2019 Spring Term
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CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY (GS)
Varieties of human cultures past and present throughout the world, emphasizing the comparative study of social systems.
TOMBS, TEMPLES & BURIED TREASURE: INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY (GS)
This course introduces student to the basic work of archaeology. It aims to dispel popular myths about the field perpetuated by the popular media. In place of those myths it presents methods of archaeological research and the discoveries such research has produced. These discoveries reveal the 4 million year history of humans and their ancestors before the invention of written records.
HUMAN EVOLUTION: INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (GS)
Biological anthropology studies human biological evolution and variation. Topics will be: Genetics and Human Evolution, Misconceptions about human evolution and adaptation, the biology and behavior of primates, the fossil record and the origin of bipedalism and evolution of larger brains and lastly the challenges of the future as a result of our recent evolution history.
CULTURE, MEDICINE AND HEALTH
Medical anthropologists apply critical concepts and ethnographic methods to understand the lived experience of illness and suffering; differing medical practices; and the various ways modern healthcare impacts societies. This course is an introduction to the field and designed for students in the social sciences, humanities, and biological/health sciences.
UNDERSTANDING HERITAGE: FROM LANDMARKS TO THEME PARKS (GS)
What is heritage and what role does it play in determining who and what we are and what we might be? This course explores these questions seeking to explain how groups define heritage, use it, and varyingly preserve it. Topics include resource management systems, the World Heritage program, activist groups, impacts of heritage tourism and looting.
This is an advanced course for students who wish to explore the area of recovery and identification of human skeletal remains. This class is offered as an introduction to the field of Forensic Science. It also provides us with opportunity to see an application of scientific knowledge to jurisprudence. A detailed look into the events surrounding death will be examined. Since we will deal directly with the human body, some prior knowledge of the human body will be helpful although we will cover this material in class.
CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE SOCIETY
This course examines contemporary Japanese society. It includes a study of social institutions, processes, and culture of Japan. the course examines following areas: (a) culture (beliefs, customs, social identity); (b) social institutions (family, religion, education, work, media); (c) societal processes (socialization, deviance, urbanization); (d) inequalities (gender, income, race-ethnic, region); and (e) the politics, economy, and international position of Japan.
A study to acquaint the student with historical development of urban centers, the increasing societal dominance of urbanism, the aspects of urbanism that constitute societal problems as well as societal contributions and new urban trends such as suburbanism and urban renewal.
This course is a broad survey of anthropological theory. The goal is to understand anthropology's specific historical trajectory as it relates to theory and to see how anthropological theory has been put into practice/informed ethnographic writing, both classic and contemporary monographs. Students will be expected to engage at a high level through critical reading and critical writing assignments.
ADVANCED FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY: BIOARCHAEOLOGY, TRAUMA & PATHOLOGY
The course is a practicum in forensic anthropology. Student will gain an understanding of osteology, trauma and pathology as it relates to interpretation of human remains. The effect of culture on the human skeleton will be shown using examples from archaeology. Students will survey, inventory, a mock crime scene. They will produce a forensic report and present it in a mock court situation.