anthropology Fall 2009 Courses

Anthropology Course Offerings: Fall 2009

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Undergraduate Courses

ANTH 102. Being Human: An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology.
Dr. Katia Almeida - M/W 9:00 - 10:15 AM - 3 credits - 101-LEC(1008)
Dr. Melvyn Goldstein - T/Th 1:15 - 2:30 PM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(3924)
The nature of culture and humans as culture-bearing animals. The range of cultural phenomena
including language, social organization, religion, and culture change, and the relevance of
anthropology for contemporary social, economic, and ecological problems.

ANTH 103. Introduction to Human Evolution.
Dr. Cynthia Beall - T/Th 10:00 - 11:15 AM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(1010)
Physical, cultural, and technological evolution of humans. The systematic interrelationships
between humans, culture, and environment.

ANTH 107. Archaeology: An Introduction.
Dr. Jim Shaffer - T/Th 10:00 - 11:15 AM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(1014)
Basic archaeological concepts are discussed followed by a review of human cultural and biological evolution from the earliest times through development of state organized societies. Geographical scope is worldwide with special attention given to ecological and cultural relationships affecting human societies through time.

ANTH 202. Archaeology of Eastern North America.
Dr. Brian Redmond - T/Th 2:45 - 4:00 PM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(10438)
This course is an introduction to the archaeology and prehistory of the eastern woodlands of North America. Course material will focus on the archaeological record of native societies living east of the Mississippi River from the first arrivals at the end of the Pleistocene up to the coming of Europeans. Specific topics for discussion include late Pleistocene settlement, hunter-gatherer
environmental adaptations, the origin of food production, and the development of ranked societies.

ANTH 215. Health, Culture, and Disease: An Introduction to Medical Anthropology.
Dr. Eileen Anderson-Fye - T/Th 10:00 - 11:15 AM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(1016)
This course is an introduction to the field of medical anthropology. Medical Anthropology is
concerned with the cross-cultural study of culture, health, and illness. During the course of the
semester, our survey will include (1) theoretical orientations and key concepts; (2) the cross-cultural diversity of health beliefs and practices (abroad and at home); and (3) contemporary issues and special populations (e.g. AIDS, homelessness, refugees, women’s health, and children at risk).

ANTH 233. Introduction to Jewish Folklore.
Dr. Judith Neulander - T/Th 1:15 - 2:30 PM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(10590)
Exploration of a variety of genres, research methods and interpretations of Jewish folklore, from
antiquity to the present. Emphasis on how Jewish folk traditions and culture give us access to the
spirit and mentality of the many different generations of the Jewish ethnic group, illuminating its
past and informing the direction of its future development. Crosslist: JDST/RLGN 233.

ANTH 305. Child Policy.
Mary Irwin, MPH - M/W 4:00 - 5:15 PM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(1020)
This course introduces students to issues in child policy. Local, state and federal child policy will
be considered. Topics will include, for example, policies related to child, poverty, schooling, child
welfare, and children’s physical, and mental health. Students will learn how policy is developed
and how research informs policy and vice versa.
Prerequisite: One social sciences course. Crosslist: CHST 301.

ANTH 308. Child Policy Externship.
Mary Irwin, MPH - TBA - 3-6 credits - 100-PRA(4238)
This course provides students with externships in child policy. Students apply for the externship
and are placed with a local child policy agency for the semester. An individualized learning plan
will be developed in consultation with the Childhood Studies Program faculty, the child policy
agency, and the student.

ANTH 313. The Anthropology of Adolescence.
Dr. Eileen Anderson-Fye - T/Th 1:15 - 2:30 PM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(10414)
This course investigates the anthropology of adolescence. What are the conditions under which
adolescence has appeared around the world as a life stage? What are the roles of adolescence
cross-culturally? What are the varieties of adolescent experience? Through classic and
contemporary tests, the course will address these questions as well as special topics particularly
important to adolescence such as globalization, mental health, and sexuality.

ANTH 319. Introduction to Statistical Analysis in the Social Sciences
Dr. Marc Abramiuk - M/W/F 10:30 - 11:20 AM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(1022)
Statistical description (central tendency, variation, correlation, etc.) and statistical evaluation (two sample comparisons, regression, analysis of variance, nonparametric statistics). Developing an understanding of statistical inference, particularly on proper usage of statistical methods. Examples from the social sciences.
Cannot be used to meet the A&S Humanities and Social Sciences requirement. Not available for
credit to students who have completed STAT 201 or PSCL 282.

ANTH 329.  Healing in Prehistory.
Dr. Marc Abramiuk - M/W/F 9:30 - 10:20 AM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(16642)
In this course we sift through the prehistoric record for evidence that we can use to elucidate past human healing practuces,  Based on archaeological evidence, we reconstruct not only the medical concoctions and decoctions prepared and consumed by peoples in the past for the purpose of healing, but we examine the ceremonies, rituals, and religious beliefs that were likely associated with these healing practices.  The course material will be presented chronologically, starting with the first evidence we have of healing among our earliest ancestors.  Emphasis will be placed on explaining the methods used to reconstruct prehistoric healing practices as well as on detailing the healing practices.

ANTH 331. Ancient Civilizations of the Near East:
Dr. Jim Shaffer - T/Th 2:45 - 4:00 PM 3 credits - 100-LEC(1026)
The social, economic, and ecological factors involved in the formation of the earliest Asian
civilizations. The developmental role of cities, warfare, trade, and irrigation considered with respect to “state” formation in Mesopotamia, Iran, and the Indus Valley.
Recommended prerequisite: ANTH 102 or 107.

ANTH 353. Chinese Culture and Society.
Dr. Charlotte Ikels - T/Th 8:30 - 9:45 AM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(10430)
Focuses on Chinese cultural and social institutions during the Maoist and post-Maoist eras. Topics
include ideology, economics, politics, religion, family life, and popular culture.
Recommended prerequisite: ANTH 102.

ANTH 365. Gender and Sex Differences: Cross-Cultural Perspectives.
Dr. Atwood Gaines - M/W 12:30 - 1:45 PM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(10421)
Gender roles and sex differences throughout the life cycle considered from a cross-cultural
perspective. Major approaches to explaining sex roles discussed in light of information from both
Western and non-Western cultures. Recommended prerequisite: ANTH 102.
Cross-list: WGST 365.

ANTH 375.  Human Evolution: The Fossil Evidence.
Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie - M/W 2:30 - 4:00 PM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(2964)
This course will survey the biological and behavioral changes that occurred in the hominid lineage during the past five million years. In addition to a thorough review of the fossil evidence for human evolution, students will develop the theoretical framework in evolutionary biology.
Prerequisite: BIOL 110, Recommended prerequisite: ANTH 103. Cross-list: ANAT 375.

ANTH 377. Human Osteology.
Dr. Scott Simpson - T/Th 2:45 - 4:00 PM - 4 credits - 100-LEC(1030)
This course for upper division undergraduates and graduate students will review the following
topics: human skeletal development and identification; and forensic identification (skeletal aging,
sex identification and population affiliation). Cross-list: ANAT 377.

ANTH 379. Topics in Cultural and Social Anthropology.
Topic: Cultures of Latin America.
Dr. Katia Almeida - M/W 12:30 - 1:45 PM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(1032)
The aim of this course is to consider cultural diversity and social inequality in contemporary Latin
America from an anthropological perspective. A variety of aspects related to ethnicity, religion,
music, gender, social movements, cuisine, urban spaces, violence, and ecology are considered in addition to current economic and political issues. These topics will be analyzed in relation to Latin America’s complex historical and social formation and its identity representations. The course takes under consideration various and detailed case studies in which not just local communities but also perceptions of national institutions and practices will be analyzed from pluralistic approaches

ANTH 380. Independent Study in Laboratory Archaeology I.
Dr. Brian Redmond - TBA - 1-3 credits - 100-IND(1034)
This course provides an introduction to the basic methods and techniques of artifact curation and
laboratory analysis in archaeology. Under the supervision of the department, each student will
develop and carry out a focused project of material analysis and interpretation using the
archaeology collections of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Each student is required to
spend a minimum of two hours per week in the Archaeology laboratory at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for each credit hour taken. By the end of the course, the students will prepare a short report describing the results of their particular project.
Recommended prerequisite: ANTH 107, permission of department, and prior permission of the
Archaeology Department of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

ANTH 385. Applied Anthropology.
Dr. Lee Hoffer - T/Th 10:00 - 11:15 AM - 3 credits - (100-LEC(10547)
This class will provide students with an overview of how anthropologists put theories, methods
and findings to use in addressing social issues and problems. Applied projects presented will
span a diverse range of topics and fields, including: healthcare and medicine, nutrition,
international develooment, displacement of populations, education, as well as projects from
business and industry. Class discussion will address orientations of and advantages in applied
approaches, as well as the ethical questions such projects has often encountered.


ANTH 393. Human Ecology: The Biology of Human Adaptability.
Dr. Cynthia Beall - T/Th 1:15 - 2:30 PM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(10420)
The place of human populations in the ecosystem. The importance of biological and
behavioral responses of populations ranging from hunters and gatherers to contemporary
and industrial societies. The effect of various natural and man-made stresses on man’s
adaptation to the environment. Recommended prerequisite: ANTH 103.


ANTH 396. Undergraduate Research in Evolutionary Biology.
Dr. Cynthia Beall - TBA - 3 credits - 100-RSC(2928)
Students propose and conduct guided research on an aspect of evolutionary biology. The research will be sponsored and supervised by a member of the CASE faculty or other qualified professional. A written report must be submitted to the Evolutionary Biology Steering Committee before credit is granted.
Prerequisite: ANTH/BIOL/GEOL/PHIL 225, and consent of supervising faculty member.
Cross-list: BIOL/GEOL/PHIL 396.

ANTH 398. Anthropology SAGES Capstone.
Staff - TBA - 3 credits - 100-RSC(2930)-Dr. Lawrence Greksa, 101-RSC(3948)-Dr. Cynthia Beall,
102-RSC(3950)-Dr. Melvyn Goldstein, 103-RSC(3952)-Dr. Jim Shaffer, 104-RSC(3964)-
Dr. Eileen Anderson-Fye, 105-RSC(3962)-Dr. Atwood Gaines, 106-RSC(3960)-Dr. Charlotte
Ikels, 107-RSC(3958)-Dr. Jill Korbin, 108-RSC(3956)-Dr. Janet McGrath, 109-RSC(4520)-
Dr. Brian Redmond, 110-RSC(4550)-Dr. Scott Simpson, 111-RSC(10470)-Dr. Lee Hoffer.
Supervised original research on a topic in anthropology, culminating in a written report and a
public presentation. The research project may be in the form of an independent research project, a literature review, or some other original project with anthropological significance. The project must be approved and supervised by faculty. Group research projects are acceptable, but a plan which clearly identifies the distinct and substantial role of each participant must be approved by the supervising faculty. Approved SAGES capstone.
Prerequisite: Major in Anthropology and consent of supervising faculty member.

ANTH 398C. Child Policy Externship and Capstone.
Mary Irwin, MPH - TBA - 3 credits - 100-LEC(4242)
This course provides students with externships in child policy. These externships give students an opportunity to work directly with professionals who design and implement policies that impact
the lives of children and their families. Agencies involved are active in the areas of childcare,
education, juvenile justice, and physical and mental health. Students apply for the externship.
Selected students are placed in a local child policy agency. An individualized learning plan is
developed in consultation with the Childhood Studies Program faculty, the supervisor in the
agency, and the student. This course is a 3 credit-hour course and may be taken twice for a total
of 6 credit hours. Cross-list: CHST 398C, and PSCL 398C.


ANTH 399. Independent Study.
Staff - TBA - 1-6 credits - 100-IND(1036)-Dr. Eileen Anderson-Fye, 101-IND(2970)-Dr. Cynthia
Beall, 102-IND(3056)-Dr. Atwood Gaines, 103-IND(3058)-Dr. Melvyn Goldstein,
104-IND(3060)-Dr. Lawrence Greksa, 105-IND(3062)-Dr. Charlotte Ikels , 106-IND(3064)-
Dr. Jill Korbin, 107-IND(3066)-Dr. Janet McGrath, 108-IND(3152)-Dr. Jim Shaffer,
109-IND(4586)-Dr. Scott Simpson, 110-IND(10459)-Dr. Lee Hoffer.
Students may propose topics for independent reading and research.
Prerequisite: consent of supervising faculty member.


Graduate Courses


*ANTH 413. The Anthropology of Adolescence.
Dr. Eileen Anderson-Fye - T/Th 1:15 - 2:30 PM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(10417)
(See ANTH 313.)

*ANTH 429.  Healing in Prehistory.
Dr. Marc Abramiuk - M/W/F 9:30 - 10:20 AM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(16643)
(See ANTH 329).

*ANTH 453. Chinese Culture and Society.
Dr. Charlotte Ikels - T/Th 8:30 - 9:45 AM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(10431)
(See ANTH 353.)

*ANTH 465. Gender and Sex Differences: Cross-Cultural Perspectives.
Dr. Atwood Gaines - M/W 12:30 - 1:45 PM - 100-LEC(10422)
(See ANTH 365.)

*ANTH 475.  Human Evolution: The Fossil Evidence.
Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie - M/W 2:30 - 4:00 PM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(2966)
(See ANTH 375.)

*ANTH 477. Human Osteology.
Dr. Scott Simpson - T/Th 2:45 - 4:00 PM - 4 credits - 100-LEC(3764)
(See ANTH 377.)

*ANTH 479. Special Topics in Cultural and Social Anthropology.
Topic: Cultures of Latin America.
Dr. Katia Almeida - M/W 12:30 - 1:45 PM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(3008)
(See ANTH 379.)

ANTH 480.  Medical Anthropology and Global Health I.
  Dr. Lawrence Greksa – W/F 3:00-5:00 PM – 3 credits - 100-LEC(1038)
 The first in a sequence of two graduate core courses in medical anthropology and global health.
  This course focuses on foundational concepts and theories in medical anthropology, as well as 
  topical areas which have been central to the development of the field. 
 Prerequisite: Graduate standing in anthropology.

*ANTH 485. Applied Anthropology.
Dr. Lee Hoffer - T/Th 10:00-11:15 AM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(10548)
(See ANTH 385.)

ANTH 504. Anthropological Research Design.
Dr. Janet McGrath - M 3:00 - 5:30 PM - 3 credits - 100-LEC(1040)
Practical and theoretical issues in the selection of questions for health and aging research in
societal settings. Illustration of frameworks and designs for research. Discussion of the problems
of collection, analysis, and interpretation of data along with the non-scientific influences on the
research process and the use of results.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.


ANTH 507. Seminar in Controversial Issues in Anthropology.
Dr. Charlotte Ikels - T/Th 3:00 - 5:30 PM - 3 credits - 100-SEM(10432)
The goals of this course are to provide students with opportunities to: (1) Familiarize themselves
with the (alleged) facts of various controversial issues that have characterized the field of
anthropology over the past 50 years; (2) enhance their skills in analyzing and assessing the
nature and quality of the arguments and empirical data employed by parties to the controversies;
(3) develop an appreciation of the role of historical and political contexts in shaping the
Emergence and evolution of the controversies; and (4) consider the ethics involved in the practice and public representation of anthropology. Prerequisite: ANTH 480 and ANTH 481.


ANTH 599. Tutorial.
Staff -TBA - 1-18 credits - 100-RSC(1042)-Dr. Eileen Anderson-Fye, 101-RSC(1044)-
Dr. Cynthia Beall, 102-RSC(3070)-Dr. Atwood Gaines, 103-RSC(3072)-Dr.Melvyn Goldstein
104-RSC(3074)-Dr. Lawrence Greksa,105-RSC(3076)-Dr. Charlotte Ikels, 106-RSC(3080)-
Dr. Jill Korbin, 107-RSC(3082)-Dr. Janet McGrath, 108-RSC(4622)-Dr. Lee Hoffer,
Advanced studies in anthropology. Prerequisite: consent of supervising faculty member.

ANTH 601. Independent Research.
Staff - TBA - 1-18 credits - 100-RSC(1046)-Dr. Eileen Anderson-Fye, 101-RSC(1048)-
Dr. Cynthia Beall, 102-RSC(1050)-Dr. Atwood Gaines, 103-RSC(3084)-Dr. Melvyn Goldstein,
104-RSC(3086)-Dr. Lawrence Greksa, 105-RSC(3088)-Dr. Charlotte Ikels , 106-R5C(3090)-
Dr. Jill Korbin, 107-RSC(3092)-Dr. Janet McGrath, 108-RSC(10461)-Dr. Lee Hoffer,
Course offered for Pass/No Pass or Pass/Fail grading only.
Prerequisite: consent of supervising faculty member.

ANTH 700. Dissertation Fieldwork.
Staff - TBA - 0 credit - 100-THE(2992)-Dr. Eileen Anderson-Fye, 101-THE(2994)-
Dr. Cynthia Beall, 102-THE(2996)-Dr. Atwood Gaines, 103-THE(2998)-Dr. Melvyn Goldstein,
104-THE(3000)-Dr. Lawrence Greksa, 105-THE(3002)-Dr. Charlotte Ikels , 106-THE(3004)-
Dr. Jill Korbin, 107-THE(3006)-Dr. Janet McGrath, 108-THE(10462)-Dr. Lee Hoffer,
Students conducting dissertation fieldwork off-campus may choose to register for this course
with the permission of their dissertation advisor. Students may register for a maximum of one academic year. Under extraordinary circumstances (e.g. civil war) students may petition for additional time.
Prerequisites: Must be Ph.D. candidate with an approved dissertation prospectus and have
consent of supervising faculty member.


ANTH 701. Dissertation (Ph.D.).
Staff - TBA - 1-18 credits - 100-THE(1052)-Dr. Eileen Anderson-Fye, 101-THE(1054)-
Dr. Cynthia Beall, 102-THE(1056)-Dr. Atwood Gaines, 103-THE(1058)-Dr. Melvyn Goldstein,
104-THE(1060)-Dr. Lawrence Greksa, 105-THE(1062)-Dr. Charlotte Ikels , 106-THE(3094)-
Dr. Jill Korbin, 107-THE(3096)-Dr. Janet McGrath, 108-THE(10463)-Dr. Lee Hoffer,
Prerequisite: Must be Ph.D. candidate and have consent of supervising faculty member.