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Fall Academic Term '02 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Biological Anthropology


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Fall Academic Term, 2002 (September 3 - December 20)


ANTHRBIO 468 / PSYCH 439 / WOMENSTD 468. Behavioral Biology of Women.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Barbara Smuts (bsmuts@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: One of the following: ANTHRBIO 161, 361, 368, PSYCH 335, EEB 494. (4).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/psych/439/001.nsf

See Psychology 439.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1, 5 - Permission of Instructor

ANTHRBIO 561. Quantitative Field Methods.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: One course in introductory statistics is helpful, but not required. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course teaches students how to enhance their fieldwork through techniques of strong inference and a powerful array of quantitative methods. These methods will be illustrated by an in depth analysis of field studies conducted by both biological anthropologists and ethnologists in diverse geographic settings--from the Gainj of New Guinea to the Ache of Paraguay. The goal is not to make methodology an end in itself, but rather to give students a heightened appreciation for the exiciting advances in theory that can be achieved by raising the standard of evidence. The course will cover the following subjects: biasis in sample selection and issues of sample size; review of statistical methods; how to formulate and test alternative hypotheses against the empirical evidence (as opposed to the exclusive pursuit of a unitary argument); interview techniques and questionnaire design including the various instruments used in microdemographic and economic surveys, behavioral observation including focal follow, behavioral scan and other quantitative methods of behavioral measurement; map making skills using both a compass and meter tape and GPS systems; collection and transportation of biological samples (e.g., urine, saliva, cheek swabs) in the field; fieldwork ethics; health and safety in the field; human subject compliance. The required texts will include such works as Intuitive Biostatistics , by Harvey Motulsky; Ache Life History, by Kim Hill and Magdalena Hurtado; and Measuring Behavior, by Paul Martin and Patrick Bateson.

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ANTHRBIO 661. Topics in Biological Anthropology.

Section 002 Phylogenetics and Molecular Evolution. [credits?].

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

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

Credits: (2-3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~andym/ANTH_661_Sylabus.html

The course will cover the principles of population genetics and molecular evolution, as well as more advanced discussions of theoretical molecular evolutionary genetics. Methods for estimating gene flow, admixture, heterozygosity, genetic distance, population subdivision, and the timing and rate of population expansion/bottlenecks using molecular data will be discussed. Phylogenetic techniques including character state methods and genetic distance-based methods will be discussed. Students will download sequences from Genbank and test some evolutionary hypothesis using the methods learned in this course.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

ANTHRBIO 665. Topics in Human Evolution.

Section 001 Modern Human Origins Debated.

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

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

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Students will read papers by the major protaganists in the modern human origins debate and with students taking the part of each individual, key topics will be discussed.

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ANTHRBIO 961. Research Practicum in Anthropology.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: 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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ANTHRBIO 962. Anthropological Research.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: 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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ANTHRBIO 963. Survey of Literature on Selected Topics.

Instructor(s):

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

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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ANTHRBIO 990. Dissertation/Precandidate.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: 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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ANTHRBIO 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: 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 Academic Term. Beginning graduate student instructors are required to register for this course.

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ANTHRBIO 995. Dissertation/Candidate.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: 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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