2012-2014 Catalog

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
ANTH 101The Human Experience3.00
Introduction to the principles, concepts and methods of cultural anthropology. Consideration of the ways in which cultural anthropology contributes to the understanding of human diversity.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ANTH 175Superior Historic Archeology1.00
Students will learn about historic archaeological methodology by taking part in an archaeological excavation of the Old "Firehouse and Police Museum in Superior, WI. The goal of the course is to expose students to archaeological excavation methods and theory in conjunction with study of the historic archeology of Superior. Student findings will be kept on file with the Superior Public Museum.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ANTH 189Anthropology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
ANTH 205Language, Culture, and Society3.00
What is language? Is animal communication language? How are human beings adapted to learn language, and does this vary from culture to culture? Does the language you speak affect the way you think and look at the world? How do gender, region, class, ethnicity, and other identities influence how people speak, and vice versa? What is at stake in debates over official languages and bilingual education? How is language used to control and disadvantage people, and can anything be done about it? Using the approaches of linguistic anthropology and sociolinguistics, this course explores language as an essential and powerful part of human culture and interaction.
General Education Attributes:
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ANTH 289Anthropology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
ANTH 301Study Abroad0.00 - 6.00
Field trips designed by the faculty.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ANTH 306African Archeology3.00
Introduces the main concepts of archaeological study of African excavations, ruins, material objects, and dating methods and examines how historians move from this scientific evidence to historical interpretations. Examples are drawn from many African regions and sites like Kerma, Meroe, Mapungubwe, Great Zimbabwe, Igbo Ukwu, Akan Gold weights or Yoruba carved doors and may change from year to year. Many films. Cross-listed as ANTH/HIST 306.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
ANTH 310Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective3.00
Examines the cultural construction of gender from an anthropological, cross-cultural perspective. Attention is paid to sociocultural factors such as kinship, colonialism, industrialism, and economic development which influence gender definitions, roles, and the structure of gender relations. Cross-listed as ANTH/WST 310.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of ANTH 101 or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
ANTH 315Cultural Anthropology3.00
Detailed study of the human condition by focusing on a selection of specific cultures. Reading ,film, lecture, and discussed-based.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of ANTH 101 or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ANTH 320Environmental Anthropology3.00
Exploration of the impact of environmental issues on indigenous and Third World cultures. Such issues as how humans have adapted physically to differing environments as well as how environmental problems affect cultural survival. Reading, discussion and lecture course. Some student research required. Recommended for any student with an interest in environmental issues on a global level.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of ANTH 101.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
ANTH 368Cultures of Mesoamerica3.00
Investigates current and past cultures of Mesoamerica such as Nahua/Aztec, Zapotec and Mayan. Employs archaeological, historical, and ethnographic data in a lecture, readings, film and discussion format. Cross-listed as ANTH/HIST/FNS 368. ANTH 101 highly recommended. Code 4.
General Education Attributes:
NW Non-Western
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
ANTH 389Anthropology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
ANTH 489Anthropology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-S course.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of ANTH 101.
ANTH 490Selected Topics in Anthropology3.00
In-depth study of specialized current topics in Anthropology selected by the instructor. May be repeated once for credit when instructor and/or topics are different.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of ANTH 101, or ANTH 315, or consent of the instructor.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ANTH 491Anthropology in the Community3.00
A course in ethnographic, qualitative research methods, grounded in anthropology and useful in a range of disciplines. Students will engage in a semester-long collaborative class research project, on an issue and/or group of significance to local communities.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of ANTH 315 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
ANTH 499Independent Study1.00 - 4.00
Supervised independent study and/or research in Anthropology. Prior contract with instructor is required.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is completion of ANTH 101 and instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand

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