Anthropology

ANTH 1010          Peoples of the World                                    3 cr.
Offered each semester. A topical survey of tribes and cultures of the world past and present. This course is designed to acquaint the beginning student with anthropology and its various subfields. It will examine the background of several cultures at different levels of development which are now undergoing the difficult process of combining their traditional ways of life with the rapid changes imposed on them by the modern world.

ANTH 1020          Fads, Fallacies, and Human Origins                                                         3 cr.
A rational examination of numerous supposed ancient "mysteries" and unsolved phenomena relative to human origins using the data and methods of modern archaeology. Topics will include those areas in anthropology and archaeology made popular by sensationalist authors such as lost continents, ancient astronauts, strange stone monuments, pyramids, the Yeti and other monsters, lost races, archaeoastronomy, psychic anthropology, catastrophisms, and others. Major foci will include both the evidence for the actual causes of the phenomena and an examination of the methodology and style of pseudo-scientific sensationalist authors.

ANTH 1030          America as a Foreign Culture                                                     3 cr.
America examined as a foreign culture, or set of interrelated cultures, as it might be viewed by anthropologists form other nations. Topics will include an introduction to anthropology, American core values, the concept of national character, a history of ethnic groups in the United States, concepts of class stratification and culture change. The course is designed to encourage interaction between Americans and foreign students through participation in field trips to museums, festivals and other cultural events.

ANTH 2051          Human Origins                                                                 3 cr.
Offered each semester. The origin and evolution of the human species, primates, modern human variation, prehistoric societies, and linguistic classification.

ANTH 2052          Cultural Anthropology                                                                  3 cr.
Offered each semester. Cross-cultural, global, comparative, and critical perspectives on human behavior and culture. Diversity of human cultures from hunter-gatherers to industrialized city dwellers. Implications of sociocultural analysis of economic, social, political, symbolic, and religious systems.

ANTH 2232          World Archaeology                                                                        3 cr.
This course offers a survey of world archaeology, from evidence for the earliest humans to the civilizations of the ancient Near East and Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.  The methods and tools used by archaeologists will be introduced, as will major themes in archaeological theory and in the history of the discipline.  Particular archaeological culture areas and groups will serve as examples through which to critically explore archaeological inference: how we know what we think we know about the past.  In addition, contemporary issues and new data on a wide range of archaeological issues will be discussed, including hominid evolution and Neanderthal/human contacts; the earliest Americans and the Kennewick debate; the origins of agriculture, cities, symbolic art, monumental architecture, and writing; diffusion and cross-cultural influence; and looting, grave robbing, cultural heritage, and the related ethical questions in archaeological practice.

ANTH 2991          Independent Work                                                                         1 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Readings, conferences, and reports under the direction of a member of the anthropology faculty.

ANTH 2992          Independent Work                                                                          1 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Readings, conferences, and reports under the direction of a member of the anthropology faculty.

ANTH 2993          Independent Work                                                                                                         1 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Readings, conferences, and reports under the direction of a member of the anthropology faculty.

ANTH 3090          Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology                                                                3 cr.
The examination of selected societies, culture areas, or social institutions,or theoretical topics to illustrate the anthropological perspectives to problems of applied anthropology, culture process, change, and development. Topic will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit.

ANTH 3201          Field Methods in Archaeology                                                                  3 cr.
An introduction to the techniques of excavation, recording, laboratory analysis, and care of archaeological materials. Participation in the excavation of local sites.

ANTH 3215          North American Archaeology                                                                     3 cr.
The cultural development of the indigenous peoples of the United States and Canada from the earliest settlement until European conquest. Emphasis on archaeological evidence for historical reconstruction and on cultural adaptations to the physical environment.

ANTH 3220          The Archaeology of New Orleans and the Urban U.S.                                               3 cr.
This course uses the archaeology of historic sites in New Orleans as the starting point for a broader discussion of material culture and its relationship to contemporary themes in anthropology.  Theoretical approaches to the city and to urban space will provide a background for addressing the issue of identity, as expressed along axes of race, class, ethnicity, religion, gender, and so on.  Other topics to be addressed include the city and mortuary practices, health and sanitation, utopias and imagined cities, and the archaeology of disaster.  Data from archaeological studies of other urban sites in the U.S. will supplement those focused in New Orleans.  Students will also receive hands-on training in analytical approaches to historic material culture, including ceramic and glass analyses.

ANTH 3240          The Archaeology of the African Diaspora                                                            3 cr.
This course examines the archaeology and anthropology of the African diaspora from the 1500s to the present. Topics will include race and racialization, creolization, slavery, identity, power, and resistance, as seen from the perspective of historical archaeology. While previous work at sites in New Orleans and Louisiana will form a focal point for the class, it will also encompass African diaspora archaeology throughout the Atlantic World, from the slave port of Elmina in West Africa, to the African Burial Ground in NYC, to the quilombos of Brazil. Particular emphasis will be given to the controversies surrounding African retentions in material culture and spiritual life, and to the connections between archaeology and contemporary social issues.

ANTH 3295          Laboratory Techniques for Field Archaeology                                                        3 cr.
Prerequisite: ANTH 3201 or consent of department. Detailed instruction on the cleaning, preservation, description, classification, and curation of artifacts. The comparative analysis of archaeological materials, both historic and pre-historic and the preparation of preliminary and final site reports.

ANTH 3301          Doing Ethnography                                         3 cr.
Introduction to the theory and practice of ethnographic research methods, including ethnographic interviewing, participant observation, photography, and qualitative approaches to the analysis of cultural data. Special focus on the ethics of ethnographic fieldwork. Student engage in enthographic research.

ANTH 3315          Caribbean Peoples and Cultures:  Colonialism, Creolization, Diaspora                   3 cr.
This course explores the cultures and societies of the contemporary Caribbean. A critical reading of recent ethnography will be used to examine themes such as colonial and post-colonial social structures, creolization, ethnicity, and the formation of national and pan-Caribbean identities. Particular attention will be given to popular religion, tourism, music, the growing Caribbean diaspora in North America and Europe and to ethnographic research methods in urban and applied contexts.

ANTH 3320          Amazonia: People, Culture, and Nature                                                                3 cr.
Ethnographic survey of the sociocultural systems developed by the indigenous peoples of Amazonia and other lowland forests. Ecological factors, subsistence practices, social organizations, politics, cosmology, ethnohistory, myths, and belief systems. Contemporary issues of colonialism, contact, change, continuity, resistance, and cultural survival, as well as issues of human rights and the destruction of the Amazonian rain forest will be examined.

ANTH 3330          Latin America: Conquest, Colonization, Empire                                                 3 cr.
This course examines the cultures and societies of Latin America from the Spanish Conquest to the present day.

ANTH 3340          Peoples and Cultures of Europe                                                                               3 cr.
This course explores the cultures and societies of contemporary Europe. A critical reading of recent ethnography will be used to examine themes such as the formation of national identities, ethnicity and migration, rural life and traditionalism, family and kinship, popular religion, urban development and the problem of European unity. Particular attention will be given to ethnographic research methods in urban and applied contexts.

ANTH 3351          Peoples and Cultures of Africa                                                                  3 cr.
The peoples and cultures of the continent, stressing sub-Saharan groups. Although some attention will be devoted to colonial era and earlier cultures, the major focus will be on the contemporary scene, including the effects of the African diaspora.

ANTH 3401          Folklore                                                                               3 cr.
A survey of traditional tales and oral literature, both in preliterate and peasant communities and in industrialized societies; the role of folk customs in modern culture. Emphasis on an independent research project on local folklore by each student.

ANTH 3402          Ethnography at Home                                                                   3 cr.
This course introduces students to the methods of collaborative ethnography, a participatory form of qualitative research that includes the people being studied in the research process. Students will choose a community they are part of, and, after learning how to do auto-ethnography and in-depth, semi-structured interviews, will self-publish a short book with members of the community.

ANTH 3737          Women: Cross-Cultural Perspectives     3 cr.
An examination of the roles and status of women in selected world cultures with an emphasis on theory and analysis of the relationship of gender roles and behavior to economic, political, and social systems.

ANTH 3750          Food and Culture                                                                                                             3 cr.
Examination of human diet and nutrition from an evolutionary and ecological perspective. The sociocultural and biological dimensions of food practices. Topics include the social roles of food: why we eat what we eat and with whom. Also discussed are food taboos and beliefs, food getting and preparation, changing food habits, contemporary problems of food production and malnutrition, and the effect of cultural and environmental influences on nutrient intake.

ANTH 3896          Senior Honors Thesis                                                     1 min. cr. - 6 max. cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department and director of the University Honors Program. The preparation under faculty direction of an extended research paper upon some aspect of a topic currently of concern in the field so as to meet the requirements for graduation with University Honors and Honors in Anthropology. May be repeated for up to a total of six credits. Section number will correspond with credits to be carried.

ANTH 4070          Qualitative Research                                                                     3 cr.
Prerequisite for ANTH 4070: senior standing or beyond, preferably in an established social science discipline; prior familiarity with research methodology and prior or concurrent registration in quantitative methodology courses are also advisable. Training in applied research techniques in the social sciences. Design, writing, and analysis of research using qualitative methodology with emphasis on directed, applied evaluation research, and related interdisciplinary methods and rationales.

ANTH 4075          Life History, Identity & Autonomy                                                                          3 cr.
An inquiry into the methods, theories and results of ethnographic life histories in anthropology.  Emphasizing culture, cultural context, the "insider's view" (emics), and "native voice," life history texts are mediated representations of individuals created through "informed subjectivity."  Critically examining the debates surrounding life history methods and focusing on the concepts of "autonomy," "self," and "identity," this course explores the efficacy of using the individual as a focal unit of analysis, along with issues of representation, agency, and the construction of cultural identities.  Students will engage first-hand in life history research.

ANTH 4090          Advanced Topics In Cultural Anthropology                                                        3 cr.
An advanced, in-depth examination of selected societies, culture areas, social institutions, or theoretical topics to illustrate the anthropological perspective. Topics will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit.

ANTH 4330          Gender and Power in Latin America                                                                       3 cr.
This course examines gender and power in the cultures and societies of Latin America from the Spanish Conquest to the present day.

ANTH 4440          Religion Magic and Witchcraft                                                                  3 cr.
The comparative and cross-cultural examination of the manner in which religions function within the total cultural systems of which they form a part.  Emphasis will be given both to beliefs and practices exotic to the large world religions and also to folk customs and informal interactions within Western and other complex societies.

ANTH 4666          Shamanism, Curing and Healing                                               3 cr.
Anthropological examination of shamanism, curing, and healing in cross-cultural perspective.  Shamanic practices and belief systems are analytically and critically considered from multiple perspectives, including ethnological, historical, psychological, medical, religious, and neurological.  The origins of shamanism, the use of hallucinogens, the underlying premises of curing and healing methods, the nature of shamanic belief systems, and recent trends are all considered.

ANTH 4721          Cultural Resource Mngmt, Archaeology, & Historic Preservation: From ARPA to Unexploded Ordinance                                                                                             3 cr.
This course offers a practical guide to working in the field of cultural resource management, from the historical background of modern preservation law to the health and safety issues encountered during field work.  Particular attention is given to Section 106 law and the evaluation of historic properties using National Register criteria.  Archaeological testing and mitigation, architectural assessments, traditional cultural properties, and the implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act will be addressed, as will some of the specialized skills that are helpful in a CRM career.

ANTH 4723          Historical Site Archaeology                                                         3 cr.
The application of the methodology and theory of field archaeology to the investigation of the material culture and settlement patterns of the colonial period and the early nineteenth century particularly in North America; the use of these data in the study of the dynamics of evolving varieties of Euro-American and Afro-American culture.

ANTH 4765          Ethnicity in Contemporary Society                                                          3 cr.
Cross-cultural analysis of concepts of race, ethnicity and national identity. Course draws on theoretical debates within anthropology and on ethnography in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America in order to identify cultural contexts and process behind deployment of recent ethnic conflicts around the world and on comparative study of ethnicity, race and racism in American society. Students will develop a field project related to ethnicity in the New Orleans metropolitan area.

ANTH 4766          The Anthropology of Sex and Gender                                                                    3 cr.
Inquires into the anthropology of sex and gender in historical, evolutionary, critical, and cross-cultural perspective.  The course considers anthropological theories of sex and gender in the context of social, political, economic, and biological systems.  Drawing on feminist anthropological theory, the significance and meanings of diversities between cultures and within American society is examined.  Topics include:  the nature/nurture debate; stereotyping; sex and gender roles, erotica, sexuality; homosexuality; gender origins and social change; status and power relationships.

ANTH 4767          Race & Racism: Old Problems, New Approaches                                               3 cr.
Using anthropological perspectives, this course critically focuses on the "concept of race" and the practice of interpreting "races" as natural and real categories for dividing the human species based on perceivable physical differences. It examines the social construction of race in cross-cultural context, and the social, economic, religious, and political (colonial) contexts that shape it. A critical assessment of the essentialist claim that "race" is a self-evident description of physical and sociocultural reality. Race, racism, and cultural racism examined as ideology, worldview, and cultural myth.

ANTH 4768          Anthropology and Policy                                                                              3 cr.
This course explores the links between research in cultural anthropology and policy. It will examine areas where ethnographic research has shaped social policy and debates that have defined the relationship between anthropology and government. Particular attention will be paid to research methods and presentation strategies used by anthropologists engaged in policy research. Case studies will be drawn from recent ethnographic research in urban settings including work on health policy and substance abuse housing and homelessness and community development and activism.

ANTH 4772          Applied Anthropology                                                                  3 cr.
The relevance of anthropology to business, government and local communities. Application of anthropological theories and research methods to urban social policy and human services, international and domestic development, health care, community organization, education, advocacy, tourism, market research, work environments and product design. Discussion of ethics of applied fieldwork and intervention. Students will design and carry out an applied field project in the New Orleans metropolitan area.

ANTH 4775          Urban Anthropology                                                                    3 cr.
Ethnographic approach to life in cities and to the cultures of cities. Popular myths and scholarly theories of urban life will be reviewed in light of recent ethnographic research in African, Asian, European, North and South American cities. Particular attention will be paid to cultural processes in cities, including the making of neighborhoods, the deployment of urban myths and folklore, the linking of cultural ideas about race, ethnicity and class in defining urban space, tourism, urban social policy, travel and images of cities and the making of urban consumers. Students will draw on theories and methods developed in class in order to design and carry out a field project in the New Orleans metropolitan area.

ANTH 4777          Transnational Processes: Migrations, Borderlands, Globalization             3 cr.
This course explores transnational processes contributing to the reconfiguration of communities in the contemporary world. Recent ethnographies will be used to examine international migrations, borderlands, the impact of transnational corporations and commodities on local communities and the growth of transnational social and religious movements.

ANTH 4780          Exploring Visual Anthropology: Critical Perspectives and Interpretations       3 cr.
Critical and interpretive exploration of how ethnographic film and filmmakers shape images and visions of human beings, cultures, and the human condition. Included are the history of the genre, film and ethnography in other media, and visual representations in the art and science of anthropology.

ANTH 4790          Internship in Anthropology                                                                        3 cr.
Prerequisite: Anthropology 2051 or 2052 and consent of department. Each semester the department has internships available with the Audubon Zoo research program and other museums, agencies, or industries who request student interns with a background in anthropology. Interns will meet regularly with their adviser and supervisor, both of whom evaluate the student's work. Students are expected to turn in protocols or field logs, and a research paper as well as attend appropriate training seminars. This course may be repeated once for credit for a total of six credits.

ANTH 4801          The History of Anthropological Theory                                                                  3 cr.
Critical and historical study theories of culture. Historical and contemporary schools of thought and major trends in ethnological theory, along with consideration of seminal theorists. Theoretical approaches in relation to biography, historical era, and sociocultural milieu of theorists, and to the function and purposes of anthropology in Western thought. Successful completion of this course satisfies the general degree requirements for oral competency. (For anthropology majors)

ANTH 4825          Contemporary Archaeological Theory                                                                    3 cr.
Prerequisite for ANTH 4825: Anthropology 2051 or 2052. The application of anthropological theory, statistical procedures, and the analytical techniques of the natural sciences to archaeological research design, stressing contemporary developments. The relationship of archaeological data to general ethnological theory.

ANTH 4888          The Anthropology of the Body                                                                  3 cr.
Explores the anthropology of the body and and the body as social text. The human body is often taken for granted in the human condition. Drawing on recent interdisciplinary approaches, this course examines the ways in which social meanings and messages are shaped and controlled through the medium of "the body." Dressed, undressed, decorated, scented, mutilated, disabled, controlled, frenzied, etc., in each instance the many, perhaps infinite manifestations of the body are interpreted as providing important clues for sociocultural analysis.

ANTH 4990          Independent Study                                                                        3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Readings, conferences, and reports under the direction of a member of the anthropology faculty.

ANTH 4991          Advanced Field Research in Anthropology                                          1 min. cr. - 6 max. cr.
Offered summers only. Prerequisites: prior field research and consent of department. Amount of credit to be determined at the time of registration. Major field research, either independent or participatory, each under faculty guidance. (May be repeated once for a maximum total of six credits.) Section number corresponds to credit to be earned.

ANTH 4995          Anthropology of Contemporary Issues                                  3 cr.
Prerequisite:  senior standing and consent of department.  For majors and minors in anthropology, this seminar is devoted to an exploration of issues of the modern world from the perspective of contemporary anthropological methods and theory.  Weekly seminar discussions based on core readings, oral presentations, and essays prepared by students.

ANTH 5070          Qualitative Research                                                     3 cr.
Prerequisite for ANTH 4070: senior standing or beyond, preferably in an established social science discipline; prior familiarity with research methodology and prior or concurrent registration in quantitative methodology courses are also advisable. Training in applied research techniques in the social sciences. Design, writing, and analysis of research using qualitative methodology with emphasis on directed, applied evaluation research, and related interdisciplinary methods and rationales.

ANTH 5075          Life History, Identity & Autonomy                                                          3 cr.
An inquiry into the methods, theories and results of ethnographic life histories in anthropology.  Emphasizing culture, cultural context, the "insider's view" (emics), and "native voice," life history texts are mediated representations of individuals created through "informed subjectivity."  Critically examining the debates surrounding life history methods and focusing on the concepts of "autonomy," "self," and "identity," this course explores the efficacy of using the individual as a focal unit of analysis, along with issues of representation, agency, and the construction of cultural identities.  Students will engage first-hand in life history research.

ANTH 5090          Advanced Topics In Cultural Anthropology                                                                          3 cr.
An advanced, in-depth examination of selected societies, culture areas, social institutions, or theoretical topics to illustrate the anthropological perspective. Topics will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit.

ANTH 5330          Gender and Power in Latin America                                                                       3 cr.
This course examines gender and power in the cultures and societies of Latin America from the Spanish Conquest to the present day.

ANTH 5440          Religion Magic and Witchcraft                                                                  3 cr.
The comparative and cross-cultural examination of the manner in which religions function within the total cultural systems of which they form a part.  Emphasis will be given both to beliefs and practices exotic to the large world religions and also to folk customs and informal interactions within Western and other complex societies.

ANTH 5666          Shamanism, Curing and Healing                                                                               3 cr.
Anthropological examination of shamanism, curing, and healing in cross-cultural perspective.  Shamanic practices and belief systems are analytically and critically considered from multiple perspectives, including ethnological, historical, psychological, medical, religious, and neurological.  The origins of shamanism, the use of hallucinogens, the underlying premises of curing and healing methods, the nature of shamanic belief systems, and recent trends are all considered.

ANTH 5721          Cultural Resource Mngmt, Archaeology, & Historic Preservation: From ARPA to Unexploded Ordinance                                                       3 cr.
This course offers a practical guide to working in the field of cultural resource management, from the historical background of modern preservation law to the health and safety issues encountered during field work.  Particular attention is given to Section 106 law and the evaluation of historic properties using National Register criteria.  Archaeological testing and mitigation, architectural assessments, traditional cultural properties, and the implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act will be addressed, as will some of the specialized skills that are helpful in a CRM career.

ANTH 5723          Historical Site Archaeology                                                                                              3 cr.
The application of the methodology and theory of field archaeology to the investigation of the material culture and settlement patterns of the colonial period and the early nineteenth century particularly in North America; the use of these data in the study of the dynamics of evolving varieties of Euro-American and Afro-American culture.

ANTH 5765          Ethnicity in Contemporary Society                                                          3 cr.
Cross-cultural analysis of concepts of race, ethnicity and national identity. Course draws on theoretical debates within anthropology and on ethnography in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America in order to identify cultural contexts and process behind deployment of recent ethnic conflicts around the world and on comparative study of ethnicity, race and racism in American society. Students will develop a field project related to ethnicity in the New Orleans metropolitan area.

ANTH 5766          The Anthropology of Sex and Gender                                                                    3 cr.
Inquires into the anthropology of sex and gender in historical, evolutionary, critical, and cross-cultural perspective.  The course considers anthropological theories of sex and gender in the context of social, political, economic, and biological systems.  Drawing on feminist anthropological theory, the significance and meanings of diversities between cultures and within American society is examined.  Topics include:  the nature/nurture debate; stereotyping; sex and gender roles, erotica, sexuality; homosexuality; gender origins and social change; status and power relationships.

ANTH 5767          Race & Racism: Old Problems, New Approaches                                               3 cr.
Using anthropological perspectives, this course critically focuses on the "concept of race" and the practice of interpreting "races" as natural and real categories for dividing the human species based on perceivable physical differences. It examines the social construction of race in cross-cultural context, and the social, economic, religious, and political (colonial) contexts that shape it. A critical assessment of the essentialist claim that "race" is a self-evident description of physical and sociocultural reality. Race, racism, and cultural racism examined as ideology, worldview, and cultural myth.

ANTH 5768          Anthropology and Policy                                                                                                     3 cr.
This course explores the links between research in cultural anthropology and policy. It will examine areas where ethnographic research has shaped social policy and debates that have defined the relationship between anthropology and government. Particular attention will be paid to research methods and presentation strategies used by anthropologists engaged in policy research. Case studies will be drawn from recent ethnographic research in urban settings including work on health policy and substance abuse housing and homelessness and community development and activism.

ANTH 5772          Applied Anthropology                                                                  3 cr.
The relevance of anthropology to business, government and local communities. Application of anthropological theories and research methods to urban social policy and human services, international and domestic development, health care, community organization, education, advocacy, tourism, market research, work environments and product design. Discussion of ethics of applied fieldwork and intervention. Students will design and carry out an applied field project in the New Orleans metropolitan area.

ANTH 5775          Urban Anthropology                                                                      3 cr.
Ethnographic approach to life in cities and to the cultures of cities. Popular myths and scholarly theories of urban life will be reviewed in light of recent ethnographic research in African, Asian, European, North and South American cities. Particular attention will be paid to cultural processes in cities, including the making of neighborhoods, the deployment of urban myths and folklore, the linking of cultural ideas about race, ethnicity and class in defining urban space, tourism, urban social policy, travel and images of cities and the making of urban consumers. Students will draw on theories and methods developed in class in order to design and carry out a field project in the New Orleans metropolitan area.

ANTH 5777          Transnational Processes: Migrations, Borderlands, Globalization                             3 cr.
This course explores transnational processes contributing to the reconfiguration of communities in the contemporary world. Recent ethnographies will be used to examine international migrations, borderlands, the impact of transnational corporations and commodities on local communities and the growth of transnational social and religious movements.

ANTH 5780          Exploring Visual Anthropology: Critical Perspectives and Interpretations              3 cr.
Critical and interpretive exploration of how ethnographic film and filmmakers shape images and visions of human beings, cultures, and the human condition. Included are the history of the genre, film and ethnography in other media, and visual representations in the art and science of anthropology.

ANTH 5790          Internship in Anthropology                                                        3 cr.
Prerequisite: Anthropology 2051 or 2052 and consent of department. Each semester the department has internships available with the Audubon Zoo research program and other museums, agencies, or industries who request student interns with a background in anthropology. Interns will meet regularly with their adviser and supervisor, both of whom evaluate the student's work. Students are expected to turn in protocols or field logs, and a research paper as well as attend appropriate training seminars. This course may be repeated once for credit for a total of six credits.

ANTH 5801          The History of Anthropological Theory                                                  3 cr.
Critical and historical study theories of culture. Historical and contemporary schools of thought and major trends in ethnological theory, along with consideration of seminal theorists. Theoretical approaches in relation to biography, historical era, and sociocultural milieu of theorists, and to the function and purposes of anthropology in Western thought. Successful completion of this course satisfies the general degree requirements for oral competency. (For anthropology majors)

ANTH 5825          Contemporary Archaeological Theory                                                                    3 cr.
Prerequisite for ANTH 4825: Anthropology 2051 or 2052. The application of anthropological theory, statistical procedures, and the analytical techniques of the natural sciences to archaeological research design, stressing contemporary developments. The relationship of archaeological data to general ethnological theory.

ANTH 5888          The Anthropology of the Body                                                                  3 cr.
Explores the anthropology of the body and and the body as social text. The human body is often taken for granted in the human condition. Drawing on recent interdisciplinary approaches, this course examines the ways in which social meanings and messages are shaped and controlled through the medium of "the body." Dressed, undressed, decorated, scented, mutilated, disabled, controlled, frenzied, etc., in each instance the many, perhaps infinite manifestations of the body are interpreted as providing important clues for sociocultural analysis.

ANTH 5990          Independent Study                                                                        3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of department. Readings, conferences, and reports under the direction of a member of the anthropology faculty.

ANTH 5991          Advanced Field Research in Anthropology                                          1 min. cr. - 6 max. cr.
Offered summers only. Prerequisites: prior field research and consent of department. Amount of credit to be determined at the time of registration. Major field research, either independent or participatory, each under faculty guidance. (May be repeated once for a maximum total of six credits.) Section number corresponds to credit to be earned.

ANTH 5995          Anthropology of Contemporary Issues                                  3 cr.
Prerequisite:  senior standing and consent of department.  For majors and minors in anthropology, this seminar is devoted to an exploration of issues of the modern world from the perspective of contemporary anthropological methods and theory.  Weekly seminar discussions based on core readings, oral presentations, and essays prepared by students.

ANTH 6052          Advanced Cultural Anthropology                                                                             3 cr.
The course is an advanced seminar on the discipline of cultural anthropology, specifically to ethnography (description and recording of cultures) and ethnology (the comparative analysis, theories and explanations of cultures.) It focuses on the relationships between culture, man, and society. Using the cross cultural, holistic, global, feminist, and comparative approaches that compromise the "anthropoligical perspective," students will examine human lives, social relations, and behaviors as they occur in societies and cultures everywhere. The seminar is meant to provide graduate students in the social sciences, humanities, and related disciplines with a broadly conceived foundation and understanding to the discipline of cultural anthropology.

ANTH 6091          Advanced Research Problems In Urban Anthropology                                   3 cr.
Prerequisite: consent of the department and College of Urban and Public Affairs. The application of anthropological methodology and theory in urban settings. Special attention to the analysis of significant theoretical issues, to techniques for the amelioration of critical social problems, and to cultural preservation in the broadest sense of the term. Topics will vary by semester. May be repeated once for credit. (This course is primarily intended for students in the Applied Urban Anthropology concentration of the College of Urban and Public Affairs.)

ANTH 6201          Analysis and Technical Writing for Cultural Resource Professionals        3 cr.
This course is intended as a hands-on course for students intending to work professionally in cultural resource management and related fields in historic preservation.  The course will introduce students to the genre of technical writing for cultural resource management through exercises and readings that demonstrate the components of professional reports in this field.  This will include the preparation of background chapters, including natural settings, prehistories, and previous investigations; the presentation of results of field work; and the presentation of the results of laboratory analyses.  The course will also address closely related issues, like sampling strategies, research designs, common analytical techniques, and the preparation of budgets and technical proposals.  The focus of the course is those reports prepared under the obligations of Section 106 of NHPA, particularly those related to archaeological site assessment and mitigation, but the skills involved have broader applications in the social sciences in terms of professional writing and research skills.

ANTH 6801          Advanced Seminar in Cultural & Social Theory                                                                  3 cr.
Critical and historical study of cultural and social theory. Theorists and schools of thought (including Marxism, functionalism, structuralism, historical materialism, world systems, critical theory, and globalization) will be examined.

 

theory, and globalization) will be examined.