Below, find all undergraduate course descriptions.
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105 Evolution and Social Behavior: The Basics
Introduction to anthropology; the biological evolution of humankind; the evolution of culture; and the comparative study of existing or historically recorded societies.
211 Culture and Society
Introduction to the comparative study of culture, exploring different types of social organization and their economic and political correlates in the context of contemporary globalization.
213 Human Origins
Emergence of human species through the process of organic evolution, emphasizing genetics, the fossil record, comparison with our nearest living relatives.
214 Archaeology: Unearthing History
The evolution of culture from its earliest beginnings through the development of urbanism and the state. Principles of archaeological research.
215 The Study of Culture Through Language
The scope of linguistic anthropology from the study of language as an end in itself to the investigation of cultures through the medium of human languages.
221 Social and Health Inequalities
Definitions of and trends in social (e.g., class, gender, and racial/ethnic) and health outcomes and inequalities; discussion of bi-directional relationship between social and health inequalities, including institutional/structural, individual/family/psychosocial, and biological mechanisms.
232 Myth and Symbolism
Introduction to different approaches to the interpretation of myth and symbolism, e.g., Freudian, functionalist and structuralist.
255 Contemporary African Worlds
Use of key anthropological insights about value judgments and cultural relativism to examine the survival strategies and turbulent histories of contemporary African societies.
306 Evolution of Life Histories
Evolved strategies for allocating resources among growth, reproduction, and maintenance; emphasis on the biological processes underlying the human life cycle and its evolution.
308 Global Health in Human History
This course explores paleopathology including records of pre- and proto-historic adaptations to human disease, health and medicine. A bio-cultural perpective on patterns of disease will provide a link between past perspectives and current realities. Prerequisite: 200-level anthropology, global health or biology course or consent of instructor. Taught with GBL_HLTH 308.
310 Evolution and Culture
Introduction to the application of theory from evolutionary biology to cultural anthropology; principles of evolutionary biology; application of principles to human social behavior and culture. Prerequisite: 213 or equivalent.
311 Indians of North America
Survey of indigenous cultures of northern Mexico, continental United States, Alaska and Canada. Languages, art, and social, economic and religious life of representative Native North Americans.
312 Human Population Biology
Current theory and research in human biological diversity, focusing on the impact of ecological and social factors on human biology; how adaptation to environmental stressors promotes human biological variation. Prerequisite: 213.
313 Anthropological Population Genetics
Principles of population genetics applied to primates. Mathematical models, analyses of small populations and interaction of social and genetic processes. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
314 Human Growth and Development
Integrated biological and cultural perspective on human growth and development from infancy through adolescence; cross-cultural variation in developmental processes and outcomes. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level course in anthropology, psychology, or biology or consent of instructor.
315 Medical Anthropology
Theories of interactions between culture and biology that affect human health. Beliefs and practices for curing illness and maintaining well being. Cross-cultural study of infectious and chronic diseases, mental illness, infant/maternal mortality, poverty, and gender. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level anthropology or sociology course, or consent of instructor.
316 Forensic Anthropology
Forensic anthropology focuses traditional skeletal biology on problems of medicolegal significance, primarily in determining personal identity and trauma analysis from human remains. Prerequisite: 200-level anthropology or biology course or consent of instructor.
317 Human Evolution
Fossil record and reconstruction of phylogeny, morphological and behavioral adaptation of early hominids and forebears.
318 Material Worlds of the Middle Ages
The landscapes, buildings, and material culture of medieval Europe, as seen through archaeology and related disciplines. Villages, fields and peasant communities; castles, houses and churches great and samll; pottery, artifacts, dress and foodways.
319 Material Life & Culture in Europe, 1500-1800AD
The landscapes, buildings, and material culture of early modern Europe, as seen through archaeology and related disciplines. Villages, fields and rural communities; towns; houses and churches great and small; pottery, artifacts, dress and foodways.
320 Peoples of Africa
A survey of the cultures of Africa and the significant similarities and differences among the indigenous societies of the continent.
321 Archaeological Field Methods
Practical training in archaeological field methods and techniques at an excavation site; given with Summer Archaeological Field School.
322 Introduction to Archaeology Research Design and Methods
Quantitative and numerical approaches to the description and analysis of patterns in archaeological data, including typology, sequence ordering and attribute analysis. Prerequisite: 301 or 302 or equivalent.
324 Archaeological Survey Methods
Archaeological surveys and their unique contributions to research about past peoples and places. This course will utilize geo-spatial technologies, such as shallow geophysics and GIS.
325 Archaeological Methods Laboratory
Analysis of archaeological methods (faunal, botanical, artifact, or soil analysis) with various techniques. May be repeated for credit.
327 The Archaeology of Ethnicity in America
History of different ethnic groups in America as shown through living quarters, burials, food remains, tools, jewelry, etc. How groups have been portrayed in museums claiming to depict the American past. Focus on African Americans and Native Americans.
328 The Maya
The archaeology of the Maya in Latin America; life and society in pre-Columbian Maya civilization.
330 Peoples of the World
Ethnography and comparative study of a regionally or historically associated group of cultures or a type of community defined in ecological, ideological, or other terms. May be repeated for credit.
332 The Anthropology of Reproduction
Marriage and reproduction throughout the world, particularly the developing world and Africa. Conjugal strategies, fertility, contraception.
335 Language in Asian America
A survey of linguistic anthropological topics that pertain to Asian American communities, including bilingualism, code-switching, language socialization, language shift, style, sociolinguistic variation, indexicality, media, and semiotics. Taught with Asian-Am 335.
339 Material Culture
The relationship between material objects and social life; review of theoretical approaches to gifts and commodities; ethnographic collecting in colonial and postcolonial settings; relationship between culture and aesthetics. Prerequisite: 211, or consent of instructor.
341 Economic Anthropology
Economic organization in small-scale, non-industrialized communities. Traditional structures of primitive and peasant economies.
343 Anthropology of Race
Anthropological approaches to the analysis of race, racialization and anti-racism. Human variation, space, segregation, comparative analysis, and language ideologies.
347 Political Anthropology
Cross-cultural study of politial organization in stateless and state societies. The state, its origin, and changing role in developing countries.
350 Anthropology of Religion
The human relationship with the supernatural and action patterns accompanying beliefs. Comparison of nonliterate religions and historical religions.
354 Gender and Anthropology
Cross-cultural survey of women's roles from three perspectives: biosocial, sociocultural, politicoeconomic. Theory of gender inequality; emphasis on the third world.
Cross-cultural survey of sexuality from an anthropological perspective. Focus on first half of the 20th century, the 1970s, 1980s, and the turn of the century.
360 Language and Culture
Relationship between language and culture: language as the vehicle of culture and as the manifestation of thought.
361 Talk as Social Action
Analysis of talk in interaction based on examination of audio and video recorded data and associated transcripts. Conversation, action, turn, sequence, relevance, social structure, qualitative methodologies. Prerequisite: 215 or consent of instructor.
362 Advanced Methods in Quantitative of Analysis
A broad range of classical statistical methods, univariate and multivariate, currently being applied to anthropological data. Prerequisite: 200-level statistics course or consent of instructor.
363 Language Variation and Change
Introduction to the study of language in its social context, with focus on quantitative sociolinguistics and the frameworks and methods of analysis developed by sociolinguists at work in this area. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.
365 Language, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States
Analysis of connections between language ideologies, language use, and meanings of race and ethnicity. Bilingualism, immigration, identity, accented English, African American English, language policy, "English only" movement, education, social change. Taught with ASIAN AM 365; students may not earn credit for both courses.
368 Latino & Latino Ethnography
Sociocultural analysis of U.S. Latina/o communities. Examines ethnographies by and about Latina/os based in the United States. Draws on a broad disciplinary basis, to critique and elaborate on ethnographic methods and epistemologies. Prerequisite: 211, Latin AM 251, or consent of instructor.
369 Contemporary Immigration to the United States
Major theories in immigration studies; contemporary processes of immigration and immigrant "community building" in the United States. Prerequisite: 1 200- level course in anthropology or sociology.
370 Anthropology in Historical Perspective
Major schools of thought in social, archaeological and biological anthropology over the last century. Prerequisite: one 200-level course in anthropology or consent of instructor.
372 Third World Urbanization
Urbanization processes in the Third world. Spatial development, wage labor, the informal sector, gender relations, rural-urban migration, and global and transnational interactions. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level social science course or consent of instructor.
373 Power and Culture in American Cities
Overview of history and present realities of American urban life, with focus on ethnographic knowledge and stratification by class, race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, and sexuality. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level cultural anthropology or sociology course or consent of instructor.
374 The Anthropology of Complex Organizations
Examination of recent research in organizational ethnography based on investigations in industrial ethnology, the anthropology of work, studies of public-sector bureaucracies, and research in multinational corporations. Prerequisite: 100 or 200 level anthropology or sociology course or consent of instructor.
Cross-cultural study of the intergenerational transmission of culture; processes by which social groups pass on social tradition and behavior to succeeding generations. Prerequisite: 211, introductory psychology course, or consent of instructor.
377 Psychological Anthropology
Contemporary approaches to cross-cultural behavior: ecocultural aspects of behavior development through maturation and socialization in human and nonhuman primates. Prerequisite: introductory survey courses in psychology or anthropology, or consent of instructor.
378 Law and Culture
Introduction to the anthropology of law; institutional knowledge as seen in material culture and legal documents; colonial and post-colonial settings; examines the relationships between law and culture, colonialism, evidence, and globalization. Prerequisite: 200-level course in anthropology or consent of instructor.
381 North American Prehistory
Intensive field study of cultural history of one or more areas of the continent, from archeological evidence.
382 Households and Everyday Life
The role of households and everyday life in past and present societies throughout the world. Focus on people, gender, social relations, and interpersonal relations.
383 Environmental Anthropology
Theory of interactions between organisms and their environments, with application to human populations.
384 Slavery's Material Record
Archaeological approaches to studying Atlantic world slavery; botanical and material legacies of Africans in the Americas; archaeologies of resistance.
386 Methods in Human Biology Research
Laboratory-based introduction to international research in human biology and health; methods for assessing nutritional status, physical activity, growth, cardiovascular health, endocrine and immune function. Prerequisite: 362 or consent of instructor.
389 Ethnographic Methods and Analysis
Descriptive, naturalistic study of the culture of human social groups. Data gathering through observation and interview. Data analysis for ethnographic reporting. Prerequisites: 211 or 215.
390 Topics in Anthropology
Advanced work in areas of developing interest and special significance. Can be repeated for credit with a different topic.
391 Archaeology, Ethics and Contemporary Society
Why study of the past is relevant to the present; examination of ethical issues in archaeology as they arise during the field work experience. Prerequisite: 321
393 Chicago Field Studies Internship
395 Field Study in Anthropology
Ethnographic field experience in the United States (e.g., the Southwest) or abroad. Offered in conjunction with summer field schools for exceptional students. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
396 Advanced Archaeological Field Methods
Complex excavation and survey procedures, topographic map-making, excavation drawing, soil description. Offered in conjunction with the Summer Archaeological Field School.
396-7 Junior Tutorial
Intensive work on a topic not normally offered.
398 Senior Capstone Seminar
Supervised group discussion of research in preparation of senior capstone paper. Required of all majors.
399 Independent Study
Open with consent of department to juniors and seniors who have completed, with distinction, at least two quarter-courses or equivalent in anthropology. Under direction of individual members of the department.