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Spring/Summer 2002 Course Guide

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Courses in Biological Anthropology

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Summer Half-Term Courses


ANTHRBIO 161. Introduction to Biological Anthropology.

Section 201.

Instructor(s): Andres R Frisancho (arfrisan@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (NS). (BS). Does not count toward anthropology concentration requirements.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will examine the evolutionary foundations of human variability. For this purpose, the course will address 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 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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

ANTHRBIO 398. Honors in Biological Anthropology.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing and permission of instructor. (2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit twice.

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Seniors who choose to enter the honors program undertake a senior project under the supervision of a member of the faculty. Most often this takes the form of an original paper of greater scope than is possible in an ordinary term paper, and it gives the student experience in conducting and writing up his or her own research. Students who are interested in joining the senior honors program should consult with the departmental honors advisor for biological anthropology. Previous participation in the college honors program is not a prerequisite for joining the senior honors program.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

ANTHRBIO 471. Undergraduate Reading and Research in Anthropology.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). A maximum of three credits of independent reading may be included in a concentration plan in anthropology. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Laboratory training and work in the techniques used in various aspects of research in biological anthropology.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

Spring Half-Term Courses


ANTHRBIO 297. Topics in Biological Anthropology.

Section 101 Food, Health, and Culture.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (NS). (BS). May be repeated for a total of twelve credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

From a western standpoint, food acquisition is as easy as going to the local grocery store. But this isn't the way that food is procured in other parts of the world, and it certainly isn't how food was gathered tens of thousands of years ago. As omnivores, humans can and do ingest a diversity of foodstuffs, but what people choose to eat is intricately woven into the tapestry of their culture. Yet our bodies and digestive systems are basically the same, shaped by evolutionary processes that allow for variations such as food allergies, lactose intolerance, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.

Some of the fundamental questions considered will be: What is the relationship between food choice and biological need? How do sociocultural factors affect our basic biological needs? How does environment affect human nutrition? How have seemingly fatal nutritional diseases prevailed throughout history? Or have these diseases arisen in response to a "modern" diet? This course will seek to answer these questions from an anthropological perspective, drawing from information on nutritional and cultural studies.

This course will be divided into two sections:

Food and Health

In this section, students will learn basic nutrition, including the essential nutrients and the process of digestion in the human body. This will establish a framework for the relationship between health and diet. Students will explore how nutritional requirements vary from childhood through senescence, including a focus on pregnancy and lactation as these play a crucial role in reproductive success. Malnutrition and nutrition-related diseases and their global impact will conclude this section and guide us into the next section.

Food and Culture

In the second section of the course, we will closely examine cultural variations of human nutrition. We will begin by briefly looking at the paleolithic diet, and then exploring the impact of agriculture on the human diet. Food preferences and avoidances including meat, vegetarianism, wild foods, geophagy, and cannibalism will be explored during this section. We will also consider the use of food in rituals and as medicine. The course will conclude with an in-depth analysis of the western diet, with a focus on preprocessed and bioengineered foods and possible health outcomes.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

ANTHRBIO 398. Honors in Biological Anthropology.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing and permission of instructor. (2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit twice.

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Seniors who choose to enter the honors program undertake a senior project under the supervision of a member of the faculty. Most often this takes the form of an original paper of greater scope than is possible in an ordinary term paper, and it gives the student experience in conducting and writing up his or her own research. Students who are interested in joining the senior honors program should consult with the departmental honors advisor for biological anthropology. Previous participation in the college honors program is not a prerequisite for joining the senior honors program.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

ANTHRBIO 471. Undergraduate Reading and Research in Anthropology.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). A maximum of three credits of independent reading may be included in a concentration plan in anthropology. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Laboratory training and work in the techniques used in various aspects of research in biological anthropology.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

Spring/Summer Term Courses


ANTHRBIO 398. Honors in Biological Anthropology.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit twice.

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Seniors who choose to enter the honors program undertake a senior project under the supervision of a member of the faculty. Most often this takes the form of an original paper of greater scope than is possible in an ordinary term paper, and it gives the student experience in conducting and writing up his or her own research. Students who are interested in joining the senior honors program should consult with the departmental honors advisor for biological anthropology. Previous participation in the college honors program is not a prerequisite for joining the senior honors program.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

ANTHRBIO 471. Undergraduate Reading and Research in Anthropology.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). A maximum of three credits of independent reading may be included in a concentration plan in anthropology. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Laboratory training and work in the techniques used in various aspects of research in biological anthropology.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Instructor

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