Anthropology Department

Courses and Curriculum

Courses/Curriculum
 

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Anthropology Courses of Instruction:
Fall & Winter 2012-2013 Course Offerings 

Departmental Minor in Archaeology

 

GVSU On-Line Anthropology Course Listings


ANT 204 - Intro to Cultural Anthropology (Gen Ed, Social and Behavioral Sciences; World Perspectives)
ANT 206 - Human Origins (Gen Ed, Life Sciences Foundation)
ANT 207 - Language and Culture
ANT 210 - History of Theory
ANT 215 - Origins of Civilization (Gen Ed, Historical Perspectives Foundation; World Perspectives)
ANT 220 - Introduction to Archaeology (Gen Ed, Social and Behavioral Sciences)
ANT 300 - Research Methods in Anthropology
ANT 307 - Field Techniques and Laboratory Methods in Anthropology
ANT 311 - Native Peoples of North America (Gen Ed, T20; U.S. Diversity)
ANT 312 - Human Osteology
ANT 313 - Primate Behavior and Ecology
ANT 314 - Bioarchaeology
ANT 315 - Comparative Religions (Gen Ed, T9; World Perspectives)
ANT 316 - Death, Burial, and Culture (Gen Ed, T14; World Perspectives)
ANT 317 - Advances Anthropological Linguistics
ANT 320 - Culture and Disease (Gen Ed, T16)
ANT 325 - Archaeology of North America
ANT 330 - Ethnology of Selected World Areas
ANT 340 - Culture and Environment (Gen Ed, T11; World Perspectives)
ANT 345 - Perspectives on Globalization (Gen Ed, T15, World Perspectives)
ANT 346 - Kinship and Culture (Gen Ed, World Perspectives)
ANT 347 - Environments and Cultures of the Great Lakes Region
ANT 350 - Archaeology of Mid-East
ANT 355 - Migration in Americas (Gen Ed, T7)
ANT 360 - Ethnology of Mesoamerica (Gen Ed, T7; World Perspectives)
ANT 370 - Cross-cultural Perspectives on Gender (Gen Ed, T8; World Perspectives)
ANT 380 - Special Topics in Anthropology
ANT 399 - Independent Readings
ANT 405 - Anthropological Theory
ANT 490 - Practicum: Career-Service
ANT 495 - Practicing Anthropology (capstone)
ANT 498 - Honors Research in Anthropology
ANT 499 - Independent Study and Research       

Anthropology (ANT) Course Descriptions:


ANT 204 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.   Introduces the discipline of anthropology by examining the diversity of human cultures that have been described by anthropologists over the last one hundred years. The principles of anthropology are explained with examples drawn from non-Western culture. Comparisons are drawn with our own. General education: Fulfills Social and Behavioral Sciences Foundation, and World Perspectives requirements. Three credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

ANT 206 Human Origins. Examines the dynamic interplay between human biology and culture through the study of human evolution. Grounded in the mechanisms of evolution, the class examines the emergence of our species and our relationship to non-human primates, among other topics. General education: Fulfills Life Sciences Foundation requirements. Three credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

ANT 207 Language and Culture. Explores the interaction between language, communication, and culture, employing cross-cultural analysis to reveal cultural models, and to understand how linguistic variation is linked to gender, age, region, ethnicity, and class. Several practical activities are used to apply analyses to anthropological problems. Three credits. Offered winter semester of odd-numbered years.

ANT 215 Origins of Civilization. We live with the consequences of decisions and choices made by our ancestors around the world. This course examines the successes and failures of our ancestors so that we may better understand our own behavior. The foundations of world civilization are explored by looking at archaeology of preliterate societies. General education: Fulfills Historical Perspectives Foundation and World Perspectives requirements. Three credits. Offered winter semester.

ANT 220 Introduction to Archaeology. Introduction to the methods and techniques of archaeology, including the methods of excavation, analysis, dating techniques, and data presentation. Course has field work opportunities and draws on examples from local and worldwide research. General education: Fulfills Social Science Foundation requirement. Four credits. Offered fall semester.

ANT 307 Field Techniques and Laboratory Methods in Anthropology. Training in the application of research methods under field conditions to problems in major areas of anthropology; supervised instruction in anthropological laboratory techniques, including data collection and storage, analysis, and interpretation. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. One to nine credits. Offered spring and/or summer session.

 ANT 311 Native Peoples of North America. A multifaceted examination of North American Indians and a comparison of that culture with the American. Focus on origin, early history, and present disposition of American Indian populations. General education: Fulfills Theme 20 - American Mosaic, and U.S. Diversity requirements - Three credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

ANT 312 Human Osteology. The course explores skeletal biology, growth and development, identification, and assessment of pathological and traumatic conditions. The course focuses on standard forms of data acquisition in traditional physical anthropology and for forensic anthropological applications; including bone identification, aging, sexing, stature, siding, biological affinity, pathology, taphonomy, trauma, and collection of metrics. Offered winter semester. Prerequisite: ANT 206. Credits: 4

ANT 313 Primate Behavior and Ecology. This course is an overview of the behavior of non-human primates within an ecological framework. Topics include a survey of living primates, constraints of body size on locomotion and diet, conservation, communication, conflict resolution, and the role of the environment in diet, on reproductive strategies and in social interaction. Offered fall semester of odd numbered years. Credits: 3

ANT 314 Bioarchaeology. Bioarchaeology is the study of human remains from archaeological settings. Its study encompasses the ethical treatment of human remains, reconstruction of patterns of subsistance, disease, activity, status, ethnicity, diet and demography from the human skeleton to better understand the way that people chose to live in the past. Offered fall semester of even numbered years. Prerequisite: ANT 206.Credits: 3

ANT 315 Comparative Religions. A cross-cultural study of contemporary religions. Examines the diversity of religious meanings through the lived experiences of cultures,traditions, and sects around the world. Exposes students to anthropological interpretations of religion through a range of methods,including ethnography. Themes include symbolism, ritual, death, shamanism, healing, magic, pilgrimage and interfaith movements. General education: Fulfills Theme 9 "Religion" and World Perspectives requirements. Three credits. Offered fall and winter semesters.

ANT 316 Death, Burial, and Culture. This course examines how different cultures approach issues and customs surrounding death. Drawing on evidence from biological and cultural anthropology and archaeology, students learn from the dead by exploring the experience of death and how it illuminates life in different cultures around the world and through time. Prerequisites: ANT 204, ANT 206, or ANT 220, or permission of instructor. General education: Fulfills Theme 14 - "Death and Dying" and World Perspective requirements. Three credits. Offered fall semester.

ANT 320 Culture and Disease. Introduces students to the anthropological study of disease ecology and medical systems cross-culturally. Explores the impact of disease, ecology, and sociocultural behavior throughout human evolution. Investigates the efficacy and nature of non-Western curing procedures and the cultural and psychodynamic features of illness. Prerequisites: ANT 204 or ANT 206 or ANT 220. General education: Fulfills Theme 16 "Health, Illness and Healing" - Three credits. Offered fall semester.

ANT 325 Archaeology of North America. A survey of prehistoric developments from Alaska to Central America, including the Mesoamerican civilizations. Three credits. Offered winter semester of odd-numbered years.

ANT 330 Ethnology of Selected World Areas. Offered on demand, with each offering devoted to the study of a particular area. Students may repeat the course provided each repeat is for a different area. Three credits. Offered on demand.

ANT 340 Culture and Environment. This course compares different adaptive strategies of cultures from around the world, and seeks understanding of ethical and social values different groups have related to the environment.  Attention is focused on how humans relied on cultural mechanisms in the past to adapt and change their natural environment.  General education: Fulfills Theme 11 - "Earth and Environment" and World Perspectives requirements. Three credits.  Offered winter semester.

ANT 345 Perspectives on Globalization. The anthropology of globalization examines the emergence of “globalized local cultures.”  Students employ the ethnographic approach to understand globalization as the intensification of interconnectedness, in which anthropologists learn that fundamental problems of deep and universal concern to humans everywhere will need to be addressed at local, national, and global levels. General education: Fulfills Theme 15 "Global Change: Integration and Fragmentation" and World Perspectives requirements. Offered fall semester, even years.

ANT 346 Kinship and Culture. A survey and practical application of anthropological kinship. The course critically evaluates kinship concepts and case studies in order to understand how group identity links to culture, biology, reproduction, gender, and family. A Cross-cultural perspective is emphasized. Prerequisite: ANT 204. General education: Fulfills World Perspectives requirement. Offered winter semester of even-numbered years.

ANT 347 Environments and Cultures of the Great Lakes Region. Pleistocene history, landforms, soils, vegetation and wildlife, and cultural development in the Great Lakes region over the past 20,000 years. Prerequisite: Junior or senior status in anthropology, biology, geology, resource management, or sociology. Three credits. Offered on demand.

ANT 350 Archaeology of Mid-East.  The Middle East is recognized as the birthplace of several major cultural traditions.   Examining the evidence of archaeology from the perspective of cultural ecology, this course informs us on the origins and settlement of the Middle East from one million years ago to the 7th century A.D. Prerequisites: ANT 215, 220, MES 201, or prior approval from the instructor. Three credits. Offered winter semester, even numbered years.

ANT 355 On the Move: Migration in the Americas. This course is a comparative, cross-cultural study of human migration in the Americas, drawing on the discipline of anthropology for methodology and content.   Students will explore patterns of migration and issues of adaptation, assimilation, borders, transnationalism, immigrants, refugees, displacees, identity and ethnicity.  General education: Fulfills Theme 7 "Continuity and Change in the Americas" - Three credits. Offered fall semester, odd numbered years.

ANT 360 Ethnology of Mesoamerica. This course examines the cultural history and social dynamics shaping modern Mesoamerica.  Students will explore environment, archaeology, the diversity of modern Mexican and Guatemalan cultures, and current issues of development and human rights. General education: Fulfills Theme 7 "Continuity and Change in the Americas" - Three credits. Offered fall semester, even numbered years.

ANT 370 Cross-cultural Perspectives on Gender. Examines gender as a fundamental organizing theme of culture. Also emphasizes the sociocultural basis for gender differences using a cross-cultural and comparative approach. Discusses how gender relations affect all other aspects of human life. Prerequisite: ANT 204 or ANT 206. General education: Fulfills Theme 8 "Gender, Society and Culture" and World Perspectives requirements. Three credits. Offered winter semester, even numbered years.

ANT 380 Special Topics in Anthropology. A series of courses providing an in-depth study of a problem in anthropology and the methods of investigating it. Various topics of cross-cultural interest, such as human evolution, peasant cultures, preliterate societies, kinship pattern, and culture and personality will be examined. Three credits.  Offered on demand.

ANT 399 Independent Readings. Independent supervised readings in selected topics. A student may take only one reading course for one to three credits per term. No more than six hours of 399 and 499 combined may count toward a major or three hours of 399 and 499 combined toward the minor. Prerequisites: 204 or 206 and the written consent of the instructor before registration. Offered on a credit/no credit basis.  Offered fall and winter semesters.

ANT 405 Anthropological Theory. Considers the major historical developments and theoretical trends in anthropology over the past 150 years. The approach is both topical and historical. Cross ties with developments in related disciplines are noted. Three credits. Prerequisite: Senior standing as an anthropology major. Offered fall semester.

ANT 490 Practicum: Career-Service. Agency experience in the community relating practical training and independent study in a specialized area. Limited to 10 credits maximum. Prerequisites: 15 hours of course preparation and permission of instructor. One to nine credits. Offered on a credit/no credit basis.   Offered fall and winter semesters.

ANT 495 Practicing Anthropology (capstone). Gives students the opportunity to integrate the diverse dimensions of anthropology and other disciplines. By focusing on a single culture area and research question, students will review the major theses, assumptions, and topics of anthropology. Prerequisites: senior standing and ANT 405. Three credits. Offered winter semester.

ANT 498 Honors Research in Anthropology
Original research conducted individually with faculty supervision, based on a formal proposal. Project is the culmination of undergraduate research incorporating anthropological theory, methodology, data collection, and analysis. Research will be presented in a public forum. Syllabus and guidelines for honors research available from faculty. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: ANT 300, acceptance of formal written proposal and permission of faculty member. Credits: 3

ANT 499 Independent Study and Research. Research conducted individually with faculty supervision. Attention given to written and oral presentation of research findings. A student may take only one independent study course for one to four credits per term. No more than six hours of 399 and 499 combined may count toward a major or three hours of 399 and 499 combined toward the minor. Prerequisites: Nine hours in the department and written permission of instructor before registration. Offered on a credit/no credit basis
Offered fall and winter semesters.

 

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