Courses Offered in Spring 2017

ANTH222: Introduction to Ecological and Evolutionary Anthropology
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.
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    Summer 2017 Instructor: Michelle Raxter View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Michelle Raxter View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Tanya Icaza View Syllabus
    Spring 2016 Instructor: Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman View Syllabus
ANTH240: Introduction to Archaeology
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.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: George Hambrecht View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Mark Leone View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Stephen Brighton View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Mark Leone View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: George Hambrecht View Syllabus
ANTH260: Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology and Linguistics
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.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Thurka Sangaramoorthy View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Irene Calis View Syllabus
    Summer 2017 Instructor: Irene Calis View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Christina Getrich View Syllabus
    Fall 2016 Instructor: Thurka Sangaramoorthy View Syllabus
ANTH265: Anthropology of Global Health
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.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Thurka Sangaramoorthy View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Gwynne L. Jenkins View Syllabus
    Spring 2016 Instructor: Thurka Sangaramoorthy View Syllabus
ANTH266: Changing Climate, Changing Cultures
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.
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    Summer 2017 Instructor: Stanley Herman View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: L. Jen Shaffer View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: L. Jen Shaffer View Syllabus
    Fall 2017 Instructor: Stanley Herman View Syllabus
ANTH310: Method & Theory in Medical Anthropology & Global Health
Provides a critical perspective to global health that encompasses key political, economic, and cultural factors associated with the nature and magnitude of global health issues such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, paying particular attention to how poverty and inequalities within and between societies has accelerated current global health challenges. Introduces students to how medical anthropologists have contributed to the debates surrounding the globalization of health.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Thurka Sangaramoorthy View Syllabus
ANTH323: Plagues, Pathogens, & Public Policy
The impact of diseases on populations from prehistoric times through the present will be examined, along with public perceptions of disease, scientific breakthroughs on treatment and prevention, and the ways that politics and public health policies can enhance or impede the advancement of disease treatment. The natural history of disease, population structure, and immunity will be discussed. The class will address emerging and re-emerging diseases and the ways that first responders, researchers, and policy makers may affect the outcome of an outbreak.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Marilyn London View Syllabus
ANTH340: Method & Theory in Archaeology
Theory, method, and practice which guides modern anthropological archaeology. Includes research design and execution (from survey through excavation and interpretation), the reconstruction of aspects of past cultures, and the understanding of cultural change and meaning.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Stephen Brighton View Syllabus
    Spring 2016 Instructor: Stephen Brighton View Syllabus
ANTH341: Introduction to Zooarchaeology
Zooarchaeology is the study of animal remains, especially bones, from archaeological contexts. This course will address both methodology as well as many of the main issues in contemporary zooarchaeology. Zooarchaeology stands at the intersection of a number of social and biological sciences, such as Biology, Osteology, Ecology, History, Anthropology and Economics. We will discuss basic animal osteology and the concepts and practices behind the identification of animal remains from archaeological contexts.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: George Hambrecht View Syllabus
    Spring 2016 Instructor: Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman View Syllabus
ANTH360: Method and Theory in Sociocultural Anthropology
Theoretical approaches and research methods in sociocultural anthropology. Emphasis on current debates, new directions, and their historical antecedents.
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    Fall 2017 Instructor: Kathryn Lafrenz Samuels
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Andrea M. López View Syllabus
ANTH413: Health Disparities in United States
Powerful economic, political, social, and cultural forces shape who gets sick, what illnesses/diseases they get, how they are treated while seeking care, what treatment options they have, and what their ultimate health outcomes are. The goal of the course is to understand these processes through the lens of critical medical anthropology.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Christina Getrich View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Christina Getrich
    Spring 2016 Instructor: Christina Getrich
ANTH424: Human Skeletal Anatomy
In addition to descriptive information about bone identification, the lectures will address the history of human anatomical studies, the development of analytical techniques, and the application of these techniques in paleoanthropology, comparative anatomy, functional anatomy (and related fields, such as physical therapy), and skeletal analysis in museum, historic cemetery, archaeological, and forensic settings. Emphasis will be on the development of the skeleton and recognition of normal variation in bones.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Marilyn London View Syllabus
ANTH442: Public Archaeology
Explores the uses and environments for archaeological work through a discussion of museum, electronic media, heritage settings, outdoor history museums, including the legal environment that offers protection for archaeological remains. The course exposes students to the majority of cultural media within which archaeology is currently practiced.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Tracy Jenkins View Syllabus
ANTH461: Language as Practice
An introduction to linguistic variation and the construction of identity, relationship, and community membership through language use. The approach emphasizes language as community-based practice and examines the dynamic construction of social relations through linguistic interactions.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Janet Chernela View Syllabus
ANTH462: Amazon Through Film
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.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Janet Chernela View Syllabus
ANTH467: Researching Environment and Culture
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
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Instructor: L. Jen Shaffer View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: L. Jen Shaffer View Syllabus
ANTH630: Quantification and Statistics in Applied Anthropology
An intensive overview of key quantitative and statistical approaches used by social scientists in applied ad policy research. This includes nonparametric and parametric statistical approaches. Students utilize statistical software and analyze existing and student-created databases. Anthropological case studies are emphasized.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Unlisted/TBD View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Sean Downey View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Sean Downey View Syllabus
ANTH655: Introduction to Museum Scholarship
Provides students a basic understanding of museums as cultural and intellectual institutions. Topics include the historical development of museums, museums as resources for scholarly study, and the museum exhibition as medium for presentation of scholarship.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Mary Alexander View Syllabus
ANTH665: Method & Theory in Medical Anthropology and Global Health
Provides a critical perspective to global health that encompasses key political, economic, and cultural factors associated with the nature and magnitude of global health issues such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, paying particular attention to how poverty and inequalities within and between societies has accelerated current global health challenges. Introduces students to how medical anthropologists have contributed to the debates surrounding the globalization of health.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Thurka Sangaramoorthy View Syllabus
ANTH722: Ecological Anthropology
An overview of important approaches to ecological anthropology. Population, systems, community, political, behavioral and evolutionary ecology will be examined as they have been applied to a range of anthropological questions. Complexity theory (nonlinear dynamics) and topics in game theory will also be addressed. Students will map the field of ecological anthropology and to assess the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary approaches, methods and theories.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Sean Downey View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Sean Downey View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Sean Downey View Syllabus
ANTH740: Theories of the Past
The primary purpose is to highlight some of the key achievements made b archaeologists in informing questions of interest to society from 1850 on. Key achievements include how archaeologists understand elements of the past thought to be central to the development of modern socieity. A secondary purpose is to introduce students to the theories used to understand the place of the past in society and the function of answers to questions thought central to modern social life.
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    Spring 2017 Instructor: Mark Leone View Syllabus
    Spring 2017 Instructor: Mark Leone View Syllabus