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Investigation of Special Topics

ANTH 5305 - Investigation of Special Topics

Special topic readings or investigations according to the needs of each student.

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ANTH 5306 - Human Behavioral Ecology

This seminar will apply the theory of natural selection to the study of human behavior in an ecological setting, with particular focus on the adaptive features and biological design of human behavior.

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ANTH 5308 - Human Evolutionary Theory

Evolutionary concepts applied to human body size and shape, diet, disease, group composition, and reproductive behavior.

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ANTH 5309 - Violence, Stress, and Social Support

This seminar surveys theory and observations bearing on the nature, sources and consequences of traumatic stress, stressors, and social support in human populations.

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ANTH 5311 - History of Anthropological Theory

Development of theory from the nineteenth century through the 1970s. Required for graduate students in Cultural and Historical Anthropology.

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ANTH 5312 - Seminar: Contemporary Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology

Selected current issues and debates in the discipline.

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ANTH 5315 - Gender and Culture

Anthropological perspectives on the analysis of gender with special focus on dynamics of gender, culture, and power.

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ANTH 5316 - Globalization and Transnational Anthropology

Methods and theories in the study of cultural, social, political andeconomic phenomena spanning international frontiers; historical origins of transnational anthropology, theories of globalization, ethnographic case studies.

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ANTH 5321 - Ethnographic Methods I

Theoretical foundations and basic tools used to conduct professional field studies in anthropology. Research design; moral and ethical dimensions of field work; designing and conducting informal, semi-structured and structured interviews (one-on-one and in groups); managing field notes, questionnaires, and data; computer data management; summary statistics and graphics; identifying and interpreting random variation; modeling and testing explanations.

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ANTH 5322 - Research Methods and Design

Selected topics in ethnographic methods and research design.

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ANTH 5332 - Cognitive Anthropology

The study of how the content of thought or knowledge, is created, organized, and distributed in human communities. Topics include cultural models of the mind, emotions, personality, and relationships.

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ANTH 5333 - Evolution and Cognition

An introduction to recent work in evolutionary psychology, exploring the variety of ways in which we can understand human cognition as a product of evolution.

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ANTH 5334 - Culture and Religion

Theories and problems in the analysis of non-western religious systems.

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ANTH 5335 - Psychological Anthropology

The seminar explores theoretical and empirical relationships between the individual and sociocultural systems, and it seeks to identify worldwide principles of human behavior.

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ANTH 5336 - Cultural Ecology

Interrelationships between population organization in contrasting preindustrial societies.

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ANTH 5337 - Economic Anthropology

Issues of scope, method and epistemology. Economic organization and performance in preindustrial societies. Economic development and underdevelopment.

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ANTH 5339 - Cultural Dynamics

An analysis and comparison of contemporary anthropological theories of sociocultural dynamics, with an investigation of selected problems in the study of change and persistence.

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ANTH 5341 - Analysis of Rituals

Examines various theoretical contributions to the anthropological study of ritual. Controversies and ambiguities surrounding the social and symbolic significance of the ritual act for both men’s and women’s experiences and participation are addressed.

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ANTH 5345 - The Neanderthals

The biological, cultural, technological, and behavioral evolution of Neanderthals as understood through the fields of genetics, physical anthropology, palaeolithic archaeology, human behavioral ecology, hunter-gatherer ethnography, palaeoclimatology, chronometric dating, and geology. Neanderthal-Modern Human interactions and the Middle-Upper Palaeolithic transition are also considered.

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ANTH 5350 - Physical Anthropology

Critical review of selected topics and current issues in the theory and practice of physical anthropology.

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ANTH 5352 - Medical Anthropology

An overview of current theory and practice in medical anthropology.

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ANTH 5353 - Applied Anthropology

An overview of various applications of anthropology to solve human problems both internationally and within the United States. Emphasis upon history of applied anthropology, ethical considerations, and specific roles of anthropologists in development.

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ANTH 5354 - Contemporary Issues in Archaeology

A critical review of current trends and developments in archaeological method and theory.

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ANTH 5356 - History of Archaeological Theory

A critical review of the development of archaeology, with particular emphasis on the theoretical innovations of the 1960s and 1970s.

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ANTH 5357 - Settlement Systems

Approaches to human systems of settlement, including the applications of locational models and hierarchial analysis of settlement system data.

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ANTH 5358 - Analytical Methods in Archaeology

The use of qualitative and quantitative techniques in the analysis of archaeological data. Topics covered include seriation, sampling, data screening, statistical testing and numerical taxonomy.

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ANTH 5359 - Advanced Analysis in Archaeology

An examination of recent developments in archaeological analysis, with particular emphasis on multivariate techniques, new methods of spatial analysis, chronological seriation, and microcomputer applications.

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ANTH 5361 - The Ecology of Human Evolution

Early human ancestors as components of past ecosystems. Recovery of ecological information from fossil sites; reconstruction of ancient behavior; relevance of ethology and the study of contemporary foraging people for reconstruction of the past.

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ANTH 5363 - Archaeological Site Formation Processes

The creation of archaeological sites by human behavior and geological forces. The characteristics of various formation processes and identification of them in the archaeological record.

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ANTH 5364 - New England Prehistory

Topics in the prehistory of New England. Regional chronology and cultural history, early Holocene adaptation, ecology of hunter-gatherers, coastal adaptations, development of horticulture, and the evolution of tribal societies.

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ANTH 5365 - Northeast North American Ethnohistory

Ethnohistory of northeastern North America from the Contact Period through the 20th century. Social and political organization, land use, subsistence, trade and exchange, mortuary ritual, native responses to Christianity and European trade and settlement. Contemporary issues of reburial and repatriation, federal recognition, and federal and state trust responsibilities for Indian tribes.

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ANTH 5369 - Culture and Reproduction

A cross-cultural overview of human reproduction. Biological, social, cultural, and behavioral factors; cultural patterning of fertility and perinatal behavior; fertility control; gender and power in reproduction.

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ANTH 5374 - Culture, Power, and Social Relations

Power, cultural evolution, and social change; law, global relations, identity and ethnicity, revolution and revitalization, the power of numbers, parents and children, women and men.

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ANTH 5375 - Ethnographic Methods Laboratory

Intensive study of selected tools for ethnographic data collection and analysis. Design and implementation of specialized ethnographic interviews; protocols, event histories, life histories, censuses, identity construction. OLS and logistic regression, demographic methods, triads tests, consensus analysis, ProFit analysis, multidimensional scaling, cluster and factor analysis, scale construction and validation, and text analysis.

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ANTH 5376 - Ethnomedicine

Medical systems in cultural context. Traditional healers, herbal medicine, culture bound systems, the meaning of illness, curing and disease. Impact of biomedicine on traditional and alternative medical systems.

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ANTH 5377 - Global Health and Anthropology

Assessing global morbidity and mortality; global health governance; political economy of global health; health inequities; social determinants of health; syndemics; climate change and health; maternal and child health; nutrition; infectious diseases; and war, trauma, and complex emergencies.

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ANTH 5378 - Anthropology of Infectious Diseases

Examination of medical anthropological research and insights on biosocial/biocultural factors in the spread of infectious diseases, including human understanding and responses across cultural groups and through time, anthropogenic factors in contagion, and the nature and pathways of adverse infectious disease interactions.

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ANTH 5381 - Sex and Gender

The historical, structural, and personal influences that shape the biocultural phenomena of sex and sexuality.

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ANTH 5389 - Population Ecology

This seminar surveys theory and observations bearing on the causes and consequences of changes in fertility and mortality rates, and in the configuration of causes of mortality and morbidity in human populations.

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ANTH 5390 - Cultural Rights

Politics of culture and cultural rights, minority rights, indigenous rights, multicultural policies, race, difference and law, cosmopolitanism, globalization and human rights.

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ANTH 5391 - Human Rights in a Diverse World

Basic issues, methods and theories in the anthropological study of human rights; cultural relativism, the international human rights system, social movements, transnational activist networks, media and representation are studied in their relationship to rights claims, adjudication, and outcomes.

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ANTH 5392 - Human Rights in a Diverse World

Basic issues, methods and theories in the anthropological study of human rights; cultural relativism, the international human rights system, social movements, ransnational activist networks, media and representation are studied in their relationship to rights claims, adjudication, and outcomes.

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ANTH 5400 - Introduction to Stable Isotopes

Introduction to stable isotope theory, methodology, and applications.

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ANTH 5450 - Paleoclimate Reconstruction

The impact of past climate on human societies, from Mid-Pleistocene to late Holocene, discussed in light of modern climatology and paleoclimate reconstruction methods.

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ANTH 5500 - Professional Development in Anthropology

Hands-on survey of practical skills required for professional anthropology, including writing research plans, grant applications, manuscript preparation, teaching philosophies, professional behavior and ethics.

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ANTH 5510 - The Neanderthals

Interdisciplinary understanding of the biological, cultural, technological and behavioral evolution of Neanderthals and their societies.

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ANTH 5512 - Modern Human Origins

The earliest modern people in Africa: their way of life seen from the archaeological, fossil, and genetic evidence.

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ANTH 5513 - Modern Human Dispersals

Interdisciplinary understanding of the tempo and mode of modern human dispersals across Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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ANTH 5515 - Ancient Civilizations of the Old World

Examination of early civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, and sub-Saharan Africa. Theories explaining the development and collapse of early state-level societies are critically considered.

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ANTH 5517 - Hunter-Gatherers Past and Present

Investigation of recent and prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies informed by human behavioral ecology, archaeology, and ethnoarchaeology.

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ANTH 5522 - Ecological Anthropology

Interdisciplinary study of human ecology integrating ecological and anthropological theory with archaeological, historical, and contemporary case studies.

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ANTH 5609 - Quantitative Zooarchaeology

Archaeological problem solving using zooarchaeological and taphonomic data; the evolutionary ecology of human economies; evaluation and quantification of zooarchaeological data; formation of faunal assemblages

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ANTH 5706 - Archaeobotany

Method and theory of studying archaeological plant remains in the laboratory, including sampling, identification, and interpretation of data.

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ANTH 5708 - Plants and People Through the Ages

Survey of the dynamic relationship between plants and people using an inter-disciplinary approach. Readings draw from anthropology, archaeology, botany, ecology, history, and agricultural and environmental sciences.

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