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Anthropology

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ANTH& 100: Survey of Anthropology:CD

Credits: 5.0

Anthropology draws from natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities to think critically about what it means to be human. We focus on diverse answers that humans have produced to fundamental questions. Who are we? Where did we come from? Where do we go from here?

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Define anthropology and each its primary subfields: biological, cultural, linguistic and archaeological. [EXPLORE]
  2. Explain the theory of evolution and its primary principles. [REASON]
  3. Describe human relationships with animals, plants and natural resources as part of an ecosystem. [ACT]
  4. Define traditional ecological knowledge and its role in culture and adaptation. [EXPLORE]
  5. Identify the fossil, genetic and artifactual evidence for human evolution and migration. [REASON]
  6. Outline the history of human evolution and migrations out of Africa. [REASON]
  7. Define culture and explain its importance as an adaptive tool in human societies. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Describe the significance of agriculture, cities, industry and globalization in cultural evolution. [EXPLORE]
  9. Explain the role of language, religion and social systems in human culture. [EXPLORE]
  10. Outline anthropological methods, including scientific method and participant observation. [REASON]
  11. Define ethnocentrism and cultural relativism and describe the ways that each can impede our understanding of other humans. [EXPLORE]
  12. Identify ways that anthropological methods and knowledge can be applied to help solve contemporary problems. [ACT]

ANTH 130: American Religious Diversity:CD

Credits: 5.0

(Was ANTHR 130) Diversity of American religious experiences from historical and cultural perspectives, including the interaction between globalization, immigration, ethnicity, and culture in American Indian, Western, and Eastern traditions.Prerequisite(s): Placement into ENGL 100.Crosslisted as: Multi-listed as DIVST 130.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and apply social scientific (economic, psychological, sociological, and cultural) theories of religion. [REASON]
  2. Examine and evaluate anthropological theories of ethnicity. [REASON]
  3. Discuss diverse religious beliefs with peers in classroom. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Analyze religious communities using social scientific theories. [REASON]
  5. Present, in writing and/or orally, results of theoretical analyses and ethnographic research. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Reflect on the connection between service and learning in service-learning project. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Examine and evaluate the historical impact of immigration, politics, economics and globalization on American religious experiences. [EXPLORE]
  8. Compare and contrast the beliefs, growth, development, and success of American Indian, Christian, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, Baha'i, Hindu, and/or Buddhist traditions in the Americas. [EXPLORE]
  9. Conduct an ethnographic research project examining a religious community different from one's own. [EXPLORE]
  10. Conduct a service-learning project in partnership with a local religious community, government agency, tribe or non-profit. [ACT]
  11. Apply knowledge, awareness, and/or skills to identify and analyze issues related to diversity. [EXPLORE]

ANTH 155: Special Topics

Credits: 5.0

Special topics in Anthropology are studied (was ANTHR 155).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and apply social scientific theories. [REASON]
  2. Present, in writing and/or orally, results of theoretical analyses and/or ethnographic research. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Connect special topic to cultural diversity. [EXPLORE]
  4. Engage with communities and/or individuals through action and/or research. [ACT]

ANTH 201: Human Ecology I:CD

Credits: 5.0

Apply traditional ecological knowledge & modern science to contemporary problems. Partner with tribes, governments, non-profits & businesses to make our community more sustainable through wildlife tracking, habitat restoration & environmental stewardship.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Conduct participant observation and service-learning activities with tribes, government agencies and/or non-profit organizations. [ACT]
  2. Explain the value of participant observation and service-learning as research tools in anthropology and the social sciences. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Describe and discuss the significance of relationships between human social systems and the ecosystems in which they participate. [REASON]
  4. Identify common native and invasive plants of Western Washington and describe their cultural uses. [ACT]
  5. Identify common species of animals in Western Washington and recognize their tracks and signs. [ACT]
  6. Outline the steps of the scientific method. [REASON].
  7. Participate directly in collaborative field-based activities employing scientific approaches to ecological stewardship. [ACT]
  8. Explain the theory of evolution and its impact on humans and their ecosystems. [REASON]
  9. Identify government agencies, non-profit organizations, business and industry involved in sustainable development. [ACT]
  10. Maintain field notes that record, describe and/or quantify human interventions in local ecosystems. [COMMUNICATE]
  11. Reflect orally and in writing on the value of service as a means of making a difference in a community. [COMMUNICATE]
  12. Distinguish between sustainable and unsustainable human-ecosystem interactions. [REASON]
  13. Identify the crucial role of culture in the sustainability of human-ecosystem interactions. [REASON]

ANTH 202: Human Ecology II

Credits: 5.0

Apply traditional ecological knowledge and modern science to contemporary problems. Partner with tribes, governments, non-profits and businesses to make our community more sustainable through wildlife tracking, habitat restoration & environmental mentorship.Prerequisite(s): ANTH 201 (was ANTHR 101).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Conduct participant observation and service-learning activities with tribes, government agencies, and/or non-profit organizations. [ACT]
  2. Explain the value of participant observation and service-learning as research tools in anthropology and the social sciences. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Describe and discuss the significance of relationships between human social systems and the ecosystems in which they participate. [REASON]
  4. Identify common native and invasive plants of Western Washington and describe their cultural uses. [ACT]
  5. Identify common species of animals in Western Washington and recognize their tracks and signs. [ACT]
  6. Outline the steps of the scientific method. [REASON].
  7. Participate directly in collaborative field-based activities employing scientific approaches to ecological stewardship. [ACT]
  8. Explain the theory of evolution and its impact on humans and their ecosystems. [REASON]
  9. Identify government agencies, non-profit organizations, business and industry involved in sustainable development. [ACT]
  10. Maintain field notes that record, describe and/or quantify human interventions in local ecosystems. [COMMUNICATE]
  11. Reflect orally and in writing on the value of service as a means of making a difference in a community. [COMMUNICATE]
  12. Distinguish between sustainable and unsustainable human-ecosystem interactions. [REASON]
  13. Identify the crucial role of culture in the sustainability of human-ecosystem interactions. [REASON]
  14. Share an indigenous narrative, news story, poem or other reading material conveying traditional ecological knowledge. [COMMUNICATE]
  15. Lead a reflection activity inviting other students to connect their service with their learning. [COMMUNICATE]
  16. Lead a team of students through a term-long stewardship project culminating in an essay and oral presentation. [COMMUNICATE]
  17. Serve as a peer advocate/mentor to other students new to ecological stewardship. [ACT]

ANTH 203: Human Ecology III

Credits: 5.0

Apply traditional ecological knowledge and modern science to contemporary problems. Partner with tribes, governments, non-profits and businesses to make our community more sustainable through wildlife tracking, habitat restoration & environmental mentorship.Prerequisite(s): ANTH 202 (was ANTHR 102).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Conduct participant observation and service-learning activities with tribes, government agencies, and/or non-profit organizations. [ACT]
  2. Explain the value of participant observation and service-learning as research tools in anthropology and the social sciences. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Describe and discuss the significance of relationships between human social systems and the ecosystems in which they participate. [REASON]
  4. Identify common native and invasive plants of Western Washington and describe their cultural uses. [ACT]
  5. Identify common species of animals in Western Washington and recognize their tracks and signs. [ACT]
  6. Outline the steps of the scientific method [REASON].
  7. Participate directly in collaborative field-based activities employing scientific approaches to ecological stewardship. [ACT]
  8. Explain the theory of evolution and its impact on humans and their ecosystems. [REASON]
  9. Identify government agencies, non-profit organizations, business and industry involved in sustainable development. [ACT]
  10. Maintain field notes that record, describe and/or quantify human interventions in local ecosystems. [COMMUNICATE]
  11. Reflect orally and in writing on the value of service as a means of making a difference in a community. [COMMUNICATE]
  12. Distinguish between sustainable and unsustainable human-ecosystem interactions. [REASON]
  13. Identify the crucial role of culture in the sustainability of human-ecosystem interactions. [REASON]
  14. Share an indigenous narrative, news story, poem or other reading material conveying traditional ecological knowledge. [COMMUNICATE]
  15. Lead a reflection activity inviting other students to connect their service with their learning. [COMMUNICATE]
  16. Lead a team of students through a term-long stewardship project culminating in an essay and oral presentation. [COMMUNICATE]
  17. Serve as a peer advocate/mentor to other students new to ecological stewardship. [ACT]
  18. Lead training sessions of other students new to ecological stewardship. [ACT]

ANTH& 206: Cultural Anthropology:CD

Credits: 5.0

An introduction to the nature of culture as a set of rules for the shared, learned, and patterned forms of behavior found in each society. Emphasis on theoretical orientation, cultural adaptation and integration, social organization, and cultural variation (was ANTHR 120).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Define anthropology and culture. [REASON]
  2. Distinguish cultural anthropology from archaeology, linguistic anthropology, archaeology and other social and natural sciences. [REASON]
  3. Conduct participant observation and service-learning projects with local community partners. [ACT]
  4. Explain the value of participant observation and service learning as research tools in cultural anthropology and the social sciences. [REASON]
  5. Describe and discuss the significance of relationships between human social systems and the ecosystems in which they participate. [ACT]
  6. State and explain the theory of evolution and its impact on humans and their cultures. [REASON]
  7. Reflect orally and in writing on the value of service as a means of making a difference in a community. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Identify the crucial role of culture in the sustainability of human-ecosystem interactions. [EXPLORE]
  9. Explain how societies are interrelated and the increasing impact of globalization on human lives and cultures. [EXPLORE]
  10. Define ethnocentrism and cultural relativism. [EXPLORE]
  11. Recognize and describe the key features of human cultures and society: adaptation, family, kinship, religion, politics, economics, gender roles, etc. [REASON]
  12. Describe the inherent value of cultural and biological diversity for adaptation and survival. [EXPLORE]
  13. Distinguish sex and gender; describe the ways that our biology and culture are evident in our sexuality and gender. [EXPLORE ]
  14. Identify ways that cultural anthropological research methods, knowledge and skills can be applied to the solution of contemporary world problems. [EXPLORE]

ANTH& 215: Bioanthropology:CD

Credits: 5.0

Students examine human origins, diversity, and sexuality from the perspective of physical anthropology. Topics include evolution, genetics, primate anatomy, fossil record, biocultural adaptation, and human physical and sexual variation (was ANTHR 110).Prerequisite(s): Placement into both ENGL& 101 (was ENGL 105) and MATH 090.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between scientific and nonscientific approaches to human origins. [REASON]
  2. Explain the basic principles of evolution (natural selection, mutation, gene flow, and genetic drift). [REASON]
  3. Examine and evaluate the application of genetics to human evolution and migration patterns. [ACT]
  4. Compare and contrast human, ape, and monkey skeletal anatomy. [REASON]
  5. Examine and evaluate the ape and hominid fossil record. [REASON]
  6. Compare and contrast biological and cultural impacts on human physical and sexual variation. [EXPLORE]
  7. Conduct participant observation and service-learning with local community organizations. [ACT]
  8. Apply knowledge, awareness, and/or skills to identify and analyze issues related to diversity. [EXPLORE]

ANTH 255: Special Topics

Credits: 5.0

Special topics in Anthropology are studied (was ANTHR 255).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Evaluate anthropological concepts and theories within a specific topical context. [REASON]
  2. Describe orally and/or in writing key anthropological concepts related to a specific topic. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Conduct participant observation and service-learning with local community organizations. [ACT]
  4. Explore the role of culture and diversity within a selected anthropological topic. [EXPLORE]

ANTH 271: Laboratory Methods in Archaeology:CD

Credits: 2.0

"Hands on" work with archaeological materials in a laboratory setting and proper techniques of artifact preparation, identification, documentation, data collection, and curation. Analytic techniques applied to current research questions.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Identify common types of artifacts found in archaeological sites. This will include working with classifications and taxonomic keys to identify cultural material and various species of animals and plants derived from archaeological contexts. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate protocols for data collection, labeling and cataloging of archaeological artifacts. [ACT]
  3. Demonstrate competency in gathering and/or manipulating data derived from cultural remains. [ACT]
  4. Analyze cultural data within the context of a current research question. [EXPLORE]
  5. Participate in at least one aspect of the development of a final archaeological field report. [COMMUNICATE]

ANTH 273: Laboratory Methods in Archaeology II:CD

Credits: 2.0

Experience hands on work with archaeological materials in a laboratory setting. Learn proper techniques of artifact preparation, identification, documentation, and data collection. Apply analytic techniques to current research questions. Serve as peer advocate for introductory students.Prerequisite(s): ANTH 271. Placement into ENGL 100.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Identify common types of artifacts found in archaeological sites. This will include working with classifications and taxonomic keys to identify cultural material and various species of animals and plants derived from archaeological contexts. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate protocols for data collection, labeling and cataloging of archaeological artifacts. [ACT]
  3. Demonstrate competency in gathering and/or manipulating data derived from cultural remains. [ACT]
  4. Investigate cultural data within the context of a current research question. [EXPLORE]
  5. Write clear and concise descriptions and analyses of artifacts. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Develop leadership skills as they lead a team of students through archaeological lab activities. [ACT]
  7. Effectively communicate, as a mentor, with other students new to archaeological field methods. [COMMUNICATE]

ANTH 275: Laboratory Methods in Archaeology III:CD

Credits: 2.0

Experience hands on work with archaeological materials in a laboratory setting. Learn proper techniques of artifact preparation, identification, documentation, and data collection. Apply analytic techniques to current research questions. Serve as peer advocate for introductory students. Explore archaeology careers.Prerequisite(s): ANTH 273. Placement into ENGL& 101 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, sudents will be able to:

  1. Identify common types of artifacts found in archaeological sites. This will include working with classifications and taxonomic keys to identify cultural material and various species of animals and plants derived from archaeological contexts. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate protocols for data collection, labeling, and cataloging of archaeological artifacts. [ACT]
  3. Demonstrate competency in gathering and/or manipulating data derived from cultural remains. [ACT]
  4. Analyze cultural data within the context of a current research question. [EXPLORE]
  5. Contribute to the development of an archaeology field report. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Lead a team of students through archaeological field activities. [ACT]
  7. Serve as a peer advocate/mentor to other students new to archaeological field methods. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Prepare for diverse career options in archaeology. [EXPLORE]