Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Anthropology Fall 2017

Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in ANTH

ANTH 114: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 Credits)

Overview of major ideas and approaches to the study of cultures around the world. Surveys kinship, social organization, political economy, religious beliefs, language and other aspects of non-Western cultures. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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ANTH 120: Unearthing the Past: Prehistory, Culture and Evolution (3 Credits)

Introduction to archeology and bioanthropology. Explore issues and debates in human biological evolution, prehistory and social change, as well as lab and field methods for understanding archaeological remains. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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ANTH 135: Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3 Credits)

Uses an evolutionary perspective to introduce students to the study of humans and non-human primates as biological organisms. The course will analyze the genetic and environmental bases for modern human biological variation, understand primate behavior and biological relationships, and reconstruct the fossil record. Discussions about prehistoric skeletal remains will emphasize biological responses to changes in subsistence and social structure. May not be repeated for credit.
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300-Level Courses in ANTH

ANTH 312: Political Anthropology (3 Credits)

Examines cultural and ecological contexts of political structures and competition for power in selected societies; and cross-cultural and comparative approaches to study of political conflict, leadership, values, and symbolism. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Recommended Prerequisite: ANTH 114, 60 hrs, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Andrew Bickford — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW — Research Hall 202

ANTH 330: Peoples and Cultures of Selected Regions: Non-Western (3 Credits)

Examines cultures of a specific region such as Africa and the Middle East. Focuses primarily on non-Western cultures. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: ANTH 114, 60 credits, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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ANTH 332: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Globalization (3 Credits)

Examines the varieties of cultural experience. Several cultures are studied in depth; with attention to local histories, global contexts, and shifting perspectives on the practice of ethnography. Notes: May be used for credit toward the BA in sociology. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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ANTH 355: Human Origins (3 Credits)

Explores the fossil evidence for human and primate evolution. Exposes students to evidence for the origins of mammals and primates, and to discussions of human evolution. Uses human fossils as tools to understand evolutionary relationships (phylogenetics), behavior, functional anatomy, and broader adaptation. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: ANTH 135.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Daniel H Temple — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Robinson A410

ANTH 378: Humans and Animals (3 Credits)

Provides an introduction to anthropology of human's relationship with animals across a large geographic and temporal span. From domestication of animals to animism, pets and animal classification systems, course explores society's attitudes toward and dynamic interactions with the animal kingdom. May not be repeated for credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Nawa Sugiyama — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Robinson A410

ANTH 388: Human Osteology (3 Credits)

Introduces students to the methods of modern human skeletal analysis in bio- and forensic anthropology. Covers introductory human skeletal and dental gross anatomy and describes analytical techniques spanning including age and sex estimation, osteometry, and paleopathology. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: ANTH 135.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Haagen Klaus — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Robinson A410

ANTH 389: Human Osteology Lab (2 Credits)

Laboratory course associated with ANTH 388. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: ANTH 135.
Recommended Corequisite: ANTH 388.
Schedule Type: Laboratory

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 201 — Haagen Klaus — 04:00 PM to 07:50 PM W — Robinson A410

ANTH 390: Theories, Methods, and Issues I (3 Credits)

First of a two-course sequence that reviews the major theoretical traditions and schools of thought in anthropology. Notes: Required for anthropology majors. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: ANTH 114 and 60 credits, including 6 credits of ANTH 300-level (or above) courses, or permission of instructor
Schedule Type: Lecture

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ANTH 395: Work, Technology, and Society: An IT Perspective (3 Credits)

Introduction to the anthropology of work, technology, and society, with emphasis on information technology. Covers general conceptual issues of information technology and also involves specific practical exercises with computers, their operating systems, the logic of automated production, databases, and web-based communication. Attention also directed to social and ethical issues raised by contemporary information technology. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: ANTH 114, 60 hours, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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400-Level Courses in ANTH

ANTH 495: Internship (1-6 Credits)

Supervised project in applying anthropology in relevant settings including public and historical archaeology, developmental anthropology, museums, non-profit organizations, advocacy, communications, or consulting organizations. Notes: Students must complete 45 hours of work at the internship site for each credit. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 60 credits or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Internship

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Graduate

500-Level Courses in ANTH

ANTH 535: Anthropology and the Human Condition: Seminar I (3 Credits)

Examines some of the major theorists of 19th- and early 20th-century cultural theory. Marx, Freud, Durkheim, and Weber are surveyed as foundational thinkers for reading the works of such 20th-century theorists as Boas, Malinowski, Benedict, and Sapir. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

ANTH 557: Human Origins (3 Credits)

Explores the fossil evidence for human and primate evolution. Exposes students to evidence for the origins of mammals and primates, and to discussions of human evolution. Uses human fossils as tools to understand evolutionary relationships (phylogenetics), behavior, functional anatomy, and broader adaptation. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Daniel H Temple — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Robinson A410

ANTH 578: Humans and Animals (3 Credits)

Provides an introduction to anthropology of human's relationship with animals across a large geographic and temporal span. From domestication of animals to animism, pets and animal classification systems, course explores society's attitudes toward and dynamic interactions with the animal kingdom. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Nawa Sugiyama — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Robinson A410

ANTH 582: Human Osteology (3 Credits)

Introduces students to the methods of modern human skeletal analysis in bioarchaeological and forensic science. Covers introductory human skeletal and dental gross anatomy and describes analytical techniques spanning including age and sex estimation, osteometry, and paleopathology. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Corequisite: ANTH 583.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Haagen Klaus — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Robinson A410

ANTH 583: Human Osteology Lab (2 Credits)

Laboratory course associated with ANTH 582. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Corequisite: ANTH 582.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Laboratory

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 201 — Haagen Klaus — 04:00 PM to 07:50 PM W — Robinson A410

600-Level Courses in ANTH

ANTH 690: Internship (3-6 Credits)

All internships must be approved by faculty advisor to ensure suitability to the student's course of study. Introduction to applied anthropology through approved work and study at a museum, institute, agency, or other approved site. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Graduate standing, with 3 hours of methods and 12 hours in program, or by permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Internship

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

ANTH 699: Contemporary Issues in Sociocultural Anthropology (3 Credits)

Explores current issues and debates in sociocultural anthropology. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled