Description of Anthropology Courses offered in Fall 2016
ANT 101 - The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity
Reg. Code 1426 MWF 9-9:50 a.m. Meissner
Reg. Code 1427 MWF 1-1:50 a.m. Meissner
Reg. Code 13331 TTH 9:30-10:45 a.m. Smith
Reg. Code 15498 TTH 11-12:15 p.m. Smith
Reg. Code 6799 online South
Reg. Code 15497 online South
Reg. Code 7414 (for Honors College students only) TTH 11-12:15 p.m. Danforth
Anthropology uses a comparative approach to study humans through all times and places and considers the diverse facets of human experience, from the biological to the cultural. This provides a broad perspective on what it means to be human. This course introduces the student to major issues, concepts, perspectives, and methods of anthropology through an exploration of the four sub-disciplines: cultural, linguistic, biological (physical) and archaeological anthropology. Course requirements include readings, exams, short writing assignments, and one five page essay.
ANT 221 - Introduction to Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology.
Reg. Code 14761 MWF 11-11:50 a.m. Meissner
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 301 - History of Anthropology.
Reg. Code 5463 MW 2-3:15 p.m. Meissner
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 342 - Forensic Anthropology.
Reg. Code 7416 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 424/524 - Religion and Healing. This class is cross-listed with REL 424/524.
Reg. Code 15845/15846 MWF 1-1:50 p.m. Capper
This course studies several examples of religious healing practices found in ethnographic literature. Emphasis will be placed on understanding indigenous theories and practices of illness and cure within the context of wider social systems and processes. Classic Western theories of religious healing such as those of Freud, Jung, Turner, and Lévi-Strauss will be explored along with the ethnographic material, allowing us to create a dialogue between indigenous and academic theories of religious healing. The approach will be interdisciplinary, drawing from psychology, anthropology, and religious studies. Students should leave the course with a better understanding of issues regarding human curing and transformation, the roles of myths and rituals within cultures, the roles of dreams for individuals and societies, and the applicability of Western modalities to non-Western cultures.
ANT 437/537 - Heritage Resources and Public Policy.
Reg. Code 15500/15501 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 449/549 - Topics in Physical Anthropology: Nutritional Anthropology.
Reg. Code 15502/15503 TTH 1-2:15 p.m. Smith
Food is a biological necessity, yet it contains multiple cultural and social meanings. It contains cultural symbols, is linked to our memories and identity, holds great political sway, can unite people in community, and divide people by race, class, and ethnicity. The food we eat also has a direct impact on our health and wellbeing (in both the body and mind). This course will explore the many issues surrounding the production, consumption, and distribution of food both locally and globally. Some topics which will be explored include body image, food and social inequality, feminist perspectives on food, the global commodification of food, and the evolution of diet and the relationship between diet and chronic diseases.