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A list of all recognized Anthropology courses at UWO.

Anthropology Courses at UW Oshkosh                             

Spring 2015 course list           

Fall 2015 Course List             
Anthropology 102,  Introduction to Anthropology (SS), 3 units (crs.)
Basic concepts from the four fields of Anthropology:, Social Anthropology, Archaeology, Linguistics, and Physical Anthropology. This general survey course is a prerequisite for a number of advanced courses in Anthropology.
Anthropology 122,  World Ethnography (NW) (SS), 3 units (crs.)
An analytical and descriptive survey of selected societies and cultures representative of the major culture areas of the world. Not open to students with more than 6 units (crs.) in Anthropology.

Anthropology 123,  Race, Class & Gender in American Society (ES) (SS), 3 units (crs.)
This course is geared primarily for students at the freshmen and sophomore levels. The course is designed in five modules, comprising an introduction to the core concepts of anthropology and ethnic studies, ethnographies of three American ethnic groups - the Menominee, African Americans, and undocumented Mexican migrant workers - and a summary section in which we compare and contrast the experiences of the three groups. Personal experiences of ethnicity will be a major theme in the course; to this end, a number of films and guest speakers representing the ethnic groups studied will be vital components of the class.
Anthropology 202,  Introduction to Biological Anthropology (NS), 4 units (crs.)
The genetic foundation for human evolution and human variation; humanity's place in the order of primates; consideration and interpretation of the fossil evidence for human evolution.

Anthropology 232,  Cultural Anthropology (NW) (SS), 3 units (crs.)
Focusing on the concept of 'culture', the course discusses the aims, methods, and achievements of anthropological research and presents a general model for comprehending human society.
Anthropology 250,  Introduction to Archaeology (SS), 3 units (crs.)
An introduction to the study of humanity's past, and how archaeologists retrieve, process, analyze and interpret surviving prehistoric materials.

Anthropology 272,  Nature of Languages (SS), 3 units (crs.)
A survey of the following major fields of linguistic study: Historical, comparative, structural, transformational linguistics; psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, semantics, dialectology. Emphasis on methods and problems to give students basic concepts. Prerequisites: Sociology 101or 151, or consent of instructor.
Anthropology 274,  Language in Culture (SS), 3 units (crs.)
A study of language as it relates to human culture and the transmission of culture. Genetic and typological variation in language; theories of linguistic universals and relativity. Consideration of social stratification, multi-dialectal and multilingual societies, selection of national languages.
Anthropology 300,  Topics in Anthropology: Optional Content (SS), 1-6 units (crs.)
A variable topics course covering a theme of current interest in anthropology. Each time the course is offered, the topic and number of credit hours will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated with different content.

Anthropology 308, Race and Human Variation, 3 units (crs.)
This course explores what studies of human biological variation can tell us about the reality of race.  We first deconstruct the concept of race, examining the history of race in the United States and how biology has been used to justify racial categories and oppression.  Then we examine what studies of modern human genetics and biology tell us about the biological validity of racial categories.  We trace the evolutionary history of modern humans, from their origins in Africa to their spread to every corner of the globe.  Topics include genetic variation, skin color, height, and adaptation to altitude and disease.  We then discuss the implication of this variation for the concept of race and how racial categories impact our lives in the United States (covering issues such as, genetic ancestry testing, IQ, racially-based medicine and persistent social inequalities).
Anthropology 310,  Anthropology Film (SS), 3 units (crs.)
A survey of anthropological films, focusing on the ways that filmmaking and ethnographic authority have developed together through time. No formal prerequisites, however, students should be aware of the basic anthropological concepts presented in the department's lower-division courses.
Anthropology 312,  Native North America: Contemporary Issues, Culture and History (ES) (SS), 3 units (crs.)
The course is primarily a description of North American Indian culture past and present. In connection with this diverse Indian life-ways are covered in reading, lecture and audio/visual presentations. This course deals inevitably with how these life-ways and cultures similar to and different from western lifeways and culture. It deals with Indian-white relations, genocide, culturecide, ethnocentrism, bias, pluralism, assimilation, cultural pluralism and so on.
Anthropology 314, Native American Women (ES), 3 units (crs.)
This class explores the diverse experiences, perspectives, histories, cultures, and comtemporary issues of native north American women as well as the ethics of research and representation.  Relevant topics include family and gender roles, health, alcoholism, education, language, cultural preservation and change.  Examples will be drawn from ethonography, ethnohistory, and autobiography. 
Anthropology 318,  Peoples and Cultures of Southern Asia (NW) (SS), 3 units (crs.),
A description and analysis of societies and cultures in southern Asia with special emphasis on the Indian subcontinent and insular and mainland Southeast Asia.
Anthropology 322,  Peoples and Cultures of Africa (NW) (SS), 3 units (crs.)
A description and analysis of societies and cultures of sub-saharan Africa. Prerequisite: Sociology 101 or Anthropology 102.
Anthropology 324,  Latino Culture and Society (SS), 3 units (crs.)
A survey of Chicano social and cultural adaptations to present day American society. Economic, political, social, educational, religious and other factors in Chicano communities, both rural and urban. Topics as discrimination, minority group status and relations with the larger society will be considered. Prerequisites: Sociology 359.
Anthropology 326,  Peoples and Cultures of Oceania (NW) (SS), 3 units (crs.)
An ethnographic survey of the native peoples of the Pacific Ocean discussing the settlement of the Pacific Islands, traditional life and the continuing impact of western contact.
Anthropology 328,  Peasant and Contemporary Cultures of Latin America (SS), 3 units (crs.)
A description and analysis of selected urban and rural cultures of Latin America.
Anthropology 330,  Culture Change in Modern Africa (NW) (SS), 3 units (crs.)
An analysis of the processes of change in contemporary sub-saharan Africa. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102.
Anthropology 332,  Magic and Religion (SS), 3 units (crs.)
The analysis and description of religious beliefs and practices in non-literate and literate societies. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102.
Anthropology 336,  Social Organization (SS), 3 units (crs.)
A comparative study of the social, political, and economic institutions of selected preliterate and complex societies from both the Old and New World. There is an emphasis upon distinction between human and non-human ecology and social organization. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102.
Anthropology 338,  The Anthropology of Law and Politics (NW) (SS), 3 units (crs.)
Anthropological approach to the processes of political competition and of dispute settlement. It builds on the study of traditional societies and considers problems of change, development and growth. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102.
Anthropology 340,  Culture and Personality (SS), 3 units (crs.)
A review of cultural personality literature with special attention given to personality development within contemporary American subculture units. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102.
Anthropology 342,  Expressive Culture, 3 units (crs.)
Anthropology 343,  Masculinity Across Cultures, 3 units (crs.)
By takinig a cross-cultural approach with examples from all over the world, the course aims to interrogate notions of masculinity tht have become naturalized in wider American society.  Some of the topics of the course may include issues of men and violence, emotion, invulnerability, independence, kinship, the body, transexuality, masculinity and national identity, and rites of passage. The course will examine the relationships between particular masculinities and feminities and gendered hierarchies, power, and inequality in culture and society.  Implicit in all these discussions will be the relationships between men and women, definitions of masculinity and feminity, gender, gender roles and expectations, and how factors of race, class and gender shape definitions and expressions of masculinity.  Cross-listed: Anthropology 343/Women's Studies 343. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.
Anthropology 344,  Kinship, Gender and Sexuality Across Cultures (SS), 3 units (crs.)
Examination of comparative gender roles and the behavior, status, and economic position of the sexes in cultural groups other than contemporary U.S. society. Cross-listed: Anthropology 344/Women's Studies 344. Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102 or 122 or Sociology 101 or 151.
Anthropology 348,  Economy, Nature, and Culture (SS), 3 units (crs.)
A comparative survey and analysis of differing modes of acquisition, allocation and distribution of scarce resources in primarily pre-industrial societies of differing levels of socio-cultural integration and in differing time frames. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102.
Anthropology 350,  Ethnographic Methods (SS), 3 units (crs.)
This course introduces students to the theory of research in cultural anthropology beginning with an examination of basic principles followed by the development of skills in ethnographic research techniques. Students will complete field projects. Prerequisite:Junior Standing and Anthropology 232 and Anthropology 274 or consent of instructor.
Prerequisites:  Junior standing and Anthropology 232 and 274, or consent of instructor.
Anthropology 352,  Old World Archaeology (SS), 3 units (crs.)
A survey of human cultural and biological development in Africa, Asia, and Europe as evidenced in archaeological records from the earliest beginnings to the achievement of civilizations. Prerequisites: Anthropology 250 or consent of instructor.
Anthropology 354,  New World Archaeology (SS), 3 units (crs.)
A survey of prehistory in the New World from the earliest migrations to Columbian times, with special emphasis on North America. Prerequisites: Anthropology 250 or consent of instructor.
Anthropology 355,  Wisconsin Archaeology, 3 units (crs.)
This course is a survey of the archaeological record of Wisconsin, starting with the earliest documented inhabitants just before the end of the Pleistocene and proceeding chronologically to recent times. While the overwhelming majority of the course will focus on the archaeological record of prehistoric and historic Native Americans, Euroamerican and African-American archaeology is also included. Prerequisites: Anthropology 250 or consent of instructor.
Anthropology 356,  Primitive Technology (SS), 3 units (crs.)
Analysis of material culture of primitive people, historical development and distribution; techniques and methods of manufacture; use and function within society. Prerequisite: Anthropology 250 or consent of instructor.
Anthropology 358,  Archaeological Theory (SS), 3 units (crs.)
A survey of the methodology used in developing archaeological data through excavation and analysis, and an examination of the theory upon which these methods are based. Prerequisites: Anthropology 250 or consent of instructor.
Anthropology 359,  Fantastic Archaeology, 3 units (crs.)
Fantastic Archaeology describes those claims and interpretations about the archaeological record that are outside the orthodox mainstream of the scholarly and professional world of archaeology.  This can range from the new and, as yet, untested and unaccepted theories that may eventually be the orthodox interpretations in the future to the outrageous that can be easily refuted with a careful and rigorous evaluation of the data.  The entire range of competing, non-orthodox interpretations of the archaeological record are considered in this course. Prerequisites: Anthropology 250 or Anthropology 358 consent of instructor.
Anthropology 360,  Mesoamerican Culture (NW) (SS), 3 units (crs.)
Comparative study of cultural development in ancient Mexico and Central America from pre-Columbian to modern times. Prerequisite: Sociology 101 or Anthropology 102
Anthropology 362,  Field Work in Archaeology (SS), 1-8 units (crs.)
A course designed to acquaint the student through actual field work with the basic procedures and techniques of archaeological field work, including both site survey and excavation. Students will be allowed to repeat this course for credit (although only 8 units (crs.) can be counted toward the 34 unit (cr.) minimum required for the Anthropology Major or the 24 unit (cr.) minimum required for the Minor). Prerequisite: Anthropology 102 and 250 or consent of instructor. (Summer & Spring Interim)
Anthropology 363,  Introduction to Archaeological Analysis (SS), 3 units (crs.)
Fundamentals of archaeological analysis. Actual analysis of archaeological materials excavated by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Summer Field School and problems of description, classification, association and interpretation. Prerequisite: Anthropology 358 or 362. (2+2)
Anthropology 364,  Cross-Cultural Approaches to Mental Illness (SS), 3 units (crs.)
An investigation of the relationship between culture and mental health, the comparative method for the study of mental health, and survey some of the culture specific syndromes and non-Western native therapies. Prerequisites: consent of instructor
Anthropology 366, The Evolution of Human Language, 3 units (crs.)
This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary study of the nature and emergence of human language, "the most human thing about being human." We will examine the cognitive, neurological and genetic underpinnings of language, and evidence for its biological innateness in human beigngs. We will investigate the key characteristics of human language and their possible basis in the abilities of other animals, focusing particularly on language studies with the great apes. We also will examine the fossil and archaeological record of human evolution for anatomical and cultural clues as to when and why language might have evolved.
Anthropology 368,  Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation, 3 units (crs.)
This course focuses on the most central issue in the conservation of wildlife: people. This course will integrate perspectives from conservation biology and environmental anthropology, focusing particularly on the interaction between humans and the environment and how this influences the effectiveness and appropriateness of measures taken to preserve biodiversity. The course includes a discussion of perspectives on the value of biodiversity; a careful exploration of human-generated threats to biodiversity, including habitat destruction, over-hunting, the wildlife trade, invasive species, and global warming; and an extensive overview and critique of conservation solutions, such as, the creation of protected areas, community-based conservation, eco-tourism, economic incentives programs, debt-for-nature swaps, and more. The effects of globalization on international conservation will be an integral part of this discussion. Cross-listed: Anthropology 368/Environmental Studies 368. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.
Anthropology 372, Primate Behavior and Ecology, 3units (crs.)
This course is designed to introduce students to our closest living relatives, the nonhuman primates (monkeys, apes, and prosimians).  The course will focus on primate diversity and characteristics, ecology, social behavior, communication, cognition, and conservation.  We will also discuss the relevance of primate studies to understanding human evolution. 
Anthropology 376,  Culture Change (SS), 3 units (crs.)
A review of anthropological theory regarding culture change both micro and macro. The evolution of culture, acculturation, diffusion and invention, relation to ethnographic data. Prerequisite: Anthropology 102.
Anthropology 378,  Human Evolution (SS), 3 units (crs.)
Analysis of the bio-cultural developmental history of human populations in an ecological context. Human genetics and human paleontology and the biological nature and development of Homo sapiens will be explored in lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Anthropology 202. (2+2)
Anthropology 380,  Globalization, 3 units (crs.)
"Globalization" has become an all-encompassing term for describing a series of processes which are reshaping the society, economy, politics, culture and environment of the planet. This course will introduce some of the main, often competing perspectives on globalization. Through intensive readings and discussion, we will try to understand the ways in which the local and the global are increasingly intertwined, and to assess both the risks and the promises of the global society that lies ahead. Cross-listed: Environmental Studies 380/Anthropology 380. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.
Anthropology 392,  Museum Techniques (SS), 1-4 units (crs.)
A survey of knowledge essential to the successful operation of an anthropological museum. Lectures and labs focus on acquisitions, record keeping, collection preservation, exhibition, public relations, and current policy issues. (3+2)
Anthropology 394,  Field Experience, 1-6 units (crs.)
This is a field research course. Students are given the opportunity to travel to a field site(s), collect data, and consider theoretical conclusions. This course is field-based and requires travel. It may be taken or repeated for up to six (6) credits. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Anthropology 446,  Independent Study (SS), 1-3 units (crs.)
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.
Anthropology 450,  Urban Anthropology (SS), 3 units (crs.)
The development and structure of urban societies. The course will focus mainly upon recent anthropological research concerning the problems of complex societies. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Anthropology 456,  Related Readings (SS), 1-3 units (crs.)
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.
Anthropology 494,  History of Anthropological Thought (SS), 3 units (crs.)
A survey of the history and development of theories and methods in Social and Cultural Anthropology. The intellectual contexts out of which Anthropology developed and the permanence of early theorists and methods in contemporary anthropological research. Prerequisites: Physical Anthropology 202, Cultural Anthropology 232, Introduction to Archaeology 250, Language and Culture 274, and junior standing or consent of instructor.
Anthropology 562 (Graduate),  Field Work in Archaeology (SS), 1-8 units (crs.)
A course designed to acquaint the student through actual field work with the basic procedures and techniques of archaeological field work, including both site survey and excavation. Students will be allowed to repeat this course for credit (although only 8 units (crs.) can be counted toward the 34 unit (cr.) minimum required for the Anthropology Major or the 24 unit (cr.) minimum required for the Minor). Prerequisite: Anthropology 250 or consent of instructor. (Summer & Spring Interim)

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