For courses at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), see the graduate catalog of that university. Unless otherwise noted, all courses are for 3 semester hours of credit. Course numbers preceded with an asterisk indicate courses that can be repeated for credit, with stated stipulations.
Seminar addressing health care systems and theories cross-culturally; including historical changes and examination of wide variety of simpler and more complex systems.
ANTH 601 Forensic Approaches to Osteology
Applied human osteology, emphasizing ability to identify age, sex, and population type of skeletal material. Effects of disease and behavior on bones.
ANTH 602 Classics in Anthropology
Close reading of major classics in anthropological literature; to include one each from the four main subfields of anthropology.
ANTH 603 As Others See Us
Jointly offered with American Studies and International Studies, this seminar surveys international perceptions of U.S. culture.
ANTH 605 Advanced Cultural Anthropology
Critical review of theoretical approaches in cultural anthropology.
ANTH 606 World Ethnography
Kinship, economy, social control, religion, and ritual for peoples in North America, South America, Africa, or Asia. Focus on one area.
ANTH 607 Social Structure
Theoretical works in political anthropology, economic anthropology, or kinship. Emphasis varies according to instructor.
ANTH 609 Advanced Archaeological Anthropology
Principal theoretical approaches in 19th- and 20th-century archaeology; historical, processual, and postprocesual.
ANTH 610 Advanced Physical Anthropology
Human evolution, primatology, race, human genetics. Tasks performed by physical anthropologists.
ANTH 611 Field Archaeology
Archaeological field and laboratory techniques, including excavation, surveying, and artifact analysis and description; general problems of archaeological interpretation. 1-6 hours.
ANTH 615 Ethnographic Field Methods
Classroom instruction and practical experience in techniques of ethnographic fieldwork, including participant observation, household surveys, structured and unstructured interviewing, and genealogies. 3-6 hours.
Survey of evidence for animal and plant domestication and reasons for spread of feed production.
ANTH 625 African American Archaeology
African American archaeology is one of the better established research interests within U.S. historical archaeology. This course will examine the development of “the archaeology of the African diaspora” from its beginnings in the 1960s to the present day. Its principal focus will be the plantation of the Southern United States. The course will include an examination of history of the plantation economy as well as an exploration of issues currently of interest to archaeologists studying the archaeological record of African American life.
Introduction to methods and theories of zooarchaeological research. Practical experience in processing, identification, and interpretation of animal bone remains from archaeological sites. 3-6 hours.
ANTH 631 Palaeoethnobotany
Survey of the plant-human relationships in the past and present. Practical field and laboratory experience in processing, identification, and interpretation of the plants from archaeological sites.
ANTH 635 Ethnomedicine and Ethnopsychiatry
Approaches and contributions of anthropology to study of health, sickness, and healing. Physical environment and human adaptations as key determinants of health systems; culturally defined concepts of sickness, health, and healing; healing as social, as well as physiological, activity. Topics may include life stages, medical knowledge among different human groups, impact of culture contact on medical systems, ecological balance and population control, cultural definitions and treatment of abnormal behavior, healers, health and supernatural, social roles of sick, and illness and social control.
ANTH 650 Nationalism, Ethnicity and Violence
Social and cultural analysis of ethnicity and nationalist ideologies particularly where these have led to violent confrontations within modern nation-states. Considers primordialist versus constructionist theories of difference; the varying weight to be attributed to political, historical and cultural factors in the study of nationalism; and the politics of culture vs. the culture of politics.
ANTH 653 Primatology
Biology, behavior, and distribution of living nonhuman primates with emphasis on field studies of old-world monkeys and apes.
ANTH 655 Archaeology of Alabama
Archaeology of Alabama.
ANTH 660 Ecological Anthropology
Examines interactions among behavioral, technological, institutional, and ideological features of human cultures that serve to adapt societies to their environment.
ANTH 664 Political Anthropology
The comparative analysis of political structures and process throughout the world, focusing especially on non-Western forms; a survey of anthropological attempts to understand the complex interplay of culture and power in human societies.
ANTH 669 Surviving Development: The Case of Mexico
Comparative and historical analysis of rural Mexican communities, emphasizing the impact of recent NAFTA-related economic policies and democratic political reforms.
ANTH 675 Human Adaptability
Introduction to study of how humans adapt to their physical, biological, and social environment. Reviews ecological, demographic, nutritional, physiological and health-related concepts and considers applications to case studies.
Supervised study of specified topic area; defined problem explored in depth. Topics determined by student and instructor interest in cultural anthropology. 2-6 hours.
ANTH 692 Special Problems in Archaeology
Supervised study of specified topic area; defined problem explored in depth. Topics determined by student and instructor interest in archaeology. 2-6 hours.
ANTH 693 Special Problems in Linguistics
Supervised study of specified topic area; defined problem explored in depth. Topics determined by student and instructor interest in linguistics. 2-6 hours.
ANTH 694 Special Problems in Physical Anthropology
Supervised study of specified topic area; defined problem explored in depth. Topics determined by student and instructor interest in special topics in physical anthropology. 2-6 hours.
ANTH 699 Thesis Research
Independent development of research project. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy. 1-3 hours