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2008-2009 University Catalog

Anthropology

ANTH 102 CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3)

Three hours lecture per week

The study of recent and modern societies using a cross-cultural perspective to gain an understanding on the range of human expression in culture and society. Issues discussed include ethnicity, gender, family structure, kinship, sex and marriage, socio-economic class, religion and the supernatural, language and culture, economics, political and social organization, art, and culture change.

Student Option: Graded or CR/NC

GenEd: C3B, D

ANTH 104 INTRODUCTION TO BIOANTHRPOLOGY (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Examines primate evolution, human genetics, and the natural selection forces affecting human evolution. Understanding adaptations to environments and concepts of race examined.

Student Option: Graded or CR/NC

GenEd: B2

ANTH 105 INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Examines the methods and theories archeologists use to understand the past. Origin and evolution of humans, physical and cultural adaptation, and social complexity.

Student Option: Graded or CR/NC

GenEd:  D

ANTH 106 CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION : INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Surveys the study of communication from an anthropological perspective. Provides students with an overview of how humans interact and communicate using verbal and nonverbal language. Students learn how language both reflects and shapes thought, culture, and power/status. Exposes students to anthropological theories of language origin, language use, and cultural issues associated with language in cross-cultural contexts.

ANTH 310 CIVILIZATIONS OF AN ANCIENT LANDSCAPE: WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Traces the relationship between the physical geography and the development of ancient civilizations in Pre-Columbian America, Africa, Asia, and Europe, beginning with the post-glacial period and ending with the rise of feudalism in Europe and Japan and including change from hunting and gathering groups to sedentary agriculturalists and pastoralists giving rise to later complex social organizations. Examines art, architecture, science, religion, trade economic and social systems.

Student Option: Graded or CR/NC

GenEd: D

ANTH 323 NATIVE AMERICANS OF CALIFORNIA TO THE 1850s (3)

Three hours lecture per week

This course examines the development of Native American peoples and cultures in California as they adapted to diverse environments. The environmental history of the last glacial and postglacial periods will be examined to provide a backdrop for human history. Using archaeological, historical, and ethnographic sources, the culture history of California’s Native Americans will be traced from antiquity to the 1850s. The impact of Spanish exploration, colonization, and the mission system will be traced from the perspectives of both the Native Americans and their colonizers.

Student Option: Graded or CR/NC

GenEd: C3B, D

ANTH 327 ORAL HISTORY AND THE COMMUNITY (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: ANTH 102 or consent of instructor

Outlines and develops the use of oral history as a research method from the 19th century to the present using examples drawn from anthropology, folklore and history. Explores different styles of interview techniques, including directed and open-ended interviews, questionnaires, and equipment with emphasis on broad, community-based research designs.

Student Option: Graded or CR/NC

GenEd: D

ANTH 332 HUMAN ECOLOGY (3)

Three hours lecture per week

This human ecology course places humans into the environment in historical and global contexts. Discusses systems theory as it applies to human adaptation to the environment. Studies the relations among political power, ideology, and resources, integrating concepts from ecology with those from social sciences. Theories and forecasts of human population growth and migration among regions and cultures. Social and environmental impacts of population and age distribution. Natural resource constraints on growth. Topics from land development, resource planning, environmental quality, politics, economic growth, conflicts and wars.

Same as ESRM 332

GenEd: D, Interdisciplinary

ANTH 345 HUMAN EVOLUTION AND DIVERSITY (3)

Three hours lecture per week Human biological evolution from the African savannah of 5 million years ago to the present, focusing upon adaptation to environmental conditions, disease, diet. Includes segments on ecology, evolutionary theory, genetics, natural selection, non-human primates. Discusses the concept of race from an anthropological perspective. Includes issues of speciation and race, adaptation to cold, heat, desert, tropics, and diseases. Compares ethnicity vs. race.

Student Option: Graded or CR/NC

GenEd: B2, Interdisciplinary

ANTH 352 APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: ANTH 102

Examines the applications of theory, methods and skills of the four subfields of anthropology to the solve contemporary social problems. Provides a history of applied anthropology and a conceptual framework for understanding different approaches in the field. Issues and topics covered include international development, social inequality and poverty, business and industry, education, law/criminal justice, environmental issues, and other domains.

ANTH 442 THE AFRICAN DIASPORA (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Examines the dispersal of Africans to other continents over the last two thousand years. Special attention will be paid to the African slave trade, identity formation, and nationalism. The course employs interdisciplinary methods borrowed from anthropology, art history, linguistics, and literature.

Same as HIST 442

GenEd: D, Interdisciplinary

ANTH 443 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY: CROSS -CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON HEALTH AND HEALING (3)

Three hours lecture per week This course provides a cross-cultural perspective on human health issues. Uses biological, cultural, and behavioral approaches to understanding the concepts of diseases and their treatment, ethnoscience, health, and complementary and alternative medicine placed in a global perspective.

Student Option: Graded or CR/NC

GenEd: D, Interdisciplinary

ANTH 444 VALUES AND VALUABLES (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: ANTH 102 or ECON 110

Examination of the intimate linkages between the creation of cultural values and the perception of economic value through the analysis of production and exchange in various cultural contexts. Synthesis of the debates in the field of economic anthropology and application to pre-historic, modern, Western and non-Western societies.

Same as ECON 444

GenEd: D, Interdisciplinary

ANTH 470 THE DEVELOPMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES (3)

Three hours seminar per week

Prerequisite: ANTH 102

Introduction to the development of anthropological thought from the discipline’s foundation to recent trends. Surveys and critically analyzes major schools of anthropological thought employed in explaining human behavior and phenomena. Theoretical perspectives discussed include evolutionary theory, functionalism, structuralism, cultural materialism, and symbolic/interpretative anthropology.

ANTH 475 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS IN ANTHROPOLOG Y (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: ANTH 102

Introduction to qualitative data collection and analysis in anthropology. Topics include research design, interviewing, participant observation, cross-verification of data, interactive data gathering, participatory learning, rapid rural appraisal, data interpretation, ethical and legal issues.

ANTH 477 ARCHAEOLOGICAL METHOD AND THEORY (3)

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: ANTH 105

In-depth study of the methodological and theoretical foundations of archaeology. Considers the assumptions, models, and techniques archaeologists use to analyze and interpret material culture, as well as the ethical considerations of contemporary archaeological inquiry. Topics covered include research design, dating techniques, field and laboratory methods, classification and debates in modern theory. Class activities may include field and/or laboratory exercises.

ANTH 490 SEMINAR IN ANTHROPOLOGY (3)

Three hours seminar per week

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

This seminar explores a different topic each term. Repeatable by topic.

Student Option: Graded or CR/NC

ANTH 492 SERVICE LEARNING / INTERNSHIP (1-3)

Variable hours per week

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor

Individual internship through service learning.

Graded Credit/No Credit

ANTH 494 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3)

Variable hours per week Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor Individual contracted study/research on topics selected by the student for further study.

Graded Credit/No Credit

ANTH 499 CAPSTONE PROJECT (3)

Three hours seminar per week Prerequisite: Senior Standing or Consent of Instructor Complete an original research project based on a specific area in anthropology. Research projects may incorporate service to an area agency.

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