Anthropology

Anthropology, ANTH

5010. Anthropological Thought and Praxis I. 3 hours. Considers the history of anthropological concepts, the major historical debates in anthropological theory and historical tensions between applied and theoretical knowledge. Special emphasis is given to critical examination of concept and theory formation and the application of anthropological ideas to the problems of everyday life. Prerequisite(s): ANTH 5200 if no anthropology degree.

5015. Anthropological Thought and Praxis II. 3 hours. Considers contemporary anthropological concepts and theories and the major debates that have been produced by them. Special emphasis is given to the most recent tensions and debates on the relationships between theoretical and applied knowledge. Specific attention is paid to the relationships between social theory and social policy formation. Prerequisite(s): ANTH 5010.

5020. Quantitative Methods in Anthropology. 3 hours. Basic principles and techniques of research design, sampling, and elicitation for collecting and comprehending quantitative behavioral data. Procedures for data analysis and evaluation are reviewed, and students get hands-on experience with SPSS in order to practice organization, summarizing, and presenting data. The goal is to develop a base of quantitative and statistical literacy for practical application across the social sciences, in the academy and the world beyond.

5030. Medical Anthropology. 3 hours. This course presents perspectives in contemporary medical anthropology, with a focus on the biocultural basis of health and sociocultural variations in illness and healing (ethnomedicine). It includes study of comparative health systems, political-economic and ethical issues in health and care, health professions and patients' views of illness.

5040. Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods. 3 hours. Focuses on ethnographic and qualitative methods and the development of the skills necessary for the practice of anthropology. Special emphasis is given to qualitative techniques of data collection and analysis, grant writing, the use of computers to analyze qualitative data and ethical problems in conducting qualitative research.

5060. Pre-Practicum: Problems and Cases in Applied Anthropology. 3 hours. Examines case studies and specific problems in applied anthropology, and guides students in preparing for the practicum. Students are exposed to the practice of anthropology in a variety of settings, such as health, business, development, education, environment, crime, ethnic and race relations, and social policy. The class includes case study readings and guest speakers to help students discover the range of what applied anthropologists do, and to help focus their own interests. In addition, students learn how to identify potential agencies as practicum sites, how to approach them and how to develop a practicum proposal.

5070. Urban Ethnic Cultures. 3 hours. Course examines how ethnic identity is experienced and articulated in the urban context, historically and contemporarily. Comprehension of the fundamental dynamics that influence the development and maintenance of ethnic cultures in cities, drawing on key concepts from anthropology and urban studies. General overview of how ethnic and racial relations are socially structured in the United States, followed by an examination of some of the symbolic materials and mediums through which people express a sense of ethnic identity and belonging _ music, dress, dance and stories. Consideration of how these expressive cultures unfold in urban settings, both shaped by and reconstituting city life in this country.

5200. Seminar in Cultural Anthropology. 3 hours. A survey of anthropological attempts to understand and explain the similarities and differences in culture and human behavior.

5420. Introduction to Health Services Research. 3 hours. Survey of the history of the development of the field of health services research; the interdisciplinary contributions of the disciplines of sociology, economics, anthropology, gerontology, political science and public health to the field; and the use of survey research to collect information on health status and health services utilization.

5610. Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology. 3 hours. Cross-cultural and ethnographic investigation, analysis and discussion of a significant, contemporary topic of interest to students in various graduate programs. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5800. Applying Anthropology: Practicum I. 3 hours. Provides experiential learning in applied anthropology through placement in business, government, community, and social service organizations and agencies. Students design and implement an applied anthropology project under the supervision of a faculty member. This 96-hour (minimum) placement is planned in cooperation with the student to meet specialized career goals. The student should accomplish as many hours as possible during Practicum I; hours can be finished under Practicum II. Prerequisite(s): ANTH 5010, 5015, 5020, 5040 and 5060.

5810. Applying Anthropology: Practicum II. 3 hours. Provides experiential learning in applied anthropology through placement in business, government, community, and social service organizations and agencies. A continuation of Practicum I. Students finish up any remaining research, deliver their findings to the client, and prepare a written report and a verbal presentation for the department of anthropology. Prerequisite(s): ANTH 5010, 5015, 5020, 5040, 5060 and 5800.

5900-5910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each.

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