Anthropology Courses Summer 2017

Author: Eric Haanstad

The Department of Anthropology is offering the following courses this summer:

ANTH 20201 Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology (CRN 3511) Prof. Marc Kissel

This course approaches human evolution from a theoretical point of view that combines both biological and cultural processes into a cohesive bio-cultural model. It begins by tracing the development of modern evolutionary theory and the place of evolutionary studies in anthropology, especially in the sub-field of bioanthropology. These concepts provide the framework for understanding the many lines of evidence that anthropologists use to explore and explain human evolution. These include studies of our primate relatives, through the intricacies of the fossil record, to archaeological evidence for the invention of material culture from the simplest stone tools to the complex cultural world that we live in today. Modern human variation can only be explained as the result of evolutionary forces acting on the complex interplay of biology and culture over millions of years. We continue to be affected by these forces, and this course not only provides information about where we came from, it also provides the scientific backgrounds to help us understand where we might be going as our species continues to evolve.

Anthropology Fundamentals or Elective credit towards the major/minor. Arts and Letters Social Science (ALSS). M T W R F - 9:30A - 10:50A.

ANTH 20318 Martial Arts & Popular Culture (CRN 3510) Prof. Eric Haanstad  

“Martial arts has a very very deep meaning as far as my life is concerned because as an actor, as a martial artist, as a human being – all these I have learned from martial arts.” — Bruce Lee, 1971

From Hong Kong cinemas, to Black Belt magazines, to MMA pay-per-view events, to online video games, martial arts are intertwined with the popular culture of global media. This seminar enlists the martial arts to explore themes from history, philosophy, anthropology, aesthetic theory, media studies, and sports as embodied practice. By merging multiple dimensions of historical identity, artistic expression, and cultural practice, martial arts have a unique ability to access the human imagination. This seminar synthesizes the global transmission of martial arts through an interdisciplinary approach to symbolically violent popular culture. By tracking the proliferation of the martial arts in popular media, from Yip Man film sequels, to Muay Thai YouTube clips, to karate tournament supply catalogues and dojo iconography, the cultural lives of these arts are revealed. We will examine the broad diversity of martial arts media including jujitsu in Japan, kali/escrima in the Philippines, pencak silat in Indonesia, and savate in France. In this way, the seminar crafts informative linkages between the cultural variations of martial arts and their global influence in popular consciousness.

Anthropology Elective credit towards the major/minor. M T R - 12:30P - 2:45P

ANTH 30190 Infancy: Evolution/History/Development (CRN 3472) Prof. James McKenna 

Explores aspects of infant biology and socio-emotional development in relationship to western childcare practices and parenting. Western pediatric approaches to infancy and parenting are evaluated in light of western cultural history and cross-cultural, human evolutionary and developmental data. A variety of mammals are included as a comparative background to explore the relationships between infant physiology, mental and physical health and contemporary infant care giving concepts.
Anthropology Elective credit towards the major/minor. M T W R F - 12:30P - 2:30P