Provides a brief history of forensic sciences, an introduction to some of the techniques used, and a demonstration of some of the applications of forensic sciences. A survey course designed to give the student some exposure to the kinds of scientific knowledge and techniques applied to the medico-legal investigation of death and other crimes.
Courses Offered in Fall 2015
An introduction to the evolution of human physiology and human behavior, the relationship between hominid and non-hominid primates, and the study of relationships between a population of humans and their biophysical environment.
Exploration of the variety of past human societies and cultures through archaeology, from the emergence of anatomically modern humans to the more recent historical past.
Culture and social relationships in a wide variety of settings from small-scale to complex societies. An overview of how anthropology analyzes human behavior. Particular attention to the relationship between language and culture.
An overview of sexuality from an anthropological perspective, looking at aspects of sexuality within our own culture and in cultures around the world. Course topics include the biology and culture of sex, gender, physical attraction, sexual orientation, marriage and mating taboos, fertility control, sexually transmitted diseases, and commercial aspects of sex
An examination of the phenomenon of international migration, or immigration. Students develop awareness of how immigration has been framed in the general public and examined by social science disciplines, most prominently anthropology. Examination of case studies of different immigrant groups in distinct geographic contexts will illuminate the varied incorporation experiences of immigrants into U.S. society.
An overview of the growing field of global health including health care systems, medical practices, ideas about illness in cross-cultural contexts, issues of health development, global health inequity, and human rights issues. The course will focus on the history of global health, the critique of major international health agencies and their development paradigms, and the political economy of social inequalities and health.
Explore past, present, and future interactions between humans and climate. Discussions, methods-oriented activities, and case study analyses provide students a foundation for appreciating the role of anthropology in understanding, responding to, and preparing for climate change.
The purpose of this course is to critically evaluate and determine the political, social, and economic implications of the term "Diaspora". To do so we will study and discuss how it is defined, theorized, deconstructed, and employed throughout the social sciences. As will become evident a diaspora is not a monolithic culture, but rather made up of diverse groups. There are context specific relations that define who leaves, when, and how they are received in the new place of settlement.
Theoretical approaches and research methods in sociocultural anthropology. Emphasis on current debates, new directions, and their historical antecedents.
Contemporary discourse analysis and pragmatics applied to ethnographic research problems with particular attention to roots in recent linguistic anthropological work in ethnographic semantics and ethnography of speaking.
Anthropology majors develop a set of skills that can be used both in the workplace and in the processes of finding meaningful employment. This small seminar course is designed to guide Anthropology majors in reflecting upon themselves, their Anthropology education, and work opportunities. Through short lectures, student presentations, and facilitated discussions, this course will push Anthropology majors to think about how they will use their Anthropology education to form a career. It is open to any Anthropology major.
Presents the students with conceptual tools for thinking about and studying anything created or modified by human activities from 1750 to the present. Emphasizes the skills for doing original research, delivering well-organized and succinct oral presentations, and preparing a professional report.
This course aims to provide the student with an overview of modern environmental archaeology as a tool for the interdisciplinary investigation of past and present global change and to engage the long term past with current issues of sustainability and rapid environmental change. Past human impact on environment, climate impacts, and the environmental components of culture contact, imperial expansion, and early globalization are all major topics for discussion. Case studies will be used to focus discussion and as subjects for student led presentations.
The course provides an overview of how social scientists, in particular historical archaeologists, approach modern cities as being part of the materiality of the social structure and order. It uses a multidisciplinary approach that includes various aspects of social history, anthropology, sociology, to understand the use of space, living conditions, and the material remains of past communities. The history of cities and accompanying social issues provide the grounding to understand how the creation and use of urban landscapes can segregate ethnic, class, and racial factions.
This course considers indigenous peoples and their relation to the lands on which they live. The course considers issues of traditional indigenousknowledge and land management as well as new contributions by indigenous peoples to changing landscapes. It reviews legal mechanisms and instruments through which indigenous peoples have rights to the resources they occupy and utilize. Taking specific cases and examining them through the lens of political and social ecology, the class considers the role of indigenous peoples in local and worldwide conservation efforts.
This is an interdisciplinary course that utilizes film to consider the Amazon basin, its history, peoples, and landscapes through cinematic representations. The course places the films in the context of film history and critical theory. Films range from the imaginative re-enactments of early exploration; first contacts between Europeans and native Americans; rubber boom extravagances; rainforest ecology and threats to rainforest survival; as well as complex social interactions in modern Amazonia.
In this applied course, students use mixed methods to research a locally-based, environmental sustainability issue. Classroom time will be split between seminar discussions of theory, methods, and relevant case studies, and lab work focused on project development, data analysis, and report write up. Students are expected to spend additional time outside class on data collection, analysis, and writing. In the Fall 2015 course, students will use an anthropological lens to assess environmental and community sustainability and change in Columbia, MD over the past half ce
The focus is on the use of applied ethnographic field methods in community assessment research in urban settings. Also, it will extend beyond most ethnographic training in which the emphasis is on being there, and relying predominantly on the classical ethnographic methods of recursive observations, participant observations, and a variety of approaches to interviewing