Anthropology (ANTH)

5305. Investigation of Special Topics

Variable (1-6) credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent. May be repeated for credit.

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

5306. Human Behavioral Ecology

Three credits.

Applies 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.

5308. Human Evolutionary Theory

Three credits.

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

5309. Violence, Stress, and Social Support

Three credits.

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

5311. History of Anthropological Theory

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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

5312. Seminar: Contemporary Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

Selected current issues and debates in the discipline.

5315. Gender and Culture

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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

5316. Globalization and Transnational Anthropology

Three credits.

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

5321. Ethnographic Methods I

Variable (1-3) credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent. May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

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.

5322. Research Methods and Design

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent. May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Selected topics in ethnographic methods and research design.

5332. Cognitive Anthropology

Three credits.

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.

5333. Evolution and Cognition

Three credits.

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

5334. Culture and Religion

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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

5335. Psychological Anthropology

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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

5336. Cultural Ecology

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

Interrelationships between population organization in contrasting preindustrial societies.

5337. Economic Anthropology

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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

5339. Cultural Dynamics

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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

5341. Analysis of Rituals

Three credits. Prerequisite: ANTH 5311.

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.

5345. The Neanderthals

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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.

5350. Physical Anthropology

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent. May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

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

5352. Medical Anthropology

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

Overview of current theory and practice in medical anthropology.

5353. Applied Anthropology

Three credits.

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.

5354. Contemporary Issues in Archaeology

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

Critical review of current trends and developments in archaeological method and theory.

5356. History of Archaeological Theory

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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

5357. Settlement Systems

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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

5358. Analytical Methods in Archaeology

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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

5359. Advanced Analysis in Archaeology

Three credits. Prerequisite: ANTH 5358.

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

5361. The Ecology of Human Evolution

Three credits.

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.

5363. Archaeological Site Formation Processes

Three credits.

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

5364. New England Prehistory

Three credits.

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.

5365. Northeast North American Ethnohistory

Three credits.

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.

5369. Culture and Reproduction

Three credits.

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.

5374. Culture, Power, and Social Relations

Three credits.

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.

5375. Ethnographic Methods Laboratory

Variable (1-6) credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent. May be repeated for credit.

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.

5376. Ethnomedicine

Three credits.

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.

5377. Global Health and Anthropology

Three credits. Instructor consent required.

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.

5378. Anthropology of Infectious Diseases

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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.

5381. Sex and Gender

Three credits.

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

5389. Population Ecology

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

Survey of 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.

5390. Cultural Rights

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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

5391. Human Rights in a Diverse World

Three credits.

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.

5392. Human Rights in a Diverse World

Three credits.

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.

5400. Introduction to Stable Isotopes

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to graduate students; instructor consent required.

Introduction to stable isotope theory, methodology,and applications.

5450. Paleoclimate Reconstruction

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to graduate students; instructor consent required.

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

5500. Professional Development in Anthropology

Three credits. Prerequisite: open only to Anthropology graduate students; instructor consent required

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

5510. The Neanderthals

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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

5512. Modern Human Origins

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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

5513. Modern Human Dispersals

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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

5515. Ancient Civilizations of the Old World

Three credits. Prerequisite: Instructor consent required.

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.

5517. Hunter-Gatherers Past and Present

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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

5522. Ecological Anthropology

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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

5609. Quantitative Zooarchaeology

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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

5706. Archaeobotany

Three credits. Prerequisite: instructor consent.

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

5708. Plants and People Through the Ages

Three credits.

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.