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Winter Academic Term 2003 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Biological Anthropology


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Winter Academic Term, 2003 (January 6 - April 25)

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ANTHRBIO 450. Molecular Anthropology.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: At least one anthropology or biology course. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~andym/450sylWin2003.html

This course will cover, in detail, how to collect various kinds of molecular data. This includes polymorphisms involving PCR amplicon size, RFLP's, STR's, and DNA nucleotide and protein amino acid sequences. The theories behind these methods will be discussed so that students will understand the nature of the data being collected. This is the prerequisite course for the Molecular Anthropology Lab course, and provides the necessary background theory to learn how to actually do these procedures in lab. The second third of the course involves analysis of molecular data, and encompasses basic population genetic techniques for the analysis of molecular genetic data. These include computation of genetic distance, heterogeneity, and Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium from actual data. The final third of the course will involve either presentations of critiques and explanations of published works or novel analyses of data acquired from the literature or from online databases (Genbank, GDB, etc.). The course pack will involve readings from the field.

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

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: One of the following: ANTHRBIO 161, 361, 368, PSYCH 335, EEB 494. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/psych/439/001.nsf

See Psychology 439.001.

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ANTHRBIO 562. Human Nature.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: ANTHRBIO 467 and permission of instructor. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

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 (ANTHRBIO 467) or who have taken ANTHRBIO 467 in a previous term. Other courses on evolution and behavior may be substituted for ANTHRBIO 467 with permission of the instructor. Grading will be based on class participation and an in-depth research paper.

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ANTHRBIO 565. Evolution of Genus Homo.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: Senior standing. Primarily for students concentrating in biological anthropology or vertebrate evolution. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/anthrbio/565/001.nsf

Evolution of Homo sapiens from its Australopithecine ancestor, and the appearance of modern humans and their races are the focus of this course. Topics include the hunter/gather adaptation and the late Pliocene origin of Homo sapiens, habitation of the world and the origin of races; the "Eve" theory of modern human origins; the fate of the European Neanderthals. Three hours of lecture, two hours of scheduled laboratory, and a third unscheduled hour required weekly. There is a midterm, final, and term paper. ANTHRBIO 351 or 365 must be taken before enrolling into this course.

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ANTHRBIO 566. Laboratory in Human Osteology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Rachel Caspari (rcaspari@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The course is concerned with the identification and interpretation of human skeletal remains. Emphasis is placed on both the individual and populational levels of interpretation. Topics include the basic biology of normal bone, pathology, and variation in form. Identification and reconstruction of fragmentary materials as well as reconstruction of populational characteristics (age, sex, life history data, metric description) are covered. It is specifically designed for archaeologists and biological anthropologists but also would be of use to pre-dental and pre-medical students who will take gross anatomy in the future. The course is limited to 30 students. Four scheduled hours, and additional laboratory time.

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ANTHRBIO 568. Primate Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John C Mitani

Prerequisites: ANTHRBIO 368. Permission of instructor required. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

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

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/anthrbio/568/001.nsf

This is an advanced course examining the ecology and behavior of the nonhuman primates. We will employ evolutionary theory to describe and interpret patterns of behavioral diversity displayed by primates living in the wild. Emphasis will be given to covering topical issues emerging in the study of primate behavioral ecology. There is a limited enrollment.

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ANTHRBIO 570. Biological Anthropology: An Overview.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Andres R Frisancho (arfrisan@umich.edu), C. Loring Brace (clbrace@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in anthropology. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/anthrbio/570/001.nsf

This course will examine 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 for 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.

Requirements: Anthropology Graduate Students.

Exams: Two Exams: one midterm and one final. Each count 25% of the course grade.

Exam Format: Essay and short answers.

Term Papers: Topic chosen by the student and approved by the instructors. Counts for 50% of the course grade.

Required Texts:

  • C.L. Brace 2000, Evolution in an Anthropological View;
  • C.L. Brace, Race is a Four Letter Word will be available at Dollar Bill Copying 611 Church Street;
  • Jurmain et al. 2000, Introduction to Physical Anthropology.

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ANTHRBIO 665. Topics in Human Evolution.

Section 001 The Structure of Evolutionary Theory.

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

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

We will read and discuss the entirety of Gould's final work, The Structure of Evolutionary Theory, and the insights Gould brought to understanding the process of evolution. Reflecting Gould's approach, we will take both a biological and a historical perspective.

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ANTHRBIO 665. Topics in Human Evolution.

Section 002 Essentialism, Science and Politics: The Anthropology of Race .

Instructor(s): Caspari

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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ANTHRBIO 961. Research Practicum in Anthropology.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (2-8). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

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). May not be repeated for credit.

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). May not be repeated for credit.

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). May not be repeated for credit.

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. Permission of instructor required. (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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