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  • Graduate Research Assist (RA), Anthropology Department

Current Courses

Fall 2021

  • ANTH 101-070
    Culture & Human Exper
    Location: SANDY 202 (SANDY 202)
  • ANTH 1010-070
    Culture & Human Exper
    Location: SANDY 202 (SANDY 202)

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Summer 2021

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Courses I Teach

  • 1000-090 - Introduction to Anthropology (Online Section)
    This course is an introduction to four sub-disciplines in Anthropology. Anthropology is the study of similarities and differences in human behavior over time and space. The four sub-disciplines we will discuss are biological and cultural anthropology, paleoanthropology and archaeology.
  • ANTH 1010-070 - Culture and Human Experience
    This course introduces students to the concept of culture as a framework for understanding similarities and differences in behavior and values in human societies from all parts of the world. The intersections and complexity of historical, social, political, economic, and religious structures and forces in cultures are examined. Most case studies are from non-Western cultures in South America, Africa, and Oceania, but examples and links to cultural and social-economic diversity within the United States are also integral to the course. Emphasis is placed on understanding how culture patterns human thought and feelings about the natural environment, social relations, history, and “others”. An underlying theme is that anthropological knowledge can be used to solve contemporary local and global issues.
  • ANTH 1020-090 - Human Origins and Diversity (Online Section)
    Physical (also known as Biological) Anthropology is an exciting discipline that studies humans, and their closest living relatives, as biological beings living in cultural and natural settings. This introductory course, taught through lectures, readings, videos and online activities, will address questions pertinent and important to the scientific, social, and political agenda of the world. Based on what is taught in the course, you will be able to answer questions regarding human origins, the relationship of humans to each other and the rest of the animal kingdom, the origin, patterns, maintenance, and significance of human biological variation. You will also learn about the nature of heredity and we will touch upon the ethical ramifications of new developments in biotechnology. The course is broken up into four Segments, which represent the major emphases of Physical Anthropology: 1) Evolutionary Theory, 2) Human Genetics, 3) Living Primates and 4) The Fossil Record. There will be opportunities to participate in peer learning by sharing relevant news items in the Canvas environment and you will be required to participate in online activities related to the course material
  • ANTH 5712-002 - Zooarchaeology and Field Ecology (Course TA)
    Zooarchaeology is the study of animal remains from archaeological contexts to enhance our understanding of the long-standing and complex relationship between past people and animals. Analyses of archaeological vertebrate remains can address problems that range from past human subsistence strategies and paleoecology to paleoclimatic reconstruction. Addressing such issues involves first, the identification of the animal remains, and second, the interpretation of those remains. These two components of zooarchaeology are inextricably linked, and serve as the main goals of this hands-on, laboratory-and field-based course. The first goal of the course is to achieve competence in the recognition of different classes and orders of vertebrates; this includes the fragmentary remains of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds. Laboratory activity is centered around the identification of archaeofaunal remains from selected localities—this summer we willbe examining faunal material from selected sites in Northern and Baja California. Additional experience in vertebrate identification will be achieved through experience in the preparation and curation of vertebrate skeletal specimens for an osteological comparative collection. The analytical and interpretive aspects of zooarchaeology will receive equal emphasis through assigned readings, lectures and case studies. Topics that will be covered include the nature of the archaeofaunal record, units of quantification, taphonomy, the selective utilization of animals, and foraging theory. To enhance the frame of reference in zooarchaeological analysis, extended background information on vertebrate ecology and natural history will be provided in lectures and reinforced through extensive field study and observations. Additional experience in both vertebrate identification and interpretation will be gained through the completion of a problem-oriented research project where students will develop and address a researchproblem through the analysis of a specific set of archaeological vertebrate materials. Further appreciation of the analytical and interpretive potential of archaeofaunal remains will be gained through attendance, participation and presentations at the Stanley J. Olsen Eagle Lake Zooarchaeology Conference.