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Winter Academic Term 2003 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 161. Introduction to Biological Anthropology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John C Mitani

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (NS). (BS). Does not count toward anthropology concentration requirements. May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

What is the material basis of evolution? How have humans evolved? Why do humans behave in the manner that they do? This class seeks answers to these enduring questions. The course will be divided into three parts. We will begin by reviewing the theory of evolution and examining how evolution produces adaptations and creates new species. This section will conclude by outlining how evolution has shaped the behavior of our closest living relatives, the nonhuman primates. The second part of the class will be devoted to investigating the human fossil record and tracing the physical and behaviroal evolution of our species. The course will conclude by asking how evolution has affected contemporary human behavior. The emphasis throughout will be on the processess that have shaped human evolution and how these have produced who we are. The class includes three lectures plus one discussion/lab meeting per week. Grades will be based on 3 midterms and GSI evaluation.

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ANTHRBIO 362. Problems of Race.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing. (3). (NS). (BS). (R&E). May not be repeated for credit.

R&E

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The subject matter covered in this course is different from but complementary to that covered in Anthropology 347 which is more concerned with race relations. Anthropology 362 addresses itself to two main problem areas where race is concerned: (1) the common concept of race has an inadequate foundation in biology and must be dispensed with before we can make sense out of the very real aspects of human biological variation. This portion of the course treats the dimensions of human biological differences that can be traced according to selective force distributions and their changes through time. These will be contrasted with the biological traits that show regional clustering but which have no adaptive value and cannot therefore be hierarchically arranged. (2) If the common concept of race has an inadequate biological base, how did we get stuck with our generally held assumptions when it would appear that they owe more to folklore than to biology? This portion of the course deals principally with the history of the race concept. All the material covered by the course will be dealt with in lecture. Supplementary readings will be suggested from time to time, along with specific sections in the assigned texts.

Texts: C.L.Brace, THE STAGES OF HUMAN EVOLUTION 5 ed. and Stephen Molnar, HUMAN VARIATION 5 ed. will be available at Michigan Book and Supply at 317 S. State. Lecture outlines (syllabus) and C.L.Brace, RACE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD will be available at Dollar Bill Copying 611 Church Street.

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ANTHRBIO 364. Nutrition and Evolution.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing. (4). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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ANTHRBIO 399. Honors in Biological Anthropology and Anthropology/Zoology.

Instructor(s):

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

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.

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ANTHRBIO 450. Molecular Anthropology.

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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ANTHRBIO 467. Human Behavioral Ecology.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: A strong background in the natural sciences is assumed, including any two of the following courses: ANTHRBIO 161, 368; BIOLOGY 162; MCDB 404; EEB 494. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course considers the anthropological significance of recent advances in natural selection theory. Particular topics include: cooperation, reciprocity, inclusive fitness, sexual selection, mating systems, and parental investment. Students will read the primary scientific literature to learn how anthropologists test evolutionary hypotheses in varied geographic and cultural contexts (for example, Ache hunter-gatherers of Paraguay, Dogon agriculturalists of Mali, Kipsigi pastoralists of Kenya, 19th-century Europeans, and contemporary North Americans). Natural selection theory will also be used to probe the field of human reproductive ecology, with emphasis on the demographic transition, historical demography, the evolution of menstruation, and female fecundity. In addition to exams, students will write a term paper in which they hone their ability to discriminate among alternative view points using both qualitative and quantitative data.

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Psychology 439.001.

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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 maximum of 6 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.

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ANTHRBIO 562. Human Nature.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: ANTHRBIO 467 and permission of instructor. (2). (Excl). (BS). 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 (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 565. Evolution of Genus Homo.

Section 001.

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

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

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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ANTHRBIO 566. Laboratory in Human Osteology.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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ANTHRBIO 568. Primate Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John C Mitani

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

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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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