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  • CAS AN 551: Anthropology and Human Heredity
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102; and consent of instructor.
    Surveys the theory and methods of evolutionary genetics as applied to human evolution and human diversity. Emphasizes human evolution as illuminated by genetics, as well as the intersection of human genetics with social issues such as racism, bioethics, and eugenics.
  • CAS AN 552: Primate Evolution and Anatomy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 331 or CAS AN 332 or CAS BI 302; or consent of instructor.
    The evolutionary history of the primate radiation--particularly that of monkeys, apes, and humans--is examined through investigation of the musculoskeletal anatomy of living and fossil primates. Comparative and biomechanical approaches are used to reconstruct the behavior of extinct species.
  • CAS AN 556: The Evolution of the Human Diet
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102; or consent of instructor.
    An investigation of human dietary evolution including primate and human dietary adaptations, nutritional requirements, optimal foraging, digestive physiology, maternal and infant nutrition, hunting and cooking in human evolution, and impacts of food processing and agriculture on modern diets and health.
  • CAS AN 557: Anthropology of Mental Health
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 101 or CAS AN 102 or CAS AN 210; or consent of instructor. Junior standing required.
    Considers mental illness from an anthropological point of view, including cultural, biological, and evolutionary perspectives. Focuses on the interaction of biology and culture in major mental disorders. Consideration is given to ethnomedical practices of healing mental illness.
  • CAS AN 558: Human Sex Differences: Behavior, Biology, and Ecology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102; or (CASBI107 & CASBI119), and sophomore standing.
    Why are men and women different? Adopts an evolutionary, adaptive approach to investigate sex differences in human behavior, physiology, and cognition from developmental, mechanistic, and phylogenetic perspectives. Topics include sex differences in aggression, mate choice, parenting, affiliation, and cognition.
  • CAS AN 563: Public Religion and Politics Across Cultures
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    The contested role of religion in modern politics and its implications for civil life. Begins with the West and includes Islam in the Middle East and SE Asia. Evangelicalism in Latin American and Africa, Hindu nationalism, and Buddhism in China. Also offered as CAS IR 563.
  • CAS AN 568: Symbol, Myth, and Rite
    Historical overview of ritual behavior, the role of symbolism in the study of culture, and the narrative quality of worldview and belief. Emphasis on verbal performance and public display events in specific cultural contexts.
  • CAS AN 570: Lovers and Leaders: The Anthropology of Romance and Charisma
    A comparison of theories of charismatic leadership and romantic love from sociology and psychology. Case studies from literature are discussed for illustration and comparison.
  • CAS AN 571: Anthropology of Emotion
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior, senior, or graduate standing, or consent of instructor.
    Outlines multidisciplinary conceptual frameworks for the study of emotion. Focus is on how cultural anthropology has understood emotion as experience, as cognition, or as a symbolic system.
  • CAS AN 573: The Ethnography of China and Taiwan (area)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Reading of major ethnographies and modern histories as a basis for examining changing Taiwanese and Chinese culture and society. Attention to ethnography as a genre, as well as to the dramatic changes of the past century.
  • CAS AN 585: Seminar: Advanced Readings in African Ethnography
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Detailed examination of classic and contemporary anthropological writings about Africa. Explores ecological adaptation, kinship, social organization, religious thought and practice, and creative expression. Focus on the history of theory, method, and narrative style in the construction of ethnographies about Africa.
  • CAS AN 589: The Anthropology of Development Theory & Practice
    Explores anthropological texts that grapple with, make sense of, and ultimately challenge the international development enterprise. Considers whether, amidst these critiques, anthropology can imagine an alternative discourse and practice of betterment.
  • CAS AN 595: Methods in Biological Anthropology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AN 102 or CAS BI 107 or CAS BI 108.
    An exploration of field and laboratory methods used in biological anthropology, with students participating in hands-on exercises. Topics include health assessment, body composition, diet, energetics, morphological adaptations, reproductive status, habitat composition, spatial movements, and conservation. Professional skills are also developed.
  • CAS AN 596: Anthropology and History
    Examines the use of ethnographic materials and models of alternative social or economic organization to interpret historical materials as well as the use of history to provide dynamic models of change in anthropological analysis.
  • CAS AN 597: Seminar: Special Topics in Biological Anthropology
    Special issues and debates in current biological anthropology. Topic for Fall 2014: Human Grown and Development. An analysis of human growth and development from an evolutionary and cross-cultural perspective. Other topics include brain evolution, fetal programming, sexual dimorphism, senescence, immunity, and obesity.
  • CAS AN 598: Seminar: Special Issues in Biological Anthropology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Special issues and debates in current biological anthropology.