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Current Semester's Courses

FALL 2014

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 SC TIII
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Corewyn, Gannett G120, Ext. 4-1384, lcorewyn@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 32 per section
PREREQUISITES: None.
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 mechanism 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; the bio-behavioral and bio-cultural variations found in our species today and how they reflect our evolutionary past; and explanations for these variations that may be attributed to evolutionary processes and adaptation to the environment.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Format combines lecture, discussion, powerpoint presentations and video.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: There will be one text plus supplemental readings. Grading based on exams, written work, and other criteria.

ANTH 10400-all sections Cultural Anthropology LA SS 1, g SO TIDE TWOS 
3 credits
INSTRUCTORS:
Sections 01: David Turkon, Gannett G120, Ext. 4-1782, dturkon@ithaca.edu  
Sections 02 & 03: Sue-Je Gage, Gannett G121, Ext. 4-3574, sgage@ithaca.edu   
Sections 04 & 05: Valerie Foster Githinji, Gannett G131, Ext. 4-1383, vgithinji@ithaca.edu 
Sections 06 & 07: Michael Taylor, Gannett G130, Ext. 4-1383, mstaylor@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 32 per section
PREREQUISITES: None.
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 SO TIII TWOS
3 credits  
INSTRUCTOR: Scott Stull, Gannett G132, Ext. 4-3326, sstull@ithaca.edu 
ENROLLMENT: 32 per section
PREREQUISITES: None.
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.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: The course will be taught primarily as lectures, with questions and discussion encouraged. Films and images will supplement the class.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Book and readings. Grading based on exams, written work and other criteria.

ANTH-29009-01 SELECTED TOPIC: GLOBAL MIXED RACE LA SS                
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Sue-Je Gage, Gannett G121, Ext. 4-3574, sgage@ithaca.edu   
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES:  ANTH 10400 or ANTH 12900.
STUDENTS: This course is for students seriously interested in how racial, gender, and colonial ideologies and practices have shaped the way we see race and, consequently, "mixed race." This course can also be used for CSCRE minors and Women's Studies.
COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course deconstructs the question "What are you?" We will explore the "mixed race" space−its history, identity, questions of authenticity, sexual, racial, and gendered politics, and its links to colonialism, colonial desire, and militarization through the experiences of mixed people in the U.S. and other parts of the world. It will provide a global and historical framework through the interdisciplinary lens of critical anthropology to understand how race operates and is resisted.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE:  Seminar-like format in which students will be expected to take a major responsibility for class discussion and presentation of their readings and individual research. 
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Grading is based on participation, reading summaries, and a research project and final paper.

ANTH-29010-all sections SELECTED TOPIC: CULTURE, SEX, AND GENDER LA SS                
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Lynn Morrison, Gannett G125, Ext. 4-1735, lmorrison@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 10400 or ANTH 12900.
STUDENTS: Open to all students
COURSE DESCRIPTION: : The goal of this course is to explore how culture shapes and constructs sex, sexual diversity, and gender as well as our perceptions of these issues.  Our analysis will be historical and cross-cultural in nature.  We will be assessing cultural hierarchies and their impact on gender roles, (dis)empowerment, and hierarchies between genders and within genders.  We will critically examine the effects of ethnocentrism, colonialism, the expression of gender and sexuality in different cultures, and the effects of development on gender and sexuality. Students are challenged to examine their own cultural and individual biases as they are exposed to numerous cultures from around the world (for example Iroquoians, Thais, Indians, Samoans, Hawaiians, etc.) and how each culture (and subculture) shapes gender roles (whether it be male, female, transgendered (TG), māhū, fa’afafine, travestí, or kathoey), gender status, and how sexuality is expressed/suppressed.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar format with group activities based on readings, some PPT lectures.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING:  2 exams, 1 critique, and 1 research paper, participation.

ANTH-29011-01 SELECTED TOPIC: THE HUMAN MONKEY INTERFACE: USING ETHNOPRIMATOLOGY TO ASSESS HUMAN-NONHUMAN PRIMATE RELATIONS LA SS                
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Lisa Corewyn, Gannett G120, Ext. 4-1384, lcorewyn@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 20
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 10400 or ANTH 12900 
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Ethnoprimatology integrates theory and practice from primatology and cultural anthropology to provide insights into how humans and nonhuman primates share both their ecological and social spaces. For thousands of years, humans and nonhuman primates have engaged in a diversity of interactions that range from reverence to conflict, and both have played important roles in the lives of the other. With anthropogenic pressures on primate populations increasing worldwide, the ethnoprimatological approach enables us to better assess human-nonhuman primate relations and their associated impacts.  This course will review the theoretical underpinnings in ethnoprimatology, explore the diversity of relationships between humans and nonhuman primates historically and today, and examine these relationships in the context of sustainability and conservation.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Format combines lecture, discussion, powerpoint presentations and video.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: There will be one text plus supplemental readings. Grading based on exams, written work, and other criteria.

ANTH 30500-01 ARCHAEOLOGICAL METHODS AND TECHNIQUES LA NS
4 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Michael Malpass, Gannett G127, Ext. 4-1363, malpass@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 15
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 30600-01 BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY METHODS AND TECHNIQUES LA NS 2a                              
4 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Muller, Gannett G128, Ext. 4-3327, jlmuller@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 15
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 10300 and at least two mid or upper level courses.
STUDENTS: Open to all students with an interest in biological anthropology.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Explore the research designs, data collection and analyses, and theories in the broad field of biological anthropology. Gain hands-on experience in several subdisciplines of biological anthropology, including: genetics, bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, primatology, human variation, and paleoanthropology. Examine scholarly scientific studies that focus on humans, human ancestors, and nonhuman primates. The course’s emphasis is on applied biological anthropology and the interaction between biology and culture.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar with several hands-on activities/labs and fieldtrips.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Class and fieldtrip participation and completion of several mini-research projects/exercises associated with each of the subdisciplines explored. 

ANTH-37000-01 APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY LA SS                
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: David Turkon, Gannett G102, Ext. 4-1782, dturkon@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 15
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 10400 or ANTH 12900 and either one 200-level anthropology course or junior standing
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 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 scientists, 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 will be expected to take a major responsibility for class discussion and presentation of their readings and 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, exams, and a  research project in an area of applied anthropology.

ANTH 45000-01 ANTHROPOLOGY CAPSTONE LA SS
3 credits 
INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Muller, Gannett G128, Ext. 4-3327, jlmuller@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 15 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.

ANTH-47500-01 ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELDWORK LA                
Various credits
INSTRUCTOR: Sue-Je Gage, Gannett G121, Ext. 4-3574, sgage@ithaca.edu   
ENROLLMENT: 10
PREREQUISITES:   ANTH 30200; 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.   

ANTH-48000-01 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY LA SS                                      
3 credits
INSTRUCTOR: Lynn Morrison, Gannett G125, Ext. 4-1735, lmorrison@ithaca.edu
ENROLLMENT: 10
PREREQUISITES: ANTH 10400 and ANTH 30200 and one other 300-level anthropology course.
STUDENTS: Anthropology majors/minors and anyone interested in health care delivery, international development, cross-cultural healing systems, and the cultural and social aspects of illness and its treatment.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course explores healing traditions, beliefs, and practices from around the globe. Healing modalities based in the scientific tradition, namely biomedicine, are examined and contrasted with other traditions based on cultural conceptions of balance and interconnection, such as Chinese medicine, African American health and healing, Haitian Vodou, Latin American ethnomedicines, and Holistic or Alternative healing in the U.S. Theoretical perspectives in medical anthropology are discussed and symbolic perspectives on health, gender, the body, and spiritual healing are examined cross-culturally. This analysis is coupled with an in-depth look at delivering health care in culturally pluralistic settings and how health care professionals in this country can develop a greater sensitivity to the issues involved in multicultural health care (for example, what happens when a Navajo patient summons a medicine man to the hospital?). Another significant area of medical anthropology covered in this class is applied anthropology, or how medical anthropologists work on multi-disciplinary teams (especially in the context of international health) to find solutions to pressing human problems such as HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, chronic diseases, and the insalubrious effects of industrialization in developed and developing countries. Counts towards theory course requirement for Anthropology majors.
COURSE FORMAT/STYLE: Seminar format, with lecture, student presentations, multimedia materials, discussions, and guest lecturers.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GRADING: Health research project, collection and analysis of illness narratives, book reviews and class participation.

 

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