Anthropology (ANT) - Rock County


ANT 100   Introduction to Anthropology   3 Units

A Surv. of the subfields of Anthroplgy, especially archaeology & physical & cultural Anthroplgy. The course explores human biological evolution & variation, cultural evolution, language, & culture change

ANT 102   Discovering Our Past: An Introduction to Archaeology and the Prehistoric World   3 Units

Intro to the prehistoric world from origins of human culture to the beginnings of written history as revealed by archaeological research at great sites & ruins around the globe. Archaeological analysis of famous prehistoric sites as case studies to illustrate concepts & techniques used by archaeologists in their efforts to underst& the rise, florescence, & demise of vanished societies.

ANT 104   Cultural Anthropology   3 Units

Surv. of cultural Anthroplgy with emphasis on ethnographic description, methodology & contemporary theory. Cross-cultural comparisons of societies & institutions. Course includes both humanistic & social scientific approaches to human sociocultural diversity

ANT 105   Intro to Biological Anthropology   3-5 Units

A study of evolutionary theory, the place of humans in the primate order, the fossil evidence for human evolution & interpretation of that evidence, the biological & genetic basis of human variation, & possible other topics of human Bio..

ANT 150   Food, Culture, and Identity   3 Units

Food is the very core of life & one of the most culturally prescribed areas of human experience. This course will study the role of food in human history, & the biocultural construction of what is classified as food. We will examine the meaning of food across cultures with particular attention to how cultural & ethnic (e.g. Asian American, Native American) identities are associated with particular types of food. Rituals, religions & family celebrations, & secular holidays all include the deliberate preparation, serving & sharing of food (or abstinence from food). We will explore food consumption & health, the gendered dimension of food, & the social hierarchies & power relations associated with the commodification of food. Class Proj.s are designed to connect the student to various community & ethnic groups through the study of farmer's markets, food banks, stores & restaurants. We will think about food in new & provocative ways & in the process practically apply theoretical concepts.

ANT 204   Cultures of the World   3 Units

Ethnographic Surv. of the world's peoples & their cultures. Major regions of the world considered in an attempt to outline the variety, richness, significance, & persistence of cultural traditions. Not recommended for first-Sem. students.

ANT 220   Food and Nutrition in a Global Society   3 Units

This course will study the relationships between agricultural practices, food distribution & consumption, Nut., & socio-cultural dietary practices within a global perspective. Emphasis is on the complex issues related to the changing diet & health of populations within an era of globalization & international food markets. Utilizing case studies special attention will be given to how societies are redefining their foodscapes & identifying strategies for addressing issues of food sustainability.

ANT 250   Women in Cross-Cultural Perspectives   3 Units

(ANT 250 & GSW 250 are the same course.) Study of women in a variety of cultures around the world, both past & present. Includes consideration of the sexual division of labor, marriage systems, child rearing, relationships between men & women, systems of myth & ideology concerning women's roles, & the effects of socio-economic development & rapid social change.

ANT 260   American Indian Art   3 Units

A Surv. of North American Indian art & its relationship to Native American cultures, past & present. Looks at pre-Columbian art, changes in art with European contact, & the most recent trends in Native American art. Philosophies of aesthetics & the relationship of art to material culture & world view will be analyzed from the cross-cultural perspective of the Anthroplgy of art.

ANT 291   Selected Topics in Anthropology   1-3 Units

A specific topic in an instructor's area of special competence. When offered, the particular topic is indicated in the campus timetable.

ANT 293   Proseminar in Anthro   1-4 Units


ANT 294   Practice in Applied Anthropology   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career & educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members & require periodic student/faculty meetings.

ANT 299   Independent Reading and Research   1-3 Units

Indp. reading & research in Anthroplgy.

ANT 302   Archaeology of Wisconsin   3 Units

(AIS 302 & ANT 302 are the same course.) Surv. of Native American cultures from the earliest occupation of the state through early European contact. Emphasis is on material culture, ecological, & historical factors influencing the development Native cultures. Along the way, students will learn about mounds, monuments, & the legacy of Wisconsin?s Native peoples.

ANT 303   The Human Skeleton   3 Units

Individual bones & teeth, possibly including ancient as well as modern specimens; sex & age differences; continuous & discontinuous morphological variation of geographically & ethnically diverse populations; stature reconstruction; forensic aspects of individual identification; lab training in observations, measurement, & analysis; lecture & lab.

ANT 304   (U)Cultures of the World   3 Units

Ethnographic Surv. of the world?s peoples & their cultures. Major regions of the world considered in an attempt to outline the variety, richness, significance & persistence of cultural traditions.

ANT 308   Archaeology of North America   3 Units

AIS 308 & ANT 308 are the same course.) Exploring the various methodologies & lines of evidence used by archaeology to discover & interpret Pre-Columbian North American. Students will learn about the earliest inhabitants from the end of the last ice age through European contact. Along the way we will investigate how Native Americans adapted to the incredibly diverse Env.s of the continent. These range from the whaling peoples of the Arctic, buffalo hunters of the Great Plains, to the farmers of the southwest & eastern North American.

ANT 314   Indians of North America   3 Units

(AIS 314 & ANT 314 are the same course.) A Surv. of diverse & complex American Indian cultures & Peoples in North America. Exploring the impact of the past & the influences of Euro-American culture on Native Nations & Peoples with an emphasis on the varied Native responses to culture contact

ANT 325   Peoples and Cultures: Focused Explorations   3 Units

Ethnographic Surv. of the peoples & cultures of a specified geographic region or culture area. Explores the diversity of societies in the region, as well as persistence & change in cultural traditions. Emphasis may include the role of Env. & prehistoric & historic events; social organization, kinship, belief systems, law, Eco., & language. The selected area reflects the instructor's area of special competence. When offered, the selected area is indicated in the campus timetable. Course may be repeated for credit if selected area is different.

ANT 343   Religion, Magic and Witchcraft   3 Units

(ANT 343 & REL 343 are the same course.) Religion, magic & witchcraft are uniquely human means of reaching out to the supernatural realm in order to effect changes in the here & now. This course Introduces student to descriptions & interpretations of magico-religious beliefs & practices in a variety of cultures from an anthropological perspective, which does not attempt to judge the validity of such beliefs but to underst& their origins & functions, among other things. It examines theories about religion & some of the conceptual issues regarding the interpretation of religion & related phenomena which have interested anthropologists over time.

ANT 348   Culture, Commerce, and Community: The Anthropology of Economies   3 Units

Economic Anthroplgy course explores human engagement in systems of production, distribution, & consumption of goods. This course Surv.s the ways in which economic activities are enmeshed in local cultural rituals & obligations & form the basis of global economic exchanges. Students will examine a variety of past & contemporary economies at the local (subcultures including minority groups within the U.S.) as well as global level.

ANT 350   Illness and Healing in Anthropological Perspective   3 Units

An Intro to the application of Anthroplgy to the underst&ing & exploration of humans as simultaneously biological, social, & symbolic beings. This will include a critical reflection on the ways that people & populations live, suffer, sicken, & die. Diverse healing & medical systems, including West biomedicine, other scholastic medical traditions (e.g., traditional Chinese medicine) & folk medical systems such as shamanism will be explored. The emphasis will be on how cultural & evolutionary approaches to medicine are used to examine illness, disease, & healing in diverse ethnic groups from the beginning of humankind to the present. The course will also examine how principles of medical Anthroplgy are being used in training nurses & doctor in the U.S.A.

ANT 353   Indians of the Western Great Lakes   3 Units

(AIS 353 & ANT 353 are the same course.) Analysis of Indian cultures in the area around the West Great Lakes, with emphasis on traditional cultures of the Indians in Wisconsin.

ANT 370   Archaeology Field School   1-6 Units

Practical application of the basic skills used in the excavation of archaeological sites, including techniques, methods of excavation, compilation of field data, & Lab analysis through participation in an actual archaeological field Proj.. The site(s) excavated & their location vary by year & campus. Usually offered summers. Limited enrollment. Generally, one credit is given for each 40 hours of fieldwork. Additional fees may be required for transportation, food, lodging & equipment. Prereq: Previous Anthroplgy course & consent of instructor; ANT 102 highly recommended.