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Fall Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Biological Anthropology


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Fall Academic Term, 2003 (September 2 - December 19)


Anthropology Waitlist/Override Procedures

For courses that are closed and do not maintain waitlists on wolverine access:

      If the course has discussions sections, attend the first class meeting and ask for an override
    • If the course does not have discussion sections, contact the instructor.


      ANTHRBIO 161. Introduction to Biological Anthropology.

      Section 001.

      Instructor(s): Andres R Frisancho (arfrisan@umich.edu)

      Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Does not count toward anthropology concentration requirements.

      Credits: (4).

      Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/anthrbio/161/001.nsf

      This course will examine the evolutionary foundations of human variability. For this purpose, the course will address the principles of human evolution, fossil evidence, behavior, and morphological characteristics of human and non-human primates. In addition, human inter-population differences and environmental factors that account for these differences will be evaluated. To accomplish this goal the lectures include multimedia information derived from film clips, slides, overhead illustrations, etc. During class, each student is expected to participate actively in the development of all the topics.

      Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

      ANTHRBIO 169. Natural Selection.

      Section 001.

      Instructor(s): Beverly I Strassmann (bis@umich.edu)

      Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

      First-Year Seminar

      Credits: (3).

      Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

      This course is about the exciting progress in natural selection theory after Darwin. Students will read such books as: The Beak of the Finch (Jonathan Weiner), The Selfish Gene (Richard Dawkins), and The Moral Animal (Robert Wright). We will ask: Why is natural selection considered the principle guiding force of evolution? What is the evidence for natural selection? In humans? In nonhumans? What are the different kinds of selection? At what level (s) does selection act? The group? The individual? The gene? Which of these levels is most potent and why? In the life sciences, what relevance does natural selection theory have for pesticide resistance and the development of effective vaccines? In the social sciences, how has natural selection theory been invoked in psychology, economics, and anthropology? Does the notion of selfish genes have any relevance to human behavior? How can behavior be adaptive yet not have any basis in genetic differences among individuals? Why does natural selection often favor flexible as opposed to "innate" responses? What roles are played by culture, learning, development? What is the naturalistic fallacy?

      Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 3

      ANTHRBIO 365. Human Evolution.

      Section 001.

      Instructor(s): Milford H Wolpoff (wolpoff@umich.edu)

      Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing. High school biology is assumed. (4). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

      Credits: (4).

      Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/anthrbio/365/001.nsf

      Human evolution has been a biological process with both social and physical aspects. Through lectures, discussion section, laboratory, and reading, the interrelated process of behavioral and physical change is outlined for humans and their ancestors. Emphasis is placed on evolutionary mechanisms, and context is provided through an understanding of the pre-human primates. The human story begins with origins and the appearance of unique human features such as bipedality, the loss of cutting canines, the appearance of continual sexual receptivity, births requiring midwifery, and the development of complex social interactions. An early adaptive shift sets the stage for the subsequent evolution of intelligence, technology, and the changes in physical form that are the consequence of the unique feedback system involving cultural and biological change. The "Eve" theory and other ideas about the origin of modern humanity and human races, and their development and relationships, are discussed in this context. Class participation and discussion are emphasized, and there is a required discussion/laboratory section for elaboration of lecture topics and supervised hands-on experience with primate skeletal material and replicas of human fossils. Student evaluations are based on two examinations, laboratory quizzes, and a laboratory exam.

      Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 4

      ANTHRBIO 368 / PSYCH 338. Primate Social Behavior I.

      Section 001.

      Instructor(s): John C Mitani

      Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

      Credits: (4).

      Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/anthrbio/368/001.nsf

      This course will review the social systems and behavior of our closest living relatives, the primates. The course will be divided into three parts. I will begin by outlining questions about primate behavior. In this section the order primates will be introduced by examining the biology and behaviour of prosimians, monkeys, and apes. Second, various aspects of social primate systems including spacing, mating, and grouping patterns will be discussed. The course will conclude by reviewing selected topics of primate behavior, such as infanticide and vocal communication. I will draw heavily on field studies of primates and emphasize their behavior in natural environmental and social settings.

      Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

      ANTHRBIO 371. Techniques in Biological Anthropology.

      Instructor(s):

      Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. May not be included in a concentration plan in anthropology.

      Credits: (1-3).

      Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

      Laboratory training and work in the techniques used in various aspects of research in biological anthropology.

      Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

      ANTHRBIO 398. Honors in Biological Anthropology.

      Instructor(s):

      Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected twice for credit. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term (ANTHRBIO 399), the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

      Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

      Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

      Seniors who choose to enter the Honors program undertake a senior project under the supervision of a member of the faculty. Most often this takes the form of an original paper of greater scope than is possible in an ordinary term paper, and it gives the student experience in conducting and writing up his or her own research. Students who are interested in joining the senior honors program should consult with the departmental honors advisor for biological anthropology. Previous participation in the college Honors program is not a prerequisite for joining the senior Honors program.

      Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

      ANTHRBIO 471. Undergraduate Reading and Research in Anthropology.

      Instructor(s):

      Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. A maximum of three credits of independent reading may be included in a concentration plan in anthropology.

      Credits: (1-3).

      Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

      Laboratory training and work in the techniques used in various aspects of research in biological anthropology.

      Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of instructor/department required.

      ANTHRBIO 563. Mechanisms of Human Adaptation.

      Section 001.

      Instructor(s): Andres R Frisancho (arfrisan@umich.edu)

      Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

      Credits: (4).

      Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

      The course is addressed at evaluating the physiological response and adaptations that enable humans to survive environmental extremes such as those found under stressful conditions of heat, cold, solar radiation, high altitude, undernutrition, overnutrition, and Westernization of dietary habits. Because this course is addressed to students of several disciplines and to facilitate understanding of the mechanisms of human adaptation to the environmental stress, the discussion of the major topics is preceded by sections outlining initial responses observed in laboratory animals. Emphasis is given to the short adaptive mechanisms that enable an organism to acclimate itself to a given environmental stress. Subsequently, the long-term adaptive mechanisms that enable humans to acclimatize themselves to natural, stressful environmental conditions are discussed. Throughout the course, emphasis is given to the effects of environmental stresses and the adaptive responses that an organism makes during its growth and development and their implications for understanding the origins of population differences in biological traits. The method of instruction is lecture and some discussion. The course also involves practice with field laboratory techniques.

      Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 3


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