2021 Remote 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 SI

    Proposed Instructor: Kalina Kassadjikova


  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (5 credits)

  • ANTH 2

    Session 2

    A number of different peoples 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 CC

    Proposed Instructor: April Reber


  • 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 SI

    Proposed Instructor: J. Cameron Monroe


  • History and Theory of Biological Anthropology (5 credits)

  • ANTH 100

    Session 2

    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 TA

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

    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): ANTH 1.

    Proposed Instructor: David Ingleman


  • Evolution of Human Diet (5 credits)

  • ANTH 110F

    Session 1

    Presents the evolution of human diet and subsistence from a biological anthropological perspective. Covers the key hypothesis and methodologies related to diet, from our early fossil ancestors up to agriculture and animal husbandry. (Formerly Biocultural Approaches to Food.) General Education Code PE-H

    Proposed Instructor: Vicky Oelze


  • Brazilian Amazon Cultures and Environments (5 credits)

  • ANTH 110H

    Session 2

    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 PE-E

    Proposed Instructor: Rob Davenport


  • Cultures Of Sustainability (5 credits)

  • ANTH 110I

    Session 2

    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 PE-E

    Proposed Instructor: David Shaw


  • American Capitalism (5 credits)

  • ANTH 110X

    Session 1

    Proposed Instructor: Joe Klein

    Pending CCI Approval


  • Cultures of India (5 credits)

  • ANTH 130I

    Session 2

    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 ER

    Proposed Instructor: Annapurna Pandey


  • Special Topics in Ethnography - Contemporary Ethnographies of the U.S. (5 credits)

  • ANTH 130X

    Session 1
    This course introduces students with some background in anthropology to recent ethnographic work on and in the United States. While not meant to be a representative sample of ethnographic work on the U.S. per se, course readings will nonetheless familiarize students with the research of scholars studying a wide range of U.S. regions, topics, and communities. Course materials will also provide exposure to a diverse array of disciplinary traditions and subfields. The course’s goal is to reimagine the “what,” “where,” and “how” of the U.S. while also reflecting on the specific stakes, limits, and promise of U.S. focused ethnographies.

    Prerequisite(s): ANTH 2.

    Proposed Instructor: Daniel Schniedewind

  • Special Topics in Socio-Cultural Anthropology: Infrastructures (5 credits)

  • ANTH 145X

    Session 1

    Once you notice it, infrastructure is everywhere. Roads and railways support supply chains cutting across the globe, stocking the shelves of your grocery store. Energy from diverse sources is captured at generating stations and surges through high-voltage lines before reaching your door. Dense systems of pumps and pipes deliver water supporting further growth and development of the communities you live in. It is difficult to imagine a moment in the day where one is not entangled in many overlapping infrastructural systems. Despite this, infrastructure often fades into the background of daily life only to appear in moments of breakdown: blackouts, flood events, supply shortages.

    Though unassuming, infrastructure is never neutral. In this course we will explore how infrastructural networks undergird historic political formations, organize emotion and affect, and direct large scale processes of environmental change. How does infrastructure perpetuate or erode historical systemic oppressions? How do infrastructural networks transform environments and what happens when they breakdown and fail? How do individuals and communities use infrastructure as a tool to make political claims on the future?

    Over the 5 weeks, we will learn to notice and follow infrastructure as a tool to answer vital anthropological questions about subjectivity, politics, and environmental change. In the first part of this course we will focus on how to approach infrastructure as ethnographers and discuss the different ways to analyze, experience, and critique infrastructural systems. To do so we will work through texts analyzing infrastructures as technopolitical, affective, and environmental systems. We will take special care to see how these approaches differ from and compliment each other. In the second part of the course, we will turn to explore examples of research around the world examining infrastructural systems and the communities and environments they are wrapped up with. We will discuss famous examples close to home such as the Flint, Michigan water crisis, and the opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, as well as less well-known situations such as the “toilet wars” of Cape Town or the oyster reefs of Staten Island.

    Prerequisite(s): ANTH 2.

    Proposed Instructor: Brian Walter

  • North American Archaeology (5 credits)

  • ANTH 176A

    Session 2
    Development of Native cultures in North America. Topics include peopling of the New World, early foragers, spread of agriculture and complex societies in the Southwest and Eastern Woodlands, and review of cultural developments in the West and Far North.

    Prerequisite(s): ANTH 3 or consent of instructor.

    Proposed Instructor: David Ingleman