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FALL 2016

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The field of anthropology is concerned with the study of humankind. It includes the evolution of the human species and the development and varied nature of the cultures and societies in which people live. For all students at the College, regardless of their major, anthropology offers a holistic and cross-cultural perspective on human culture that is essential to a liberal arts education.

ANTH 10300-all sections Biological Anthropology LA NS 2a
Perspective: Natural Sciences (SC); Theme: Inquiry, Imagination & Innovation (TIII)
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Corewyn, Gannett G129, Ext. 4-1384,
ENROLLMENT: 32 per section
STUDENTS: This course is for students with an interest in human evolution and diversity as well as primate behavior and ecology.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of biological anthropology.  This course will develop an understanding of humans in the context of 1) their evolution and 2) their interactive processes of human behavior/culture and biology. It is divided into three main sections.  First, the participants learn the basic principles of genetics and evolutionary theory.  Then, we explore the ecology and behavior of extant primates.  This includes addressing the diversity of both nonhuman primates and ourselves.  Finally, we focus on what we have learned from the fossil record, exploring the behavioral and biological characteristics of our ancestors.  Topics covered are mechanisms of human evolution; our primate relatives and their evolutionary history; the fossil and artifactual evidence for human evolution over the past several millions of years; and bio-behavioral and bio-cultural variations found in our species today and how they reflect our evolutionary past.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Format combines lecture, discussion, powerpoint presentations and video.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grading based on exams, written work, and other criteria.

ANTH 10400-all sections Cultural Anthropology LA SS 1, g
Perspective: Social Sciences (SO), Themes: Identities (TIDE), A World of Systems (TWOS)
3 credits
Sections 02 & 03: Yang Zhan G131, Ext. 4-3326,  
Section 04:  David Turkon, Gannett G129, Ext. 4-1782,
Sections 05 & 06: Sue-Je Gage, Gannett 130, Ext. 4-3574,
Sections 07 & 08:  Denise Nuttall, Gannett G124, Ext. 4-1682,  
ENROLLMENT: 32 per section 
STUDENTS: Open to students from all areas of the college, and of all years.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Cultural Anthropology explores the diversity of the world's societies, including hunter-gatherer societies, herding pastoralists, peasant agriculturalists, and industrial peoples in rural and urban places. It emphasizes the role of culture in shaping human adaptations and human actions, and promotes understanding of other cultures. This course examines the way anthropologists do fieldwork in varied settings and looks at the contributions anthropology can make to an understanding of modernizations, social change, urbanization, race relations, and cross-cultural communication. Professors of the different sections of this course draw on their own research in such areas as Asia, Africa, Latin America and the United States to illustrate these processes. The course provides an introduction to the field of cultural anthropology and a basis for taking upper level courses in anthropology.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Each professor teaches her/his sections independently, with different emphases, examples, and readings. For each section, the format combines discussions, lectures, fieldwork slides, and films. Grading, readings and specific requirements are set by the professor of each individual section.

ANTH 10700-all sections World Archaeology LA SS 1, g h
Perspective: Social Science (SO); Themes: Inquiry, Imagination & Innovation (TIII), A World of Systems (TWOS)  
3 credits  
INSTRUCTOR: Scott Stull, Gannett G128, Ext. 4-1735,  
ENROLLMENT: 32 per section
STUDENTS: The course is for the seriously curious – those who know something about the ancient world but who would like to know more and those who know nothing but would like to learn something.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an introduction to archaeology and world prehistory. A basic introduction to archaeological methods will highlight the development of this discipline from a romantic discipline into a science. The origins of humans in Africa and our spread into all parts of the earth will be briefly discussed. Our social development from hunter-gatherers to chiefdoms to complex states will then be considered, focusing on important issues of those changes and what they tell us about ourselves. The issue of why did people all over the world settle down and become farmers and herders will be discussed.  The great civilizations of the ancient world will then be individually considered: how were they alike and different? In what ways did they endure or “disappear?" Other issues, like ethics and current controversies, will be addressed throughout the course.

3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Michael Taylor, Egbert 343 and Gannett G129, Ext. 4-7350,  
STUDENTS: Cross-listed with CSCR 10900; students cannot receive credit for both ANTH 10900 and CSCR 10900
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Offers an interdisciplinary survey and introduction to the field of Native American Studies. Focuses on how past and present Native American experiences both in the United States and with its colonial pre-cursors have shaped this pan-ethnic group’s identity, cultures, political power, and ways of life. Examines approaches to Native American Studies and the way Native Americans have navigated their relationship to others historically and today.

LA SS TIII                
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Scott Stull, Gannett G128, Ext. 4-1735,  
STUDENTS: Open to all interested students.
COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Explores film-based consideration of archaeology and archaeologists. Focuses on how archaeology is portrayed in visual media through time, and how media have affected archaeology, the human past, and popular culture. The romanticized image of archaeology is compared with scientific realities, specifically the nature of archaeological data, theory, field methods, and analytical techniques.

Diversity (DV), Perspective: Social Sciences (SO), Theme: Identities (TIDE)                                  
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Michael Taylor, Egbert 343 and Gannett G129, Ext. 4-7350,  
STUDENTS: The course is designed for students with an interest in cultural anthropology, archaeology and the interaction between the two and for students from a wide variety of majors.
COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Traces the development and current state of the Iroquois people, a vibrant and powerful Native American society of the Northeast. Looks at how the Iroquois developed out of earlier societies and what role European contact played in their development. A substantial part of the course will be an assessment of the Iroquois today, including their social, economic, and political institutions. Additional information on neighboring societies, past and present, and their interactions with the Iroquois will also be addressed.

3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Michael Taylor, Egbert 343 and Gannett G129, Ext. 4-7350,  
STUDENTS: Students from all areas of the college are welcome who have an interest in Native Americans, culture, land use, and environmental racism and justice.
COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course gives a range of perspectives on the relationships between Native Americans and the environment revolving around anthropological concepts, such as culture, ecology, and colonialism. Based on the centrality of land to Native culture and the connections between land and the sacred, students explore how land-people relations were reworked and misinterpreted following Western colonization. Topics include environmental racism, environmental justice, and the influence of government policies regarding Native access, use, and control of indigenous lands. Case studies from throughout North America, including upstate New York, exemplify conflicts over Native sacred sites and instances where Native people are revitalizing their cultures, comanaging lands such as national parks, and developing educational outreach programs. This course satisfies the cultural anthropology requirement. 

3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Denise Nuttall, Gannett 124, Ext. 4-1682,  
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 10400 and/or permission of the instructor
STUDENTS: Open to students interested in music and culture, performance, South Asian Studies, and/or World Music
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course, essentially experiential in nature, provides students with an introduction to South Asian classical music making. Focusing on North Indian classical percussion (the art of tabla), students will learn basic musical skills of classical Hindustani music (rhythm and melody). While a special emphasis will be placed on the structure and function of rhythm in Indian classical music students may also have the opportunity to participate in world music workshops with guest musicians covering a variety of cultural music making contexts. This course seeks to provide students with some working knowledge of music making in non-western contexts and is open to students with no previous musical training or practical experience.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: : Classes will predominately be based on music training in the art of tabla and Native American water drums and may include some master classes or workshops with world musicians, as well as various listening sessions.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Students will be required to attend all classes and dedicate one hour a day (minimally 4 days a week) towards practice of the various compositions learned in these classes. Students do not need to buy their own set of tabla as they will be eligible to sign out instruments for practice sessions.  Students will be encouraged to learn the theory and practice behind North Indian music by acquiring skills in compositional note taking. Some reading will be required. Assignments include learning basic strokes, compositions, and a variety of rhythmic structures (North and South Indian music systems and others depending on guest musician availability). As this is a performance based music lab students will be examined on their musical development in each class.

4 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Michael Malpass, Gannett G127, Ext. 4-1363,
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 10400 or ANTH 10700 and either one 200-level anthropology course or junior standing and one additional social science course.
STUDENTS: Anyone with a serious curiosity about how archeologists learn about the past.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course focuses on the ways that archeologists discover, analyze, interpret and explain the lifestyles of past cultures. The course is arranged in the way that archeologists approach the solution of a research problem. The first part describes the nature of archeological evidence and how data are obtained through survey and excavations. The second part details the many kinds of analyses that archeologists use to identify past life ways and the techniques of dating sites. The third section discusses how prehistoric cultural systems are reconstructed, and the use of theory in explaining cultural change and cultural processes.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Standard lecture format embellished with films, slides, demonstrations of prehistoric techniques, and in-class archeological exercises using artifacts, maps, etc.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: One textbook, some reserve readings, and a willingness to discuss materials. Grading based on archeological exercises, class participation, and a final research activity.

ANTH 30900-01 Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology Methods LA NS
Attribute: Quantitative Literacy (QL) pending              
4 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Muller, Gannett G128, Ext. 4-3327,    
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 10300 and one 200 level course in ANTH or BIOL; or permission of instructor
STUDENTS: Open to all students with an interest in anthropological skeletal analysis.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course, we explore the research designs and methods used in skeletal analysis associated with archaeological and forensic contexts. Grounded in scientific theories and methodology, participants gain hands on experience via outdoor mock investigations and several laboratory exercises. Topics include: search and recovery procedures associated with historical skeletal remains, forensic anthropology, and humanitarian investigations, i.e. genocides and mass disasters. Outdoor mock investigations and labs incorporate techniques associated with excavation, 3D modeling of skeletons in situ, photometry, use of portable xray, soil sampling, GIS mapping, and remote sensing applications. We also explore the impact of taphonomic variables on bone including the effects of water, fire, and animal activity. Laboratory analysis includes: anthropometry (specifically osteometric analysis); biological profiling including determination of sex, age, and stature; blunt force and gunshot trauma; analysis of disease processes; and determining cause and manner of death. We conduct analysis using FORDISC computer software and 3D scanning and printing. We discuss additional technologies, including DNA and isotope analysis. You will be outside for several classes.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Classes include seminar-style discussion, indoor laboratory exercises and outdoor mock investigations at the TADPOLE (Taphonomy and Decomposition Postmortem Outdoor Laboratory Experiments) site on IC Natural Lands.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grading is based on course participation, indoor and outdoor labs, and mock investigation.

ANTH 37000-01 APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY LA SS                
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: David Turkon, Gannett G102, Ext. 4-1782,
PREREQUISITES: Sophomore standing and one other course in the social sciences.and one other social science course.
STUDENTS: Open to all students who have the prerequisites.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A key goal for Applied Anthropology will be to problematize the nature of economic and social change across the globe, and in the wake of emerging processes of globalization and transnationalism. Within this framework, we will examine the roles that cultural anthropologists can take in conceptualizing and implementing “participatory action research” projects through collaboration with members of the populations who are experiencing problems, as well as through collaboration with other social scientists, and health and development professionals. Course materials will include, but are not limited to, case studies from agricultural and livestock development, health care interventions, food security, community capacity building, resource management, and appropriate technology.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar format in which students are expected to take a major responsibility for class discussion and presentation of individual research. Brief, regular summaries of some readings will be required as a means to facilitate class participation. Assigned readings will be supplemented by slides and films. Fulfills additional upper-level cultural anthropology course requirement.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grading based on preparedness for class, class participation, take home exams, research project in an area of applied anthropology, and some reading summaries or special projects.

Writing Intensive (WI) pending            
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Corewyn, Gannett G129, Ext. 4-1384,  
PREREQUISITES:   ANTH 31100; or ANTH 21100 and permission of instructor.
STUDENTS: Open to all interested students
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course explores the distribution, diversity, abundance, and rarity of lemurs, monkeys, and apes. It investigates intrinsic and extrinsic factors affecting primate vulnerability, and how human behavior such as habitat disturbance and hunting impact primate populations. Issues to be discussed include various conservation strategies and tactics employed to protect our closest-living relatives, for example, taxon and area priorities, captive breeding, restocking and reintroduction, and ecotourism.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: seminar with class discussion, films, exercises, and some lecture
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Requirements include a written research paper with individual presentations on a particular aspect of primate conservation biology, participation in class discussions, and exams.

3 credits  
INSTRUCTOR:  Jennifer Muller, Gannett G125, Ext. 4-3327,
ENROLLMENT: 8 per section
PREREQUISITES: Senior standing and major in Anthropology
STUDENTS: Senior anthropology majors.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The goals of this course are both theoretical and practical. Students reflect on and discuss their anthropological knowledge and experience and prepare for life after graduation. Anthropology as a holistic discipline is explored in the context of the courses, fieldwork, and other activities (overseas programs, internships, etc.) students have participated in. Career opportunities related to various subfields, including archaeology, medical anthropology, and primatology, are identified. Students will practice professional skills, prepare resumes, letters of introduction, and other formal documents in a way that effectively presents their anthropological skills and background.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar with class discussion, films, exercises, and guest presentations on career choices and preparation.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Requirements include participating in class discussions and role plays, written reviews, a senior comprehensive exam, and preparation of resumes, job letters, and an e-portfolio. Grading based on the assignments and participation in class. 

Variable credit (may be repeated up to a maximum of 6 credits)
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 30200, ANTH 30500, or ANTH 30600 and completion of H&S Dean’s independent study/internship form.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Provides students an opportunity to conduct individual research in any of the subfields that are not fieldwork, such as laboratory analysis, text analysis, tape transcription, or library research on a specific topic.

Variable credit (may be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits)
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 10300, ANTH 10400, or ANTH 10700, permission of instructor, and completion of H & S Dean’s internship form.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Provides students an opportunity to conduct individual research that is not fieldwork in any of the subfields and under the supervision of a professional. Internships are arranged individually at the student’s request with an instructor and a sponsoring agency. 

Variable credit
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 10400 and three other anthropology courses and permission of instructor.
STUDENTS: Majors and upper level students who have made prior arrangements with the individual professor for the desired topic.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: For individual advanced work in topics not covered in regular course offerings.

Variable credit (1 to 6)
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 30200 and consultation with and permission of instructor.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: An alternative to ANTH 47000 for advanced anthropology students with a focus in cultural anthropology whose research plans would benefit from a more individualized approach. The research may be conducted within or away from the Ithaca area under supervision by an anthropology faculty member.

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