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Winter Academic Term '02 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Biological Anthropology


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Winter Academic Term, 2002 (January 7 - April 26)

Open courses in Biological Anthropology
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Winter Academic Term '02 Time Schedule for Biological Anthropology.


ANTHRBIO 451. Molecular Anthropology Lab.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Biol. Anthro. 450 and permission of instructor. (3). Laboratory fee ($100) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($100) 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: 5, Permission of Instructor

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.

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 are simultaneously enrolled in Human Behavioral Ecology (Anthro. 467) or who have taken Anthro. 467 in a previous term. Other courses on evolution and behavior may be substituted for 467 with permission of the instructor. 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): Milford H Wolpoff (wolpoff@umich.edu) , Beverly Strassmann (bis@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (4).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course provides an introduction to biological anthropology for anthropology graduate students. Biological anthropology is the science that deals with the adaptations, variability, and evolution of human beings and their living and fossil relatives. Because it studies human biology in the context of human culture and behavior, biological anthropology is both a biological and a social science. Evolutionary theory is the unifying theory of biological anthropology and will provide the theoretical framework for this course. We will learn why natural selection is considered the principle guiding force of evolution and consider the numerous advances in evolutionary theory and genetics since Darwin. Human evolution will be examined in its anatomical, genetic, and behavioral aspects. We also will consider the relevance of natural selection theory to studies of human variation, including race, and to human behavior, including anthropological studies of gender, kinship, reciprocity, religion, and morality. Grading is based on two exams (midterm and final) and a short paper. A two hour laboratory each week, at a time to be arranged, is required.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 5-no waitlist

ANTHRBIO 665. Topics in Human Evolution.

Section 001 First Year Bioanthropological Graduate Seminar.

Instructor(s): Milford H Wolpoff (wolpoff@umich.edu) , John D Speth (jdspeth@umich.edu) , Stephen Pastner

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

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This seminar encourages first-year graduate students in biological anthropology to consider the four-field perspective on selected problems that have attracted anthropological interest. Anticipated topics include the co-evolution of humans and their subsistence; cannibalism; and the science and politics of the challenges to evolution posed by creationism and intelligent design. Students will be expected to develop an active collegial involvement in directing the discussions. A faculty member in biological anthropology, archaeology, and ethnology is participating, and first year graduate students in the other anthropological subdisciplines are encouraged to attend.

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ANTHRBIO 670. History of Biological Anthropology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): C Loring Brace

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

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Biological anthropology has a broad and diverse ancestry in the assumptions of a western European outlook concerning the nature of the peoples of the world. That outlook was particularly conditioned by the experiences and the traditions of interpretation of the European settlers of North America. America continues to support the bulk of the biological anthropologists of the world. For reasons that will be discussed, American perceptions were adopted and integrated into a systematic intellectual framework in France and not America. The circumstances of that integration precluded the incorporation of a Darwinian perspective. The Anglo-French entente during World War I brought a version of that framework back into the emerging ethos of professional anthropology in the English-speaking world. This fit comfortably with the continuing current of American assumptions concerning the reality and meaning of the concept of "race." It also bears on the fact that the outlook of evolutionary biology is largely missing from paleoanthropology. These manifestations of typological thinking continue to be applied to considerations of the fossil record and modern human biological variation in lieu of evolutionary expectations. The thinking of a sampling of biological anthropologists is examined to demonstrate the continuing absence of Darwinian expectations. Student evaluations will be based on a midterm, a final exam, and a term paper on a topic to be set in consultation with the instructor.

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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 Winter 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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