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Anthropology Courses

 

ANTHROPOLOGY (ANTH)
ANTH 1 BIOLOGICAL/PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY 3 UNITS

Humans as a biological species through an examination of the fossil evidence for human evolution, behavior of nonhuman primates, and human evolutionary biology and genetics. Emphasis on uniquely human biological and behavioral characteristics, as well as those shared with other animals. Current anthropological issues such as the biological meaning of race, genetic diseases, and the influence of evolution on human behavior. 3 hours lecture. AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC; CSU GE: B2 or D1; IGETC 4A or 5B Degree Applicable, Credit Grading Option: OP

ANTH 1L BIOLOGICAL/PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY LABORATORY 1 UNIT

Laboratory exercises developed as an adjunct to Anthropology 1 (Introduction to Physical/Biological Anthropology) including the identification of fossils through examination of fossil casts, the study of human artifacts, observation of primate behavior and structure, and problem solving in case studies of human genetics. Prerequisite: Anthropology 1 (may be taken concurrently). 3 hours laboratory. AA/AS GE Transfer: CSU, UC; CSU GE : B3; IGETC: 5B Lab Degree Applicable, Credit Grading Option: OP

ANTH 2 INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY: PREHISTORY AND CULTURE GROWTH 3 UNITS

Prehistoric development of human culture through studies of stone tools and other remains of the earliest human lifeways up to the growth of technologically advanced civilizations. Emphasis on modern archaeological theories and techniques for understanding cultural adaptation to different ecological conditions in the past. Review of important archaeological case studies. 3 hours. AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC; CSU GE: D1; IGETC: 4A Degree Applicable, Credit Grading Option: OP

ANTH 3 SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY 3 UNITS

How human beings in different cultures meet basic biological, social and cultural needs, including kinship and marriage practices, political and social organization, economic institutions, religious and childrearing practices, social change, as well as other aspects of cultural behavior. Emphasis on understanding other cultures on their own terms. Includes the many subcultures making up North American populations. 3 hours lecture. AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC; CSU GE: D1; IGETC: 4A Degree Applicable, Credit Grading Option: OP

ANTH 4 LANGUAGE AND CULTURE 3 UNITS

The course is an introduction to the core concepts of linguistic anthropology and the study of language in culture and society, including how language perpetuates the identity of individuals through their social interactions and their culture in everyday speech events. Topics such as identity, social status, gender, race, and institutional power, are examined in contemporary language use. The course includes traditional study of the methods of linguistic anthropologists as well as the study of biological basis of communication and speech, the structure of language, language origins, language through time, language variation, the ethnography of communication, sociolinguistics, nonverbal communication and writing, and how cultural context sets meaning. 3 hours lecture. AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC; CSU GE: D1; IGETC: 4A Degree Applicable, Credit Grading Option: OP

ANTH 5 CULTURES OF THE U.S. IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE 3 UNITS

Issues relevant to understanding race, class, gender and ethnicity within the American setting. Historical, as well as contemporary situation of the following groups: 1) African Americans; 2) Native Americans; 3) Hispanic Americans; 4) European Americans; and, 5) Asian Americans, among other groups. Emphasis on analyzing the way that public understandings of culture and biology are translated into social policy. Contemporary social issues such as race relations, multiculturalism, affirmative action, bilingual education, and the use and abuse of I.Q. testing. 3 hours lecture. AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC; CSU GE: D1; IGETC: 4A Degree Applicable, Credit Grading Option: OP

ANTH 12 MAGIC, RELIGION, WITCHCRAFT, AND HEALING 3 UNITS

Cross-cultural perspectives on spirituality, religious practice, myth, ancestor beliefs, witchcraft and the variety of religious rituals and practitioners found in the cultures of the world. Examination of the cosmologies of different cultures through the anthropological perspective. Emphasis is placed on how knowledge of the religious practices and beliefs of others can help us to understand the multicultural world in which we live. Comparison of the ways in which diverse cultures confront the large and fundamental questions of existence: those dealing with the meaning of life, birth and death, and with the relationship of humans to each other and to their universe. 3 hours lecture. AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC; CSU GE: D1; IGETC: 4A Degree Applicable, Credit Grading Option: OP

ANTH 13 INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY 3 UNITS

An introductory course in the application of physical anthropology to the medico-legal process with an emphasis on the identification of human skeletal remains. Includes basic human osteoology and odontology, assessment of age at time of death, sex, ancestry, trauma analysis, pathology, and general physical characteristics including height and weight based upon minimal skeletal remains. Estimation of time since death, crime scene analysis, animal scavenging, and identification procedures. 3 hours lecture. AA/AS GE. Transfer: CSU, UC. Degree Applicable, Credit Grading Option: OP

Anthropology

Lauren Hasten
Anthropology Faculty
925.424.1210
Office 24011C

Arts, Letters & Social Sciences Dean
925.424.1382

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