Anthropology Undergraduate Courses

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MET AN 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Sprg ‘14
Fall ‘14

A survey of the concepts, principles, and major areas of cultural anthropology. Comparative examination of institutions, processes of cultural change, and influence of culture on individual behavior in contemporary non-Western societies.   [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Mustafa CGS 315 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fall 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Mustafa CGS 315 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AN 102 Human Behavioral Biology and Evolution(N)

Biology relevant to the behavioral sciences. Introduces basic principles of evolutionary biology, animal social behavior, primate adaptations, human origins, genetic/hormonal/neural bases of behavior, and issues of human socioecology and adaptations. Discussions highlight the interaction of Nature and Nurture.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AN 210 Medical Anthropology
Fall ‘14

This course in an introduction to the field of medical anthropology. Medical anthropology studies the interactions between human health, culture and disease at the individual, community and populations levels. This course emphasizes a biocultural approach to the study of health within the context of ecological and cultural systems.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Ostrach CAS B27 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AN 252 Ethnicity and Identity

Political and cultural factors underlying ethnic and nationalist sentiments examined through case studies drawn from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Discusses factors underlying ethnic boundaries, as well as such boundary-transcending influences as the media.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AN 260 Women and Men: Cultural Expectations and Gender Experiences
Sprg ‘14

Cross-cultural examination of changing gender roles, expectations, and activities. Focuses on economic, social, political, and ideological determinants that structure the hierarchy of power and privileges accorded the thoughts, activities, and experiences of women and men in various societies.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Chiovenda CAS 220 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AN 290 Children and Culture
Sprg ‘14
Fall ‘14

Explores the way various cultures shape the lives and social development of children. Topics include cultural concept of childhood; the acquisition of culture; socialization and moral development; cognition, emotion, and behavior in childhood; children's language and play; and the cultural shaping of personality.   [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND LaPorte CAS 212 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fall 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND LaPorte CAS 237 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET AN 344 Japanese Society

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.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET AN 384 Anthro Religion

  [ 4 cr. ]