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Fall '00 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Biological Anthropology (Division 318)

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Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 December 22)

Open courses in Biological Anthropology

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Bio. Anthro. 451. Molecular Anthropology Lab.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Andrew Merriwether (andym@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Biol. Anthro. 450 and permission of instructor. (3).Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~andym/451.html

This is a laboratory course where students will learn and employ some of the basic methodologies for collecting molecular genetic data. Methods include DNA extraction, PCR, electrophoresis, RFLP analyses, analysis of STR polymorphisms, and DNA sequencing. Class projects will include the collection and analysis of data.

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

Bio. Anthro. 564. Hominid Origins.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Biol. Anthro. 365 or 466. Primarily for biological anthropology concentrators. (4).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is about the origin of the human species and the life history of the earliest type of human Australopithecus. It examines the ancestry of the hominids, the various theories of their origin, and aspects of australopithecine evolution such as their locomotion, behavior, adaptations, and taxonomy. Emphasis is placed on the application of evolutionary theory to species origins and mode of evolution, the biomechanical links of form to function, and the importance of the discovery of stone tools. The format includes lectures and a laboratory session. Evaluations are based on a paper, final exam, and laboratory tests and assignments. Prerequisite: Anthro. 365 or equivalent or more advanced class in evolution.

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

Bio. Anthro. 661. Topics in Biological Anthropology.

Section 001 Research Strategies in Biological Anthropology.

Instructor(s): Roberto Frisancho (arfrisan@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (2-3).

Credits: (2-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is designed for graduate students or undergraduate students who plan to develop either: (a) research paper for publication; (b) research proposal for submission to a funding agency. During the first half of the academic term, students will review current research in human biology with emphasis on methods, techniques of data collection and data analysis. In the second half of the academic term the students will present for discussion their specific research or research proposal for discussion with all the class participants.

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Bio. Anthro. 665. Topics in Human Evolution.

Section 001 WHY SO MANY AUSTRALOPITHECINE SPECIES?

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (2).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Through reading, discussions and study of casts we will examine the taxonomic question of why so many australopithecine species have been named, and whether and how this reflects their phylogeny and origin. Australopithecus is the "other" kind of homind, if there is reason to compare our species with chimpanzees, there is much more reason to understand the similarities and differences with australopithecines, and we can learn a good deal about ourselves and the evolution of Homo by seeking its reflection in this mirror. Previous or current enrollment in Anthropology 564 is highly recommended, undergradutaes and graduate students are welcome.

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Bio. Anthro. 668/Psych. 630. Topics in Primatology.

Section 001 Primate Models in Human Evolution.

Instructor(s): John Mitani (mitani@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (2).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2000/fall/lsa/anthrbio/668/001.nsf

Who are we and how did we come to be the way we are? These questions have been pondered by humans through the ages. This class will seek answers to these questions by merging current thought and wisdom from two fields, paleoanthropology and primate behavioral ecology. Specifically, we will apply evolutionary theory and data from primate field studies to the understanding of early hominid behavioral evolution. In so doing, we will entertain the following issues: Can knowledge of contemporary nonhuman primates and their behavior tell us anything about early hominid behavior? If so, how? What is the proper use of theory and data in the reconstruction of early human behavior? Is chimpanzee hunting relevant to our understanding of early human hunting?

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Bio. Anthro. 961. Research Practicum in Anthropology.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (2-8). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (2-8).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course provides students with the opportunity to design and to conduct fieldwork or laboratory analysis of original anthropological data. A faculty member may undertake it as a special aspect of a research project under investigation or the student under the supervision of a faculty member may initiate it.

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Bio. Anthro. 962. Anthropological Research.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course requires a substantial research paper or an extensive exploration and critical evaluation of relevant sources on a particular topic.

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Bio. Anthro. 963. Survey of Literature on Selected Topics.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-3).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course requires an annotated bibliography. A written statement detailing a program of readings and objectives is to be submitted to the instructor.

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Bio. Anthro. 990. Dissertation/Precandidate.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate Standing. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8; 1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

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Bio. Anthro. 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Must have Teaching Assistant award. Graduate Standing. (1).

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A seminar for all beginning graduate student instructors, consisting of a two day orientation before the term starts and periodic workshops/meetings during the Fall Term. Beginning graduate student instructors are required to register for this class.

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Bio. Anthro. 995. Dissertation/Candidate.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate Standing; Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (8; 4 in the half-term)

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.

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