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ANTH 101 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - 3

Cultures of world's peoples; ideas used to explain similarities and differences among human groups.


ANTH 102 - Introductory Physical Anthropology - 3

Biological evolution; interpretation of human fossil record; race; human population genetics and primate behavior.


ANTH 103 - Introduction Digital Social Science - 3

Capabilities of digital applications, including digital image editing, digital video editing, multimedia presentations, web design and streaming video, and digital video compression.


ANTH 106 - Introductory Archaeology - 3

Archaeological methods and theory used to reconstruct and interpret past.


ANTH 107 - World Prehistory - 3

Main events in evolution of culture from earliest times until advent of cities. Emergence of culture, development of food production, and appearance of states.


ANTH 120 - Language and Culture - 3

Nonverbal communication; language origins and acquisition; universals; language classification and processes of change; language as expression of cultural values and social structure; beginning componential and structural analysis.


ANTH 123 - Comparative Cultures Through Film - 3

Special topics in cultural anthropology addressed through use of ethnographic films. Culture areas, culture change, and traditional societies in modern world.


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ANTH 202 - Science Fiction and Anthropology- 3

Central issues in folklore: traditional, expressive, and material culture. Verbal genres, customs, and material forms of folklore from several regional and ethnic cultural groups in the U.S. and worldwide. Tradition and presence of the past in everyday life, creativity and artistic expression and personal and group identities.


ANTH 203 - South American Indians - 3

Ethnology of indigenous peoples of South America including ecological adaptation, social organization, religious systems, and culture change. Emphasis on lowland South American (Amazonian) Indians.


ANTH 204 - Food in Antiquity - 3

Dietary variation from hunter-gathers to agriculturists based on plant and animal remains from archaeological sites. Culinary practices from ancient texts and pictographic representations.


ANTH 206 - Family in Cross-Cultural Perspectives - 3

Relationships within and among cultural units commonly referred to as "the family"; survey of domestic groups in various socio-cultural settings.


ANTH 207 - Introduction to Egyptian Archaeology - 3

This course is a history of the exploration of Egypt emphasizing major archaeological discoveries and how they have shaped our modern perceptions of ancient Egypt. Excavations at important ancient sites such as Thebes and Abydos will be covered in relationship to the overall environmental history of the Nile Valley and Delta. How current excavations reconstruct past settlement

patterns, mortuary practices and daily life activities at diverse archaeological sites (Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple, Tanis) will be discussed.


ANTH 210 - Monkeys and Apes - 3

Behavior and social organization of humans' closest living relatives. Living primates and why they behave as they do.


ANTH 211 - Human Evolution - 3

Human organism's evolution as systemic whole. Process of human evolutionary change as depicted in behavior and fossil record.


ANTH 222 - Prehistory of North America - 3

Prehistoric America north of Mexico from terminal Pleistocene to early historic times. Prerequisite: ANTH 101


ANTH 225 - Mesoamerican Archaeology - 3

Archaeology of Mexico and Guatemala; early man; development of agriculture; pre-classic cultures; classic and post-classic cultures, including Mayan, Teotihuacan, Toltec, and Aztec civilizations.


ANTH 226 - Archaeological Field School - 1 to 6

Participation in all phases of excavation, laboratory study, and report preparation. Off campus.


ANTH 228 - Mesoamerica - 3

This course introduces key developments in prehistoric Mesoamerican cultural change, from the origins of settled life and agriculture to the Aztec empire encountered by the Spanish. Major civilizations such as the Olmec, Maya, Zapotecs, Teotihuacan, Tula, and the Aztecs provide a historical framework for examining broader developmental process such as sedentism, the origins of agriculture and writing, the emergence of social complexity, and urbanism.


ANTH 230 - Old World Archaeology - 3

Prehistory of Africa, Asia, and Europe from Paleolithic to Early Bronze Age. Hunter-gatherer adaptations, emergence of village-based agriculture, and appearance of cities.


ANTH 231 - Archaeology: Origins of Civilization - 3

Development of complex society in the Fertile Crescent and surrounding lands in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Mediterranean from origins of agriculture to Alexander the Great.


ANTH 233 - Archaeology of Europe - 3

Cultural sequence in Europe from early occupations until written records. Upper Paleolithic art, Stonehenge, and origins of village life.


ANTH 235 – Immigration and Transnationalism/Diaspora - 3

What happens to culture and the social organization of groups after they migrate from one country to another? This course focuses on two possible responses: (1) How immigrants assimilate to the host society through a process of becoming disorganized or uprooted and then reorganizing themselves in a new context, and (2) How immigrants, or transnationals are influenced by their persisting ties to their home countries and elsewhere.


ANTH 236 - Religion and Culture in U.S. - 3

It is traditionally claimed that the U.S. is a "Christian Nation," and yet the nation finds itself home to a wide range of religions and spiritualities. From Hippies and Mormon Polygamists, to Internet Paganism and Self-Help Christianity, many are the ways one can be spiritual, and in this course we seek to understand how religion shapes and is altered by American culture.


ANTH 242 - Peoples of the World: South American Indians - 3

Ethnology of indigenous peoples of South America including ecological adaptation, social organization, religious systems, and culture change. Emphasis on lowland South Americans.


ANTH 244 - Peoples of the World: Africa - 3

Local and regional African cultures. Geographical, racial, and historical backgrounds; contemporary African social systems.


ANTH 245 - Peoples of the World: Middle East - 3

Traditional cultures of Middle East. Ecological setting, historical evolution, and political economy of main life ways of Near Eastern Society.


ANTH 247 - Peoples of the World: Oceania - 3

Varied influences upon peopling and cultural development of islands in Pacific. Major areas (Polynesia, Melanesia,

Micronesia) followed by focus on one culture found therein.


ANTH 247 - Peoples of the World: Oceania - 3

Varied influences upon peopling and cultural development of islands in Pacific. Major areas (Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia) followed by focus on one culture found therein.


ANTH 248 - Peoples of the World: Latin America - 3

Holistic survey of cultures of Latin America from pre-Columbian times to present. Processes of cultural change (including revolution), ethnic group relations, and functioning of contemporary societies.


ANTH 251 - Islam in North Africa: History and Culture - 3

This anthropology course is an introduction to the geographical and historical factors making up for the social unity and diversity of three countries of the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia). Topics covered are: The Arab conquest and Islamization of North Africa; Ibn Khaldoun and the tribal Kinship systems of North Africa; the French colonization of North Africa; the Wars of independence; the postcolonial politics of Arabization and the Amazigh question; the current ethnography of the Maghreb; women’s emancipation; male and female rituals and honor codes; the secular and religious movements of the contemporary Maghreb; popular and formal Islam, etc.


ANTH 290 - Study Abroad: Mexico - 3

Orientation to and popular culture in Chilapa; Mexican history and ethnology, regional history and ethnology, and local economy and human ecology.


ANTH 299 - Contemporary Global Issues - 3

This course explores anthropological perspectives, applications, and contributions to solving to contemporary world problems including: terrorism, warfare, genocide; global warming and sustainable development; global epidemic disease and new pandemics; torture and human rights abuses; global capitalism, sweatshops, and economic justice; poverty and hunger; illiteracy; child labor and child soldiers; and human population explosion.

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Advanced Undergraduate Courses

Prerequisites: 6 semester hours in anthropology and/or sociology, permission of instructor, or as noted.


ANTH 303 - The Conquest of Mexico - 3

This course examines the Spanish conquest of Mexico from both Spanish and indigenous perspectives. It further surveys the institutionalization of Spanish control over the fallen Aztec Empire and the broader intellectual and material consequences of the conquest.


ANTH 304 - Looking at Earth - 3

Maps as analytic tools in social, behavioral, and applied sciences. Theory and methods of cartographic representation, aerial and satellite image analysis, and geographic information systems. Principles, practical training in computer methods, and case studies from different regions of the earth. Prerequisite: Basic computer course and introductory course in social science.


ANTH 305 - World Prehistory - 3

Main events in evolution of culture from earliest times until advent of cities. Emergence of culture, development of food production, and appearance of states.


ANTH 307 - Environmental Archaeology - 3

Study of human interaction with the environment in the past through archaeology and related disciplines. Prerequisite: ANTH 106


ANTH 308 - Women in North Africa: Literature and Film - 3

This course examines the intricate relations between incest, endogamy, and women's rights to inheritance in the literature, films, and national epics of Muslim North Africa.


ANTH 318 - Anthropology of Development - 3

Effects of Western penetration of indigenous societies and role of anthropologists in development projects in Third World.


ANTH 319 - Food and Culture - 3

This course is designed to present a broad view of the role of food in human culture through time and in a variety of geographic settings, offering students and opportunity to reflect on the cultural meanings of food in human life. Class lectures, assigned readings, and films will be used to enhance each student s understanding of the subject from a cross cultural perspective. We will examine the biological basis of diet, how foodways develop and change, how and why anthropologists study diet, and variations in foodways around the world.


ANTH 320 - Comparative Religion - 3

Human behavior in relation to the supernatural; religion as a system of social behavior and values; theories of religion.


ANTH 324 - Law of Historical/Cultural Resources - 2

Federal and state laws and regulations relevant to archaeology and anthropology. National Historic Preservation Act, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, National Register listings, preservation easements, and federal income tax rehabilitation credits.


ANTH 328 - Mesoamerica - 3

This course introduces key developments in prehistoric Mesoamerican cultural change, from the origins of settled life and agriculture to the Aztec empire encountered by the Spanish. Major civilizations such as the Olmec, Maya, Zapotecs, Teotihuacan, Tula and the Aztecs provide a historical framework for examining broader developmental processes such as sedentism, the origins of agriculture and writing, the emergence of social complexity, and urbanism.


ANTH 329 - Egypt: Archaeology Field Study - 3 to 6
Two week field school in Egypt. Students will visit Egypt old and new, including Islamic Cairo, Coptic churches, the pyramids of Giza, Alexandria, the tombs and temples of Luxor (Valley of the Kings), Aswan (Abu Simbel), and an archeological excavation. Experience Egyptian folklore through dance and musical performances.

ANTH 330 – Nationalism, Ethnocentrism, and Violence - 3

Social and cultural analysis of ethnicity and nationalist ideologies particularly where these have led to violent confrontations within modern nation-states. Primordialist versus constructionist theories of difference; varying weight to be attributed to political, historical, and cultural factors in study of nationalism; politics of culture versus culture of politics.


ANTH 340 - Archaeology and History of Bible Lands - 3

Archaeology and History of the Bible Lands. Examination of region spanning modern Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Jordan from 10,000-585 B.C.


ANTH 351 - Anthropology of Human Rights - 3

Examination of conceptual, political, and legal aspects of human rights from an anthropological perspective. Topics considered may include: state violence; the history of human rights claims; the opposition of cultural rights and human rights claim; human rights as a form of political discourse; human rights practices in contemporary settings.


ANTH 353 - Primatology - 3

Biology, behavior, and distribution of living nonhuman primates. Field studies of old-world monkeys and apes.


ANTH 355 - Archaeology of Alabama - 3

 

ANTH 357 - Anthropology of Gender - 3

Cultural construction of gender differences in human societies; shifting definitions of proper male and female roles across cultures and through time.


ANTH 360 - Ecological Anthropology - 3

Interactions among behavioral, technological, organizations, and ideological features of human cultures that serve to adapt societies to their physical environment. Prerequisite: 3 hours in ANTH.


ANTH 361 - Kinship/Social Organization - 3

Comparative analysis of forms of human social organization; range of kinship and marriage arrangements found in pre-industrial societies; explanations of similarities and differences among kinship systems.


ANTH 364 - Political Anthropology - 3

Comparative analysis of political structures and process throughout world, focusing on non-Western forms; anthropological attempts to understand complex interplay of culture and power in human societies.


ANTH 365 - Economic Anthropology - 3

Comparative ethnology of economic organizations and processes in non-industrial societies. Pre-capitalist social settings and transformations of pre-capitalist economies that have occurred, and are occurring, as result of development and expansion of industrial capitalism.


ANTH 366 - Urban Anthropology - 3

Human life in cities from cross-cultural perspective; process of urbanization in ancient civilizations, colonial empires, and modern-day Third World.


ANTH 367 - Anthropology of Music - 3

Holistic approach of ethnomusicologists to study of music. Role of musicians in society; their training and instruments. Methods for documenting and transcribing, social functions and economic context, and theories of performance and creativity. Ghanaian and Indian musical traditions studied with other music, including Western, included as appropriate.


ANTH 369 - Ethnography of Mexico - 3

Survey of the incorporation of rural Mexican communities into the country's developing industrial economy.


ANTH 370 - Music in World Cultures - 3

Characteristics of musical styles in various cultures throughout world.

Prerequisite: MU 120


ANTH 371 - Special Topics in Anthropology - 3

Special Topics in Anthropology.


ANTH 375 - Foundations of Symbolism - 3

Study of symbolic forms in myth and ritual and overview of theoretical approaches.

ANTH 380 - Anthropology and the Health Profession - 3

Anthropological theory and practice relevant to health care professions in medicine, nursing, public health, psychology, etc. Anthropological perspectives on practice of health care and practical applications of anthropology in providing health care to culturally diverse people.

Prerequisite: ANTH 101


ANTH 382 - Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology
This course introduces the Predynastic through Pharaonic periods (ca. 5,000 - 332BCE) of Ancient Egypt, focusing on the Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt and its southern neighbor and often annexed territory of Nubia. The course includes an examination of Egypt’s material resources, quarrying and mining, workshops, artisans, building and sculptural programs, the minor arts, and the cross-cultural relations between Egypt and its neighbors in relation to material culture, primarily in the realm of art and architecture. The course aims to cover the overall relationships between Pharaoh’s artisans, their commissions (minor to major art and architectural projects), their role in society, and their interactions with and adaptations to other cultures through art and architecture.

ANTH 384 - Ancient Civilizations - 3

Comparative survey of New Kingdom Egypt and Aztec Mexico


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Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

Prerequisite: 9 semester hours in anthropology and/or sociology or permission of instructor, unless otherwise noted.


ANTH 400 - Human Osteology - 3

The identification of human skeletal remains. This laboratory/lecture course provides the groundwork for much of the work in physical anthropology.


ANTH 401 - Forensic Anthropology - 4

Applied human osteology, emphasizing ability to identify age, sex, and population type of skeletal material. Effects of disease and behavior on bones.


ANTH 403 - Visual Language - 3

Varied theoretical approaches, including film theory, media theory, literary criticism, and linguistic analysis, to compare language of visual imagery with other communicative modes. How meaning is conveyed through film style, nested and/or contradictory visual messages, narrative structure, and technical choices used to convey mood in classic documentaries. Ethics of representation, filmmaker/subject relations, and role of film as cultural object.


ANTH 405 - As Others See Us - 3

Joint American Studies/International Studies seminar surveying international perceptions of U.S. culture.


ANTH 406 - Archaeology of the Pacific Islands - 3

Holistic preview of Pacific Island societies in the past. I will draw from archaeological literature and to a lesser degree ethnographic, linguistic, and biological data. Issues of historic contact, historic archaeology, prehistory, and cultural development in the regions of Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia will be addressed with attention to problems and contributions to anthropology.


ANTH 411 - Advanced Field Archaeology - 1 to 6

Archaeological field and laboratory techniques, including excavation, surveying, and artifact analysis and description; general problems of archaeological interpretation; prehistoric data from southeastern U.S. Prerequisites: ANTH 101


ANTH 415 - Ethnographic Research Methods - 6

Ethnographic Field Methods classroom instruction and practical experience in techniques of ethnographic fieldwork, including participant observation, household surveys, structured and unstructured interviewing, and genealogies. Study abroad program in Chilapa, Guerrero, Mexico.


ANTH 417 - Origins of Agriculture - 3

Theories about the origins of agriculture, examination of the archaeological record concerning different pathways leading to the domestication of plants and animals.


ANTH 422 - Landscape Archaeology - 3

The course will cover the techniques and strategies employed by archaeologists to reconstruct past landscape, which involves scientific testing, remote sensing, GIS, survey, excavation and environmental analysis. Examples will be drawn from projects across diverse landscape types in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Central America and Asia. In-field and laboratory application of techniques will be emphasized.


ANTH 430 - Animal Bone Archaeology - 3 to 6

Methods and theories of zoo archaeological research. Practical experience in processing, identification, and interpretation of animal bone remains from archaeological sites.

Prerequisite: ANTH 106


ANTH 434 - Observing the Earth from Space - 3

The course will give students the ability to analyze remotely sensed data from satellite images as part of the newly

established Joint Programs for Remote Sensing and Health. Students will learn about the physics and mathematics behind remote sensing. They will also learn about wide range of satellite images and techniques to analyze them via ERDAS Imagine, ER Mapper and other programs. Applications of remote sensing to a variety of fields will form a key component of the class. The course will culminate in a term project involving remote sensing applications to the UAB faculty-led initiatives in health, medicine, geography and anthropology. There will be a weekly lab component of the course.


ANTH 435 - Ethnomedicine and Ethnopsychiatry - 3

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 and 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 436 - Community Internship - 3 to 6

Application of anthropological approaches to efforts in public or private sector.


ANTH 437 - Real World Remote Sensing Applications - 3

This course will be offered as a research seminar focusing on real world applications of remote sensing technology. The course will take place in UAB's Laboratory for Global Health Observation. Students will work closely with UAB professors and scientists at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville doing original remote sensing research on new satellite datasets. These datasets cover diverse areas including terrorism, global warming, health, anthropology / archaeology, atmospheric studies, urban expansion and coastal management. Students will be responsible for analyzing the satellite imagery and presenting "solutions networks" papers to NASA.


ANTH450 - Advanced Cultural Anthropology - 3
Critical review of theoretical approaches in cultural anthropology
Prerequisite: 9 hours in ANTH and/or SOC or permission of instructor

ANTH 451 - Advanced Archaeological Anthropology - 3

Principal theoretical approaches of 20th century archaeology: historical, processual, and post-processual.


ANTH 452 - Advanced Linguistic Anthropology - 3

Historical development of theory and field practice of linguistics; acquisition, sociolinguistics, nonverbal communication, semiotics, and ethnosemantics; applied linguistics.


ANTH 453 - Advanced Physical Anthropology - 3

Human evolution and primatology; race; human genetics. Tasks performed by physical anthropologists.


ANTH 483 - Internship in Environmental Study - 1 to 3

Individually designed program that places students in local environmental organizations, divisions of local businesses or government, or special projects to gain professional experience in preparation for an environmental career.


ANTH 489 - Special Problems Multimedia Anthropology - 1 to 6

Supervised study of multimedia applications to anthropological topics. Topics determined by student and instructor interest.


ANTH 490 - Special Problems in Cultural Anthropology - 3

Supervised study of specified topic area; defined problem explored in depth; topics determined by student and instructor interest.


ANTH 492 - Special Problems in Archaeology - 3

Supervised in-depth study of specified topic area in archaeology. Topics determined by student and instructor interest.


ANTH 494 - Special Problems in Linguistics - 3

Supervised in-depth study of specified topic area in linguistics. Topics determined by student and instructor interest.


ANTH 495 - Special Problems in Linguistics - 3

Supervised in-depth study of specified topic area in linguistics. Topics determined by student and instructor interest.


ANTH 496 - Special Problems in Physical Anthropology - 3

Supervised, in-depth study of specified topic area in physical anthropology. Topic determined by student and instructor interest.


ANTH 497 - Special Problems in Physical Anthropology - 3

Supervised, in-depth study of specified topic area in physical anthropology. Topic determined by student and instructor interest.


ANTH 498 - Honors Thesis Research - 3 to 6

Independent development of research project.


ANTH 499 - Directed Readings: Probability and Statistics - 1

Directed studies in probability and practical statistics. Descriptive and inferential statistical methods for laboratory and field research. Univariate and bivariate methods (description of distributions, single and multi-sample analysis of means, correlation, regression, non-parametric methods).

 

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