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Winter '01 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Biological Anthropology


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Winter Term, 2001 (January 4 April 26)

Open courses in Biological Anthropology
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Winter Term '01 Time Schedule for Biological Anthropology.


ANTHRBIO 452. Population Genetics and Anthropology.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: One course in anthropology or biology. No credit granted to those who have completed Biology 490. (4).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~andym/452SylWin01.html

This course covers the basics of population genetics, with special reference to evolutionary questions and questions relating to anthropology. Core concepts of population genetics will be emphasized, including: selection, drift, Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, neutrality, heterogeneity, genetic distance, gene flow, founder effects, and bottlenecks. Regular homework assignments will require students to calculate these various measures from real and simulated data. Final projects will involve population genetic analyses of data to test hypotheses using real and simulated data. There will be midterm and final exams involving quantitative and qualitative questions about population genetics and evolution.

Text: "Principles of Population Genetics" Third Edition, by Daniel L. Hartl and Andrew G. Clark, Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA 1997 Available at the Shaman Drum Bookstore on State Street. A copy will be placed on reserve in the library, as will any articles assigned.

Course Requirements:

  1. Readings: All assigned readings must be completed before the assigned class period. Additional readings outside the textbook will be assigned during the semester.
  2. Homework problems are due as specified in the syllabus. Late homeworks will be penalized one point per day, so an assignment due Wednesday and turned in on the following Monday would be docked 5 points prior to grading.
  3. Exams: There will be three exams: two in-class exams and a final exam (during finals week) worth approximately 100 points each. Each exam will include material from the text, readings, films, and discussions contained in the previous unit. Each exam may include essay, short answer, and multiple choice questions.
  4. Project: There will be a project worth a total of 100 points. Please see the enclosed descriptions of the project.
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ANTHRBIO 562. Human Nature.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Biol. Anthro. 467 and permission of instructor. (2).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This is an advanced seminar in evolutionary psychology. Topics include: human social relationships, morality, religion, and the emotions. Students will read provocative books, such as Robert Wright's The Moral Animal (or other books of current interest), as well as original scientific articles. Students will be encouraged to discuss the subject matter in relation to their own experiences. This is a fast paced course intended for students who have already read any two of the following texts: The Selfish Gene (R. Dawkins), The Biology of Moral Systems (R.D. Alexander), Introduction to Behavioral Ecology (J.R. Krebs and N.B. Davies), or Sex, Evolution, and Behavior (M. Daly and M. Wilson). Related books may be substituted for the above. Grading will be based on class participation and an in-depth research paper.

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ANTHRBIO 570. Biological Anthropology: An Overview.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Charles L Brace (clbrace@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: An undergraduate concentration in anthropology or its equivalent. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is conceived as a summary of what a professional anthropologist should understand concerning those aspects of basic biology that have to be taken into account to make sense out of the evidence for human evolution and "racial" variation. The emergence of modern "racial" differences is treated in terms of both adaptive and non-adaptive aspects of biological variation. The perspective of evolutionary theory is used throughout. The contributions made by the study of both living and fossil non-primates is also included.

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ANTHRBIO 665. Topics in Human Evolution.

Section 001 Current Problems in Human Evolutionary Studies

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

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

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is a First Year Graduate Seminar course focusing on "Current Problems in Human Evolutionary Studies."

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ANTHRBIO 961. Research Practicum in Anthropology.

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.

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.

Section 001.

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.

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.

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 Winter Academic Term. Beginning graduate student instructors are required to register for this class.

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ANTHRBIO 995. Dissertation/Candidate.

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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