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Anthropology

College of Liberal Arts

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Anthropology - Graduate Courses

GRADUATE LEVEL

501. Current Trends in Anthropological Theory (3)

Prerequisites: ANTH 401 or its equivalent, and graduate standing.
Examination of current themes used by leading anthropologists in the areas of our graduate program, i.e.: Applied Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Archaelogy. Investigation of how theories shape problems and analytic techniques, and what makes theory ‘cutting edge’.
Letter grade only (A-F).

503. The Anthropological Perspective (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Through reading and discussion of ethnographies and reports of applied anthropological work, this course reviews the scientific understanding of the process of inquiry and action in the human sciences, leading to the identification of a common core perspective within anthropology.
Letter grade only (A-F).

505. Practicing Anthropology (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Review of practical contributions by anthropologists in non-academic settings; Attention to specific skills used by practicing anthropologists; business writing including resumes, contracts; oral presentations using audiovisual aides; internal and external contracting; time management; project management; working across disciplines; ethics.
Letter grade only (A-F).

510. Proseminar (3) F

Prerequisites: Six units of upper-division anthropology courses or consent of instructor.
Development of proposal planning, budgeting, and writing skills, particularly in applied anthropology, linguistics, and archaeology; both academic and contract/consulting types of proposals will be covered.
Letter grade only (A-F).

514./414. Anthropology of Religion (3)

Prerequisite: ANTH 120 and upper-division/graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Anthropological examination of religious behavior and beliefs, which will focus on these phenomena in their sociocultural and adaptive contexts using cross-cultural and cultural evolutionary approach, hunter-gatherer religions through civilized ones.
Letter grade only (A-F).

515./415. Economic Anthropology (3)

Compares and contrasts the economies characteristic of hunter-gatherers, horticulturalists, and peasants; investigates the changing relations of tribal and peasant peoples to the developing global economy; and looks at production and marketing strategies within local, regional, and urban settings.

516./416. Urban Anthropology (3)

Comparative analysis of development and role of urban centers in ancient and modern cultures; interrelationships of urban and rural populations; patterns of similarity and difference in urbanism of contrasting cultures; implications for a multi-national world.
Letter grade only (A-F).

517./417. Applied Anthropology (3)

Prerequisites: ANTH 120 and upper division standing or graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Brief orientation to applied anthropology, its history and ethics; policy and applied anthropology domains (needs assessment, program evaluation, social impact assessment, environmental, advocacy); applied research methods; student proposals for internship research.
Letter grade only (A-F).

519./419. Encounters and Identities (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate and advanced undergraduate students only.
Examination of how cultural anthropologists have dealt, theoretically, with the concept of identity; concentrates more on theories than geographic regions, emphasis on recent theoretical developments such as post-modern and post-colonial approaches to the study of contemporary subjectivities.
Letter grade only (A-F).

520./420. Culture, Power and Politics (3)

Prerequisite: ANTH 120 and upper-division/graduate standing or consent of the instructor.
Examines from an anthropological perspective how culture shapes the social construction of power and the practice of politics from an anthropological perspective.

522./422. The Anthropology of Gender (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor (ANTH 351 recommended).
Examines anthropological perspectives on gender and how these perspectives have challenged and transformed anthropology and feminism; class will locate gender relations in the production of anthropological knowledge, in colonial and postcolonial social fields, and in the movement of global capitalism.
Letter grade only (A-F).

527./427. Global East Asia (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate and advanced undergraduate students.
Students will examine how socio-cultural formations in an East Asian context articulate with global flows of capital, people, and ideas.
Letter grade only (A-F).

528./428. Historical Ethnography (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Development of the specialization of historical ethnography in anthropology, combined ethnographic and historical approaches to ethnographic questions, methodological and theoretical issues in historical ethnography.
Letter grade only (A-F).

530. Ethnography of Communication (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Study of talk and other forms of communication from an ethnographic perspective. Emphasizes relevant methods and theories. Among the major topics presented from this perspective are language socialization, genres of speaking, intercultural communication, speech styles, strategic uses of language, and literacy.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as LING 533. Not open for credit to student with credit in LING 533.

540. Ethnographic Field School (3-6)

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.
This experiential course gives students an opportunity to apply standard ethnographic methods to study, observe, and learn about a non-U.S. culture. Analysis of methodology and data collection will occur throughout the course. Location, topics and activities will vary.
Letter grade only (A-F).

544./444. Transnational Migrants (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of the instructor
Anthropological examination of the lives of immigrants and refugees. Explores the way studies of migration challenge our understanding of the local context of globalization and transnationalism. Focus on theories of culture, ethnicity, and identity as well as theories of incorporation, adaptation and nativism and the relevance of applied anthropology through research and advocacy.
Letter grade only (A-F).

545./445. Human Environment Interaction in Prehistory and History (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Explores archaeological and paleoenvironmental evidence of how the natural environment has affected human biological and cultural evolution and how human activities have affected the environment.
Letter grade only (A-F).

551./451. Archaeological Artifacts Analyses (4)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Study of the products of human activity; nature of measurement and observation within the archaeological record;. Explanations of artifact variability. study of lithics, ceramics, and other types of archaeological materials. Practical experience in the study of materials, sampling, errors.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lec 3 hrs, Lab 2 hrs)

553./453. Archaeological Field Research Design (4)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
The nature of the archaeological record, research design, techniques of archaeological data collection and field research employing data sources and modern techniques. Practical experience in the use of mapping instruments, map interpretation, geophysics, surface survey, sampling designs, remote sensing photogrammetry.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lec 3 hrs, Lab 2 hrs)

555./455. Archaeological Method and Theory I (4)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Examination of theoretical constructs in the analysis of archaeological data. Development and construction of a metalanguage for the discussion and analysis of historical phenomenon. Key debates in archaeological literature about the nature of theory, knowledge, theory and units.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lec 3 hrs, Lab 2 hrs)

556./456. Archaeological Method and Theory II (4)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Analysis of conceptual frameworks employed by archaeologists in obtaining explanation in the three major areas of culture history, cultural reconstruction, and explanatory prehistory, Introduction to evolutionary theory as used in archaeology. Debates about the nature of evolutionary explanations.
Letter grade only (A-F).

560. Ethnographic Research Methods (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
A practice-oriented seminar in ethnographic research methodology, emphasizing techniques, methods, and concepts of ethnographic research. The course examines several qualitative, in-depth methods used by anthropologists as well as research design and research ethics.

561. Basic Computer Research Applications in Anthropology (3)

Prerequisite: ANTH 560 or consent of instructor.
Basics of both qualitative and quantitative computer methods, employing currently appropriate software and statistical techniques. Methods covered will be specifically related to research in archaeology and applied anthropology; and the presentation of results, as well as various research problems, will be addressed.
Letter grade only (A-F).

564./464. Quantitative Methods in Anthropological Research (4)

Prerequisites: ANTH 560, graduate standing, and consent of instructor.
A consideration of advanced statistical and analytical methods involved in anthropological research. Advanced statistical principles and techniques include principal components, ANOVA, MANOVA, factor analysis, bootstrapping, and sampling designs in the anthropological research.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lec 3 hrs, Lab 2 hrs)

570. Linguistic Field Methods (3)

Introduces the student to the practical study of unfamiliar languages; through the help of a native speaker of a non-European language, the student will learn how to write down the sounds of the language and how to determine the structure of the language.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as LING 580. Not open for credit to student with credit in LING 580. (Lecture-activity 5 hours)

571./471. Prehistory of Eastern North America (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Ecological and evolutionary account of prehistoric cultural developments in North America east of the Rocky Mountains. Cultural and environmental change from appearance of people in New World to collapse of indigenous cultural systems.
Letter grade only (A-F).

572./472. Archaeology of the Desert West (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Overview of archaeology of Great Basin, southwestern U.S., and northwestern Mexico. Major developments from the initial human colonization of North America through European contact, with emphasis on human ecology in arid environments.
Letter grade only (A-F).

573./473. Archaeology of California (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Overview of archaeology of California, from initial human colonization through European contact. Emphasis on environmental change, human-environment interactions, the development of social complexity, and the consequences of European colonization.
Letter grade only (A-F).

581./481. Faunal Analysis (4)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Introduction to the analysis of animal bones from archaeological sites; exploration of the theoretical and methodological issues that are fundamental to the study of faunal remains and modern zooarchaeology.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lec 3 hrs, Lab 2 hrs)

585. Physical Science Techniques in Archaeology (4)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of Instructor.
Covers application of techniques of physics and chemistry in archaeology. Provides practical experience in use of laboratory equipment, including analytical balances, drying ovens, furnaces, and other sample preparation techniques. Provides experience in use of chemical characterization techniques, including scanning-electron microscopy and inductively-coupled mass spectrometry.
Letter grade only (A-F).

586./486. Geoarchaeology (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of Instructor.
Identification, analysis, and interpretation of sediments and soils associated with archaeological remains. Laboratories deal with sediment description and chemical analysis; field trips and student projects focus on archaeological applications of these subjects.
(3 hours seminar; 3 hours activity). Letter grade only (A-F).

587./487. Cultural Resource Management (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Introduction to the practice of public archaeology in the United States: historical and legal background; federal, state, and local programs; archaeology and Native Americans; contract archaeology; survey, evaluation, and mitigation projects; professional employment in U.S. cultural resource management.
Letter grade only (A-F).

588. Advanced Methods in Near Surface Remote Sensing (4)

Prerequisites: Graduate Standing, ANTH 553, and consent of Instructor:
Advanced exploration of the use of near surface geophysical techniques in the study of archaeological deposits; theory and methodology in the use of remote equipment in archaeology research; critical evaluation of applications and technological developments.
Letter grade only (A-F).

591. Preceptorial Reading in Archaeological Science (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Training in the problems, principles, and methods involved in the explanation of prehistory within a scientific framework; Meeting times to be arranged.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters.

592. Research Preparation in Archaeological Science (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Training in steps required for conducted research in archaeological science.Consists of development of research questions, research design and proposal.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. Credit/No Credit only.

597. Directed Readings in Anthropology (1-3)

Prerequisites: Senior or graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Selected topics in anthropology will be studied in depth. A written report will be prepared.
Letter grade only (A-F).

600. Seminar in Ethnology and Social Anthropology (3)

Topics of substantive and theoretical importance and their application to research problems.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F)

620. Seminar in Archaeology (3)

Prerequisites: Six upper division units in archaeological courses or consent of instructor.
Important recent discoveries; contemporary ideas, trends and problems.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

630. Seminar in Anthropological Linguistics (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Areas and methods of linguistic study and research; evaluation and intensive scrutiny.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

675. Applied Anthropology Internship Analysis (3-6)

Prerequisites: ANTH 510, 517, 560.
Guided review and discussion of internship in applied anthropology; hands-on introduction to team analysis and other analytic methods drawing on research conducted during the internship.
Credit/No Credit grading only.

697. Directed Research (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of department.
Research in anthropology on an individual basis.
Letter grade only (A-F).

698. Thesis or Applied Project (1-6)

Prerequisite: Consent of department.
Planning, preparation and completion of a thesis (6 units) or an applied project (3 units) in anthropology.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in the same semester. Letter grade only (A-F).