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  • CAS AN 318: Southeast Asia: Tradition and Development (area)
    Provides an in-depth introduction to the cultural traditions and contemporary development of Southeast Asia. Examines the contemporary society and culture through the optic of political and cultural history, so as to understand the "imaginative revolutions" that have shaped this region and are transforming it still today.
  • CAS AN 319: Anthropology of Muslim Cultures and Politics (area)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 101; or another anthropology course is strongly recommended
    Examines Muslim societies' ongoing struggle over the forms and meanings of Muslim culture and politics, as well as its implications for religious authority, gender ideals, and new notions of citizenship, civil society, and democracy.
  • CAS AN 320: Women in the Muslim World
    A cross-cultural approach to the diversity and complexity of women's lives in the Muslim world, including the United States. Looks at issues such as gender equality, civil society and democracy, sex segregation and sexual politics, kinship and marriage, and veiling.
  • CAS AN 331: Human Origins
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102 or CAS AR 101 or CAS BI 107; or equivalent.
    Introduction to human paleontology and methods for reconstructing the ancestry, structure, diet, and behavior of fossil primates and humans. Survey of primate and hominid fossils, primate comparative anatomy, radioactive dating, molecular and structural phylogenies, climactic analyses, and comparative behavioral ecology.
  • CAS AN 334: Evolutionary Psychology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102 or CAS BI 107; and one of casbi119, or casbi303.
    Critical analysis of human behavior from an evolutionary perspective. Emphasis placed on viewing humans as products of biological evolution. Topics include evolution of language and intelligence, cultural evolution, sex and reproduction, kinship and family dynamics, cooperation, aggression, warfare, and status.
  • CAS AN 335: The Ape Within: Great Apes and the Evolution of Human Behavior
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102 or CAS BI 107 or CAS BI 119; or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to primate social behavior, focusing on the apes. Examines how great ape behavior helps understand what is unique about human behavior and how we evolved. Topics include diet, social relationships, sexual behavior, aggression, culture,and cognition.
  • CAS AN 336: Primate Evolutionary Ecology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102.
    Introduction to the various theoretical approaches to understanding the evolutionary ecology of wild primates. Topics include functional anatomy, genetic approaches to mating systems, demography, behavioral ecology, community ecology, and conservation.
  • CAS AN 337: Creation and Evolution
    A critical survey of the creation/evolution controversy in its historical, scientific, philosophical, and theological contexts from Augustine down to the intelligent-design movement.
  • CAS AN 338: Lucy: The Oldest Woman
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102 or CAS BI 107; or consent of instructor.
    This course brings to life the 3.18 million year-old fossil "Lucy." What was life like for one of our oldest female ancestors and how do we know? How did she move? What did she eat? Could she talk?
  • CAS AN 339: Primate Biomechanics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102 or CAS BI 107; or consent of instructor.
    An introduction to the physical principles and anatomies underlying primate behavior, especially locomotion. Topics include mechanics, skeletal anatomy, primate locomotion, and the primate fossil record. Emphasis on bone biology and human bipedalism.
  • CAS AN 344: Modern Japanese Society: Family, School, and Workplace (area)
    Approaches contemporary Japanese society through a focus on family, school, and workplace. The readings and lectures treat these institutions historically and in terms of the contexts they provide for the individual.
  • CAS AN 345: Moving Experiences: Cultures of Tourism and Travel
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 101.
    The movement of people across national boundaries as a cultural, economic, and political phenomenon. Examines voluntary border-crossing in its various cultural and historical meanings as well as in the representations of journals and contemporary accounts.
  • CAS AN 347: Afghanistan (area)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 101; or sophomore standing.
    Ethnographic and historical examination of Afghanistan's traditional social and political organization, ecology and economy, and relationship among ethnic groups. Civil wars and foreign interventions over the last thirty years, the current situation in Afghanistan, and prospects for the country's future.
  • CAS AN 351: Language, Culture, and Society
    Introduction to basic concepts, problems, and methods used by anthropologists in the investigation of relationships among language, culture, and society. Topics include language and conceptual systems, language and role, language and social context, and language and thought.
  • CAS AN 355: Religious Fundamentalism in Anthropological Perspective
    Anthropological study of the global phenomenon of religious fundamentalism. A product of the modern world, fundamentalism is perceived as counter-cultural and anti-nationalist. Cases drawn from North America and the Islamic Middle East, with special attention to women's interpretation of religion.
  • CAS AN 363: Food and Water: Critical Perspectives on Global Crises
    The multiple causes and consequences of global food and water crises. Examines production, consumption, and distribution of food, and studies a range of water management systems--and the politics of water--in different parts of the world.
  • CAS AN 371: Political Anthropology of the Modern World
    Examines the concepts of political anthropology and applies them to the analysis of the origins and development of the modern political world. Special attention to nations and nationalism, the state and modern development, comparative political culture, and urban and agrarian political change.
  • CAS AN 372: Psychological Anthropology
    Introduces students to some key theoretical perspectives and controversies in the cross-cultural study of psychology. Readings from classic texts and cross-cultural studies of emotion, sexuality, concepts of the person, national character, consciousness, authority, and religion.
  • CAS AN 375: Culture, Society, and Religion in South Asia (area)
    Ethnographic and historical introduction to the Indian subcontinent with a focus on the impact of religion on cultural practices and social institutions.
  • CAS AN 379: China: Tradition and Transition (area)
    Examines daily life in China and Taiwan, tracing how opposed economic and political paths transformed a common tradition. Topics include capitalism and socialism; politics and social control; dissidence; gender relations; religion, arts, and literature; and pollution.