Anthropology (ANTH)

ANTH 101     Introduction to Anthropology     3 Credit Hours

Anthropology emphasizes the holistic study of human beings, in both the past and the present, and introduces students to the four primary sub-fields (sociocultural anthropology, linguisUc anthropology, archaeology and biological anthropology) of the discipline. This course shows students how the sub-fields intersect to explain human biological and cultural diversity, and provides students with the ability to better understand their own culture In light of a globalized world, as well as the applied skills of the discipline. (F, W) 999999

ANTH 201     Introduction to Archaeology     3 Credit Hours

Through hands-on labs and comparison of different sites and research projects, this class provides a survey of the theoretical concepts and methods archaeological anthropologist use to learn about people through material things. Considers topics such as site formation, sampling strategies, excavation methods, lab analyses, museum presentations, heritage laws, the history of archaeology, theoretical approaches, and archaeological ethics.

ANTH 202     World Cultures     3 Credit Hours

A comparative study of politics, economics, family and religion in selected cultures--foraging, tribal, peasant, and industrial. Provides a survey of theoretical concepts in social and cultural anthropology through the comparison of ethnographic case studies. ANTH 101 recommended. (YR).

ANTH 215     Research Skills BSci     1 Credit Hour

This course teaaches foundational research and critical-thinking skills necessary for the success of students in the Behavioral Sciences (including Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology) in conducting university-level research projects, papers, and other reasearch assignments. Students will learn important research skills like distinguishing between scholarly and non-scholarly sources of information, using library search tools to find peer-reviewed and scholarly sources, evaluating and analyzing information sources and using them to build informed opinions and arguments, integrating and synthesizing sources, and using sources ethically. Students will learn these skills through lectures, practice and by applying them through a series of assignments. (F, W, S)

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Level is Undergraduate
Can enroll if College is Arts, Sciences, and Letters

ANTH 303     Intro To Women's & Gender Stud     3 Credit Hours

This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the key theories and topics in Women's and Gender Studies. Special attention is given to how gender intersects with class, race, nationality, religion and sexuality to structure women's and men's lives. Students are also introduced to methods of gender analysis and will begin to apply these methods to topics such as women and health, gender roles in the family, violence against women, and gendered images in the mass media.

Restriction(s):
Cannot enroll if Class is Freshman

ANTH 307     Forensic Anthropology     3 Credit Hours

Forensic anthropology has recently seen a lot of exposure through popular television shows like CSI and Bones. Have you ever wondered how much of what you were seeing was real? Do the dead really "talk" about their lives and how they died? This course is designed as an introductory course for students interested in demystifying and getting to know the real forensic anthropology. Forensic anthropology is a specialized sub-field of biological anthropology that applies many of the methods of biological anthropology to the discovery, excavation, and identification of human remains in a medico-legal context. In this class we learn about the human skeleton and explore the key methods that are used in the identification of individuals, such as age-at-death estimation, sex determination, stature, ancestry, and personal identification. We also deal with assessment of the different types of trauma, and whether or not we can tell the cause and manner of death. The broader ethical roles and responsibilities of forensic anthropologists are also discussed, including discussions of how we determine race/ancestry, as well as ethical responsibilities we have during the investigation of human rights abuses, disasters and criminal inquiries. (F)

Restriction(s):
Cannot enroll if Class is Freshman

ANTH 311     Archaeology of Inequality     3 Credit Hours

Inequality has a history. This class explores these histories through archaeology with a focus on the material culture of the last 500 years. While we have written records from this time, material remains such as buildings, pottery, and human bones reveal far more. The mundane details of daily life are where inequality and injustice were (and are?) created, enforced, and resisted, and these mundane details are the material of archaeology.(OC)

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Freshman

ANTH 315     Body Image and Culture     3 Credit Hours

This course examines the biological and sociocultural construction of body image in both men and women. We explore such cultural and social practices as nudity, tattooing, piercing, scarification, dietary habits, physical activity and sports performance and their associated myths and realities. We explore how the human body is a terrain of contested meaning within society. The course provides an examination of the causes and consequences of women's poor body image, contemporary and historically. Course materials include case studies from North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

Prerequisite(s): ANTH 101 or WST 275 or WGST 275 or WGST 303 or PSYC 275 or SOC 275 or ANTH 275 or HUM 275 or PSYC 303 or SOC 303 or ANTH 303

ANTH 320     Culture and Int'l Business     3 Credit Hours

Lectures, exercises and case studies explore anthropological concepts needed by managers in multinational and multi-ethnic work environments. Topics include the world economy in anthropological perspective, national culture and business culture, implicit values about work and time, and cross-cultural communication. Special emphasis is given to Japan and the Third World. ANTH 101 or SOC 200 recommended. (AY).

ANTH 325     Anth of Health and Environment     3 Credit Hours

Cultural conflicts over pollution, disease etiology, development and natural resources often originate and are played out in local ecosystems. Anthropologists are increasingly becoming involved as researchers, developers, and activists in these cultural strifes. This course reviews the work of environmental and medical anthropologists as well as other critical scholars who unravel the values, meanings and ideologies associated with ecological issues in given localities. Drawing on theoretical advances in critical medical anthropology, environmental anthropology and applied anthropology the course seeks to improve the knowledge and abilities of student anthropologists in their environmental health work.

ANTH 331     Human Evolution     3 Credit Hours

A survey of biological anthropology. This course is a prerequisite for all other upper-division bioanthropology courses. Topics include the human place in nature, primate biology and behavior, evolution theory, genetics, the fossil evidence for human evolution, human growth, and biocultural adaptation to the environment. (YR).

ANTH 336     Introduction to Primates     3 Credit Hours

Introduction to the fundamentals of primate paleontology, evolution, morphology, and behavior with an emphasis on understanding the evolution of primate and human social behavior. (YR).

ANTH 340     Race and Evolution     3 Credit Hours

An evolutionary survey of the biological differences among human populations in response to such factors as climate, culture, disease, nutrition, and urbanization. The meaning of racial variation is discussed in terms of adaptation to environmental stress. "Race" is rejected; racism is discussed. (AY).

ANTH 341     Human Paleontology     3 Credit Hours

A survey of the evolutionary history of life through the study of fossils and collaborative field and laboratory material. The evolution of humans and the primate order of mammals is emphasized. (AY).

ANTH 345     Cultural Ecology and Evolution     3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the study of human ecology. This course employs the case-study method to develop an evolutionary and biocultural perspective on the relationship between human beings and their environments. (YR).

ANTH 350     Prehistoric Archaeology     3 Credit Hours

Uses archaeological evidence to explore issues of central importance to the present, such as the biological evolution of our species, the creation of new technologies, the switch to arming, the rise of social inequality, and the beginnings of cities. Considers archaeological sites in the US, Egypt, India, China, Europe, Mesopotamia, Mexico, Peru, and elsewhere from 7 million to 500 years ago.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Sophomore or Junior or Senior

ANTH 360     Myth, Magic, and Mind     3 Credit Hours

A broadly based introduction to the range of human mythical and magical traditions. Sophomore standing; ANTH 101 highly recommended. (YR).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Sophomore or Junior or Senior

ANTH 370     Indians of North America     3 Credit Hours

The origin and development of cultures north of Mexico. A study of various culture areas and representative tribes at contact, and a political-economic analysis of the fate of American Indians since contact. The perspectives of Native American peoples are taken into account through books, novels, and poetry. Sophomore standing; ANTH 101 highly recommended. (YR).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Sophomore or Junior or Senior

ANTH 371     African Exper in the Americas     3 Credit Hours

This course is a survey of African populations and cultures from 1500 to the present throughout the Americas. The focus is on Caribbean and Latin American contexts of these populations, but comparisons to North America will be made. Topics include slavery, the relationship between Africans and indigenous populations, religions, politics, music, and questions of race and ethnicity. Readings will include ethnographic description, history, biography and fiction. (YR).

ANTH 372     Anthropology of Latin America     3 Credit Hours

The course is a survey of Latin American people and cultures from the conquest to the present. It will focus on culture change and sources of conflict by analyzing topics that include the economy, kinship, ethnicity, social stratification, gender, politics, religion, and the arts. Readings will include ethnographic description, history, biography, contemporary fiction. (YR).

ANTH 373     Anth Persp on the Middle East     3 Credit Hours

This course examines Middle Eastern society from a cultural perspective. Topics discussed include kinship, gender, popular and orthodox Islam, nationalism, mass media, urbanization, and historical relations with the West. The course ends with an examination of the Arab immigrant experience in Metro Detroit. (AY).

ANTH 374     Anthropology of Europe     3 Credit Hours

Introduces anthropological approaches to European culture, emphasizing ethnographies and community studies as well as social history from the classical and medieval to the present. Will include cultural implications of industrialism and urbanization. May focus on Western or Eastern Europe during a given semester. (AY).

ANTH 376     Power & Privilege in SE Mich     3 Credit Hours

An examination of the social and cultural systems that lead to power, privilege, and inequality in American culture. This course takes a local perspective, analyzing systems of inequality as related to such factors as race, ethnicity, gender, social class and sexual orientations. Field trips to local sites are included. (YR)

Restriction(s):
Cannot enroll if Class is Freshman or Graduate

ANTH 381     Who Owns the Past?     3 Credit Hours

The past is not neutral. This class explores this idea, recognizing how representations of and stories about the past play a role in modern discussions and conflicts. Issues such as race, religion, national sovereignty, and both individual and group rights to self-determination, education, and property are all deeply entwined with how we learn about and tell each other about the past. We consider archaeological and historic sites and controversies in Asia, Africa, the Mideast, and the US, and focus on discussion and argumentative writing skills. (OC)

ANTH 390     Topics in Anthropology     3 Credit Hours

Examination of problems and issues in selected areas of anthropology. Title in Schedule of Classes will change according to content. Course may be repeated for credit when specific topics differ. (OC).

Prerequisite(s): ANTH 101

ANTH 391     Topics in Anthropology     3 Credit Hours

Examination of problems and issues in selected areas of anthropology. Title in Schedule of Classes will change according to content. Course may be repeated for credit when specific topics differ. Junior standing required. (OC).

ANTH 397     Honors Tutorial     3 Credit Hours

Advanced seminar on selected topics offered through honors program. (OC).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Sophomore or Junior or Senior

ANTH 397A     Honors Tutorial     3 Credit Hours

Topic: Sugar, Salt, and Fat. This tutorial takes an historical, anthropological, and biological approach to the use of sugar, salt, and fats in the human diet. People have biological requirements for sugar and salt, and these nutrients have important biological impacts on people. At the same time, the need for these nutrients forces people to migrate great distances; create new technology for production, transport, and consumption of foods containing these nutrients; organize and reorganize their social groups; and develop new economic and political organizations. Specific topics will be the rise of colonialism, slavery, global trade, and the anthropology of eating.

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Sophomore or Junior or Senior

ANTH 398     Independent Studies in Anthr     1 to 6 Credit Hours

Readings or analytical assignments in anthropology in accordance with the needs and interests of those enrolled and agreed upon by the student and instructor. Permission of instructor required. (F,W).

ANTH 399     Independent Studies in Anthr     1 to 6 Credit Hours

Readings or analytical assignments in anthropology in accordance with the needs and interest of those enrolled and agreed upon by the student and instructor. (F,W).

Prerequisite(s): ANTH 101

ANTH 406     Culture and Sexuality     3 Credit Hours

The study of women, men, children, socialization practices, and the genesis of sex roles cross-culturally. Students cannot receive credit for both ANTH 406 and ANTH 506. ANTH 101 recommended. (YR).

Prerequisite(s): ANTH 101 or WST 275 or WGST 275 or WGST 303 or PSYC 275 or SOC 275 or ANTH 275 or HUM 275 or PSYC 303 or SOC 303 or ANTH 303 or HUM 303

ANTH 407     Sexual Praxis and Theory     3 Credit Hours

This course will offer an overview of sexual differences including: the socio-cultural construction of gender, sexual behavior, and orientation; sex and sexualities in language and literature; and diversity by race, class, and cultural heritage. These topics will enable students to understand human sexuality within and across a continuum removing notions of duality, or polarity, in sexual behaviors and orientations. Examples both from within Western society and from non-Western societies may be used to further this position. Theoretical perspectives may encompass sociological and anthropological work, literary theory and criticism, queer theory, and multi-disciplinary discussions/discourse. Texts may include: Sex and the Machine: Readings in Culture, Gender and Technology, The Anatomy of Love, The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader, Second Skins: The Body Narratives of Transexuality, and Lesbian and Gay Marriage.

Prerequisite(s): WST 275 or WGST 275 or SOC 443 or PSYC 405 or ANTH 406 or ANTH 101 or WGST 303 or PSYC 303 or SOC 303 or ANTH 303 or HUM 303 or PSYC 275 or SOC 275 or ANTH 275 or HUM 275

ANTH 409     Human Body, Growth & Health     3 Credit Hours

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Junior or Senior

ANTH 410     Archaeological Field School     3 Credit Hours

While participating in a primary archaeological research project, students learn the methods and techniques of field archaeology and basic laboratory work, gaining experience in the scientific research process and complex problem-solving. Depending on the project, some aspects included will be survey, excavation, mapping, historical background research, and/or artifact conservation and analysis.

Prerequisite(s): ANTH 101 or ANTH 201

ANTH 411     Archaololgical Lab Methods     3 Credit Hours

How can we learn about people from the things they leave behind? This class teaches students about the 18th and 19th century material culture and how archaeological analysis creates insights about past lives through these things. This is done through hands-on participation in primary archaeological laboratory research: conservation, identification, dating, cataloging, and interpreting archaeological artifacts.

ANTH 412     Men and Masculinities     3 Credit Hours

This course addresses the question, "What is a man?", in various historical, cross-cultural, and contemporary contexts. A major focus on the social and cultural factors that underlie and shape conceptions of manhood and masculinity in America as well as in a variety of societies around the globe. (AY).

Prerequisite(s): SOC 200 or SOC 201 or ANTH 101 or WST 275 or WGST 275 or PSYC 275 or SOC 275 or ANTH 275 or HUM 275 or WGST 303 or PSYC 303 or SOC 303 or ANTH 303 or HUM 303

Restriction(s):
Cannot enroll if Class is Freshman or Sophomore
Can enroll if Level is Undergraduate

ANTH 415     Nutrition and Health     3 Credit Hours

The influence of nutrition on physical and mental development from conception to adulthood. Topics include: 1) the definition and function of the essential nutrients for people, 2) basic principles of human growth and development, 3) the causes and consequences of under- and overnutrition, 4) feeding practices for infants and children and the development of food habits, 5) nutrient and food problems in the local region and in global perspective. Students cannot receive credit for both ANTH 415 and ANTH 515. (YR).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Junior or Senior

ANTH 420     Kinship and Marriage     3 Credit Hours

A study of the diversity of kinship and marriage systems, and of the history of kinship theory which has played a seminal role in the development of general anthropological theory. Students cannot receive credit for both ANTH 420 and ANTH 520. (OC).

Prerequisite(s): ANTH 101 or ANTH 201

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Level is Undergraduate

ANTH 421     Education and Culture     3 Credit Hours

How and where do people learn? Why are there schools, and how is schooling culturally organized? Why do school experiences tend to vary by "race", social class, and gender? What insights does anthropology bring to practical problems of learning and teaching? Students cannot receive credit for both ANTH 421 and ANTH 521. ANTH 101 or SOC 200 recommended. (AY).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Level is Undergraduate

ANTH 422     Narrative Anthropology     3 Credit Hours

A consideration of alternative approaches to gaining ethnographic understandings by reading anthropological novels (Bohannan, LeGuin), fiction and poetry by non-western authors (Silko, Achebe), and travel writing (Chatwin, O'Hanlon). Junior standing; ANTH 101 highly recommended. (YR).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Junior or Senior

ANTH 425     Language and Society     3 Credit Hours

An examination of the social functions of speech through readings and exercises, emphasizing schools and other applied settings. Topics include ethnic and social class dialects, codeswitching, and the organization of conversation. Students cannot receive credit for both ANTH 425 and ANTH 525. (OC).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Level is Undergraduate

ANTH 430     Medical Anthropology     3 Credit Hours

A comprehensive examination of how culture mediates processes of illness and healing. Comparative materials are examined which provide a context for an anthropological analysis of modern biomedicine. Sophomore standing; ANTH 101 highly recommended. (YR).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Sophomore or Junior or Senior

ANTH 435     Human Genetics     3 Credit Hours

An analysis of human genetic variation in terms of the theory of population genetics considers such polymorphisms as blood groups and variant hemoglobins as well as morphological characters like stature, skin color, and so on. Emphasis is on the genetics of human populations and particular attention is drawn to cultural factors affecting human biology. (OC).

ANTH 440     Religion and Culture     3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the comparative study of religious systems. Explores religious beliefs and practices in non-Western cultures; surveys theoretical approaches to the study of religion; and discusses how religions grow, develop, and change. ANTH 101 recommended. (YR).

ANTH 444     Political Anthropology     3 Credit Hours

A consideration of some of the major anthropological views of politics, focusing on the relations of power to kinship, stratification, and religion in both states and stateless societies. Sophomore standing; ANTH 101 highly recommended. (OC).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Sophomore or Junior or Senior

ANTH 450     Anthropological Theory     3 Credit Hours

An historical account of the development of anthropological theory, emphasizing the continuity between consecutive styles of explanation. Substantial consideration of recent theoretical developments in structuralism and ecological analysis. Sophomore standing; ANTH 101 highly recommended. (OC).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Sophomore or Junior or Senior

ANTH 451     Family, Sexuality, Rights     3 Credit Hours

This course investigates the changing possibilities for forming families and expressing sexuality, with a focus on how nation states and legal and cultural systems construct and respond to these changes. Selected topics include the meanings of sex, love, marraige, and relatedness in different historical moments; struggles for recognition of varied kinship and family arrangements, such as interracial, interfaith, same-sex, polygamous and multi-partner relationships; and new technologies and their implications for family life. (YR)

Prerequisite(s): (WGST 303 or SOC 303 or ANTH 303 or PSYC 303 or HUM 303) or (SOC 200 or SOC 201) or (ANTH 101 or ANTH 202)

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Sophomore or Junior or Senior

ANTH 455     Immigrant Cultures and Gender     3 Credit Hours

The history and culture of immigration since 1850, including: (1) formation and perseverance of immigrant communities and interethnic boundaries; (2) relations between the homeland and the immigrant; and (3) impact of migration on family life and gender roles. Students cannot receive credit for both ANTH 455 and ANTH 555. ANTH 101 recommended. (OC).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Junior or Senior

ANTH 459     Human Osteology     3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the methods and theory of human osteology, bone history, pathology, biomechanics and taphonomy. Osteology lecture topics include age, sex, stature and ancestry estimation, the problems of commingling and differential disease diagnosis. The lab component provides hands-on skills. The course investigates how the forensic anthropologist can apply skills to human rights and police investigations and the nuances distinguishing theoretical approaches of forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology.

Prerequisite(s): ANTH 331 or BIOL 130

Restriction(s):
Cannot enroll if Class is Freshman or Sophomore

ANTH 460     Economic Anthropology     3 Credit Hours

A comparative examination of the basis of political economy. Economic problems (the production and distribution of goods and services) will be considered in ecological, evolutionary, and political terms. The primary emphasis will be on traditional economies, on production and exchange at the household level, and on the effect of modern market systems on indigenous cultures. (OC).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Sophomore or Junior or Senior

ANTH 470     Doing Anthropology     3 Credit Hours

A practicum of anthropological theory and method, including ethnographic interview and participant observation. Students will conduct field research and evaluate results with the help of classmates. Students cannot receive credit for both ANTH 470 and ANTH 570. ANTH 101 or SOC 200 highly recommended. (YR).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Level is Undergraduate

ANTH 477     Ethnographic Film     3 Credit Hours

This course will analyze ethnographic films as a medium for the construction of meaning in and across cultures. It will teach students to understand how the putatively "real" content of documentary film creates a mixture of fantasy, news and "science." Covering texts as varied as National Geographic photographic layouts, traditional ethnographic films made by anthropologists, and auto-ethnograhies of cultural groups such as Native Americans and the Trobriand Islanders of Papua, New Guinea, the course will aim to deconstruct such oppositions as indigene vs. alien, us vs. them, and self vs. other. Students cannot receive credit for both ANTH 477 and ANTH 577. (AY).

Prerequisite(s): FILM 248 or HUM 248 or ANTH 101 or ENGL 248 or JASS 248

ANTH 481     Gender and Globalization     3 Credit Hours

Mass media, politics, and academia are full of references to globalization, and a future "world without borders." This interdisciplinary course considers the implication of globalization for women's lives, gender relations, and feminism. Topics covered include the global factory, cross-cultural consumption, human rights, global communications, economic restructuring, nationalism, and environmental challenges. Rather than survey international women's movements, this course explores how globalization reformulates identities and locations and the political possibilities they create. (AY).

Prerequisite(s): ANTH 303 or HUM 303 or SOC 303 or PSYC 303 or WGST 303

Restriction(s):
Cannot enroll if Class is Freshman or Sophomore
Can enroll if Level is Undergraduate
Can enroll if College is Arts, Sciences, and Letters

ANTH 482     Psychological Anthropology     3 Credit Hours

Cross-cultural comparison of theories of human nature, including psychoanalytic anthropology, culture-and-personality, and other theories from Western science, as well as non-Western theories about such concepts as the person, emotions and mental illness. Students cannot receive credit for both ANTH 482 and ANTH 582. ANTH 101 and PSYC 170 or 171 highly recommended. (YR).

ANTH 498     Independent Study     1 to 6 Credit Hours

Readings or analytical assignments in anthropology in accordance with the interests and needs of students enrolled and agreed upon by the instructor and student. Written permission of instructor required.

ANTH 499     Readings in Anthropology     1 to 3 Credit Hours

For students desiring study not available in the regular course offerings. Students cannot receive credit for both ANTH 499 and ANTH 599. (F,W)

 
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An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally