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Anthropology Courses

Not all of the courses listed are offered each year. For more information, consult the official UO Class Schedule or contact the department.

TENTATIVE Course schedule:
2012-2013
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Courses by level: Top | 100 | 200 | 300 | 400/500 | 600

100 Level Classes

Number Title
Credits
Description Instructor Syllabus/ Website
114 Anthropology of Pirates and Piracy
SSC
4
This course examines the social, political, and economic aspects of piracy in human history with a special emphasis on the Americas. Scher
150 World Archaeology
SSC
4
Introduction to archaeology and cultural change from the earliest times to the advent of state-level societies. Erlandson,

Gallagher

Syllabus
161 World Cultures
SSC, IC
4
A first look into the work of cultural anthropology and an introduction to the cultural diversity of the world. Baxter,

Scher

162 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
SSC, IC
4
Introduction to the study of health, illness, and healing from a cross-­cultural perspective McClure Syllabus
163 Origins of Storytelling
SC, IC
4
Explores the hunter-gatherer context in which storytelling emerged. M. Sugiyama Syllabus
165 Sexuality and Culture
SSC, IP
4
Examines sexuality through the historical, cultural, economic, and political factors that contribute to the construction of sexual identities, relationships, and institutions. Karim Syllabus
170 Introduction to Human Origins
SC
4
Homo sapiens as a living organism; biological evolution and genetics; fossil hominids. Frost Syllabus
171 Introduction to Monkeys and Apes
SC
4
Evolutionary biology of the primates: the fossil record and ecology in the age of mammals, primate anatomy, locomotor feeding adaptations, taxonomic relations, and primate ethology. White
173 Evolution of Human Sexuality
SC, IP
4
Includes basic genetics, physiology, and behavior. Evolution of sex, of the sexes, and of the role of sex in mammal, primate, and human behavior White Syllabus
175 Evolutionary Medicine
SC
4
Focuses on the application of evolutionary thinking to the study of human health and disease. Snodgrass Website

Syllabus

176 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
SC
4
Introductory forensic knowledge and techniques including human osteology and techniques for identifying skeletal remains. Madimenos; McLaughlin Syllabus
196 Field Studies
1-2
198 Laboratory Projects
1-2
199 Special Studies
1-3
These are typically Freshman Interest Group classes or Freshman Seminars. Footprints We Leave

Consuming Agenda

International Outlook

Paging Dr Darwin

Courses by level: Top | 100 | 200 | 300 | 400/500 | 600

200 Level Classes

Number Title
Credits
Description Instructor Syllabus/ Website
234 Pacific Island Societies
SSC, IC
4
Discusses the exchange, gender, politics, development, and migration of select societies in New Guinea and Polynesia. Biersack Syllabus
270 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
SC
4
Examines the biological aspects of the human species from comparative, ecological, and evolutionary perspectives. Explores theoretical and methodological issues in biological anthropology. Snodgrass,

Sterner,

Ting

Syllabus
280 Introduction to Language and Culture
SSC
4
Relationship and methodology of language and culture. Scher Syllabus

Courses by level: Top | 100 | 200 | 300 | 400/500 | 600

300 Level Classes

Number Title
Credits
Description Instructor Syllabus/ Website
310 Exploring Other Cultures
4
How anthropologists study and describe human cultures. Content varies; draws on fieldwork, famous ethnographies, specific ethnographic areas and their problems, and comparative study of selected cultures.
310 Culture, Power, and Environment
4
Biersack
310 Anthropology of Globalization
4
Karim
310 Indigenous Immigrants in Oregon
4
Stephen
310 The Early City
4
Gallagher Syllabus
310 European Prehistory
4
310 Environmental Archaeology
4
Gallagher Syllabus
314 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
SSC, IP
4
Cross-cultural exploration of women’s power in relation to political, economic, social, and cultural roles. Case studies from Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Silverman Syllabus
315 Gender, Folklore, Inequality
SSC, IP
4
Cross-cultural exploration of the expressive and artistic realm of women’s lives. Topics include life-cycle rituals, religion, healing, verbal arts, crafts, and music. Silverman. Silverman Syllabus
320 Native North Americans
SSC, IP
4
Interpretive approach to accomplishments, diversity, and survival of precontact, postcontact, and present-day American Indian peoples. Impact of Euro-American stereotypes on politics and identity. Prereq: ANTH 161 or 260. Klopotek,

O’Nell

Syllabus
322 Anthropology of the United States.
SSC, AC
4
Explores the culture and the political economy of the contemporary United States, with a particular focus on race, class, and gender relations. Pre/Coreq: ANTH 161. Offered alternate years. Morgen Syllabus
326 Caribbean Societies
SSC, IC
4
Explores the legacy of processes that formed Caribbean culture—migration, slavery, and trade—in religious, popular, and scholarly contexts. Scher
327 Anthropological Perspectives on Africa
SSC, IC
4
Thematic, comparative exploration of the contours of life in contemporary Africa. Promotes a critical historical perspective on the anthropology of the continent. Wooten

Edwards

Syllabus
328 New Guinea
SSC, IC
4
A look at the life ways of New Guinea people; focuses on personhood, gender, exchange, Christianity, and development. Biersack Syllabus
329 Immigration and Farmworkers Political Culture
SSC, IP
4
Mexican farmworkers in the United States, their history and living and working conditions explored within the political culture of immigration. Introductory social science course recommended. Stephen Syllabus
330 Hunters and Gatherers
SSC, IC
4
Survey of contemporary hunter-gatherer societies. Foraging, decision-making, exchange, prestige, marriage, gender roles, parenting, history, and demography in an ecological and evolutionary perspective. Sugiyama Syllabus
331 Cultures of South Asia
SSC, IC
4
Survey of contemporary South Asia’s religious and cultural diversity, issues of ethnic identity, gender construction, social conflict, and politics of poverty. Karim Syllabus
340 Fundamentals of Archaeology
SC
4
Methods modern archaeology uses to reconstruct the past, including background research, field methods, laboratory analyses, and interpreting data. Prereq: ANTH 150. Ayres Syllabus
341 Food Origins
SC
4
Biological, ecologial, and social dimensions of plant-animal domestication and the environmental impact of agriculture in the Late Pleistocene-Holocene epochs. Prereq: ANTH 150. Lee Syllabus
343 Pacific Islands Archaeology
SSC, IC
4
Archaeology and prehistoric cultural development of Pacific island peoples from earliest settlement through early Western contact. Emphasizes Southeast Asian cultural foundations and ecological adaptations. Prereq: ANTH 150. Ayres Syllabus
344 Oregon Archaeology
SSC, AC
4
Native American cultural history of Oregon based on archaeological evidence. Environmental and ecological factors that condition human adaptations and contemporary cultural resource protection. O’Neill,

Jenkins

Syllabus
345 Archaeology of East Asia
SSC
4
Explores the evolution of diverse cultures and ethnic identities in East Asia during prehistoric an dearly historical times. Pre-req: Anth 150. Lee Syllabus
350 Olmec, Maya and Aztec Societies
SSC, IC
4
Rise and fall of various ancient Mesoamerican societies such as Olmecs, Maya, Toltecs, and Aztecs, and their cultural antecedents. Syllabus
352 The Ancient Maya
IC
4
Introduction to the Ancient Maya, one of the most intriguing and enduring societies in Mesoamerica. Focus is origins of social complexity and inequality.
355 Lithic Analysis
4
Ayres
361 Human Evolution
SC
4
Fossil evidence of human evolution; Homo sapiens’ place among the primates; variability of populations of fossil hominids. Prereq: ANTH 170 or 270. Frost,

Lukacs

Syllabus
362 Human Biological Variation
SC, IP
4
Genetic and biological structure of human populations; population dynamics and causes of diversity; analysis of genetically differentiated human populations and their geographic distribution. Prereq: ANTH 270, BI 213, or BI 283H. Snodgrass Syllabus
365 Food and Culture
4
Anthropological approach to the role of nutrients in human development (individual and group); cultural determinants and differences among populations; world food policy; applied nutritional anthropology. Moreno Syllabus
366 Human Osteology Laboratory
4
Human and nonhuman primate osteology and osteometry; fundamentals of dissection and primate anatomy. Coreq: ANTH 170 or 270. Frost Syllabus
368 Scientific Racism: An Anthropological History
IP
4
Origin and evolution of the concept of race. Scientific perspectives on race from 1800 to the present from an anthropological viewpoint. Prereq: ANTH 170 or 270. Lukacs
369 Human Growth and Development
SC
4
Examines key issues in human and nonhuman primate growth and development; addresses genetic, social, and ecological determinants of variation in growth. Snodgrass Syllabus
375 Primates in Ecological Communities
SC
4
How do primates interact with other species at evolutionary and ecological scales? What factors influence differences and similarities in primate communities? Prereq: ANTH 170 or 270. Frost,

White,

Ting

Syllabus
399 Special Studies
1-5
Syllabus
399 Food Origins
4
Lee Syllabus
399 Early Archaeology
4
Lee
399 Achaeology Science
4
399 Archaeology of East Asia
4
Lee Syllabus

Courses by level: Top | 100 | 200 | 300 | 400/500 | 600

400/500 Level Classes

Number Title
Credits
Description Instructor Syllabus/ Website
401 Research
1-2
403 Thesis
1-12
405 Reading and Conference
1-21
406 Special Problems
1-21
407/507 Seminar
1-5
407/507 Colonialism and Anthropology
4
Karim Syllabus
408/508 Workshop
1-21
409 Practicum
1-21
410/510 Experimental Course
1-5
410/510 People and Plants
4
Lee,

Gallagher

Syllabus
410/510 Bioarchaeology
4
Lukacs Syllabus
410/510 Paleoanthropology of South America
4
Lukacs
410/510 African Arch

Social Contracts

4
Stephen Africa

Contracts

410/510 Pacific Island Studies
4
Ayres
410/510 Gender, Sexualities, and the State in Latino/a Latin America
4
Stephen
410/510 Latin American Society and Development
4
Stephen
410/510 Anthropology of Tourism
4
Scher
410/510 Roma (Gypsies) in Film
4
Silverman
410/510 Archaeobotany
4
Lee
410/510 Anthropology of Citizenship
4
410/510 Postcolonial Africa
4
Wooten
411/511 Politics, Ethnicity, Nationalism
4
Explores relationship between ethnicity, politics, and nationalism from historical and anthropological perspectives; addresses the way nationalism and ethnic identity construct and reproduce each other. Prereq: junior standing. Scher Syllabus
413/513 Culture and Psychology
4
Bridges anthropology and psychology to explore the relationship between the individual and culture; includes such topics as emotion, personality, mental illness, and sexuality. Baxter,
O’Nell
Syllabus
415/515 Human Life History
4
Sugiyama
417 Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology
4
Techniques of participant observation, community definition and extension, nondirective interviewing, and establishing rapport. Provides theoretical perspectives and emphasizes investigator’s ethical responsibilities. Prereq: ANTH 161. Stephen,

Sugiyama

419/519 Performance, Politics, and Folklore
4
Aesthetic, political, economic, and social dimensions of cultural performances examined in museums, heritage displays, folklore festivals, community celebrations, and tourist destinations. Pre- or coreq: ANTH 161, Junior Standing Silverman Syllabus
420/520 Culture, Illness, and Healing
IC
4
Cultural foundations of illness and healing. Attempts to analyze illness experiences, looks at therapies cross-culturally, and examines the nature of healing. Prereq: ANTH 161 or 260. O’Nell Syllabus
421 Anthropology of Gender
IP
4
Explores gender cross-culturally. Topics include sex and sexualities; queer communities; the politics of marriage; local and global feminisms; and relations among gender, race, colonialism, and global capital. Prereq: sophomore standing. Stephen
424/524 Feminist Methods in Anthropology
IP
4
Feminist research design and methods in three subfields of anthropology: biological, sociocultural, archaeological. Examination of case studies illustrating research ethics, collaboration, and activism. Prereq: junior standing. Syllabus
429/529 Jewish Folklore and Ethnology
IP
4
Traditional expressive culture of East European Jews; includes narrative, proverbs, jokes, folk beliefs, rituals, holidays, food, customs, music, gender, and immigrant folklore in the United States. Prereq: junior standing. Silverman
430/530 Balkan Society and Folklore
IP
4
Focuses on ethnicity, gender, politics and folklore; explores current conflicts in the Balkans and the role of symbols, the state, and nationalism. An ethnographic approach examines socialism/postsocialism, rural/urban, age and gender relationships, life cycle and calendrical celebrations, and music and expressive arts. Silverman Syllabus
434/534 Native South Americans
IC
4
Contact period and contemporary ethnography of native peoples; ecological adaptation, socioeconomic organization, and culture change. Prereq: 4 credits in cultural anthropology. Stephen,

Sugiyama

438/538 Race and Gender in Latin America
4
Examines intersecting systems of race, gender, ethnicity, and nationalism through 600 years of Latin American history, focusing on five countries in three regions. Prereq: ANTH 161. Stephen
439/539 Feminism and Ethnography
IP
4
Explores the relationship among feminism, ethnography, and representation. Focuses on reflexivity, reciprocity, subjectivity, collaboration, and positionality. Investigates commonalities of feminist research methodology with ethnographic methodology such as ethical concerns, sensitivity to hierarchy, and responsiveness to the needs of the informants. Silverman

Karim

Syllabus
440/540 Old World Prehistory
4-12
Archaeology of prehistoric cultures in selected regions of the Middle East, Southeast Asia, or Africa, from first human cultures to historic periods. Prereq: ANTH 150 Ayres
440/540 Southeast Asian Archaeology
4
Ayres
441/541 Recent Cultural Theory
4
Survey of various cultural frameworks: Durkheimian, Marxian, feminist, transnationalism, Orientalism. Prereq: junior standing. Biersack Syllabus
442/542 Northwest Coast Archaeology
AC
4
Archaeological and prehistoric cultural development of peoples indigenous to the Northwest Coast of North America, from Alaska to northern California, from earliest settlement through Western contact. Prereq: ANTH 150 Moss
443/543 North American Archaeology
IP
4
Survey of interdisciplinary research applied to prehistoric cultures and environments in North America. Prereq: ANTH 150 Moss Syllabus
445/545 Archaeology of Cultural Landscapes
4
Archaeological and landscape concepts represented in the past and the present. Site distributional, ecological, and socio-symbolic dimensions of landscapes are examined. Prereq: ANTH 150 Ayres Syllabus
447/547 Traditional Technologies
4
Explores 2.5 million years of human technologies through analysis and replication of stone, bone, shell, and wood tools as well as basketry and ceramics. Erlandson
448/548 Gender and Archaeology
IP
4
Examines case studies from around the world to investigate how archaeological remains can illuminate gender in pre-contact societies. Moss Syllabus
449/549 Cultural Resource Management
4
Objectives, legal background, operational problems, ethical and scholarly considerations in the management of prehistoric and historic cultural resources. Prereq for 449: ANTH 443 and an additional upper-division course in archaeology or prehistory. Moss Syllabus
450 The Anthropology Museum
3
Operation of anthropology and natural history museums; organization, collection management, exhibit and public programs, funding. Prereq: ANTH 150 Krier
451/551 Ethnoarchaeology
4
Examines relationships between archaeology and ethnography and how archaeologists study material culture in a living context. Examples are from various world areas. Prereq: ANTH 150 Ayres 451Syllabus

551Syllabus

455/555 Historical Anthropology
4
Examines various topics at the intersection of history and anthropology as well as the array of frameworks informing historical anthropological and historical archaeological work Prereq: Junior Standing Biersack Syllabus
460/560 Nutritional Anthropology
4
Human nutrition and adaptation. Evolution of human diet; diet-related disease patterns in different populations; biological, social, economic, political, and historical factors in human nutrition. Prereq: ANTH 270. Moreno
462/562 Primate Evolution
4
The fossil record and theoretical implications of the Cenozoic primates with special reference to their various adaptations: locomotion, special senses, dentition. Prereq: ANTH 270. Frost 462Syllabus

562Syllabus

463/563 Primate Behavior
4
Ecology and ethology of free-ranging primates. Classification, distribution, and ecological relationships of living primates; social structure and organizations. Prereq: ANTH 171, 270. White
465/565 Gender Issues in Nutritional Anthropology
IP
4
Gender differences in nutritional status, dietary requirements, and diet-related diseases. Topics addressed include food, politics, economics, and policies. Prereq: ANTH 365. Moreno
466/566 Primate Feeding and Nutrition
4
Evaluates primate feeding and foraging behavior, diet, and nutrition. Explores anatomical, physiological, and behavioral solutions to feeding challenges, both ecological and evolutionary. Prereq: ANTH 171 or 270. White Syllabus
467/567 Paleoecology and Human Evolution
4
Relationship between ecology and comparative morphology as a basis for theories of hominid phylogeny; analysis of methods of paleoecological inference; current theories of hominid origins. Prereq: ANTH 361. Frost Syllabus
468/568
Evolutionary Theory
4
Provides a theoretical framework in evolutionary biology with which to explore human evolutionary history and aspects of modern human biology. Offered alternate years. Frost,

Snodgrass,

Sterner

Syllabus
470/570 Statistical Analysis of Biological Anthropology
4
The important methods in biometry (biological statistics) and their inherent assumptions, limitations, interpretations, and common uses (and misuses) as relevant to biological anthropology. Prereq: MATH 243 or 425 or equivalent. Offered alternate years. White Syllabus
471/571 Zooarchaeology
4
Analysis and interpretation of bone and shell animal remains from archaeological sites. Seminar, laboratory. Prereq: ANTH 150 Moss Syllabus
472/572 Primate Conservation Biology
4
Evaluates the conservation status of the order Primates. Explores biological-ecological issues and social-cultural influences on primate biodiversity, distribution, and abundance. Prereq: ANTH 171 or 270. White Syllabus
474/574 Human Paleopathology
4
Methods and techniques of paleopathology, the disease process, and how hard tissues are affected by them. Pivotal anthropological issues in which paleoanthropology plays a key role. Prereq: ANTH 270 Syllabus
481/581 Principles of Evolutionary Psychology
4
Investigates how understanding of our evolutionary history is used to further understanding of the human mind. Prereq: ANTH 170 or 270. Sugiyama Syllabus
482/582 Human Behavioral Ecology
IP
4
Addresses behavioral strategies humans use to respond contingently to environmental variability within and across cultures. Prereq: ANTH 170 or 270. Sugiyama
487/587 Bioanthropology Methods
4
Laboratory-based introduction to research methods in biological anthropology, with an emphasis on research among living human populations. Prereq: ANTH 270. Offered alternate years. Snodgrass

Sterner

Syllabus
488/588 Foundations of Social Theory
4
Important early social theorists (Marx, Engels, Freud, Durkheim, Weber) and the historical conditions in which the study of society emerged in Western thought. O’Nell Syllabus
493/593 Anthropology and Popular Culture
4
Offers insights into the conditions of the reproduction of social relations through the analysis of film, sport, television, advertising, folklore, fashion, and festivals. Prereq: junior standing. Scher
503 Thesis
1-16

Courses by level: Top | 100 | 200 | 300 | 400/500 | 600

600 Level Classes

Number Title
Credits
Description Instructor Syllabus/ Website
601 Research
1-16
602 Supervised College Teaching
1-5
603 Dissertation
1-16
605 Reading and Conference
1-16
606 Special Problems
1-16
607 Seminar
1-5
608 Workshop
1-16
609 Practicum
1-16
610 Experimental Course
1-5
610 GTF Training & Practicum
2
Baxter
611 Ethnographic Research: Epistemology, Methods, Ethics
4
Various techniques in ethnographic research. Examines the relationships between methods, theory, and ethics. Stephen,
Silverman
Syllabus
615 Proseminar in Anthropology
2
Presents the department’s structure, program, and faculty; introduces research, writing, and funding resources. Director of Graduate Studies Syllabus
680 Basic Graduate Physical Anthropology
5
Introduction to major subfields of physical anthropology; geochronology, primate classification, paleoprimatology, paleoanthropology, human biology and diversity, processes of evolution, and primate ethology. Lukacs,

Frost

681 Archaeology and Anthropology
5
Use by archaeologists of concepts drawn from anthropology; modifications and additions made necessary by the nature of archaeological data. Moss Syllabus
683 Anthropological Linguistics
5
Topics include linguistic relativity; language, cognition, and social practice; distinctiveness of human language; role of reference in linguistic structures; creation of social and cultural forms. Scher
685 Professional Writing
2-4
Basics of professional writing for grant proposals, journal articles, and papers presented at professional meetings. Requires short proposal, longer proposal or article, and workshop participation. Biersack Syllabus
688, 689 Social Theory I,II
5
Survey organized around keywords: colonialism-postcolonialism, meaning, materiality-materialism, local-national-global, structure-agency-history, power, and difference. O’Nell,

Stephen

Syllabus