Courses

This course is an introduction to recent and evolving technological methods in archaeology and cultural heritage management. The objective is to provide an overview and evaluation of these techniques with an emphasis on their application for the public education and community engagement, not an in-depth immersion into programming or modeling.

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.
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).
Intensive in-class discussions of accounts from several societies, past and present. Discussions address key issues in cultural analysis (e.g., status, kinship, gender and identity, symbolism) by means of cross-cultural comparison and a holistic examination of culture. Students are encouraged to think critically and interpretively about the organization and cultural practices of the societies under review.
Using the methods of anthropology, this course focuses on the study of environmental issues. The course covers the history of anthropological approaches to the environment. Selected topics such as human ecology, historical ecology, natural resource management, environmental justice, and environmentalism will be announced in the semester schedule. May be repeated for credit.
This course explores anthropological perspectives on global issues. The course includes a brief introduction to the theoretical frameworks developed in the discipline for studying issues that impact humanity on a global scale. Possible topics may include: globalization, global capitalism, global climate change, international development, population movements such as international migration and diasporas, and global impacts of diseases such as HIV/AIDS and SARS. Topics vary with each offering; may be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.
In-depth examination of a specific topic within sociocultural anthropology. Topics vary with each offering and might include: medical anthropology; economic anthropology; political anthropology; or issues such as homelessness, social capital, or community. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.
A survey of basic issues concerning language as a part of human behavior, the symbolic nature of human communication, language as an interpretive model for culture, the social nature of language, the psychobiological bases of language and its acquisition, human and nonhuman communicative behavior, and verbal and nonverbal communication.
Survey of the distribution of the world's languages and language families, with discussion of language evolution and areal, genetic, and typological classifications of languages. Study of the languages in contact and the processes of language change, with attention given to the history of writing systems and to writing as a source of evidence for the reconstruction of linguistic change.
Focus on such topics as language attitudes, political power and linguistic equality, language and sociopolitical institutions, and language planning. Practical introduction to the insights offered by discourse analysis to the study of language varieties reflected in particular geographical regions, and by members of particular social classes/groups.

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