Courses

Topics may include: language acquisition, ideology, policy, revitalization, evolution, creolization and language contact, semantics and pragmatics, and sociolinguistics. Topics vary with each offering.
Focus is on sign languages used in Deaf communities around the world, with an emphasis on three themes: (a) language as a system, (b) language in cultural and social context, and (c) language relationships in space and time. No previous knowledge of sign language is required.
A seminar offering an introduction and review of a specific topic in California prehistory, emphasizing method and theory. Specific topics -- such as regional culture history, subsistence and settlement, trade and exchange, prehistoric technology and osteology -- will be announced in the semester schedule.

In-depth examination of a topic within anthropology. Topics vary with each offering. Maybe repeated for credit if topic differs.

Student-initiated and -instructed courses on topics that enrich or extend current departmental offerings. Cr/NC only. May be repeated for credit. Course restricted to Anthropology Junior, Senior and Graduate students only.
Supervision and assessment of curriculum development, course assessment as applicable to students in instructional or faculty-adjunct roles. May be repeated for credit. Instructor consent required.
Planning, organizing, and implementing undergraduate research forum. Students learn about all aspects of conference organization and proceedings publication. Students will participate in event production, abstract solicitation and selection, publicity, and budgeting for a specific campus research conference. They will also gain valuable skills in journal editing, layout, and publication. May be repeated for credit.
Combined lecture/laboratory course on the anatomy and biology of the human skeleton. Students learn to identify the bones and teeth of the human skeleton; the landmarks used for osteological analyses; and how morphological and metric analyses of bones and teeth can reconstruct personal biographies and population histories.
In this research methods course, students will learn how to describe and analyze primate behavior through direct observations of local fauna and captive primates at Bay Area zoos.
Combined lecture/laboratory course for students interested in the methods used by forensic anthropologists. Topics include learning the anatomy of the human skeleton; creating a biological profile by estimating age, sex, stature, and ancestry; identifying the effects of trauma and pathology on bone to discover cause and manner of death; and understanding forensic anthropologists' role in crime scene investigation.

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