Spring 2016 Courses and Descriptions

Spring 2016 Courses

**all courses may be subject to change**

ANTH 101 Human Origins
TTH 12:30 – 1:45pm (DU 204)
Who are we and where did we come from? This course will provide an overview of the evolution of modern humans. First, we will study evolutionary theory and the basic principles of genetic inheritance. Second, we will consider biological variation among living primates including humans, apes, monkeys and lemurs. Third, we will examine the fossil record to look closely at how the human lineage evolved over time, focusing in particular on the evolution of bipedality, large brains, language and cultural complexity.
INSTRUCTOR: Professor Mitchell Irwin

ANTH 102 Rise of Civilization
Lecture MW 11:00 - 11:50am (FR 144)
Labs - M 1:00 - 1:50 W 1:00 - 1:50pm, W 3:30 - 4:20pm, F 11:00 – 11:50am, F 1:00 - 1:50pm (SS 175)
Forces leading to the emergence of early civilizations in the Near East, Egypt, China, Mesoamerica, and South America.  Aspirations, problems, and needs addressed in the art, literature, history, and other enduring contributions of the civilizations of antiquity.  Examination of ancient achievements and values from humanistic and artistic perspectives.  PLEASE BE ADVISED that this course has been redesigned as part of a new initiative called Course Transformation.  The course will include required lecture, required laboratory, and required on line exercises involving readings, activities and quizzes.  Students should be aware of the blended framework of the class and be prepared to do significant self-directed and online learning. 
INSTRUCTOR: Professor Christopher Davis

ANTH 120   Anthropology and Human Diversity 
TTH 11:00 – 12:15pm (DU 246)
The course provides an introduction to all four fields of Anthropology:  physical anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology.  Humans are considered as both biological and cultural beings from a cross-cultural and diachronic perspective. 
INSTRUCTOR:  Professor Andrea Molnar

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ANTH 210 Exploring Archaeology
TTH 12:30 – 1:45pm (FR 144)
This course presents the scientific, anthropological approach to archaeology by emphasizing the methods and concepts used by archaeologists to interpret the remains of past cultures. We will examine evidence from archaeological sites and civilizations from around the globe to learn what archaeologists look for, how they look for it, what they find, and how they interpret it.
INSTRUCTOR: Professor Kurt Rademaker

ANTH 220 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
TTH 11:00 – 12:15pm (DH 116) **Please note classroom change**
This course focuses on introducing students to: 1) the theoretical concepts and models used by anthropologists to describe culture and social organization; and 2) cultural diversity in the 21st century and the variety of cultural changes occurring around the world. Emphasis is given to learning about the range of commonalities within the human species. Course requirements include two midterm exams, a final exam, and two 2-3 page reaction/research papers.
INSTRUCTOR:  Professor Kristen Borre

ANTH 240 General Physical Anthropology 
TTH 9:30 – 10:45pm (MO AUD)
How has the primate or early human diet shaped our current nutritional needs and dietary preferences? What is the prehistoric basis of our sexual behaviors? Why do we have such large brains? Human fossils and skeletal remains will provide hands-on learning experiences so students can understand the problems faced by anthropologists as they attempt to reconstruct the human past. Modern primates accessible through zoological collections offer opportunities for students to compare anatomy and behaviors that allow adaptation to specific environments.  

ANTH 240 Honors General Physical Anthropology                        
Honors MW 3:30 – 4:45pm (CO B55)
This class is an introduction to the field of physical or biological anthropology.  The course focuses on the biological adaptation and evolution of humans.  Topics covered included: basic human genetics, evolutionary theory, primate behavior and evolution, human fossils, and human adaptation and variability. PRQ: University Honors Students Only
INSTRUCTOR:  Professor Leila Porter

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ANTH 302/790 Asian American Cultures 
TTH 3:30 – 4:45pm (RH 205)                                                   
This course is an introduction to the study of Asian American cultures.  It begins with a review of the history of migration from Asian countries to the United States.  The focus then shifts to ethnographic accounts to contemporary communities.  Emphasis will be given to the lives of Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants who came to the U.S. in the last forty years. The course uses anthropological writings on changing patterns of kinship, social organization, gender, economics, politics and religion; as well as first-person voices from Asian-American literature.
INSTRUCTOR:  Professor Judy Ledgerwood

ANTH 313/790 ONLINE Archaeology Through Fiction    
Location: NIU-Naperville  Start/End Dates: 02/01 – 05/09/16 (No classes 01/18, 03/13-20, 05/06)   
Day/Time: Mondays, 6:30-9:15 p.m
Archaeology provides background for countless novels. Some of these are written by archaeologists (Elizabeth Peters, Sarah Wisseman) or physical anthropologists (Diane Gifford Gonzales, Kathy Reichs). Others are not penned by archaeologists but by writers whose knowledge of archaeological practice is often impressive (Erin Hart, Tony Hillerman). This course uses works of fiction as a way to enter the world of archaeology. Students will read popular fiction with an archaeological context and will then read related archaeological literature. Students will analyze case studies, evaluating the accuracy of the archaeological data used by the author. If you would like to register for this course please call CLA&S External Programming at (815) 753-5200.
INSTRUCTOR:  Professor Kerry Sagebiel

ANTH 329 Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems
MW 2:00 – 3:15pm (DU 480)
Applying a long-term, comparative “anthropological imagination,” tracking from the global to the local, species level to individual lived experience, this course analyzes selected world problems introduced or augmented by contemporary globalization. Topics include humanitarian crises wrought by global climate change and conflict, hunger and food systems, population, inequality, colonialism and underdevelopment, environmental degradation, and challenges to human rights, particularly of indigenous and other marginalized groups. PRQ: ANTH 220 or consent of instructor.
INSTRUCTOR: Professor Mark Schuller

ANTH 331 Language and Culture   
TTH 9:30 – 10:45am (RH 205)
Studies in language and culture center on the dual question of what, if any, effect one’s language has on one’s cognition or perception (linguistic relativity), and the effectiveness of extending linguistic models to the analysis of culture. First, we look at how contemporary linguistic theories and methodologies (conversation analysis and constructivism) are used for the investigation of cultural systems. We read about cross-cultural conversational styles and one enlightening Polynesian ethnography. Second, we discuss the historical roots of linguistic relativity and then analyze in detail the state of the current debate. Third, the role of language ideology in generating linguistic change and political marginality are dealt with by an in-depth reading of an Indonesian ethnographic work.    PRQ: ANTH 230 or consent of instructor.
INSTRUCTOR:  Professor Giovanni Bennardo  

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ANTH 426/526 Political Anthropology 
TTH 12:30 – 1:45pm (RH 205)                                                                         
The course focuses on the anthropological approaches to the study of politics. This course provides a thorough grounding in the theoretical and interpretative frameworks in political anthropology. There are a number of topics covered in the course, including, politics and religion, politics and gender, political activities and how they articulate with other institutions, concepts of power, authority, and power relations, evolution of the state, role of civil society (particularly the role of NGOs).  The course takes an anthropological approach to understand politics from a global perspective.  A focal theme of the covers concerns the dynamics of power relations. Given the socio-cultural diversity of Southeast Asia, the course will utilize a wide range of Southeast Asian case studies. PRQ: ANTH 220.
INSTRUCTOR:  Professor Andrea Molnar

ANTH 438/538 Cultural Models
TTH 11:00 – 12:15pm (RH 205)
Cultural models are a type of “lenses” through which our view of the world is shaped. They affect the way we speak, reason, and behave. This course explores recent research into cultural models, using examples from many cultures. Perspectives from anthropology, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and cognitive psychology are explored to understand this commonly studied cognitive phenomenon. Students will conduct a mini-research project of their own that includes fieldwork. PRQ:  ANTH 230 or consent of department.
INSTRUCTOR:  Giovanni Bennardo 

ANTH 454/548 Uses and Abuses of Evolutionary Theory          
MWF 10:00 – 10:50am (CO B55)                                  
This course will explore how human behavior and biology have been interpreted within an evolutionary framework. We will discuss the history of evolutionary theory, challenges to evolutionary theory, and the debates concerning the teaching of evolution in public schools. We will also explore notions of biological determinism as exemplified by racism and eugenics movements in the United States. In addition, we will look at how the fields of sociobiology, human behavioral ecology, evolutionary psychology and memetics contribute to our understanding of human behavior. Lecture and discussion. PRQ: ANTH 240 or consent of instructor.
INSTRUCTOR: Professor Leila Porter

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ANTH 461/561  Methods in Archaeology         
MW 2:00 – 3:15pm (SS 175)                                                                 
Introduction to the methods of field work, mapping, stratigraphy, typology, GIS, GPS, remote sensing, dating, and analyzing various types of artifacts. Emphasis on selecting techniques for analysis and interpreting analytical results. PRQ: ANTH 210 or consent of department.
INSTRUCTOR: Professor Christopher Davis

ANTH 491-1/591-1 Primates and Food
TTH 9:30 – 10:45am (CO B55)
This course provides a broad overview of primate nutritional ecology, examining both sides of an evolutionary process: how primate adaptations improve success in acquiring nutrients, and how plant adaptations discourage or encourage herbivory. The first unit examines the chemical properties of food, focusing on macronutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrates), macronutrients (vitamins and minerals), and plant secondary metabolites (compounds designed to discourage herbivory). The second unit explores primates’ anatomical and physiological adaptations to their food, such as gut size and function, as well as behavioral adaptations such as ranging and grouping patterns. Finally, we critically examine primate nutritional ecology methodologies, and consider whether these methods and theory are useful in understanding human dietary choices and adaptations.
INSTRUCTOR: Professor Mitchell Irwin

ANTH 491-2/591-2 Current Topics in Anthropology: World Rock Art in Archaeological Context
MWF 9:00 – 9:50am (SS 175)
Reviewing some of the popular rock art sites from Europe, Australia, Africa, and the Americas. Examining artistic toolkits and techniques in archaeological context to paintings and petroglyphs in caves and open-air sites spanning 30,000 years of human history to evaluate their age and differing interpretations of their possible meaning and cultural significance."
INSTRUCTOR: Professor Christopher Davis

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ANTH 491-YE1 /591-YE1 Current Topics in Anthropology: Globalization, Food and Culture: The Challenge of Food Security
Section YE1 Start/End Dates 01/19-05/13/16 (No classes 01/18, 03/13-20, 05/06)  Location Online only
Explore the interrelationships among agriculture, political economy, food, and culture that underlie the question of food security throughout the world.  The United Nations in 2013 predicted that we must increase our arable, food-producing land by 50% by 2050 to be able to feed the world, yet at the same time, arable land is currently declining due to climate change, water shortages, land management policies, urbanization, and civil warfare.  This class will examine cultural production of diet, the significance of globalization in putting pressure on local food systems, the problem of food security and potential solutions to the problem. The production, consumption, and distribution of food in relationship to food security will be addressed from an ecological and critical anthropological approach emphasizing food insecurity and hunger as a preventable problem, but one that must be addressed globally now. 
INSTRUCTOR: Professor Kristen Borre

ANTH 491 YE2 - Current Topics in Anthropology: Native American Culture and the Law
Section YE2 Start/End Dates: 01/27 – 05/11/16 (No classes 01/18, 03/13-20, 05/06)   
Mandatory face-to-face meetings on Wednesdays, 01/27, 03/23, and 05/04, from 6-8:30 p.m
(NIU-Hoffman Estates)
This course will discuss key concepts and events in Native American history since the establishment of the United States of America, the changing views of cultural stewardship, museums’ role in artifacts and repatriation, and recent events and case studies. This course will survey cultures of the native peoples of North America, and the contemporary issues of various US laws and statutes. This course will be web-based with 3 face-to-face meetings, and will use a combination of online modules and lectures, text readings, videos, activities, and ongoing group discussion. If you would like to register for this course please call CLA&S External Programming at (815) 753-5200
INSTRUCTOR: Karly Tumminello

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ANTH 490 - Anthropological Research Training: PRQ: Consent of Department Required.

ANTH 493 Anthropology Field Study:   PRQ: Consent of Department Required.

ANTH 498-1/ANTH 690 Independent Study in Anthropology: Library Research in Anthropology -1 Credit Hour (8 week course) - W  8:30am  (FO 237) This topics class, designed for all majors and graduate students, will be a seven-week exploration of the paper and electronic resources available in sub disciplines of anthropology, emphasizing hands-on practice as well as gaining skill in searching for relevant materials.  The extensive holdings of Founders Library relating to archaeology, physical anthropology, linguistics and cultural anthropology will be utilized to equip students with familiarity with possible research tools as well as training them in how to think about doing literature searches so much a part of our field.  Evaluation will be done via weekly worksheets and a take-home final.  No prerequisites. 
INSTRUCTOR:  R. B. Ridinger

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ANTH 498H Independent Study in AnthropologyPRQ: Consent of Department Required.

ANTH 499H Senior Thesis     PRQ: Consent of Department Required.

ANTH 590 - Anthropological Research Training: PRQ: Consent of Department Required

ANTH 593 Anthropology Field Study:PRQ: Consent of Department Required.

ANTH 665 Museum Practicum    Work experience in an on-campus (NIU) museum, gallery or collection. With permission it may be another institution that contains related cultural or aesthetic objects and artifacts as long as the work is under the supervision of a member of a professional staff. Requires regular experience in day-to-day museum operations and completion of a major project arranged with the intern’s museum supervisor/museum studies faculty member. Minimum practicum time is 120 clock hours. PRQ: Completion of ART 565 or equivalent and one museum studies core course.

ANTH 693: Museum Internship:    Work experience at an off-campus museum gallery under the supervision of a member of the professional museum staff. Requires regular experience in day-to-day museum operations and completion of a major project arranged with the with the intern’s museum supervisor and the NIU Museum Studies representative. May be repeated to a maximum of 2 credit hours. PRQ: ART 565 or equivalent plus the museum studies core courses.     

ANTH 699 Master's ThesisPRQ: Consent of Department Required

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