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UB Curriculum Courses

Are you looking to take an interesting class but still want to meet your general education requirements? Then consider an Anthropology course! Below are the UB Curriuclum courses on offer from the Department of Anthropology for Fall 2017.

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UB Freshman Seminars

APY 199SEM: UB Seminar - Why Have Wealth?

Reg. #22072
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 1:00--1:50pm
Cooke 127B
Instructor Dr. Jaume Franquesa
Requisite: Incoming freshman student.

Does money buy happiness, and if so in what forms, for whom, and under what circumstances? Does the world owe you a living regardless of what you do or don¿t do? Who really owes what to whom? In this course, we explore how our ideas about accumulating and distributing wealth shape our ideas about the nature of society, and about what society ought to be. We will explore some of the perspectives offered by the discipline of anthropology, the cross-cultural study of human thinking and behavior, on how our ideas about what to do with wealth influence our collective moral projects, such as those involving religion, family, the nation, and the global environment.

APY 199SEM: UB Seminar - Contemporary Warfare

Reg. #21784
Tuesday/Thursday 2:00—3:20pm
Baldy 108
Instructor Dr. Vasiliki Neofotistos
Requisite: Incoming freshman student.

This seminar explores war as a contemporary social and political issue, and the effects of war on social life. Questions we will examine include the following. Is war intrinsic to human nature? Does “culture” cause war? How has the use of technology, especially drones and robots, altered the conduct of war? Why are women used as “weapons of war”? How do people in war-torn societies endure violence? The course will also explore debates about the so-called War on Terror and about recent attacks by ISIS and other militant groups. Our case studies will be drawn from many areas of the globe, including Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, and the United States.

APY 199SEM: UB Seminar - A World of Stone

Reg. #22071
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10:00—10:50am
Capen 260
Instructor Dr. Douglas Perrelli
Requisite: Incoming freshman student.

A World of Stone is a mixed seminar and laboratory-oriented course that focuses on the importance of stone as a natural resource and aspect of technology in world prehistory. The primary focus of the course is on the analysis and interpretation of chipped stone tools in archaeological context from a design perspective, including the hands-on production of tools through flint-knapping. The course also provides a survey of the use of stone in various contexts, from monumental architecture to the smallest of stone tool fragments, and from around the globe and at different times in prehistory to include: stone tools in paleo-anthropology- as critical elements of hominid evolution, Olmec Heads, Inca Stones, Stonehenge, birdstones and bannerstones, among others. The course examines stone tool materials, production technologies, use and discard patterns- from design and organization of technology frameworks. These aspects of technology are discussed in the context of problem-oriented research relating to subsistence, settlement patterns, land use, social organization and political development at various times in human history. Laboratory sessions will involve hands-on projects to aid in recognizing characteristics of stone artifacts and developing analyses that incorporate such characteristics. Students will participate in flint-knapping experiments and are encouraged to use the tools and debitage they make as experimental archaeological data.

APY 199SEM: UB Seminar - At Home in Europe

Reg. #21786
Wednesday 2:00--4:40pm
Fillmore 354
Instructor Dr. Deborah Reed-Danahay
Requisite: Incoming freshman student.

What does it mean to be “at home”? Is this connected to a building or a place? Or is it an emotion? In this UB Seminar we think about the meanings of home in European societies in the recent past and present. Examples we discuss range from ideas of domestic space in European peasant societies to the ways in which immigrants in European cities try to feel at home. We will look at such topics as the relationship between nationalism and concepts of home and homeland, ideas about hospitality in European societies, different understanding of home among men and women, and the role of the European Union in ideas of belonging and concepts of being at home in Europe. Students are encouraged to think comparatively and cross-culturally about ideas of home in their own societies of origin.

PY 199SEM: UB Seminar - Magic and Witchcraft

Reg. #21785
Tuesday/Thursday 9:30—10:50am
Capen 260
Instructor Dr. Phillips Stevens
Requisite: Incoming freshman student.

Magic, sorcery, and witchcraft are widely used terms, in a variety of intriguing "occult" contexts, but there is little agreement on their meanings. In anthropology, the terms refer to ways of thinking and corresponding social behaviors that are absolutely universal, motivating people in all societies and at all stages of recorded human history. Understanding them and their social implications gives us deep and unique insight into what it means to be human.

Diversity Learning

APY 106: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Reg.#20755
Tuesday/Thursday 12:30--1:50pm
Cooke 121
Instructor Dr. Phillips Stevens

What is culture and how does it affect our understanding of the world and the ways we behave? How do cultural anthropologists approach the study of human societies and what methods do they use to do research? These are some of the questions that we will examine in this class. The course introduces students to ethnographic methods and theories of cultural anthropology. The aim is to enhance our knowledge of our own culture and of other cultures around the world. All majors are welcome.

Pathways

APY 105LEC: Introduction to Anthropology

Reg.# 20754
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 2:00--2:50pm
Alumni 97
Staff

This class is a general introduction to the field of anthropology, the study of humanity. It is designed to pique your interest in the broad diversity of human behavior and lifestyles across the world and throughout time. This course will take a look at our four major subfields - archaeology, linguistic anthropology, physical anthropology, and cultural anthropology - and include discussions on our "youngest" subfield, applied anthropology. The goal of this class is to understand the wide range of issues covered by the fields of anthropology, the ways in which these issues are studied by specialists in the field, and the practical effects of the questions covered by anthropological study. In order to survey such a wide range of issues, the class is structured in a standard lecture format, with small group exercises and class discussions.

APY 106: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Pathways: Cross-Cultural Exploration, Human Nature, Milestones in Western Culture
UB Areas: Civilization and History, Humanities, Social Sciences

Reg.#20755
Tuesday/Thursday 12:30--1:50pm
Cooke 121
Instructor Dr. Phillips Stevens

What is culture and how does it affect our understanding of the world and the ways we behave? How do cultural anthropologists approach the study of human societies and what methods do they use to do research? These are some of the questions that we will examine in this class. The course introduces students to ethnographic methods and theories of cultural anthropology. The aim is to enhance our knowledge of our own culture and of other cultures around the world. All majors are welcome.

APY 108: Introduction to Archaeology

Pathways: Global South, Place, Time and Space, Milestones in Western Culture
UB Areas: Social Sciences

Reg. #22070
Tuesday/Thursday 11:00am--12:20pm
Knox 109
Instructor Dr. Ezra Zubrow

This course is designed to provide the student with a general introduction to the field of archaeology, including the methods and techniques that archaeologists use to identify and investigate archaeological sites. The course will focus on some of the key issues in archaeology, from human evolution and origins of agriculture, to the beginning of the modern age, including examples from the Old World and the New World. Students will learn how archaeologists use material culture to construct interpretations of human behavior in the past.

APY 238: Near East and Mideast Prehistory

Pathways: Ancient Civilizations
UB Areas: Social Sciences

Reg. #22074
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 3:00--3:50pm
Baldy 101
Staff

Archaeology of the prehistoric Near and Middle East from the peopling of the region through the emergence of the first villages and the domestication of plants and animals to the emergence of city-states in the 3rd millennium BC.

APY 394LEC: Shamans and Healers of South America

Pathways: Global South, Health, Medicine and Society, Religious Diversity
UB Areas: Social Sciences

Reg.#21791
Tuesday/Thursday, 11:00am--12:20pm
Fillmore 354
Instructor Dr. Ana Mariella Bacigalupo

This course will focus on the healing traditions of Native South American people as an important part of our contemporary experience. We will examine the images, forms, and meanings that are common to the healing experience of many Native South Americans: concepts of order, time, space, power, destruction, and renewal which allow us to group them together despite their geographical and sociopolitical diversity. We will also analyze some specific ethnographic examples of how they are manifested through funerary cannibalism, shamanism, sorcery, animal spirits and metaphors, the use of tobacco, narcotics and hallucinogens, and rituals for healing, fertility and collective well-being.

APY 427LEC: Comparative Urbanism

Pathways: Ancient Civilizations, Cities and Societies, Design and the Built Environment
UB Areas: Social Sciences

Reg. #23743
Wednesday 9:30am—12:10pm
Fillmore 354
Staff

Considers the origin of the city, starting with Mesopotamia. Defines urban and civilization, examines the urban environment, and compares the archaeological city to the modern city.

APY 437LEC: Celt Anglo-Saxon Viking

Pathways: Ancient Civilizations
UB Areas: Social Sciences

Reg. #23892
Thursday, 12:30-3:10pm
Fillmore 354
Instructor Dr. Timothy Chevral

Celts, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings: these names evoke many colorful ideas and legendary images, but who were these peoples and what do we really know about them? This course explores over two millennia of dynamic times in Europe. Celtic peoples can be traced to the late Bronze Age and have left us spectacular archaeological remains: gold, silver and bronze works of art, fantastically rich burials and monuments, trade with the Greeks, then Romans. Anglo-Saxon cultures that existed from around AD 400 to 1000 were once thought of as constituting a dark age, but this period is now known to have been a dynamic time, seeing the rise and fall of states, economic expansion, innovative trade and manufacturing traditions, and religious transformation, when Christianity spread and mingled with pre-Christian beliefs. At the same time, pre-Viking and Viking cultures were developing in Scandinavia, bursting upon the world at around AD 800.  Often imagined as bloodthirsty raiders, Vikings were also master craftspeople, traders, explorers, and built their own state-level societies at home as they colonized abroad.

Topics will include the rise of chiefdoms and states and their political economies, technology, trade and cultural contact, plus social structure and ideology, aesthetic expression, and religious beliefs. Readings will include case studies of archaeological investigations and ethnohistoric documents. Another aspect of the course will be to teach you how archaeologists study the past, and how they determine the ³real story² as opposed to popular but erroneous conceptions.

In the final part of the course, we will examine current myths and stereotypes about these cultures, and their role in modern national and ethnic identity construction. Various nationalist movements, political ideologies, and even reconstituted religious traditions have appropriated these cultures for their own purposes. We will examine the roots of this trend and its impact on the modern world.