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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Anthropology


GRADUATE COURSES

General Overview

  • 513 -- Anthropological Ethnobotany. (3) Survey of how each anthropological subfield studies the interrelationships between plants and peoples. Application of methods, including interviewing and data analysis.
  • 515 -- Tradition and Transformations in Islamic Cultures. {=RELG 515} (3) Islam as a dynamic cultural tradition: emphasis on the tension between Islamization and the larger Islamic tradition.
  • 516 -- Indonesian Culture Through Film. (4) Examination of Indonesian culture, history, social and economic change using scripted Indonesian fiction films and supplementary readings.
  • 517 -- An Anthropological View of Blacks in Film. {=AFRO 517} (3) Cultural representations, constructions, production, and consumption of African-American identity in the popular culture medium of feature films.
  • 520 -- Field Problems in Ethnology. (6) A two-semester class and field session. Research design, field methods, interpretation of data, and the development of theory from the data.
  • 525 -- Ethnoecology. (3) Seminar emphasizing case studies and methods for studying ethnoecology, or understandings of human interaactions with other species (plant and animal) in the environment. Students undertake research and analysis.
  • 533 -- North American Archaeology. (3) Prehistoric and historic archaeology.
  • 534 -- Prehistoric Archaeology of South America. (3) Prehistoric archaeology of the South American continent.
  • 541 -- Field Problems in Archaeology. (3) (Prereq: ANTH 320 - now ANTH 319) Archaeological field methods and techniques such as excavation, flotation, sampling, surveying, photography, and remote sensing.
  • 542 -- Topics in Archaeological Field Problems. (1-3) (Prereq: ANTH 320 - now ANTH 319 - and permission of instructor) Topics in archaeological field methods and techniques. Individual topics to be announced in master schedule by suffix and title.
  • 545 -- Historical Archaeology. (3) (Prereq: ANTH 320 - now ANTH 319 - or consent of instructor) Archaeological theory and methods applied to data from the historical period.
  • 550 – Topics in Archaeological Laboratory Methods. (1-4) (Prereq: ANTH 320 - now ANTH 319 - or 322) Laboratory on basic prehistoric and historic artifact analysis, including analytical methods, laboratory equipment, and data interpretation. (change title and credits)
  • 551 -- Medical Anthropology: Fieldwork. {=HPRE 551} (3) Application of observation techniques, field notes, informant interviewing, and secondary data analysis to interpreting differential perceptions of health problem solving in the community and clinic.
  • 552 -- Medical Anthropology. {=HPRE 552} (3) Socio-cultural factors in health, illness, healing, and in medical systems. Cross-cultural and ethnographic evidence for public health research and program applications.
  • 553 – Anthropological Approaches to Narrative and Performance. (3) Students will explore the ways people from various cultures reflect on, reinforce, and construct their social realities through narrating, which will be considered as both artistic expression and social action.
  • 555 -- Language and Gender. {=LING 541, WGST 555} (3) Approaches to gender and language emphasizing the social grounding of both; how language reflects sociocultural values and is a tool for constructing different types of social organization.
  • 556 – Language and Globalization. {=LING 542} (3) Anthropological approach to issues of language and globalization. Linguistic consequences of globalization under consideration include communicative patterns, linguistic change, and language  and political economy.
  • 557 -- Psychological Anthropology. (3) Psychological aspects of behavior from a cross-cultural perspective.
  • 561 -- Human Osteology. (4) An intensive examination of the human skeleton and techniques for anthropological interpretation. Lecture and laboratory.
  • 565 -- Health and Disease in the Past. (3) Varieties and effects of disease patterns among past populations illustrating biological, environmental, and cultural interrelationships.
  • 567 -- Human Identification in Forensic Anthropology. (3) Theories and methodologies necessary for the identification of human skeletal remains in a forensic setting.
  • 568 -- Nutritional Anthropology. (3) Nutritional problems in developing nations. Measures of nutritional status. Social, economic, and environmental aspects of food consumption and nutrition. Biocultural responses to food deprivation and undernutrition.
  • 569 -- Environment and Development. {=GEOG 569} (3) (Prereq: consent of instructor) Examination of development theory and environmental implications of social and economic change. Study of general theoretical perspectives will be balanced with case study materials.
  • 570 -- Ethnographic Film. (3) Problems in conveying and interpreting ethnographic information on film or tape. Includes syntax, suitability of subject matter to the medium, irrelevant or distracting information, and observer bias.
  • 572 -- Temporal Processes in Culture. (3) Clocks, cycles, and contingencies as they affect human societies now and have done so in the past. Theories and models from biology and the other natural sciences will be used to interpret the history of culture.
  • 575 -- Economic Anthropology. (3) A cross-cultural study of the economic behavior of pre-literate and literate societies.
  • 576 – Archaeology of the African Diaspora. (3) Foodways, architecture, crafts, and narrative of African-American cultures. (title change)
  • 577 – Advanced Topics in the Anthropological Study of Social Organization. (3) Selected recent theoretical and methodological developments in the study of social organization.
  • 579 -- Cultural Ecology. (3) An interdisciplinary approach to prehistoric, historic, and contemporary relationships between the development of socio-cultural configurations and ecosystems.
  • 580 – Culture and Identity of the African Diaspora. {=AFRO 580} (3) Students will explore the African Diaspora as a social, cultural, and historical formation with Africa at its center, focusing on US, Latin American, and Caribbean African-descended communities.
  • 581 -- Globalization and Cultural Questions. {=GEOG 581} (3) This course examines cultural understandings of and responses to globalization, examining topics such as its history and theories, migration, economic integration and inequality, identity, social movements, and the environment.
  • 586 – Discourse, Gender and Politics of Emotion. {=LING 542} (3) Anthropological approach to issues of discourse, gender and emotion.  Issues under consideration include the social control, force, and forms of emotional discourse and the relationship between emotion and culture from gender-oriented perspectives.
  • 591 -- Selected Topics. (1-3) Topics of special interest. May be taken more than once as topics change. -- [Dependent on particular subject]
  • 699 -- Reading and Research. (3-6)
  • 701 -- Physical Anthropology and Archaeology for Teachers. (3) Human origins, human evolution, human prehistory, and cultural existence from its less complex forms to early civilizations. An introduction to the concepts, methods, and data of physical, biological, and archaeological anthropology primarily for teachers. May be taken with, or independently of, ANTH 702.
  • 702 -- Social and Linguistic Anthropology for Teachers. (3) Selected contemporary cultures, including their languages. An introduction to the concepts, methods, and data of sociocultural anthropology and anthropological linguistics, primarily for teachers. May be taken with, or independently of, ANTH 701.
  • 703 -- Anthropological Inquiry. (3) A discussion of the general topics of anthropological inquiry, theories, and methods.
  • 704 – Anthropological Connections. (3) In this course taught by faculty representing different subdisciplines of anthropology, students will explore the connections between subfields, theoretical and regional perspectives, and analyses of the past and present
  • 711 – Anthropological Ethics and Professional Development. (1-3) An examination of ethical decision making encountered in the practice of anthropology. (title change and credit change)
  • 712 -- Thesis Skills Seminar. (1-3) (Skills needed for writing a master's thesis in anthropology, including literature review, current theory, research design, data analysis, and written presentation (Pass-Fail Grading).
  • 714 – Teaching Practicum in Anthropology. (1-3) Uses the context of leading discussions in ANTH 101 and 102 to introduce and explore issues relating to the course material.
  • 718 – Seminar in European Archaeology. (3) Consideration and critique of current research in European archaeology
  • 719 -- Field Problems in Ethnology. (3) (Prereq: permission of instructor) Advanced graduate seminar on methods of ethnology, including research design, field methods, and interpretation of data, and the development of theory from data. Includes class and field sessions.
  • 720 -- Development of Anthropological Archaeology. (3) Anthropological archaeology: history, theory, contemporary issues, and relationship to other disciplines.
  • 721 -- Community Anthropology for Professionals. (3) Those skills of social/cultural anthropology and anthropological linguistics which can aid practitioners in health, law, education, and other professional fields to function in community settings. Emphasis on cultural and sub-cultural differences in South Carolina, the Southeast, and the United States.
  • 722 -- Summer Field School in Archaeology. (6) (Prereq: permission of graduate director) Experience in supervising archaeological research, making field decisions, and directing the collection, processing, and interpretation of archaeological data in the field.
  • 723 -- Summer Field School in Ethnography. (3-6) (Prereq: permission of graduate director) Experience in designing and carrying out ethnographic research including project design, data collection, analysis, and description.
  • 724 -- Visual Anthropology Research. (3) Exploring the range of anthropological research utilizing visual records (still photographs and video/film) including theoretical underpinnings and hands-on practice: how and why to use visual records in research.
  • 730 -- Cultural Theory through Ethnography. (3) Theories of culture presented through ethnographies from different parts of the world. Issues in writing, reading, and interpreting ethnographic information.
  • 733 -- Seminar in North American Prehistory. (3) Consideration and critique of current research in North American archaeology.
  • 740 -- Current Issues in Archaeology. (3) Review of theoretical trends in American archaeology.
  • 741 -- Ethnology for Archaeologists. (3) Ethnographic data important to archaeological thinking; archaeological models resting on ethnographic data. Emphasis on variation of ethnographic data.
  • 742 -- Public Archaeology. (3) The legal, philosophical, and ethical foundations of archaeology in the United States. Considerations on relating archaeology to the non-professional.
  • 743 -- Research Practicum in Archaeology. (1) Observation and participation in the on going management of archaeological resources.
  • 744 -- Research Practicum in Conservation Archaeology. (1) Observation and participation in the on going management of archaeological resources.
  • 745 -- Seminar in Historical Archaeology. (3) Advanced seminar on theoretical considerations and methodological approaches to the study of historical archaeological materials.
  • 747 -- Language as Social Action. {=LING 747} (3) Examines language as a social, cultural, and political matrix. Topics include ideology, gender, race, power, agency, and resistance. Students will apply linguistic theories in their own analyses of everyday speech.
  • 748 -- Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (3) A comprehensive introduction to linguistic anthropology, its relationship(s) to sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, and conversation analysis. Contributions made to social theory and theories of language and discourse will be understood.
  • 750 -- Archaeological Laboratory Analysis. (1-4) Methods and techniques necessary to operationalize and test archaeological hypotheses in a laboratory context. (credit change)
  • 751 -- Archaeological Research Design and Analysis. (3) An overview of skills required to design and organize archaeological field and laboratory research.
  • 754 -- Anthropology of Nonverbal Communication. (3) Systems of extra-linguistic communication involving face, body, space, and time in cross-cultural perspective.
  • 756 – Analysis of Conversation. {=LING 742} (3) Types of interactive organization found within conversation and the methods and procedures used by participants to achieve order
  • 760 -- Biocultural Adaptation. (3) Approaches to human adaptation emphasizing the interaction of biology and culture. Studies of biocultural adaptation to environmental, social, and economic constraints. Research design and methodology in adaptation studies.
  • 761 -- Bioarchaeology Principles. (3) Methods and theories of application of physical anthropological data to archaeological problems.
  • 770 -- Demographic Anthropology. (3) Cultural influences on demographic processes and demographic influences on culture, including kinship, population, regulation, fertility, migration, and mortality, particularly in small populations.
  • 771 -- Migration and Culture. (3) Theories of migration; peopling of the earth; family structure and migration in different economic regimes and cultures; seasonal and cyclical patterns.
  • 772 -- Gender and Culture. {=WGST 772} (3) Different cultures' ideas about gender and use of gender to organize social groups in a wide range of societies, including American subcultures.
  • 773 -- Exploring Ethnohistory. {=HIST 772} (3) Cross-cultural study of history. Includes theoretical perspectives and cases from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
  • 774 – Seminar in Environmental Anthropology and Development. (3) Findings of ecological and economic anthropology applied to problems of contemporary development. Emphasis on less developed countries. (title change)
  • 775 -- Anthropology of Art. (4) Anthropological examination of the art of small-scale societies with attention, where appropriate, to the art of more complex societies.
  • 777 -- Cinema and Archaeology. (1) Critical examination of films dealing with archaeological subjects.
  • 780 -- Ethnography of Communication. (3) Ethnographic analysis of communication in groups and institutions in different cultures.
  • 781 – Human Interaction. (3) Introduction to basic research on how human beings interact with each other and an historically constituted material world
  • 787 -- Material Culture Studies. {=HIST 787} (3) Seminar in historical study of material culture; principal disciplinary and theoretical perspectives; emphasis on material culture of North America.
  • 791 -- Special Topics in Anthropology. (1-3) Seminar for advanced students. Topics vary according to student and instructor interest. May be repeated for different topics.
  • 798 -- Research Practicum in Anthropology. (3-6) (Prereq: permission of graduate director) Participation under faculty supervision of anthropological research. Development of the research project, collecting, recording, analyzing, and reporting on the data.
  • 799 -- Thesis Preparation (1-9)
  • 899 -- Dissertation Preparation. (1-12) (Prereq: permission of the department) T/U grading.

  Graduate Director: Jennifer Reynolds       777-2392        jreynold@mailbox.sc.edu

  Graduate Coordinator: Cat Keegan      777-9604      Keegan@sc.edu