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2014-15 Catalog


ANTH A200: Natives of Alaska (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Course Attributes: UAA GER Social Sciences Requirement.
Introduction to culture and history of Alaska Natives. Includes environmental settings, linguistic subdivisions, traditional sociocultural organization and subsistence patterns, contact with non-Native groups, and contemporary issues, including education, politics, and law. 

ANTH A202: Cultural Anthropology (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Course Attributes: UAA GER Social Sciences Requirement.
Introduction to the methods, theories, and fundamental concepts in the study of cultural systems. Includes social relationships, economic organization, political systems, symbols and beliefs, and issues related to gender, power, world systems and colonialism, and the social construction of human lives. 

ANTH A210: Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Explores languages as communicative interaction and discourse strategies. Discusses multilingualism, sociolinguistics, language change and variation, language endangerment and revitalization, linguistic typologies, folk taxonomies, and kinship in relation to language and culture.

ANTH A250: Comparative Cultures (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Course Attributes: UAA GER Social Sciences Requirement.
Survey of the emergence of civilization in human cultural development. A foundation course covering biological emergence of modern humans, appearance of complex symbolic culture, domestication, urbanization, trade, ritual and ideology, and state formation. A comparative framework is used covering primary areas of civilization—Sumeria, Egypt, China, Indus River, Mesoamerica, South America—and secondary areas, including Southeast Asia, Japan, Africa, and North America. 

ANTH A270: Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Surveys women in a cross-cultural, exploring the nature of the relationship between gender and sex roles. 

ANTH A290: Special Topics in Anthropology (1-3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  1-3 + 0
Special Note: May be repeated once for credit with a change in subtitle. Special topics course of general interest in anthropology. 

ANTH A325: Cook Inlet Anthropology (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Special Note: Offered Alternate Fall Semesters.
Study of the peoples and cultures of the Native, Russian and American periods of the Cook Inlet region. Includes original archaeological studies and ethnohistoric documents. 

ANTH A354: Culture and Ecology  (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Prerequisites: ANTH A202 and ENVI A201.
Registration Restrictions: Completion of GER Tier 1 (basic college-level skills) courses and junior standing.
Course Attributes: UAA GER Integrative Capstone.
Anthropological approaches to the relationships between cultural and ecological systems.  Culture as an adaptive system and the role of various cultural subsystems in different adaptations.  Application of ecological concepts to human societies; impacts of environmental change on human societies, and impacts of human societies on environments; ethnoecology and traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous communities; values of nature among Western and non-Western societies; and political ecology in relation to the juxtaposition of indigenous peoples within contemporary nation-states. 

ANTH A437: Eskimo Adaptations (3 CR) 

Contact Hours:  3 + 0
Prerequisites: ANTH A200.
Addresses peoples of the Arctic coastal areas of Alaska and Canada whose traditional languages are of the Inuit-Unangan language family. Students will learn about public debates over the use of the work “Eskimo” and other terms. Focuses on the Inuit and Yup’ik language areas, including the Kalaallit (Greenlanders).


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