UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

Course Offerings -ANTHROPOLOGY


21-102 Introduction to Anthropology (SS) 3 cr.

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.
21-122 World Ethnography (NW) 3 cr.
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 credits in Anthropology.
21-123American Ethnography 3 cr.

An analytical and descriptive survey of selected cultures representative of major American ethnic groups.

21-202 Physical Anthropology (3+2) 4 cr.

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. Prerequisite: 21-102.
21-232 Cultural Anthropology (NW) 3 cr.
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.
21-250 Introduction to Archaeology 3 cr.
An introduction to the study of humanity's past, and how archaeologists retrieve, process, analyze and interpret surviving prehistoric materials.
21-272 Nature of Languages 3 cr.
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. Prerequisite: 21-102, 21-274.
21-274 Language in Culture 3 cr.
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, multidialectal and multilingual societies, selection of national languages.
21-300 Topics in Anthropology: Optional Content 3 cr.

A variable-topics course covering a theme of current interest in anthropology. Each time the course is offered, the topic will be announced in the Timetable. Can take for up to 6 credits.

21-312 The Indians of North America (ES) 3 cr.

The course is primarily a description of North American Indian culture past and present. In connection with this diverse Indian lifeways are covered in reading, lecture and audio/visual presentations. This course deals inevitably with how these lifeways 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.
21-318 Peoples and Cultures of Southern Asia (NW) 3 cr.
A description and analysis of societies and cultures in southern Asia with special emphasis on the Indian subcontinent and insular and mainland Southeast Asia.
21-322 Peoples and Cultures of Africa (NW) 3 cr.
A description and analysis of societies and cultures of sub-saharan Africa. Prerequisite: 92-101 or 21-102.
21-324 Chicanos in America 3 cr.
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: 92-359.
21-326 Peoples and Cultures of Oceania (NW) 3 cr.
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.
21-328 Peasant and Contemporary Cultures of Latin America 3 cr.
A description and analysis of selected urban and rural cultures of Latin America.
21-330 Culture Change in Modern Africa (NW) 3 cr.
An analysis of the processes of change in contemporary sub-saharan Africa. Prerequisite: 21-102.
21-332 Magic and Religion 3 cr.
The analysis and description of religious beliefs and practices in non-literate and literate societies. Prerequisite: 21-102.
21-336 Social Organization 3 cr.
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: 21-102.
21-338 The Anthropology of Law and Politics (NW) 3 cr.
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: 21-102.
21-340 Culture and Personality 3 cr.
A review of cultural personality literature with special attention given to personality development within contemporary American subculture units. Prerequisite: 21-102.
21-344 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Gender 3 cr.
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 with 98-344. Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: 21-102 or 21-122 or 92-101 or 92-151.
21-348 Economy, Nature, and Culture 3 cr.
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: 21-102.
21-350 Culture Methods 3 cr.

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: 21-232.
21-352 Old World Archaeology 3 cr.
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.
21-354 New World Archaeology 3 cr.
A survey of prehistory in the New World from the earliest migrations to Columbian times, with special emphasis on North America.
21-356 Primitive Technology 3 cr.
Analysis of material culture of primitive people, historical development and distribution; techniques and methods of manufacture; use and function within society. Prerequisite: 21-102.
21-358 Theory and Method of Archaeology 3 cr.
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. Prerequisite: 21-250.
21-360 Mesoamerican Culture (NW) 3 cr.
Comparative study of cultural development in ancient Mexico and Central America from pre-Columbian to modern times. Prerequisite: 92-101 or 21-102.
21-362 Field Work in Archaeology 3,4, or 8 cr. (Summer & Spring Interim)
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 credits can be counted toward the 34 credit minimum required for the Anthropology Major or the 24 credit minimum required for the Minor). Prerequisite: 21-102 and 21-250 or consent of instructor.
21-363 Introduction to Archaeological Analysis (2+2) 3 cr.
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. Prerequisites: 21-358 or 21-362.

21-364 Cross-Cultural Approaches to Mental Illness 3 cr.

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.
21-376 Culture Change 3 cr.
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: 21-102.
21-378 Human Evolution (2+2) 3 cr.
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: 21-202.
21-392 Museum Techniques (3+2) 1-4 cr.
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.
21-446 Independent Study in Anthropology 1-3 cr.
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.
21-450 Urban Anthropology 3 cr.
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.
21-456 Related Readings in Anthropology 1-3 cr.
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.
21-494 History of Anthropological Thought 3 cr.
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. Prerequisite: 9 credits in Anthropology.
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