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Anthropology 1
Introduction to Physical Anthropology

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course explores and emphasizes the evolution and physical diversity of the human species.  Topics include genetics, mechanisms of evolutionary change, human variation, and the reconstruction of human evolutionary history through examination of the fossil record and comparative studies of the living non-human primates.

Anthropology 2
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation:  eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course will provide students with an introduction to anthropological theory as well as a cross-cultural understanding of human behavior.  Emphasis will be placed on subsistence strategies, marriage, kinship, sociopolitical, economic and religious systems along with the effects of cultural change.

Anthropology 3
Introduction to Archaeology

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is a survey of the history, ideas, issues, and research methodologies within the field of archaeology. Students will be introduced to basic techniques of archaeological data analysis.

Anthropology 4
Language and Culture

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course introduces students to the anthropological study of language and non-verbal human communication. Using a cross-cultural perspective, students will examine the relationship between culture and the ways in which humans communicate. Topics include language structure, acquisition, diversity, and change.

Anthropology 5

Physical Anthropology Laboratory

1 unit; 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: Anthropology 1 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course uses laboratory exercises and other assignments to explore the primary topics of physical anthropology. Topics will include principles of evolution, human genetics, forensic anthropology, behavior and anatomy of nonhuman primates, human variation, and fossil evidence for human evolution.

Anthropology 6
Native Peoples of North America

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the origins, culture areas, and culture characteristics of native peoples north of Mexico.  Topics include the prehistory of these aboriginal New World populations, cultural adaptations to various environments, and interactions with non-native during and following the period of European expansionism.

Anthropology 7
Native Peoples of South America

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

The course will focus on the study of native peoples of South America, including their prehistory, social, political and religious beliefs.  The impact of European contact and resultant adaptations, as well as current life situations of tribal descendants in contemporary society, will also be examined.

Anthropology 8
Ancient Civilizations of the Mesoamerica

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is a survey of ancient Indian cultures of North, Central and South America, including their prehistory, and social, political and religious beliefs.  The role which Central America played in the development of pre-Columbian societies will be examined.  The impact of European contact and resulting adaptations will be evaluated, as will current life situations of indigenous descendants in contemporary society.

Anthropology 9
Women, Culture, and Society

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is a cross-cultural survey of women in various types of societies including band, tribal, chiefdom and state level societies.  Topics will include women's roles in subsistence strategies, economics, kinship, marriage and the family, political organization, religion and expressive culture.  The changing status of women in diverse cultures will be examined as well as the factors that contribute to these changes.  The impact of biology and culture on sex roles will also be evaluated.

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Anthropology 11
Anthropology of Magic, Religion, and Witchcraft

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course is a cross-cultural and evolutionary survey of the supernatural.  It includes an examination of magic and witchcraft practices and the different functions they play in various world societies including hunting and gathering groups, tribal level and state level societies.  Additionally, religious beliefs, symbolism and ritual are explained from an anthropological perspective.

 

Anthropology 12
Ancient Civilizations of the World

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English 1A
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC

This course traces the emergence of early states and ancient empires around the globe. The cultural achievements linked to state development are traced through a survey of evidence from both the archaeological and historical records. Students will be introduced to anthropological theories that seek to model and explain the appearance of state-level societies and empires.

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 Last Published 4/11/14