2017-19 Undergraduate Catalog Course Descriptions

ANTH - Anthropology
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.
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
Social Science
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
ANTH 104The History of Human Origins3.00
A history of human origins from the fish who crawled out of the sea to early hominids to the peopling of the continents. Uses fossil, archaeological, experimental archaeological, linguistic, oral narrative and genetic evidence. Honors the origin narratives of diverse peoples. All religious views welcome. Many films. Code 7
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
Humanities - History
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
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
The study of language and language use as essential elements of human culture, connected to thought, experience, identity, power, and social relations.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Social Science
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. Code 3.
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/GST 310.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Global Awareness
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.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
ANTH 320Environmental Anthropology3.00
Exploration of human-environment interactions across time, space, and diverse cultures. Considers environmental relations involving indigenous, non-Western, and Western groups. Readings address traditional environmental knowledge, changing patterns of subsistence, population, sustainability, urbanism, politics, debates over resources, and more.
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
ANTH 325Food, Culture and Society3.00
An examination of food's role and uses in distinct communities. Topics may include gender, the body, ethnicity, class, belonging, meaning, culture change, ideology, food movements, and food and inequality.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
ANTH 333The History of Indigenous Peoples3.00
A course on a global history of Indigenous Peoples which will explore the history of conquered and marginalized societies in a world systems context. The course examines their loss of economic resources, environmental security, cultural, linguistic and political sovereignty and their strategies for survival and reemergence as re-empowered peoples. Examples from many regions of the world with many films. Examples may change but the learning goals remain the same. Cross-listed as ANTH/FNS/HIST 333. Code 7. RE.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Global Awareness
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Odd Years Only
ANTH 335Applied Local Research: Environmental Topics3.00
Academic service-learning, collaborative research, etc. Students will do research in the Superior area, in collaboration with a community partner and/or a partner class in Environmental Sciences. Past projects have included exploring obstacles to low-income residents' access of healthy food, local interest in community gardens, and residents' sense of place. This course is required for Environmental Studies majors but all are welcome. Contact instructor about future topics. Cross-listed as ANTH/ENST 335.
Prerequisites:
ENST 200 and POLS 302, or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
ANTH 335Anthropology in the Community3.00
Students will do collaborative research in the Superior area, with a community partner, on an issue and/or group of significance to local communities. Past projects have included exploring obstacles to low-income residents' access of healthy food, and understanding how area communities organize support for individuals with life crises. Contact instructor about future topics.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
ANTH 368Cultures of Mesoamerica3.00
Investigates current and past cultures of Mesoamerica (located in present-day Mexico, Guatemala, and neighboring areas), both past and present, and their transformations and influence across time and borders. 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.
University Studies Requirements:
Global Awareness
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 414Sociology of Superior, WI3.00
In most sociology classes, we read others’ research about faraway places but in this class, we will be conducting the research, and we will do it in our own local community and with community members and organizations. We will collaborate on a single coherent research project of sociological significance and learn about Superior in the process. How do the big ideas, trends, and questions that we debate in other sociology classes come to bear on our own community? What can we learn by doing the research for ourselves? Research project will focus on race and racism.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
ANTH 489Anthropology Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-S course.
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.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
ANTH 499Independent Study1.00 - 4.00
Supervised independent study and/or research in Anthropology. Prior contract with instructor is required.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand