This course explores the theories underlying forensic anthropology and how they are put into practice. Topics include a history of the discipline; professional responsibilities in the autopsy suite and courtroom; taphonomy and the estimation of time since death; techniques and contexts for positive identification; and depictions of forensic anthropologists in popular culture. Examination of case studies at local, national, and international scales.
An examination of developmental and evolutionary aspects of human reproductive biology and behavior from fetal through adult stages. Sexual selection and life history perspectives on fetal sex differentiation, gender identity, sex role development, puberty and secondary sexual characteristics, and mate choice.
Introduction to the history, methods, and issues of the field of historical archaeology. Extensive readings provide examples of archaeology from post-1300s contexts in North America, Africa, Australia, and Latin America. Topics covered range from archaeological approaches to ethnic, gender and class diversity to the study of large-scale processes of colonialism, industrialism and global expansion. Broader issues discussed include the relationships between history and anthropology, the cross-cultural impact of European expansion, and the development of contemporary industrial societies.
An exploration of the archaeology and history the ancient Near East, from the earliest human settlements through the Persian empire (ca. 10,500-332 BCE). Societies described in the Hebrew Bible are emphasized, with topics ranging from the rise of the state and international trade, to the identities and everyday lives of men, women, and children. The history and socio-political impacts of "Biblical Archaeology" are also examined.
A global survey of the human past from the earliest evidence of tool use to the emergence of stratified urban societies. Emphasis is on the complex diversity of past lifeways, including the reconstruction of human social and material life, the development of different social systems, and connections between societies and their physical environment. Limited discussion of relevant archaeological methods of reconstruction and analysis.
Topics vary with each offering; may be repeated for credit with permission of chair. Possible topics might include: environmental adaptation in foraging groups, Holocene transition studies, early food production, emergent cultural complexity, technological innovation and change, regional studies, materials analysis, and geoarchaeology.
This course is a broad survey of the regions, periods, and issues relevant to the study of the North American archaeological record. Topics range from the human settlement of the hemisphere, and the many diverse cultural histories of the continent, through the development of key cultural components such as trade and exchange networks, food production systems, and urban societies, to the increasing impact of cultural resource legislation and the views and interests of modern indigenous populations on contemporary archaeological practice.
Bioarchaeologists use human remains obtained from archaeological settings to reconstruct past lifeways. Key concepts include recovery and analysis of human remains, human skeletal anatomy, disciplinary ethics, bodily expressions of disease and behavior, social complexity and population affinity, and embodied identity. Use of case studies reveals how bioarchaeological methods and theories are implemented around the world.
This course explores differences in human cultures primarily as highlighted through cultural interactions. Focus is on learning to perceive how cultural differences influence the dynamics of human interactions and relationships at the level of the individual, the community, the nation, and the world. This will contribute to an understanding of the processes and patterns shaping our lives allowing students to develop the skills and perspectives necessary to live in the global community. Not applicable to the Cultural Anthropology subfield requirement for the Anthropology major. Satisfies upper-division GE, Area E (The Integrated Person).
A presentation of theory and data related to the development and characteristic features of civilization. Such crucial issues as the domestication of plants and animals, the appearance of stratified societies, the emergence of urban life, the emergence of literacy and its implications for thought, and the emergence of the state will be addressed from a comparative perspective. The course takes a global approach to these topics, covering materials from Southwest Asia; Africa; the Mediterranean; and North, Central, and South America. Not applicable to the Archaeology subfield requirement for the anthropology major. Satisfies upper-division GE Area D2 (World History and Civilization).