ANTH 4020/5020 Landscape Archaeology

ANTH 4020 / 5020 Explorations in Anthropology: Landscape Archaeology

Feb. 26, 2018

Throughout history, landscapes have affected human actions, and human actions have affected landscapes. The complex interactions between humans and the environment help shape who we are, where and how we live, and what we do. In this course, we will consider what landscapes are, how archaeologists study them, and why...

ANTH 4500 / 5500 - Cross-Cultural

ANTH 4020 / 5020 Explorations in Anthropology: The Anthropology of Mining

Feb. 26, 2018

This course examines contemporary issues in the anthropology of mining. We begin with a historical approach, looking at the antiquity of mineral extraction around the world, plus the effects of pre-20th century gold rushes - especially in the US - and how these have shaped the relationships between indigenous peoples...

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ANTH 4020 / 5020 Explorations in Anthropology Kinship: Being and Belonging

Feb. 26, 2018

What does it mean to describe a friend as “like family”? When is “family” actually about disconnection rather than connection? In what ways do people “choose” their own family members? Are members of a nation part of a “national family”? How do processes like international adoption shape understandings of race...

ANTH 4045 / 5045 Introduction to Museum Anthropology

Feb. 26, 2018

This undergraduate/graduate course traces the development of anthropology in museums from the late 19th century to the present day. Museums are places where ideas, identities, theories and power relations are debated, created, and placed on display. They are places that reflect and sometimes challenge dominant ideologies about indigenous peoples to...

ANTH 4070 / 5070 Methods in Bio

ANTH 4070 / 5070 Methods in Biological Anthropology: Primatology

Feb. 26, 2018

The courses you have taken in biological anthropology at CU have been developed to give you an understanding of the current state of knowledge in the discipline as well as a sufficient understanding of the terms and methodology to allow you to acquire and critically evaluate relevant new information. This...

ANTH 4220

ANTH 4220 From Olmec to Aztec: The Archaeology of Mexico

Feb. 26, 2018

This course examines the Prehispanic cultures of Mexico including the Aztec, Olmec, Zapotec, Mixtec, and Chatino. We trace cultural developments in Mexico over the last 12,000 years by examining social organization, ideology, daily life, religion, art, writing, subsistence, technology, and exchange. The course considers some of the most important transitions...

ANTH 4245 Ceramics in Archaeology

ANTH 4245 Ceramics in Archaeology

Feb. 26, 2018

In this course you will learn the various ways archaeologists use whole and broken pottery pieces to reconstruct the past. We will survey some of the most interesting recent findings and learn how to analyze pottery using museum collections. Topics we will cover include how archaeologists classify pottery, how pottery...

ANTH 4470 / 5470

ANTH 4470 / 5470 Practicum: Collections Research in Cultural Anthropology

Feb. 26, 2018

Designed as a practicum, this course will introduce students to research and practice in museum anthropology, utilizing our extensive anthropology collections in the CU Museum of Natural History. Students will conduct subject matter and collections research, engage in collaborative methods, and produce narrative stories for exhibit content development. Class time...

ANTH 4525

ANTH 4525 Global Islams

Feb. 26, 2018

Current popular, official and academic representations of Islam in the US frequently circulate two fundamentally opposite attributes of the religion and its associated culture: either Islam is provincial and hyper-traditional, or it is threateningly global and transnational. Both perceptions rest on the notion of Islam as singular, and as originating...


ANTH 4610 / 5610 Science, Medicine, Populations

Feb. 26, 2018

This is a demanding upper-level cultural (and medical) anthropology course designed for advanced undergraduate and early graduate students interested in the intersections of science and the production of knowledge, the practice of medicine, and the effects on the health of diverse populations. The course uses a case study approach and...