Fall 2020 Course Offerings

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APY 105LEC: Introduction to Anthropology

Reg.# 18625
Online, recorded not real time
Instructor: Brent Whitford

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.

APY 106LEC: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Reg.# 18626
Online, recorded not real time
Instructor: Dr. Meghana Joshi

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 107LEC: Introduction to Biological Anthropology

Reg. #18627
Online, real time and recorded
Real time meetings: Tuesday/Thursday 3:30—4:50pm
Instructor: Mark Conaway

For centuries preceding modern times, our uniqueness as a species was taken as a sign of special creation; we were not seen to be a part of nature. But as knowledge of human evolution, our closeness to other primates, and our adaptations to specific environments emerged, we have taken our place in the animal kingdom. Here, we learn how those insights developed, and about current methods of understanding human origins and the natural forces that have shaped us.

APY 108LEC: Introduction to Archaeology

Reg. #219365
Online, recorded not real time
Instructor: Dr. Douglas Perrelli

Archaeology is the study of the human past through its material remains.  So much evidence of human activity on earth exists outside the realm of written records that archaeology is of primary importance in reconstructing past human life ways.  Bridging the gap between the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, archaeologists integrate many types of evidence in order to shed light on the origins of our species, Homo sapiens sapiens and development through time of so many different cultural manifestations.  Introduction to Archaeology provides an overview of the methods, theories and models used by archaeologists to better understand past human societies, from the formulation of a research question, through the processes of survey and excavation, to the analysis of data, and the interpretation of the results. 

APY 168LEC: Myth & Religion in the Ancient World

Reg. #18285
Online, recorded not real time
Instructor: Dr. Roger Woodard

In this course, we will investigate mythic and religious traditions of ancient Greece and Rome. Our study of myth and religion will, however, be comparative in emphasis. We will thus have a twofold goal: (1) to encounter the Greco-Roman traditions themselves and (2) through our comparative investigations, to attempt to identify the mythic and religious traditions which the Greeks and especially the more conservative Romans inherited from their Indo-European ancestors. We will also turn our full gaze upon comparative materials, but even as we are engaged in discovering the mythic and religious traditions of the ancient Indic, Iranian Celtic, Germanic and Hittite cultures, we will continue to encounter new materials and motifs from Greece and Rome.

APY 210LEC: Musics of the World

Registration #24490
Online, real time and recorded
Real time meetings: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10:20-11:10am
Instructor: Dr. Colter Harper

This course takes a global perspective in studying musical practice and meaning with the goal of better understanding how music functions as an integral part of all societies. The semester will be organized into nine sections that explore widely diverse musical traditions as they relate to topics such as place, ethnic identity, politics, industry, conflict, and technology. No formal musical training is required though students will be expected to develop critical listening skills.

APY 275LEC: Culture, Health and Illness

Reg. #21053
Online, recorded not real time
Instructor: Dr. Meghana Joshi

People in all societies experience illness, but their understandings of the causes of disease and approaches for restoring health differ greatly. This course examines the social and cultural dimensions of health, illness, and healing. Through a variety of case studies, we will learn about the ways medical anthropologists study explanations of disease, experiences of suffering, and the social organization of health care.  Western medicine, also called “biomedicine,” will also be an object of our analysis. We will discuss how the delivery of biomedical health care involves particular understandings of the body and appropriate social relationships. Emphasis will also be placed on how the stories that individuals and institutions circulate about human agency in suffering shape people’s convictions about how to care, and for whom to care. The course aims to teach students to think about health, disease, and medicine in national, cross-cultural and global terms.

APY 321SEM: Topic - Human Evolution & Human Health

Reg. #23830
Online, real time

Real time meetings: Tuesday/Thursday 12:45-2:00pm
Instructor: Dr. Nicholas Holowka

Meets PROBLEM-ORIENTED requirement.

This course dives into the questions of why we humans evolved to be the way we are, and how we can use the principles of evolutionary medicine to improve human health and well-being. To explore these questions, we will investigate the major transitions in human evolution, from the divergence of ape and human lineages to the origin of modern humans, using fossil, archaeological, and ancient DNA evidence. We will then examine how recent cultural and technological shifts such as agriculture and industrialization have impacted human health, contributing to the rise in many diseases now prevalent in the modern world, and explore how evolutionary medicine can help us better understand these diseases.

APY 341LEC: Primate Behavior & Ecology

Reg. #23593
Online, real time and recorded
Real time meetings: Tuesday/Thursday 9:35-10:50am
Instructor: Dr. Stephanie Poindexter

Meets PROBLEM-ORIENTED requirement.

In this course, students will learn about the behavior of living primates through an evolutionary and ecological lens. Through lectures, discussion, and student participation, we will uncover the evolutionary implications of the primate diversity we see today and what we can learn about ourselves by studying primates. Topics covered include cultural transmission, reproductive strategies, sexual selection, cooperation, and cognition.

APY 348LEC: Forensic Anthropology Osteology

Reg. #14970
Online, real time
Real time meeting: Monday 5:20-8:00pm
Instructor: Dr. Joyce Sirianni

Covers fundamentals of human skeletal anatomy through lecture, demonstration, and laboratory work. Considers procedures and applications in contemporary and historical human biology and in archaeology, stressing both technical approach and theoretical application. This lecture and laboratory course demonstrates the fundamentals of human skeletal biology and anatomy. Stresses procedures and applications used in evaluating archaeological and contemporary human populations. Considers forensic applications.

APY 355SEM: Evolution of Hominin Behavior

Reg. #24400
In classroom
Tuesday/Thursday 2:20-3:35pm
354 Academic Center
Instructor: Dr. Stephen Lycett

The Palaeolithic covers the timeframe from when our ancestors first began to manufacture stone tools in Africa (around three million years ago) through the point at which the last glacial period ended (i.e. up to the beginning of the Holocene). It is a fundamental phase, in which matters of biological and cultural evolution led eventually to the appearance of our species. This course explores the evidence for changing patterns of hominin behavior during this phase of our evolution. We will consider the major sites and material evidence that is used in current debates. We will evaluate the factors that might shape patterns in the distribution and form of Palaeolithic data. Critical thought will also be given to the use of behavioral models drawn from primatology (e.g. chimpanzee behavior) as well as anthropology (e.g. ethnographically recorded hunter-foragers) in the study of fossil hominin behavior. Questions will also be asked of the potential requirement for multidisciplinary engagement with associated fields, such as psychology. Key sites and case studies will be discussed, tracking the dispersal of hominins across the globe and the appearance of key behavioral innovations. The course will also consider the (frequently heated) debates regarding the emergence of "behavioral modernity." Issues of cultural transmission and cultural evolution will also be covered.

APY 410SEM: Topic - Men & Masculinities

Reg. #23782
Online, real time
Real time meetings: Monday/Wednesday 9:10-10:30am
Instructor: Dr. Meghana Joshi

Meets AREA STUDIES or SENIOR SEMINAR requirement.  

This course examines males' diverse experiences as boys/men and public discourses about masculinities in different regions of the world. The aim is to expose students to the social and personal meanings, and shifts in meanings of “masculinities” and delve into how gendered social order influences men's actions and the way they perceive themselves, other men, women, and social situations. We will use an intersectionality perspective to explore variations in male experience by social class, race/ethnicity, age and sexual orientation. Hence men are not an unmarked category, neither are they representative of the universal against which all other forms of gendered lives can be compared.​

APY 420SEM: Topic - Paleopathology

Reg. #21304
Online, real time
Real time meeting: Tuesday 3:55-6:35pm
Instructor: Dr. Joyce Sirianni
Dual-listed with APY 546SEM

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 421SEM: Topic - Comparative Human Life History

Reg. #24081
Tuesday/Thursday 12:45-2:00pm
102 OBrian Hall
Instructor: Dr. Stephanie Poindexter
Dual-listed with APY 546SEM

Meets PROBLEM-ORIENTED requirement.

To balance the demands of living in ecologically variable environments, humans have evolved a collection of traits to minimize their risk of mortality and to maximize their ability to acquire food. Modern human life-history traits gradually appeared throughout our evolutionary history. In this course, we will look to our closest cousins to understand how human life-history traits evolved. To build a strong base in life-history theory, students will learn about each human life stage, including birth, infancy, childhood, juvenility, adolescents, adulthood, and old age. Topics in human life history evolution provide a unique perspective on human development, birth, and the physical measures used to characterize global human health.

APY 459SEM: Human Impacts on Ancient Environments

Reg. #24646
Online, real time and recorded
Real time meetings: Monday/Wednesday 11:30-12:50pm
Instructor: Dr. Timothy Chevral
Crosslisted with EVS 433SEM and APY 729SEM

Meets SENIOR SEMINAR requirement.  

This course examines the impact of human actions on past environments and cultures: negative, positive and neutral outcomes related to agricultural livelihood, ancient industries, and political or religious ritual manipulation of landscape. We will also learn how professionals concerned with documenting the past can play a larger role in the public’s understanding that present-day ecosystems are not the result of recent activities, but of centuries of millennia of human-environment interactions.