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Fall 2021 Course Offerings

APY 501SEM: Teaching and Research Resources

Arranged
Dr. Joyce Sirianni

Pedagogical aspects of instruction, including use of films, laboratories and field experience, bibliographic and archival materials, cross-cultural files and data banks.

APY 521SEM: Language, Culture, and Power

Reg. #21142
In person
Monday, 5:00-7:40pm
354 Academic Center 
Dr. Deborah Reed-Danahay

This seminar will introduce you to the field of anthropological linguistics. During the course of the semester we will explore together the ethnography of speaking, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, gender, and issues in the study of dominant and minority languages. The relationship between language, culture, and power will be a focus. Ethno-linguistic genres including life history and autoethnography will be discussed, and examples from realms of education and politics will be used.

APY 546SEM: Physical Topics - Paleopathology

Reg. #19064
In person
Tuesday, 3:55-6:35pm
158 Spaulding Quad
Dr. Joyce Sirianni

This seminar will address the topic of Human Paleopathology, i.e. the study of disease in ancient populations.After a brief introduction to the history of paleopathology, and to what constitutes pathology vs. pseudopathology, students will learn the distinctive features of various infectious diseases which effect bone, skeletal trauma, and dental disease.

APY 614LEC: Hominin Behavior

Reg. #20002
In person
Wednesday, 4:30-7:10pm
158 Spaulding Quad
Dr. Stephen Lycett

There can be few greater challenges to science than studying the behavior of a long-dead animal. This is especially the case with studying hominin behavior. Yet, this challenge must be met if we are to understand our behavioral origins and heritage. Today, only one species of hominin exists: Homo sapiens. An absence of closely related hominin taxa leaves us with a limited range of potential models that we might look to for inspiration. For instance, do chimpanzees provide clues or should we look to modern hunter-gatherers? Does psychology provide an answer? Do we need to look to evolutionary theory? Can experiments be of assistance in a fundamentally historical sciences? With stone tools and the debris of their manufacture comprising much of our basic primary data, what hope is there for a rigorous science of hominin behavior?

This class is divided into two sections. The first section will provide an introduction to hominin evolution and the behavioral record, which will be useful to those new to the topic. Along the way some of the major questions will be encountered. The aim of the first section is to show something of what is at stake in terms of the importance of these issues for a full understanding of own behavioral heritage; and yet, something of the frustration that accompanies this field will also be demonstrated. The second part of the class attempts to challenge students to arrive at conclusions about how a scientific response to these questions and frustrations may be developed. A series of possible responses are introduced, and you will be challenged to probe the strengths and weaknesses of these various approaches. By the end of the course you will be asked to present your views (with justifications) for how a rigorous and scientific approach to our behavioral evolution may be undertaken.

APY 623SEM: Memory and Commemoration

Reg. #23773
In person
Tuesday, 9:30am-12:10pm
158 Spaulding Quad
Dr. Meghana Joshi

In this course, we will explore anthropological perspectives on the politics of memory and commemoration with a focus on the struggles over meaning that lie at the heart of memory. Questions we will ask include the following: How do individuals, communities, and societies remember the past? How and why is memory mobilized? What is collective memory and what is its relation to national identity? What role do memory and forgetting play in the production of historical knowledge? We will also explore the sociopolitical significance of memorials, monuments and museums commemorating incidents of mass violence. Course readings will focus on case studies from around the world.

APY 651SEM: Graduate Survey in Physical Anthropology

Reg. #16539
In person
Monday, 11:00am-1:40pm
158 Spaulding Quad
Dr. Noreen von Cramon-Taubadel

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the field of biologicalanthropology. Here we will review topics such as evolutionary theory, basic genetics, the evolution of the primates, human evolution, modern human diversity, the evolution of cognition and language, human social behavior, and the impacts of health and disease. The course will be taught via a mixture of lectures, class discussions and practical exercises.

APY 652LEC: Graduate Survey in Archaeology

Reg. #13153
In person
Thursday, 11:00am-1:40pm
261 Academic Center (Paley Library)
Dr. Timothy Chevral

The four ‘important questions’ usually addressed in anthropological archaeology deal withmodern human origins and development, or ‘what makes us human’, the transition from small scale foraging, collecting, and hunting societies to agricultural societies, then the eventual emergence and the institutionalization of more structurally complicated societies, and finally, the beginning and development of ‘civilization’. These notions are important – and what do they even mean – but often largely consider economy and political organization as if they are the only factors that determine the human condition. There are other complimentary issues to think about as well: the human relationship with the physical world of nature, places, and ‘things’, the supernatural and ideological world, the interpersonal and intergroup relationships of people to each other, near and distant, and the kind of social and natural forces that drive stasis or change through time.This means that we will examine the development of unique ways of life in select parts of the Old World, think about them comparatively, and at the same time fit them into some basic current conceptual and theoretical discussions within archaeology, as a preview to the more intensive theoretical review that will come in your second semester, as well as the more specialized courses in specific areas, time periods, and topics.

APY 655SEM: Graduate Survey in Social Anthropology (Part II)

Reg. #16941
In person
Tuesday, 12:30-3:10pm
261 Academic Center (Paley Library)
Dr. Jaume Franquesa

This course is designed to give first year graduate students a basic grounding in "classic" social theory as it was developed in that important modernist period between the mid-19th century and the end of the first World War, along with the subsequent development and refinement of social theory through this modernist lens, and the break with modernism in the late 1970's. Throughout, our emphasis will be on the ways in which social theoretical issues informing contemporary anthropology may be illuminated by foundational work in classic social theory, or where contemporary theoretical problems represent a more radical split with "classic" discourses.

APY 730SEM: Adv Problems in Areal Archaeology - Neolithic and Bronze Age

Reg. #23772
In person
Tuesday, 9:30am-12:10pm
261 Academic Center (Paley Library)
Dr. Agne Civilyte

Topic: Neolithic, Copper Age and Bronze Age of Europe

APY 733SEM: Analytical Methods in Archaeology

Reg. #23771
In person
Monday, 9:30am-12:10pm
261 Academic Center (Paley Library)
Dr. Timothy Chevral

Specialized scientific techniques are becoming increasingly important to archaeology, yet many remain unknown to or misunderstood by most archaeologists. This course examines in detail the assumptions and drawbacks of various scientific methods, including a number of chronometric dating techniques, how site formation processes are studied, how soils and sediments are interpreted by the archaeologist, how chemical analyses are used to identify past human activity, how flora and fauna help us reconstruct paleoenvironments and paleodiets, and how land-use strategies can be inferred from archaeological remains.


The primary purpose of this course is to remove any mystery surrounding these techniques, and particularly to allow archaeologists to develop a critical understanding of the data given to them by scientific specialists. A secondary goal is to refresh or increase your knowledge of the archaeology of various world regions. In order to meet both of these goals, readings for most topics are divided into two categories: method and applications. Illustrative applications are drawn from contemporary studies conducted all over the world.