Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Anthropology - Courses

APY 104 Great Sites and Lost Tribes: The Romantic Element in Archaeology
Anthropology

Examines the romantic element in archaeology in the great sites of the world, such as Troy, Olduvai Gorge, Stonehenge, and so forth. Since the sites cannot be separated from their discoverers and excavators, we also consider the lives of the most famous and romantic archaeologists, including Schliemann, Leakey, and Kenyon.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 105 Introduction to Anthropology
Anthropology

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 106 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology

Surveys important ideas about culture and society that have shaped cultural anthropology. Studies the principal institutions of culture - language, social organization, religion, economics, politics, artistic expression, etc. - in their traditional ethnographic context and as they change through cultural contact and modernization.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 107 Introduction to Physical Anthropology
Anthropology

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 108 Introduction to Archaeology
Anthropology

Archaeology is the study of the human past through its material remains and is of primary importance in reconstructing past human life ways that exist outside the realm of written record. 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. This course 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. The many topics covered in the course include: excavation, interpretation, conservation, technology, cultural diffusion and evolution, and cultural heritage.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 120 Environmental Anthropology
Anthropology

It is clear that our environment appears to not always be kind to us. Whether we are exposed to toxins produced by industry, harsh temperatures or malnutrition, the outcome is often poorer health and shorter life. As a biological/behavioral science, anthropology is in a unique position to explore and expand this knowledge area.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 203 Anthropology and Film
Anthropology

Studies culture through the use of visual materials (films, tapes, etc.). Emphasizes learning anthropological concepts, attitudes, and methodologies, with film as the primary medium for so doing. This is a class in anthropology, rather than a films course.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 217 Anthropology of War
Anthropology

The course seeks to offer a deeper understanding of war as a contemporary social and political issue. Questions we will examine include whether war is intrinsic to human nature, what causes war, how war is conducted, how people in war-torn societies endure violence, and what the consequences of war are. The course will also explore debates about the so-called War on Terror and about recent attacks by ISIS and other militant groups.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 238 Near East and Mid East Prehistory
Anthropology

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 246 Introduction to Primate Behavior
Anthropology

Behavior, and social organization of non-human primates: current theories, evolutionary processes, and research methods, both in the field and in the laboratories.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 248 Human Genetics
Anthropology

Examines contemporary human genetics relevant to families and society, including genetic diseases, family planning and demography, genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis, genetic engineering, and genetics and the law. Provides students with sufficient understanding of contemporary human genetics to intelligently address these issues.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 250 Topics
Anthropology

This is a topics course, and as such, represents a wide variety of potential offerings. Information about the current semester's topic(s) can be found here: http://anthropology.buffalo.edu/courses/undergraduate/

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 262 Anthropology and Justice
Anthropology

Examines comparative studies of justice from the perspectives of local and global human problems, including analyses of the causes of conflict and dispute: inequality, poverty, racism, war and aggression, colonialism, sexism, economic exploitation, and so forth. Considers justice in the context of related cultural concepts and values (such as truth and harmony) and in a variety of institutional settings (such as the community, workplace, and nation). In addition, the course investigates aspects of crime, deviance, punishment and rehabilitation, and restitution.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 265 People of South East Asia
Anthropology

Examines the history and culture of both mainland and island Southeast Asia, emphasizing kinship, religion, and political systems, as well as art forms.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 275 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
Anthropology

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 276 Introduction to Ethnomedicine
Anthropology

Cross-cultural survey of beliefs and practices relating to health, illness, and treatment. Emphasizes understanding the cultural and social foundations of ethnomedical systems, including ethnomedical systems in the United States. Examines contemporary biomedicine as a cultural system.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 304 Food and Culture
Anthropology

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: APY 106


APY 311 Culture and Personality
Anthropology

Social scientific, psychological, and psychiatric materials on normal and abnormal behavior in a variety of cultural settings; social and cultural change and personality; group functioning; forms of deviancy.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 312 Culture and Reproduction
Anthropology

Involves a cross-cultural and cross-national survey of human reproduction. Patterns of fertility regulation, pregnancy, birth, and early infant care.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 315 Cross-Cultural Study of Women
Anthropology

Examines political, economic, and social systems of various non-Western societies in relationship to the roles women take as reproducers of cultural values or as activists working for change.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 320 Seminar in Cognitive Anthropology
Anthropology

Examines human thinking as a cultural and social, as well as a psychological (or computational), phenomenon. Regards cognition as closely interconnected with cultural forms, social systems, and everyday activities. The course also addresses the very concept of 'cognition' as a cultural product whose social and historical origins require investigation.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 321 Topics
Anthropology

This is a topics course, and as such, represents a wide variety of potential offerings. Information about the current semester's topic(s) can be found here: http://anthropology.buffalo.edu/courses/undergraduate/

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 323 Anthropology and Education
Anthropology

This course takes a global perspective on human teaching and learning in a variety of cultural contexts. We explore ethnographic methods in educational research and anthropological approaches to education in its widest sense, both in and out of schools. Such forms of socialization as apprenticeship and initiation will be discussed alongside of the formal educational institutions of North American and European nations. This course will also address the educational issues facing immigrants and minority populations in contemporary societies. Readings and discussion will emphasize research and practice. We will work with various qualitative methods, including autoethnography, and will also explore depictions of teachers and students in both ethnographic and feature films. Students interested in teaching careers, as well as Anthropology majors, will find this course useful. There are no prerequisites.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 324 Approaches to the Study of Religion
Anthropology

Introduces different approaches to the study of religion, their main contributions and shortcomings, and the debates within the study of religion. Students become familiar with contemporary issues in the study of religion and apply theory with critical awareness in the analysis of religious phenomena.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: APY 106



APY 325 Contemporary Afro-Caribbean Religion
Anthropology

Familiarizes students with the rich cultural syncretisms of Afro-Caribbean culture from a Latin American perspective, challenges the miasma of mysticism surrounding the religions as viewed by developed nations, and provides students with the basic skills necessary to conduct field research from an anthropological perspective.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 330 Prehistory of Europe
Anthropology

Examines European prehistory from the Paleolithic period through the formation of the earliest states in Europe.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 331 Archaeology of New World
Anthropology

Examines prehistoric development of Indian cultures in North and South America, from the initial aboriginal occupation of the Americas.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 333 North American Archaeology
Anthropology

Studies the peopling of the continent, landscape evolution, origins and spread of agriculture, and the rise of chiefly forms of social organization. Also examines Meso-American influences, and the effects of European conquest.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 338 Field Research Archaeology
Anthropology

Field Research Archaeology provides an intensive and rewarding archaeological field and lab experience for graduate and undergraduate students interested in archaeology. Field school is geared towards college students with some interest in North American Archaeology. The goal is to introduce college students to the techniques of archaeological site location, artifact identification, excavation, mapping, and material analysis in a fun but rigorous academic setting. Students will locate, excavate, document and interpret a major archaeological site in western New York while learning professional techniques and using the latest technology available including a laser transit and total station. This exciting six week experience includes hands-on instruction and active participation by all students and instructors. Students will take away the skills of site survey, mapping, excavation, soil sampling, artifact processing, artifact identification and analysis, and in the interpretation of a Native American archaeological site. Secondary goals of the course include discovering how people made and used stone tools and some of the earliest pottery in western New York. The team will reconstruct ancient artifacts and life ways while exploring what kinds of foods were collected and processed at the site, and try to answer how and why people came to live at certain locations. Participants will learn to present archaeological information through multimedia platforms including video and web-based applications. The experience is made more comprehensive through a series of guest lectures regarding the current state of western New York archaeology, and of archaeology around the world.

Credits: 6
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 344 Animal Communication
Anthropology

Surveys natural communication systems within the animal kingdom, including the structure, functions, development, and evolution of natural communication systems among both human and non-human animals.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 345 Comparative Primate Anatomy
Anthropology

Studies descriptive and functional primate anatomy, with relevance to the origin and adaptation of groups within the order of primates.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 346 Dissections in Comparative Primate Anatomy
Anthropology

Covers basic primate gross anatomy learned by dissecting and making comparative observations of various species of primates. There is a fee associated with this class.

Credits: 2
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 348 Forensic Anthropological Osteology
Anthropology

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 353 Old World Prehistory
Anthropology

Studies the archaeology of Africa, Asia, and Europe, from the Paleolithic period through the appearance of the earliest civilizations.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 366 Peoples of Asia
Anthropology

Provides students with an anthropological introduction to the early periods of Chinese and Indian civilizations through lectures, audiovisual materials, and discussion. Compares these cultures with the West in terms of religious ideas, archaeological materials, political forms, family systems, and basic values.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 367 Meso-American Archaeology
Anthropology

Examines art, iconography, architectures, and archaeology of ancient Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize; also covers religious, political, and economic development from its beginning, around 2000 B.C.E., to its decapitation by the Spaniards in 1521.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 368 Theories in Archaeology
Anthropology

Introduces archaeological theory and methods; including the proper design of archaeological research projects, data analysis, and interpretation of results.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 369 Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa
Anthropology

Explores cultures of hunting, pastoral, and agricultural societies, including history, social structure, political and economic systems, religion, and aesthetics. Also considers the impact of colonialism, industrialization, urbanism, and political independence upon African societies and cultures.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 377 Magic, Sorcery & Witchcraft
Anthropology

Understanding the nature of magic and the anthropology of sorcery and witchcraft beliefs around the world and throughout history offers insights into some fundamental aspects of human belief and behavior. The course will show that the ways of thinking which comprise what anthropology calls magic and the complex attributes of the imaginary evil witch, are not only absolutely universal, they are rooted in our evolutionary biology and hence are basic to the human condition.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 380 Myth, Ritual, Symbolism
Anthropology

Explores the ethnography of symbolic form and process in myth and ritual. Also examines metaphor and the problem of meaning in the structuralist, dramatistic, hermeneutic, and semantic approaches of Claude Levi-Strauss, Victor Turner, Clifford Geertz, Edmund Leach, and others.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 382 Indians of South America
Anthropology

Surveys the indigenous societies of cultures and South America, including both highland Andean and lowland Amazonian people. Provides a perspective on the prehistory, history, and contemporary situation of native South Americans, examining traditional anthropological topics as well as current political issues surrounding indigenous rights, integration into national societies, and environmental destruction.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 393 Anthropology of Religion
Anthropology

Compares religious beliefs, rituals, and organization; also considers relationships of religion to other aspects of culture and society, and religion as a dynamic system.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 394 Shamans and Healers in South America
Anthropology

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. Classes will consist of presentations, viewing films, and class discussions.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 401 Theory in Anthropology
Anthropology

Reviews the growth of anthropology as a scientific discipline. Analyzes in detail major anthropological approaches and theories.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 402 Contemporary Europe
Anthropology

In recent decades, Europe has become a major area of investigation for cultural anthropologists. In this seminar, we ask both what an anthropological perspective can contribute to our understanding of European peoples and also what a consideration of European peoples can contribute to anthropological theory and method. The course focuses on issues of identity, history, and power as these shape and are shaped by social forms and local practices.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 409 Primate Social Behavior and Organization
Anthropology

Examines systems of social organization among primates; also studies general principles of social behavior that may have relevance to humans.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 410 Special Topics
Anthropology

Course content varies by instructor.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 411 Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Anthropology

Studies the four horsemen in all their guises. Examines their importance historically and at present. They have been and are religious icons, symbols of the major processes of warfare, disease, famine, and death, as well as cultural, literary, and artistic symbols throughout the generations. The course traces one of the horsemen through both time and space in the intellectual area of the students' choice.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 414 Museum Management
Anthropology

Museum and collection management and research is motivated by two things: a love of objects, and a fascination with the ways in which they speak about the past and present. The care of artifacts cannot stop at identification, physical conservation and exhibition. Research about museum and collection objects must be seen as part of a larger task: an exploration of the social and cultural significance of objects in relation to each other and to the people who made, used, and kept them as well as who collected them. Conservation must include preservation of the information accompanying an object, information beyond provenance, or artifact type. Finally, curatorial research entails a critical awareness of our own culturally-bound responses to artifacts. This course prepares students for research in the museum environment, and for the challenge of developing meaning and value for those collections in the context of the Cravens Collection housed since March 2010 in the Anderson Gallery of the UB College of Arts and Sciences where the course will be held. Each class integrates presentations, group work and discussion, case studies, and independent research. In addition, the instructor will facilitate visits from guest lecturers. At the end of the course, the students will curate together their own public exhibition of objects from the Cravens Collection and will write up short narratives about the objects they have studied during the course. The narratives will then be included in an exhibition catalogue. N.B.: Please note that the course will take place in the Anderson Gallery of the UB College of Arts and Sciences (1 Martha Jackson Place).

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 420 Topics
Anthropology

This is a topics course, and as such, represents a wide variety of potential offerings. Information about the current semester's topic(s) can be found here: http://anthropology.buffalo.edu/courses/undergraduate/

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 421 Topics
Anthropology

This is a topics course, and as such, represents a wide variety of potential offerings. Information about the current semester's topic(s) can be found here: http://anthropology.buffalo.edu/courses/undergraduate/

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 427 Comparative Urbanism
Anthropology

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 429 Anthropology of Architecture
Anthropology

Examines the material culture of eastern North America from 1620 to the present. Focuses on the house and its contents as a means by which the settlers of the North American continent adapted to their environment. Uses a developmental perspective to organize the materials.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 432 Peoples of the Arctic and Subarctic
Anthropology

Anthropological survey of arctic and subarctic populations, primarily focusing on Canada and Alaska, with some comparative coverage of Greenland, Siberia, and the Lapps of northern Europe. Develops multidisciplinary models using ethnographic, historical, and epidemiological sources to analyze traditional patterns and contemporary changes in northern communities. A variety of ecological and cultural systems have emerged in the North since the period of contact and settlement by Europeans, and the course encourages students to do comparative analyses of national, regional, and ethnic differences and similarities.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 434 Topics
Anthropology

This is a topics course, and as such, represents a wide variety of potential offerings. Information about the current semester's topic(s) can be found here: http://anthropology.buffalo.edu/courses/undergraduate/

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 435 Archaeological Techniques
Anthropology

Skills course emphasizing the use of photography and drawing, both in the field and in illustrating site reports. Intended primarily for students with an archaeological career orientation, the course deals with factors in the preparation of art manuscripts: draftsmanship, work on drawings, maps, and plans, including line work and photography. Also considers artifact drawing, and processes of printing and production.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 439 Laboratory Techniques in Archaeology
Anthropology

Involves individual instruction and guidance in the study of artifacts through lab projects.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 440 History of Archaeology
Anthropology

Summarizes the history of archaeology, beginning with its classical and European antecedents. Examines the major trends of seventeenth- through twentieth-century archaeology. Explores major archaeologists and sites, emphasizing the New World. Relates history of archaeology to history of science.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 441 Anthropological Demography
Anthropology

Examines the development and demographic characteristics of human populations in the prehistoric and ethnographic record.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 443 Advanced Physical Anthropology
Anthropology

Topics vary. May be taken more than once for credit.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 444 Ethology Practicum
Anthropology

Semester long, quantitatively based research project on the behavior of animals at the Buffalo Zoo. Goals include: becoming familiar with a range of techniques used to study animal behavior in the field and in captivity, learn to observe animal behavior in a scientific manner, an gain experience in all aspects of scientific research - generating an interesting question, researching what is already known about the topic and species, designing a protocol to answer the question, collecting data at the Zoo, analyzing the data, and reporting the results and conclusion both in an oral presentation and in a written scientific report.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Other Requisites: APY 246 or APY 344 or another course in animal behavior


APY 448 Human Genetics/Legal and Ethical Issues
Anthropology

Recent advances in genetic technology have presented the scientific and lay community with ethical and legal problems, yet to be resolved. The objective of this course is to provide an opportunity for informed discussions of such issues relating to contemporary human/medical issues.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 449 Mayan Civilization: Past and Present
Anthropology

Explores Mayan civilization from its earliest beginnings to the current situation. The seminar begins with the pre-classic roots of Mayan civilization, then moves through classic splendor, post-classic turbulence, the European invasion, and into the current period of rebellion and ethnic resurgence. Students select a particular geographically and linguistically distinctive Mayan population and trace the group historically through artifacts, written records, life histories, and ethnographies. Student activities include active class participation in discussions and preparation of an annotated bibliography on a key aspect of Mayan civilization.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 457 Evolutionary Biology of Humans
Anthropology

Explores the application of evolutionary theory and method to modern human populations. Among the topics are heritability of biological and behavioral variables, developmental biology and natural selection, biological distance, biogeography and race, adaptive theory, adaptation to environmental change, and such emergent problems as crowding, hunger, epidemic disease, and global warming. Specific topics may vary depending on developments within the profession.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: one course with substantial evolutionary biology content



APY 474 Cities and Cultures
Anthropology

This course takes a broad historical and geographical approach aimed at encompassing the ethnographic diversity that characterizes city life.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 476 Health Care in the United States
Anthropology

Explores the culture and social organization of health-care systems in the United States, including mainstream allopathic medicine and nursing, as well as more 'alternative healing' modalities, such as faith healing, chiropractic, 'New Age' healing, and so forth. Gives students a specifically anthropological understanding of health care in American society. This anthropological perspective draws attention to the many diverse components of health care in the United States, from high-tech advanced medical science to faith healing.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 477 Culture and Disability
Anthropology

This course is an introduction to disability studies. Researchers working within this sub-field search for understanding of societal and cross-cultural attitudes and policies regarding impairment, illness, and difference, especially those whose physical or behavioral differences have been stigmatized through negative social or medical labels. Among the topics to be considered are the meanings and perceptions of impairment in various cultures and how individuals and their families experience disability, severe injury, stigmatized illnesses, and severe trauma and come to develop new identities through these experiences. We will consider community support systems and government policies that positively or negatively affect traumatized and disabled individuals and their families.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 480 Collapse of Civilization
Anthropology

Explores the causes of societal disintegration from an archaeological perspective. The ancient Mayan and pre-Aztec civilizations of Mexico, as well as that of ancient Shang China, are the focus for analyzing various factors that might lead to the destruction of complex social and political systems.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 490 Economic Anthropology
Anthropology

Examines the production, distribution, exchange, and consumption systems of non-Western peoples; the integration of economic systems with other aspects of culture; and problems of underdeveloped areas.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 492 Political and Legal Anthropology
Anthropology

This course examines politics and power in local, national, and transnational contexts. It considers both formal political institutions and everyday forms of power and influence. We trace the historical development of this field as well as its current focus on issues of identity, the nation-state, bureaucracy, citizenship, and questions of power, domination and resistance. Case studies examined range from small-scale nonwestern societies to the institutions of the European Union. Considers systems of government and control in the non-Western world, emphasizing tribal organization. Focuses upon law and warfare, the two most important political functions or tasks engaged in by a political community.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 494 Senior Seminar
Anthropology

Topics vary. Seniors have registration priority.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


APY 495 Supervised Teaching
Anthropology

Credits: 1-6
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



APY 496 Internship
Anthropology

Students wishing to complete an internship with a host agency may register for this course with the agreement of the agency supervisor and the faculty advisor.

Credits: 1-6
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: permission of instructor


APY 499 Independent Study and Research
Anthropology

Individually designed program of reading, research, or skills development in close association with an instructor.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: permission of instructor




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