Anthropology Courses (ATY)

ATY 100 Contemporary Non-Western Cultures

Survey of contemporary non-Western societies which emphasizes their distinctive cultural characteristics and how these relate to changes taking place in the world today.

3

ATY 212 Introduction to Anthropology

Survey of general anthropology. Includes an inquiry into human origins, prehistory, and comparative study of culture.

3

ATY 213 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Cultural anthropology attempts to stimulate interest in basic questions about human nature and human adaptation, including major theoretical approaches, the nature of field work, and an examination of selected topics.

3

ATY 253 Introduction to Biological Anthropology

Lecture covering human biology from an evolutionary perspective. Topics include evolutionary theory, human variation, nonhuman primates, the fossil record, human osteology, molecular and population genetics.

4

Corequisites

ATY 253L

ATY 253L Introduction to Biological Anthropology Laboratory

Laboratory covering human biology from an evolutionary perspective. Topics include evolutionary theory, human variation, nonhuman primates, the fossil record, human osteology, molecular and population genetics.

0

Corequisites

ATY 253

ATY 258 Introduction to Archaeology Through World Prehistory

Development of culture from its Paleolithic beginnings through the rise of early civilizations.

3

ATY 300 The Culture of Baseball

Ritual, superstition, racism, language, immigration: the history and culture of baseball provides a familiar lens to examine and contextualize sociocultural experience. Incorporates experience from baseball in the U.S., Caribbean, Mexico, and Japan.

3

ATY 305 Experimental Course: The Forensics of Sherlock Holmes and Bones

Examines the forensic methods of Sherlock Holmes and Bones within the context of modern forensic science.

3

ATY 308 Lost Tribes and Sunken Lands

Using the scientific method and techniques from archaeology, students critically assess the evidence supporting popular myths such as sunken Atlantis, pyramid power, and extraterrestrial encounters.

3

ATY 311 Reading Culture and Society

Examines key sociocultural issues through classic literary and cinematic works, emphasizing notions of modernity, the contemporary world, and the relationship they entertain; provides foundational reading and critical thinking skills.

3

Cross Listed Courses

Same as SOC 311.

ATY 312 The Anthropology of Children

A cross-cultural and evolutionary approach to the study of childhood from conception to adolescence that incorporates the five field perspective of anthropology.

3

ATY 315 World Ethnographies

Examines the primary genre and practice of cultural anthropology—ethnography—through a range of geographically and thematically diverse texts.

3

ATY 325 Caribbean Societies and Cultures

Types of social systems and cultural patterns in the West Indies arising from relations between Europeans, West Africans, and Asians, with implications for development, social change, and identity.

3

ATY 330 Cultures of North American Indians

Traditional ways of life of indigenous people of North America.

3

ATY 331 Human Biological Variation

Physical differences within and between human populations: their source and effect.

3

Prerequisites

ATY 253 or BIO 105 or BIO 111

ATY 333 Latin American Societies and Cultures

Tribal and peasant groups with special emphasis on their place in contemporary Latin America.

3

ATY 334 Latin American Archaeology

Through archaeology this course examines the art, organization, and accomplishments of ancient Latin American societies that flourished before contact with European explorers in Mexico, Central America, and South America.

3

ATY 335 Cultures of Africa

Study of the peoples of Africa emphasizing family, organization, religion, political organization, languages, and urbanism. Includes a study of African novelists.

3

ATY 340 North American Archaeology

A survey of the archaeological evidence of North American Indian culture, from earliest time to first European contact.

3

ATY 341 Paleolithic Archaeology

A survey of the archaeology of stone-tool-using peoples from the first Paleolithic cultures to the agricultural revolution.

3

Prerequisites

Junior or senior standing

ATY 342 Experimental Course: Human Growth and Development

Examines the bio-cultural perspective on human growth and development and the interaction between genes and the environment, from conception to adulthood, that produce the human phenotype.

3

ATY 355 Medicine, Disease, and Slavery

An interdisciplinary examination of the health of enslaved African Americans drawing from anthropology, history, biology, and medicine to comprehend how the interaction of environment, culture, and diet impacted Southern slaves.

3

ATY 357 Monkeys, Apes, and Humans

An overview of primatology—the study of prosimians, monkeys, apes, and humans. Involves in-depth study of selected primates as well as discussion of major theoretical issues and ways in which the study of nonhuman primate behavior helps illuminate human evolutionary history.

3

ATY 359 Forensic Anthropology

Methods of recovery and analysis of human remains in medicolegal contexts, including human and nonhuman skeletal material, decomposition, crime scene recovery, and skeletal signs of age, sex, and trauma.

4

ATY 360 Methods in Archaeology

Analysis and evaluation of methods, theories, and concepts necessary for recovery and interpretation of cultural information about past societies relevant for anthropological goals. Includes issues of historiography, epistemology, and ethics.

3

ATY 361 Methods in Biological Anthropology

Provides students with an understanding of the basic research techniques utilized by physical anthropologists through hands-on experience and an introduction to the literature in the field.

4

Prerequisites

ATY 253 and ATY 253L

ATY 362 Methods in Cultural Anthropology

This enthnographic methods course is designed to experience firsthand a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods in data collection and analysis traditionally used by cultural anthropologists.

3

ATY 363 History of Anthropological Theory

Developments in history of Western thought and study of culture leading to the emergence of anthropology as a scientific field.

3

ATY 369 Statistics for Anthropology

Validity and reliability, variables and constants, independence and dependence, scales, frequency distribution and graphs, variance of central tendency and dispersion, probability, hypothesis testing, difference between means, analysis of variance, comparison of samples, simple regression correlation analysis, and analysis of frequencies.

3

Prerequisites

Anthropology (ANTH) or Humanities (SPLS) major

ATY 370 Historical Archaeology

Basic introduction to historical archaeology method and theory. Historical archaeology is a multidisciplinary subfield of Anthropology covering the historic past through to the present.

3

ATY 377 Experimental Course: Disaster, Self and Culture

The anatomy of disasters examined from an anthropological perspective. Case studies are presented through several conceptual lenses for clarifying individual, social, cultural, and political responses to catastrophic events.

3

Prerequisites

3 s.h. of ATY or SOC or permission of instructor

ATY 378 Historical Archaeology Field Techniques

Archaeological excavation of historic period sites. Techniques of excavation, recording, surveying, and artifact analysis.

3

ATY 385 Language and Culture

A survey of verbal and nonverbal behavior cross-culturally. Emphasis on the use of language in the speech community, gestures, body languages, expressive behavior, verbal art, and language learning.

3

ATY 410 Brave New Worlds: Biotechnology and Society

Examines the interface between science and society, focusing on the sociopolitical import of emerging biotechnologies that impact people's lives—from issues of health and family to immigration and criminal justice.

3

ATY 425 Experimental Course: The Beginning and the End: The Anthropology of Early Childhood and Old Age

An examination of the culturally mediated experiences at the opposite ends of the human life span that includes cultural behaviors, traditions, beliefs, and intersections with relevant global health issues.

3

Prerequisites

ATY 212 or ATY 213 or permission of instructor

ATY 434 Archaeology of South America

Survey of the archaeology of South America from earliest evidence of human habitation up to the arrival of the Spanish. Emphasis placed on the Andean area of western South America.

3

ATY 440 Archaeological Perspectives on Migration and Diaspora

Exploration of the effects of voluntary migration and enslavement in North America and portions of the Caribbean using archaeological evidence and interpretation.

3

ATY 442 Evolutionary Medicine

Explores the evolution of chronic and infectious disease using an ecosystemic approach. Discusses theory involving host/pathogen "arms race," evolution of virulence, modes of transmission, and the discordance hypothesis.

3

Prerequisites

ATY 253 or BIO 105 or BIO 111

ATY 449 Gender Archaeology

Through material culture this course examines gender in prehistoric, classical, and historic societies as an integral aspect of human societies and the social relations in families, communities, and complex polities.

3

ATY 450 Anthropology in the Environment: Culture, Environment, and Adaptation

This course examines various theoretical approaches to human adaptation and the environment. Various ecological perspectives are used to examine the larger questions of social justice, culture preservation, and resource access.

3

ATY 455 Human Evolution

Biological and cultural evolution of humans from prehuman forms.

3

Prerequisites

ATY 361

ATY 462 Archaeology of the Southeastern United States

Investigation of Indian cultural development in the U. S. from the Mississippi River Basin to the Atlantic Coast, from earliest evidence to the European Contact Period, with special emphasis on the context of the East in the archaeology of North America and North Carolina.

3

ATY 465 An Overview of Medical Anthropology

Explores multiple causes of disease and cultural variation in health practices. Topics include culture and political ecologies of disease, ethnomedical systems, and healers in cross-cultural perpectives.

3

ATY 477 Zooarchaeology

The identification and analysis of animal bones in archaeological contexts.

3

Prerequisites

ATY 258

ATY 478 Field Methods in Archaeology

Methods, techniques, and theories of archaeological field investigation. Includes site survey, mapping, systematic sampling, and controlled excavation.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

ATY 479 Analysis of Archaeological Data

Instruction on proper treatment of material recovered through archaeological investigation. Includes classification, statistical manipulation of data, seriation, and analysis of spatial and temporal dimensions. Attention to special analytical techniques (e.g., C14 dating, chemical analysis, faunal analysis) with stress on ecological interpretation.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

ATY 480 Ethnographic Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology

Course applies qualitative research techniques (fieldnotes, participant and casual observations, interviews, data interpretation), and statistical techniques that supplement ethnographic description and analysis at field sites.

4

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

ATY 481 Study Abroad Experience for Anthropology Majors

This course offers majors the opportunity to broaden their experience by studying anthropology in another country. Cross-cultural exchanges are designed to augment UNCG training.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

ATY 493 Honors Work

3–6

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor; 3.30 GPA in the major, 12 s.h. in the major

ATY 497 Special Problems in Anthropology

Opportunity for students to have directed instruction on problems of special interest.

1–3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

ATY 498 Special Problems in Anthropology

Opportunity for students to have directed instruction on problems of special interest.

1–3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

ATY 499 Internship in Anthropology

Faculty supervised practicum experience in an off campus setting. Host organization will provide the student with applied experience directly relevant to a specific subfield of anthropology.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

ATY 501 Selected Topics in Anthropology

Opportunity for advanced students to study in depth topic or issue of special interest.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

ATY 502 Selected Topics in Anthropology

Opportunity for advanced students to study in depth topic or issue of special interest.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

ATY 520 Economic Anthropology

An analysis of the economic organization of tribal and peasant peoples with special attention given to their participation in a world economy; emphasis is on economic models of social change.

3

ATY 523 Applied Archaeology: Cultural Resource Management and Public Archaeology

Overview of theory and skills needed to work as an applied archaeologist in the public sector. Topics include cultural resource management and public outreach projects.

3

ATY 524 Applied Anthropology

Application of anthropological method and theory in situations of directed sociocultural change.

3

Prerequisites

not open to freshmen or sophomores

ATY 525 The Social Roots of Health and Disease

Examination of the local and global processes that shape the current health environment in developing countries, drawing on work within social science and public health.

3

Prerequisites

Minimum of junior standing or permission of instructor

ATY 526 Anthropological Perspectives on Food and Agriculture

Examines the linkages among food producers, marketing strategies, and natural resource use in different cultures, and explores the influence of agriculture on society and the environment.

3

Prerequisites

Not open to freshmen and sophomores.

ATY 547 Myth, Magic, and Religion

Examination of sacred and secular beliefs in cross-cultural perspective. Emphasis on symbols, ritual, and their functions.

3

ATY 553 Human Osteology: Description, Data Collection, and Analysis

Detailed coverage of anatomical structures on bone and methods involving inventory, description, data collection, and analysis of human remains. Topics include functional and comparative skeletal anatomy, bone microstructure, and physiology.

3

Prerequisites

ATY 253 or BIO 105 or BIO 111

ATY 557 Primate Behavior

An overview of primatology and of methods for studying the behavior of prosimians, monkeys, and apes. Involves experience in data collection, computerized data analysis, and producing a scientific report.

3

Prerequisites

ATY 357 or ATY 361

ATY 559 Disease and Nutrition in Ancient Populations

Evaluation of past disease and nutritional status using skeletal remains and other tissues. Topics include differential diagnosis of pathology. Analysis of mummified material, and chemical methods of dietary reconstruction.

3

Prerequisites

ATY 253 or NTR 213 or BIO 105 or BIO 111

ATY 578 Research Methods in Historical Archaeology

Advanced training in research methods in Historic Archaeology, involving on-site training in field, laboratory, and library components of Historic Archaeology.

3

Prerequisites

Not open to freshmen and sophomores

Cross Listed Courses

Same as HIS 578, IAR 578.

ATY 583 Culture and Society

Concepts of culture and society and their employment in understanding human behavior in a cross-cultural context.

3

ATY 589 Experimental Course: Political Violence and Its Aftermath

Examines violent conflict, its causes and effects, as well as attempts to rebuild post-conflict societies, focusing on the lived experiences from examples such as the Holocaust, Rwanda, and former Yugoslavia.

3

ATY 595 Contemporary Issues in Anthropology

A capstone seminar focusing on current issues in various sub-fields of anthropology, how they relate to the discipline, and their significance to anthropology's role in the modern world.

3

Prerequisites

Senior status

ATY 597 Special Problems in Anthropology

Opportunity for advanced students to undertake independent study or research of special interest.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

ATY 598 Special Problems in Anthropology

Opportunity for advanced students to undertake independent study or research of special interest.

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

 

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