2015-2016 Anthropology Courses

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ANTH 200/300 Special Topics in Anthropology (1–4)
Illustrates the importance of a holistic, cross-cultural approach to the study of human behavior. Highlights a specific topic and then makes use of anthropology in the study of this topic.
ANTH 211 Introduction to Human Evolution and Archaeology (4)
This class combines two of the four sub-fields that make up the discipline of anthropology. It helps students explore prehistory and the evolutionary development of our species through the study of paleoanthropology, primatology, and archaeology, or the study of material remains. Students learn about variation in past and present humans, human types, and non-human primates, both biological and cultural. In the process, they learn how different evolved forms and behaviors are the product, of physical, biotic, and social environments. This course is taught concurrently with ANTH 311 with fewer assignments. No prerequisites. Open to all students in all majors. Can be chosen as one of the requirements for anthropology minor in either lower or upper division.
ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology, LE (4)
Focuses on the different ways cultures adapt to the conditions of the environment. Examines subsistence strategies, economic and political systems, religious beliefs, and gender distinctions. Some topics include ethnographic field methods, enculturation, cultural relativism, ethnocentrism, gender, kinship, religion, political systems, ethnolinguistics, sociolinguistics, environmental adaptation, and symbols.
ANTH 291 Introduction to Exploratory Ethnographic Research (4)
Students work in groups in this hands-on, competency-based course to make use of a type of qualitative research method called exploratory ethnography to identify and study community issues in the Salt Lake Valley. Because this is considered a competency-based course, assignments will be redone until they are acceptable to the instructor. Students work in groups in this lower-division course, which is an alternative to the upper-division course, ANTH 391, where students work individually on projects. See the upper-division course for further description of class content, since both courses are taught concurrently. No prerequisites. Open to students in all majors.
ANTH 311 Human Evolution and Archaeology (4)
This class combines two of the four sub-fields that make up the discipline of anthropology. It helps students explore prehistory and the evolutionary development of our species through the study of paleoanthropology, primatology, and archaeology, or the study of material remains. Students learn about variation in past and present humans, human types, and non-human primates, both biological and cultural. In the process, they learn how different evolved forms and behaviors are the product, of physical, biotic, and social environments. This course is taught concurrently with ANTH 211 with additional assignments. No prerequisites. Open to all students in all majors. Can be chosen as one of the requirements for anthropology minor in either lower or upper division
ANTH 322 Myth, Magic and the Supernatural (4)
The study of religion from an anthropological perspective with an emphasis on non-ecclesiastical religions and new religious movements found in simple societies. Similarities and differences are identified and discussed within the context of such components as myth, ritual, belief, symbolism, magic, ancestor worship, healing, religious specialists, revitalization movements, and alternative states of consciousness. No prerequisites. Open to all students.
ANTH 355 Indigenous Peoples in the United States (4)
Discusses prehistoric, historic, and modern day American Indian populations. Includes a survey of major archeological sites and historical reports of the effects of European expansion on indigenous populations. Topics also include the social impact of 20th and 21st century policy changes, issues surrounding sovereignty, and cultural differences and similarities among groups, generations and urban/rural dwellers.
ANTH 377 Environmental Anthropology (4)
Looks at the environment from a bio-cultural perspective, exploring the interconnections of the social, biotic and natural environments. Prehistoric, historic and present day cross-cultural evidence is examined to understand how social categories such as class, ethnicity, gender and religion shape human activity, which in turn affects other species and the physical environment. These relationships cause environmental change leading to a further shaping of human society. Specific issues are addressed, such as how ideas about the environment differ in different cultures and are related to power relations affecting the use of the environment, or the impact of the changing environment on human diseases. Ecotourism and the environmental movement are other topics of interest. Students work in groups to apply policy solutions to environmental problems. They also work to identify and carry out an individual research project on a particular environmental area of interest, making use of anthropological methods and theory. No prerequisites. Open to all students.
ANTH 388 Anthropology of Globalization (4)
Students learn about global stratification and how power relations and population pressures affect the movement of people, information, symbols and commodities under different circumstances, in different parts of the world. They become aware of the meanings of culture and how they create identity by providing various populations a way to build on nationalism, ethnicity, or to develop and maintain transnational groups. Social categories, such as ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender and religion are discussed, and how they affect the experience of migration and globalization, along with the politics of rebellion, warfare, and peace. Students work in groups to apply policy solutions to concerns resulting from globalization. They also work individually on a research project combining social theory and contemporary case studies in areas of interest. These studies might consist of an analysis on patterns of migration, patterns of consumption, patterns of wealth and poverty, or on patterns of aggressive and peaceful behavior. No prerequisites. Open to all students.
ANTH 391 Exploratory Ethnographic Research (4)
This hands-on course teaches students how to construct their own individual research proposal for a community-based project which makes use of a type of qualitative research method called exploratory ethnography. This research strategy is the preliminary stage for in-depth, longitudinal studies that collect and analyze empirical evidence from extensive interviews and observations to form explanations about human behavior. Students first learn about different types of qualitative research such as ehno-historical documentation, analysis of archival records, interviews, direct observation, participant observation, and analysis of cultural artifacts. Students choose a particular set of related questions about something of interest when they have learned about ethnographic strategies. Because this is a competency-based course, assignments will be redone until they are considered acceptable by the instructor. No prerequisites. Open to students in all majors.
ANTH 399 Anthropology of Tourism (4)
This course looks at tourism from a holistic, anthropological perspective.  This study of tourism allows for the investigation of many interrelated areas of human behavior, some of which are acculturation, authenticity, identity construction and consumption.  It explores incentives and impacts for both the tourist and the local populations who come in contact with the tourists.  For example, tourism generates social, economic and environmental changes in communities, religions, and nations, both positive and negative, while at the same time it also creates transformative experiences for tourists.   Many different types of tourism have been identified including slum, sex, nautical, sacred, disaster, archeological, wildlife, war, heritage, to name only a few, all of which act as mediums of cultural exchange which both affects and constructs the worlds of those involved.  Students who  are concerned with globalization, environmental sustainability, and social stratification will find this course of particular interest. No prerequisites. Open to all students.
ANTH 401 Directed Studies (1–4)
This tutorial-based course is used only for student-initiated proposals for intensive individual study of topics not otherwise offered in the Anthropology Program. Prerequisite: consent of instructor and school dean.
ANTH 440 Internship (1–4)
Offers students the opportunity to integrate classroom knowledge with practical experience. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing (for transfer students, at least 15 hours completed at Westminster or permission of instructor), minimum 2.5 GPA, and consent of program director and Career Center internship coordinator.