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CAS AN 327: Islam in Africa
The course examines the Islamization of Africa and the various processes of Arabization and Africanization of Islam. It examines the religious beliefs, cultures, and histories of Muslim communities of Morocco, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia, Senegal, and the Sudan, among others.
CAS AN 330: From Conception to Death: The Evolution of Human Life History
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102 or CAS BI 107.
Why do we grow? Why do we die? How do patterns in the lifespan inform our understanding of human evolution? This course answers these questions and more by examining human life history from an evolutionary perspective.
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 333: Human Population Biology
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102 or CAS BI 107 and CAS BI 119 or CAS BI 211 or CAS BI 303.
Human population biology and ecological adaptations: human demography, life history patterns, population genetics, and physiological adaptability. Topics: population dynamics of human societies, mortality and fertility schedules, evolution and genetics of human life history traits, physiological adaptability, and ecological correlates.
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 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. (Counts towards the Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies minor.)
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 360: The Nomadic Alternative
Ethnographic and historical examination of nomads in Africa and Eurasia. Focus on the ecology of pastoralism, nomadic social organization, political relations between nomads and states, the rise and fall of steppe empires, and the future of nomads.
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. (Counts towards the East Asian Studies minor.)
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. (Counts towards the East Asian Studies minor and the International Relations major.)
CAS AN 382: Wealth, Poverty, and Culture
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 101.
Explores vital cultural dimensions of production, exchange, and consumption in varied settings. Asks how social ties relate to property, wealth, and poverty. Examines how people classify, control, and allocate resources, and how resources in turn influence people.
CAS AN 384: Anthropology of Religion
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 101; or consent of instructor.
Myth, ritual, and religious experience across cultures. Special attention to the problem of religious symbolism and meaning, religious conversion and revitalization, contrasts between traditional and world religions, and the relation of religious knowledge to science, magic, and ideology. Also offered as CAS RN 387.
CAS AN 397: Anthropology and Film: Ways of Seeing
Considers the history and development of anthropological, ethnographic, and transcultural filmmaking. In-depth examination of important anthropological films in terms of methodologies, techniques, and strategies of expression; story, editing, narration, themes, style, content, art, and aesthetics.