Description of Anthropology Upper Division Courses offered in Summer and Fall 2014

Summer 2014

ANT 436/536 - Archaeological Field Methods.

Reg. Code 2507/2508 Jackson

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ANT 439/539 - Topics in Archaeology.

Reg. Code 2509/2510 Jackson


Fall 2014

ANT 221 - Introduction to Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology.

Reg. Code 1593 (8W2) M-F 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 7167 MWF 1-1:50 a.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 7111 TTH 1-2:15 p.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 311 - World Cultures

Reg. Code 9833 TTH 11-12:15 p.m. Kaufmann

This course considers a single culturally rich topic in cross-cultural perspective. The topics change each time the course is taught. The upcoming topic is on the social life of trees: how trees matter in different cultural contexts, and how trees help anthropologists to understand the ways of life that humans make in the world in which we all live. The course gives students skills in comparative anthropology.


ANT 335 - Biblical Archaeology. 

Reg. Code 9832 MW 2:00-3:15 p.m Young

This course is an archaeological survey of the people and culture of the Bible from the early Hebrews (early Bronze Age) through the first centuries of Common Era.  Beginning with a discussion of the conduct of scientific, anthropological archaeology, we will then examine archaeological remains of numerous sites in Palestine and neighboring areas.  The material will be covered (roughly) in chronological order.  Background archaeological data will also be presented for neighboring areas and cultures where appropriate (for example Mesopotamia, Egypt, Babylon, Assyria, Greece, Rome).


ANT 437/537 - Heritage Resources and Public Policy.    

Reg. Code 9834/9835 TTH 3:50-5:05 p.m. Jackson

Public policy aimed at the preservation of archaeological and historic sites, sacred places and even the activities of traditional communities, has determined the career paths of many archaeologists, historic preservationists, and even cultural anthropologists.  Employment in this field, cultural resource management (CRM), requires an understanding of the policies that dictate these activities.  In this course we look at the legislative basis of archaeological and historic preservation, the circumstances in which these laws and policies apply, and the entities and processes involved in the fulfillment of these legal mandates.  We also look at broader social and economic issues associated with historic preservation and the responsibilities of professionals in imparting to the public the knowledge gained by these endeavors.


ANT 441/541 - Human Variation.            

Reg. Code 9836/9837 TTH 9:30-10:45 a.m. Danforth

This course offers a cross-cultural examination of differences in human morphology, physiology, and biochemistry. It will specifically explore the correlation between variations in human biology and variations in climate, culture, nutrition, and disease.