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Description of Courses

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ANT ANTHROPOLOGY (Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)

200. Cultural Anthropology - 3-0-3
Cross-cultural study of human belief systems, social institutions and cultural traditions. Emphasis is placed on understanding non-Western societies from an anthropological point of view and using that knowledge to develop a new perspective on Western beliefs, institutions and practices.

300WI. Social Theory - 3-0-3
(See SOC 300WI.)

301. Peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean- 3-0-3
(See LCS 301). PR: ANT 200 or SOC 200 or CI.

305WI. Social Science Research Methods - 3-0-3
(See SOC 305WI.)

320. Women in Global Perspective - 3-0-3
Use of fiction, ethnography, social theory and personal history to explore the realities faced by women living in a variety of postcolonial societies. Examination of how women have grappled with and responded to those realities. PR: ANT 200, SOC 200 or WNS 210.

325. Anthropology of Popular Culture - 3-0-3
Explores the significance of popular culture in understanding the dynamics within a society, as well as the relationships between societies in the contemporary world. Uses case studies from both developed and less-developed countries. PR: ANT 200 or SOC 200.

330. Anthropology of the Body - 3-0-3
Exploration of the relationship between body, self, society and culture. Application of anthropological perspectives to body modification practices in the United States and around the world. PR: ANT 200 or SOC 200.

340. Globalization and Local Communities - 3-0-3
Employment of anthropological perspectives to examine critically the historical roots, current manifestations and future trajectories of globalization. Examination of globalization's economic, political, social and cultural dimensions and its impact on local communities. PR: ANT 200 or SOC 200.

350. African Cultures - 3-0-3
Explores the diversity and common patterns in African societies. Uses ethnographies, literature and personal narrative to show the influence of historical era, economic change and political context on local cultures. Emphasizes links between Africa and the globe. PR: ANT 200 or SOC 200.

380. Applying Anthropology - 3-0-3
Tracing of the history of applied anthropology and questioning how anthropologists have utilized their knowledge and research techniques outside the context of the academy. Grappling with the ethical issues faced by these anthropologists and asking how they have dealt with them. Critique of applied anthropology as it has been done in the past and consideration of the prospects for its future. PR: ANT 200 or SOC 200.

390. Urban Anthropology - 3-0-3
Examines city life through examples from various parts of the world. Aspects explored include economics, social groups, politics, geography and cultural dynamics. Emphasis on interactions among cities, rural areas and the wider world. PR: ANT 200 or SOC 200.

450. Seminar in Anthropology - 3-0-3
Topical seminar on current trends, issues and substantive fields in anthropology. (Sociology and anthropology majors may enroll a maximum of two times in the course; sociology minors and non-majors limited to one enrollment. PR: ANT 200 or SOC 200.

480WI. Senior Project - 3-0-3
Opportunity to propose, conduct and report an individual research project in an area of special interest. This will be the capstone course for the SOC/ANT major. PR: SS and major.

496. Academic Internship - 3 to 6 hours
Problem-oriented experiences in specific academic projects relating to the individual student's program of study, planned in consultation with the student's advisor. PR: ANT 200 and nine additional hours in ANT or SOC.

498. Directed Studies - 1 to 3 hours
Supervised reading or opportunity for written research in the field of anthropology when the area of study is highly specialized or the material is not otherwise available in the departmental curriculum. PR: JS or SS majors and approval of the school dean.

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