2020 Anthropology Summer Courses

    Introduction to Biological Anthropology (5 credits)

  • ANTH 1

    Session 1

    Study of evolution illustrated by Pleistocene hominid fossils and variation in living human groups. Behavior and evolution of primates examined as they contribute to the understanding of human evolution. Required for all anthropology majors. (Formerly Introduction to Human Evolution.) (General Education Code(s): SI.)

    Proposed Instructor: Kalina Kassadjikova

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (5 credits)

  • ANTH 2

    Session 2

    A number of different people are studied and a variety of approaches to the nature of the culture and to the study of specific cultures presented. Required for all anthropology majors. (General Education Code(s): CC.) 

    Proposed Instructor: Jessica Madison

  • Introduction to Archaeology (5 credits)

  • ANTH 3

    Session 2

    Overview of ways of learning about the human past beyond the scope of written history. Reviews development of archaeology, fundamental methods and theories, and archaeology's contribution to understanding human origins, the emergence of farming, and the origins of complex societies. (General Education Code(s): SI.) 

    Proposed Instructor: Cameron Monroe

  • History and Theory of Biological Anthropology (online) (5 credits)

  • ANTH 100

    Session 2

    Online only class. 

    Provides an historical overview from the 18th century to the present of race, ape-human relationships, and human nature. Emergence of an evolutionary framework and of fossil, genetic, and primate information becomes the basis for reformulating ideas about human biology within anthropology. (General Education Code(s): TA.) 

    Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1ANTH 2, and ANTH 3 and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.

    Course Video

    This course will be hosted online in Canvas at canvas.ucsc.edu. It will be available the Friday before class starts. Be sure to check your UCSC email for specific instructions!

    Proposed Instructor: Kalina Kassadjikova

  • Human Skeletal Biology (5 credits)

  • ANTH 102A

    Session 1

    Presents basic human osteology allowing students to identify skeletal material by element. Emphasizes the dynamic nature of bone by integrating anatomy with a discussion of bone physiology within the context of the human life cycle. Prerequisite(s): course 1. Enrollment limited to 16. 

    Proposed Instructor: Cristina Verdugo

  • Forensic Anthropology (online) (5 credits)

  • ANTH 103I

    Session 2

    Online only class.

    This online course teaches the basic analysis of human remains for the medico-legal profession. Covers the development of forensic anthropology, creating a biological profile, evaluating skeletal trauma, estimation of interval since death, and how these assessments can be supported. Students cannot receive credit for this course and for ANTH103.

    Course Video

    This course will be hosted online in Canvas at canvas.ucsc.edu. It will be available the Friday before class starts. Be sure to check your UCSC email for specific instructions!

    Proposed Instructor: Eden Washburn

  • Brazilian Amazon Cultures and Environments (5 credits)

  • ANTH 110H

    Session 1

    General introduction to the astonishing diversity of cultures and environments in the Brazilian Amazon. Designed to provide upfront understanding of what underlies perverse (non)development and forest destruction, but also social defense of the forest and sustainable life within it. (General Education Code(s): PE-E)

    Proposed Instructor: Rob Davenport

  • Cultures Of Sustainability And Social Justice (online) (5 credits)

  • ANTH 110I

    Session 2

    Online only class. 

    Brings together diverse forms of cultural knowledge and complexities of everyday life to illuminate longstanding concerns of sustainability and justice. Investigates multiple theories of sustainable development as well as tools, techniques, and contexts for ecological integrity, economic security, empowerment, responsibility and social well-being characteristic of sustainable communities. Case studies are drawn from around the world highlighting the work of Right Livelihood Award Laureates in tandem with UC faculty. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)

    Note: The instructor suggests 30 hours of work per week for this course. The course includes additional fee for online exam proctoring.

    Course Video

    This course will be hosted online in Canvas at canvas.ucsc.edu. It will be available the Friday before class starts. Be sure to check your UCSC email for specific instructions!

    Proposed Instructor: David Shaw

  • Emerging Humanity (5 credits)

  • ANTH 110J

    Session 1

    Using an anthropological and archaeological perspective to learn about human history before AD 1500, course explores fossil remains of human ancestors and traces the more recent history of humanity from forgers/hunters to the emergence of complex societies/civilizations. Topics include human biological evolution, the development of organized human societies, the origins of food production (domestication of plants and animals), the origins of the world’s earliest urban centers, and the development of social inequality. (General Education Code(s): CC)

    Proposed Instructor: David Ingleman

  • The Human Ocean (5 credits)

  • ANTH 110L

    Session 1

    From coral reefs to Arctic sea ice, this course examines how humans interact with and transform earth’s oceans, and how humans are shaped by the sea. Topics include: marine conservation, migration, shipping and logistics, slavery, fisheries management, and climate change. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)

    Proposed Instructor: Joseph Klein

  • Cultures of India (online) (5 credits)

  • ANTH 130I

    Session 2

    Online-only class.

    An examination of anthropological studies of tribal, rural, and urban cultures of India and a look at changes taking place in India. (General Education Code(s): ER)

    Proposed Instructor: Annapurna Pandey

    *Pending CCI Approval 

  • Ethnography of Russia and Eastern Europe (Faculty-Led Abroad Program)

  • ANTH 130S & 161S

    Part of Food Study Field Study in Berlin Faculty-Led Abroad Program

    The Food Study Field Study in Berlin will bring food, European history and politics, and the study of state socialism/postsocialism together by offering students two courses – Anthropology of Food (ANTH 161S) and Ethnography of Russia and Eastern Europe (ANTH 130S). By integrating these two courses – one topical and one regional – students will receive rigorous training in the key theoretical debates and ethnographic studies in both the anthropology of food and the anthropology of state socialism/postsocialism, as well as hands-on experience with ethnographic research methods. 


    • ANTH 161S (Anthropology of Food)- 5 units

    • ANTH 130S (Ethnography of Russia and Eastern Europe)- 5 units

    Students can satisfy two upper-division courses that count toward the requirements for the UCSC anthropology major and minor and satisfy two GenEd requirements: ANTH 130S- Cross Cultural Analysis (CC); ANTH 161S- Perspectives: Human Behavior (PE-H).


    Max Enrollment: 25

    Language of Instruction: English

    Study Abroad Program Coordinator: Ashley Bayman

    Faculty Leader: Professor Lissa Caldwell and Ph.D. Student April Reiber