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ANTHROPOLOGY

ANTH-350
Special Topics (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Cross-cultural comparison and analysis within selected culture areas. Rotating topics include human osteology, language and sexuality, student activism and social justice, and archaeology of the Chesapeake Bay region.

ANTH-350
001
ANTHROPOLOGY
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Special Topics (3)

Biological Anthropology

This course provides a survey of biocultural research approaches used in studies of historic human skeletal samples and contemporary health and disease studies of living populations. Class readings, lectures, and discussions focus on the biological consequences of poverty and inequality. Osteology laboratories and field trips are used to enhance students' understanding of the relationship between socioeconomic status, differential access to resources, and biological well-being. Course materials illustrating the use of the race concept by nineteenth and twentieth century scientists and medical professionals provide historical context for the development of the biocultural synthesis.

ANTH-350
003
ANTHROPOLOGY
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Special Topics (3)

Organizing for a New Economy

While capitalist relations may dominate our lives, they exist in the context of other relationships such as gift-giving, pooling, sharing, and living freely. This course explores theories and practices such as anarchism, social democracy, and Marxism that suggest alternative values which emerge in the ways that people actually live their lives in the larger context of harsh inequality under finance capital.

ANTH-350
001
ANTHROPOLOGY
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Special Topics (3)

Environmental Anthropology

The seminar focuses on the anthropological study of the environment. Students are introduced to the persistent themes, key theories, and ethnographic practice of environmental anthropology and discuss how anthropologists have approached the study of the environment. Students read classic and contemporary works that explore themes of social nature, degradation and collapse, ethnoclimatology, the politics of indigenous and local knowledge, and the management of nature.

ANTH-350
002
ANTHROPOLOGY
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Special Topics (3)

Human Osteology

This course provides students with basic understanding of the human skeleton through lectures, field trips, and hands-on experience. Students learn how to identify skeletal elements from whole and fragmentary pieces of bone, and how to construct a biological profile of skeletal individuals through estimations of age-at-death, sex, population ancestry, stature, and pathological conditions. Additionally, students are introduced to literature addressing theoretical and ethical issues pertaining to the study and analysis of human remains.