidence that exists, and what questions modern archaeology poses about past cultures. Course requirements include midterm and final, a series of short exercise assignments that employ the methods discussed in class.

ANT 342 - Forensic Anthropology.

Reg. Code 8037 TTH 2:25-3:40 p.m. 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. Students will learn a variety of analytical methods in hands-on laboratory exercises.  They will then be asked to apply them in two case studies, one adult and one juvenile.  There will also be a mock crime scene in which skeletal remains are excavated.  Course testing will consist of two quizzes, a midterm and a comprehensive final.


ANT 423/523 – Economic Anthropology.    

Reg. Code 8038/8039 TTH 1-2:15 p.m. Kaufmann

Whereas cultures involve ways of being in the world, economies involve ways of making a living in the world. Anthropologists study economies by centering on the people engaged in economic activities: the grittiness and struggles of their subsistence, as well as the beauty and inventiveness of their economic systems. This course focuses mainly on subsistence economies, which has garnered the most attention from economic anthropologists, and provides an overview of both classic and new directions in economic anthropology. Requirements include in-class participation (discussion of required readings), a mid-term examination, a final examination, and a paper. Graduate students will have one additional requirement.

ANT 442/542 - Medical Anthropology.

Reg. Code 8040/8041 TTH 11-12:15 p.m. Smith

"This course is designed to provide an introduction to the field of Medical Anthropology in which we will examine issues related to health and illness from various perspectives within and outside of the Western biomedical perspective.  In this class we will follow an Anthropological perspective – using evolutionary and cross-cultural approaches to understand human health issues.  This course will introduce students to the methods and theories medical anthropologists use and provide them with a greater appreciation for the importance of understanding cultural variation in the categorization, diagnosis and treatment of disease and illness.  We will also explore how food and diet play key roles in determining health.  Finally, through lecture, class discussion, and hands-on experience, students will consider the contribution an anthropological perspective can make in solving human health dilemmas."