Winter Anthropology Courses

Winter Courses 2022

ANTH 102 - Introduction to Human Origins (5 credits)

Description of scientific evidence for the evolution of the human lineage from its primitive primate ancestors to the origins of civilization. Emphasis on analytical methods employed to reconstruct history from fossils, geological context and cultural remains.

ANTH 104 - American Mosaic: The Cultures of the United States (4 credits)

The study of the cultures of the United States from the perspectives of ethnicity, race, gender and class. Special emphasis on anthropological methods and approaches to enhance understanding of contemporary socio-cultural lifeways.

ANTH 201 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (5 credits)

Introduction to the concepts, methods and practical application of cultural anthropology. The focus is on explanations for social and cultural variation around the world and over time and the significance of holistic and comparative understanding.

ANTH 210 - Introduction to Archaeology (5 credits)

The historical roots and current goals of archaeology. Principles of archaeological inference, including formation of the archaeological record, data collection and analysis, and interpretive frameworks.

ANTH 215 - Introductory Biological Anthropology (5 credits)

The biological side of anthropology; human osteology, primate paleontology, human variation, human evolution and primate behavior.

ANTH 301 - Anthropological Theory (5 credits)

The development of anthropological thought from the late 1800s to the present. Emphasis is placed on the major theoretical developments in the discipline.

ANTH 303 - Qualitative Methods in Anthropology (5 credits)

This course will familiarize students with perspectives, methods and techniques of qualitative research in anthropology. The course will cover the theoretical background of qualitative research, major research traditions, methods of data collection, analysis of textual data and the write-up of findings.

ANTH 310 -  Monuments, Cities, and Taxes (5 credits)

This class will provide students with an introduction to the theories, concepts, and methods archaeologists use to understand complex human societies. Topics examined in the course will cover the factors influencing the initial development of ‘state’ societies, variability in preindustrial complex societies, and a survey of commonalities and diversity in the political, social, and economic organization of ancient states.

ANTH 314 - Archaeology of North America (5 credits)

Origins of PaleoIndians of North America, their paleoenvironments and the cultural sequences leading to the historic peoples of the New World north of Panama. Mesoamerican and Mississippian cultures, those of the Southwest and the Woodland Archaic.

ANTH 335 - Quantitative Methods in Anthropology (5 credits)

Mathematics and statistics as applied to anthropological problems.

ANTH 345 – Energy in the Global South (5 credits)

Energy has played a key role in the sociocultural and economic transformation of the Global South. This class examines the historical dimensions of these energy projects as a central component of modernization and national development. It also explores the impact on communities around the world of new or alternative energy technologies, infrastructures, politics, and political alliances, especially in light of the challenges presented by global climate change. Also offered as ENRG 345.

ANTH 350 - The Ecology of Human Variation (5 credits)

Examines global contemporary sociopolitical, health and related environmental issues with an evolutionary perspective that emphasizes changes in human physiology, development, and the genome and epigenome relative to local ecology (disease, diet, demography) and cultural adaptations.

ANTH 353 - Sex and Gender in Culture (5 credits)

Cross-cultural study of gender stereotypes, gender and language, gender and work roles, gender and religion.

ANTH 361 - American Indian Perspectives (5 credits)

Ethnographic survey of the peoples and cultures.

ANTH 362 - Anthropological Perspectives on Asia (5 credits)

Ethnographic survey of the region, with attention to the diversity of human experience.

ANTH 406 - Archaeological Method and Theory (5 credits)

History of theory and method in North American archaeology and the legacy of earlier goals. Current goals and the development of appropriate theory, method and empirical applications.

ANTH 411 - Archaeology of NW North America (5 credits)

The prehistoric archaeology of the Northwest coast and plateaus; current explorations and interpretations in a context of paleoenvironmental and ethnohistorical evidence.

ANTH 431 – Methods in Nutritional Research (5 credits)

Future generations face the challenge of developing sufficient and sustainable nutritional provisions to feed the global population. Technology, climate change, massive migrations, environmental contamination and politics all compel us to elucidate the efficacy of resulting changes to our food chain and their subsequent biological outcome. Using a nutritional epidemiology approach, this course is designed to learn from past research mistakes resulting in misguided nutritional policies and to develop skills needed to design anthropological research strategies for nutritional studies for the 21st Century.

ANTH 456 - Anthropology of War and Human Rights (4 credits)

The course focuses on emic and etic perspectives of war and human rights. Investigates cultural relativism and anthropology with regard to war and violence. Cultural constructions of war and definitions of human rights are fundamental to an understanding of what it means to be human.

ANTH 470 - Museology Studies (3-5 credits)

Internship at the Whatcom Museum of History and Art or other local museums. Students may select an area of museum specialization in most cases; essay questions and a paper are also required. Repeatable to a maximum of 10 cr.

ANTH 472 - Visual Anthropology (5 credits)

Examination of photographic representation of people by anthropologists, ethnographic filmmakers, indigenous people, media and other groups. Analytical skills and applications are emphasized and theoretical perspectives are explored.

ANTH 479 - People of the Sea and Cedar Internship (1-6 credits)

This is an internship at the Whatcom Museum, specifically to prepare students for workshops/tours for a program titled The People of the Sea and Cedar, which focuses on Northwest Coast Native peoples. The student will conduct workshops/tours for third and fourth grade students studying Native American history and culture. Interns will also learn about broader museum topics through readings and demonstrate their understandings through weekly short essays. A self-evaluation and Summary of Learning is also required. Interns should be comfortable working with people and hold an interest in Native American culture. Interns will need to be available for certain hours and make a two consecutive quarter commitment. Repeatable up to 7 credits including original course.

ANTH 490 - Senior Seminar in Anthropology (5 credits)

Capstone seminar in anthropology. Topics vary, emphasis is on current research questions in anthropology. Students write a research proposal, conduct a research project and present the findings. Repeatable to a maximum of 10 credits.

Cross Cultural Trauma & Recovery - Kathleen Young

The Course examines the human experience as a combination of physiological, psychological, and historical processes embodied and embedded in culture. Drawing from interdisciplinary perspectives, we analyze narratives of trauma and recovery to see the intersection of the individual with socio-cultural forces.

The course addresses the theory and practice of anthropology in the context of natural and unnatural catastrophes and events utilizing multi-dimensional anthropological methods. We will examine the ways in which the subjectivity of trauma is constructed, represented, altered, or normalized.

Earliest Art & Culture - Tesla Monson

What is art? What is culture? Are humans the only species that create art and culture? When did art and culture begin? And can we see the traces of these behaviors in the fossil record? These are just some of the questions we will explore in ANTH 490 Earliest Art and Culture. Topics of discussion include art in the fossil record, changes in technology during the Plio-Pleistocene, the evolutionary function of music, the interaction between culture and genetics, among others. Reading and discussion materials for the course will be based on literature assigned each week.

This course is a WP3 designed to offer students the opportunity to learn skills in scholarly writing. In this course, we will cover the basics of science writing, including searching for literature, learning about citations and references, summarizing academic papers, and writing an abstract. The course will culminate in a rough draft and final paper that is a literature review based on a topic of the student's choice (related to the course materials).