Featured Courses: Fall 2015

Published: April 16th, 2015

AN327/727 Islam in Africa
This course examines the Islamization of Africa and the various processes of Arabization and Africanization (localization) of Islam. Case studies from North, West and East Africa are discussed. The course examines the religious beliefs, cultures, and histories of multiple Muslim societies of Africa, including the complex struggles of Muslims in Morocco and in the Hausaland of Nigeria. The course also examines Islam in the Ashanti society of Ghana, in Buganda communities of Uganda, in Wolof communities of Senegambia, and in the ostensibly Christian state of Ethiopia (beginning with the first emigration of Muslims from Mecca in 615 AD). The Mahdi movement of the Sudan and the popular and expanding Muridiyya Sufi order of Senegal are also examined. The course concludes with a survey of the forms and contents of the rich religious and secular literatures in indigenous African languages written with the Arabic script. SS 4 cr.
Ngom, TR 12:30-2


AN330/730 Evolutionary Life History
Prereq: AN102 or BI107
This course analyzes human life history from an evolutionary and cross-cultural perspective. Issues to be addressed include: 1) the basic patterns of human growth and development; 2) techniques for assessing human growth status; 3) life history theory; 4) comparative analyses of human life stages, incorporating studies of living primates and fossil human ancestors; and 5) endocrine, social, and ecological determinants of variation in growth and development. Other topics include brain evolution, fetal programming, sexual dimorphism, senescence, immunity, and obesity. NS 4 cr.
Hodges-Simeon, MWF 9-10:00



AN234 Evolutionary Psychology (formerly AN334)
This course stands at the intersection of biological anthropology, with its focus on human evolution, and psychology, and an emphasis on human thought, emotion and behavior. It explores the extent to which the explanatory approaches of biological anthropology, based in modern evolutionary and genetic theory, can be usefully applied to the study of psychological traits. The course begins by laying a firm grounding in the relevant biological theories, and then uses these theories to dissect a wide range of psychological topics, including sensation and perception, consciousness, emotion and motivation, cognition, learning, individual differences, and various aspects of social behavior, including mating and parenting. NS 4 cr.
Hodges-Simeon, MWF 12-1:00

AN 338 Lucy and Ardi: The Oldest Women

Published: March 15th, 2010

The 3.2 million year (myr) old fossil skeleton “Lucy” discovered in 1974 remains one of the most complete and most important specimens in the human fossil record. A new discovery, “Ardi”, a 4.4 myr old fossil also from Ethiopia has joined Lucy in providing an important window into our evolutionary history. In this course, students will intimately learn about these specific individuals “Lucy” and “Ardi”.

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