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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Course Descriptions

ANTH-A 104 : Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (001932)

A survey of cultural and social processes that influence human behavior, using comparitive examples from different ethnic groups around the world, with the goal of better understanding the broad range of human behavioral potenials and those influences that shape the different expressions of these potentials. Credit given for only one of the following: ANTH A104, ANTH E105, ANTH E303, or ANTH A304.

ANTH-A 105 : Human Origins and Prehistory (001933)

Human biological evolution and prehistory from the earliest archaeological record through the rise of civilization. Credit given for only one of the following: ANTH A103, ANTH A105, or ANTH A303. (Fall, Spring, Summer II)

ANTH-A 106 : People of the Earth: Ethnic Cultures and the World Community (001934)

This course examines traditional societies throughout the world, their means of livelihood, and their relationships to the larger global community. Regional approaches are taken to the cultural ecology of several example peoples, including prehistoric state societies. Origins of ethnic conflict, effects of colonialism, and processes of modernization in ecological context are also considered. (Occasionally)

ANTH-A 200 : Topics in Anthropology (topic varies) (001937)

Course is geared to the nonmajor and emphasizes the development of skills in the use of anthropological approaches to the study of human behavior and belief. Topics will vary. ANTH A200 may be taken twice with different topics. (Occasionally)

ANTH-A 210 : Ancillary Topics in Anthropology (001939)

Individual and group activities that may be independent of or connected to a course. May include activities such as discussions, fieldwork, service learning, and applied anthropology projects. May be repeated with different topics to total up to 3 credit hours. (Occasionally)

ANTH-A 220 : Hands-on Fossil Observations (080219)

Hands-on observations, measurements, and interpre tations of human fossils and fossil casts; offered in conjunction with human paleontology courses.

ANTH-A 230 : Linguistic Anthropology Lab (080220)

Linguistics problems, word games, and videos. Offered in conjunction with Language and Culture courses..

ANTH-A 240 : History of Ethnographic Film (080221)

Viewing of ethnographic films from earliest to most recent, with discussions. Offered in conjunction with theory courses. May be repeated once with different topic and with different theory course.

ANTH-A 303 : Evolution and Prehistory (001944)

Introductory course for more advanced students. Human beings' place in nature, emergence of humans and contemporary races, development of culture from Paleolithic era onward, problems arising from interaction of biological and cultural phenomena. Credit given for only one of the following: ANTH A103, ANTH A105, or ANTH A303. (Fall, Spring, Summer I)

ANTH-A 304 : Social and Cultural Behavior (001945)

Introductory course for more advanced students. Approaches to the study of contemporary cultures: structure, process, and change. Topics include kinship, economics, politics, religion, and worldview. Credit given only for one of the following: ANTH A104, ANTH E105, ANTH E303, or ANTH A304. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

ANTH-A 360 : Development of Anthropological Thought (001972)

An overview of the major theoretical developments within anthropology as the discipline has attempted to produce a universal and unified view of human life based on knowledge of evolution and prehistoric and contemporary cultures. (Spring-even years)

ANTH-A 495 : Independent Studies in Anthropology (002035)

A supervised, in-depth examination through individual research on a particular topic selected and conducted by the student in consultation with an anthropology faculty member. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

ANTH-B 200 : Bioanthropology (002095)

Bioanthropology of humans, basic biological principles, functional morphology, evolutionary history. Human evolution from lower forms, environmental factors, speciation and differentiation, growth, sexual differences, constitutional variability. (Spring-even years)

ANTH-B 201 : Bioanthropology and Forensics Lab (002096)

Laboratory exercises in anatomy, genetics, primates, fossils; and identification, aging, and sexing of the human skeleton. (Spring-even years)

ANTH-B 206 : Primate Zoo Observation (002097)

Observation of primate anatomy, locomotion, and social behavior at various Midwestern zoos. (Summer-even years)

ANTH-B 250 : Topics in Biological Anthropology (002098)

Selected topics in bioanthropology. May be repeated once with a different topic. (Occasionally)

ANTH-B 264 : Human Fossils and Human Evolution (002099)

Introduction to human fossils: their structure, classification, geologic range, and geographical distribution. Credit not given for both ANTH B264 and ANTH B464. (Occasionally)

ANTH-B 266 : Monkeys, Apes, and Other Primates (002100)

An introductory course in primate behavior, ecology, psychology, comparative functional anatomy, and evolution. Credit given for only one of the following: ANTH B106, ANTH B266, or ANTH B466. (Occasionally)

ANTH-B 368 : The Evolution of Primate Social Behavior (002108)

Major patterns of social organization in the order Primates, with focus on several important primate species. Examination of Darwinian theories of behavioral evolution. Particular attention paid to the influence of food-getting and diet on social behavior.

ANTH-B 400 : Undergraduate Seminar (002111)

Selected topics in bioanthropology. Analysis of research. Development of skills in analysis and criticism. Topic varies. ANTH B400 may be taken twice with different topics. (Occasionally)

ANTH-B 464 : Human Paleontology (002115)

Human fossils: their structure, classification, geologic range, and geographical distribution. Credit not given for both ANTH B264 and ANTH B464. (Occasionally)

ANTH-B 466 : The Primates (002116)

Paleontology, functional morphology, behavior, and natural history of the nonhuman primates. Emphasis on behavioral and ecological correlates of morphology. Credit given for only one of the following: ANTH B106, ANTH B266, and ANTH B466. (Occasionally)

ANTH-E 108 : Cultural Areas and Ethnic Groups (078523)

An ethno-graphic survey of a selected culture area or ethnic group. (May not be repeated for more than 6 credit hours.)

ANTH-E 120 : Survey of Indians of North America (002140)

Ethnographic survey of traditional culture areas of Native Americans from the Arctic to Panama; covers time period from first contact through early twentieth century. Differs from ANTH E320 in that ANTH E120 does not require a library research paper. Intended for nonmajors. Credit not given for both ANTH E120 and ANTH E320. (Fall, Spring)

ANTH-E 200 : Social and Cultural Anthropology (002141)

Intermediate survey of theories and problems in social and cultural anthropology. Historical development, methods of inquiry, focal problems, and contemporary theoretical perspectives. (Spring)

ANTH-E 205 : Peoples of the World (002142)

All peoples have to confront similar challenges in order to survive and thrive as individuals and as societies. This course will examine how eight or nine cultures around the world shape their values, behaviors, institutions, and stories in response to external and internal challenges.

ANTH-E 221 : Native Uses of Herbs (002143)

A field experience course on Native American women's uses of herbs, with required readings and hands-on work with plants. (Occasionally)

ANTH-E 300 : Culture Areas and Ethnic Groups (variable title) (002147)

An ethnographic survey of a selected culture area or ethnic group. (May not be repeated for more than 6 credit hours.)

ANTH-E 320 : Indians of North America (002160)

Ethnographic survey of culture areas from the Arctic to Panama plus cross- cultural analysis of interrelations of culture, geographical environment, and language families. Credit not given for both ANTH E120 and ANTH E320. (Fall, Spring)

ANTH-E 323 : Indians of Indiana (002163)

An introduction to the history and culture of the two principal Native American Nations of Indiana: the Miami and the Potawatomi. The course takes an ethnohistorical approach, investigating the past and present of these communities on the basis of anthropological research as well as historical.

ANTH-E 324 : Native American Art (002164)

This course is an introduction to the visual arts of Native Americans in the period since contact. Topics will include the artist (traditional and contemporary); the relationship of art, myth, and ritual the effects of contact with other cultures on Indian arts; shamanism and art. Class discussion will be illustrated with slides and movies.

ANTH-E 335 : Ancient Civilization of MesoAmerica (002174)

Historical Ethnography of the major pre- Columbian Civilizations including the Olmec, Mayan and Aztec. Emphasis on the social life, cultural achievements, religion, worldview, and political systems to illustrate the diversity and richness of Amerindian life before the Spanish conquest.

ANTH-E 400 : Undergraduate Seminar (topic varies) (002205)

Intensive examination of selected topics in anthropology. Emphasis upon analytic investigation and critical discussion. Topics will vary. ANTH E400 may be taken twice with different topics. (Occasionally)

ANTH-L 200 : Language and Culture (002286)

An introduction to the study of language and its relation to the rest of culture. (Fall- odd years)

ANTH-L 300 : Culture and Language (002287)

Explores the relationships between language and culture, focusing on research methodology and surveying various theoretical frameworks. (Fall-odd years)

ANTH-P 200 : Introduction to Archaeology (002316)

Introduction to the goals, methods, and theories that archaeologists use to learn about the past. The pursuit and interpretation of archaeological evidence are explored by reviewing case studies from across the globe and diverse time periods. Topics include food and subsistence, culture change, social life, political economies, and archaeological ethics.

ANTH-P 210 : Life in the Stone Age (002317)

Examination of the major developments in the Stone Age, emphasizing technological innovations, changes in subsistence patterns, and geographic and ecological expansions of human populations. The course will consist of two weekly lectures and a practicum in which students will learn to make and use stone tools. (Occasionally)

ANTH-P 260 : Indians Before Columbus (002321)

Prehistory of Native Americans from Inuit (Eskimos) to Mayans. Differs from ANTH P360 in that ANTH P360 requires a library research paper. Credit not given for both ANTH P260 and ANTH P360. (Occasionally)

ANTH-P 360 : Prehistory of North America (002332)

Introduction to antiquity of the American Indian, principal culture areas, and field methods and techniques incident to the recovery of archaeological data and materials. Credit not given for both ANTH P260 and ANTH P360. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 161 : Principles of Sociology (042195)

Nature of interpersonal relationships, societies, groups, communities, and institutional areas such as the family, industry, and religion; social process operating within those areas; significance for problems of personality, human nature, social disorganization, and social change. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SOC-S 163 : Social Problems (042197)

Major social problems in areas such as the family; religion; economic order; crime; mental disorders; civil rights; racial, ethnic, and international tensions. Relation to structure and values of larger society (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SOC-S 164 : Marital Relations and Sexuality (042198)

Analysis of courtship, marriage, and its alternatives and the basic issues of human sexuality, with an emphasis on contemporary American society (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SOC-S 210 : Social Organization (042203)

An examination of the question of social order, including the perspectives of structure and function, conflict and change, social systems and institutions. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 215 : Social Change (042204)

Introduction to theoretical and empirical studies of social change. Explores issues such as modernization; rationalization; demographic, economic, and religious causes of change; reform and revolution. (Fall, Summer)

SOC-S 218 : Eyewitness to the Civil Rights Movement (042207)

This course probes the connections between individual biography and history by examining the experiences of activists in the civil rights movement, brought out through interviews of these activists in class. Each week a new participant is interviewed in front of the class. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 230 : Society and the Individual (042210)

Introduction to the concepts, perspectives, and theories of social psychology from the level of the individual to collective behavior. (Fall, Spring, Summer I)

SOC-S 254 : Qualitative Field Research (042216)

Covers the most salient aspects of field research, including taking field notes and coding, engaging in participant-observation, taking on a variety of research roles, creating topical guides and conducting in-depth interviews, and writing a publishable- quality research paper. Students must find a suitable setting in which to conduct their semester-long research project. (Fall)

SOC-S 261 : Research Methods in Sociology (042220)

The logic of scientific work in sociology; theory construction; major research designs, including experiments, sample surveys, and ethnographic field studies; methods of sampling; measurement of variables. (Fall)

SOC-S 262 : Statistics for Sociology (042221)

This is a general introduction to the logic of statistics, both descriptive and inferential. Students learn how to use sample date to reach conclusions about a population of interest by calculating confidence intervals and significance tests. SPSS software is used to produce the appropriate calculations. (Spring)

SOC-S 309 : The Community (042235)

Introduction to the sociology of community life, stressing the processes of order and change in community organization. Major topics include the community and society, the nonterritorial community, analysis of major community institutions, racial-ethnic differences in community behavior, community conflict, and community problems. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 310 : The Sociology of Women in America (042236)

A brief survey of the history of women's changing role in America with particular emphasis on women's legal status in this century, persistence of occupational segregation, the organization and growth of the women's movement since 1960, the impact of those changes on the nuclear family, and the female self- image. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 311 : Political Sociology (042237)

Interrelations of politics and society, with emphasis on formation of political power, its structure, and its change in different types of social systems and cultural-historical settings. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 313 : Sociology of Religion (042240)

The nature, consequences, and theoretical origins of religion, as evident in social constructions and functional perspectives; the social origins and problems of religious organizations; and the relationships between religion and morality, science, magic, social class, minority status, economic development, and politics. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 314 : Social Aspects of Health and Medicine (042241)

The effects of group characteristics in the causation, amelioration, and prevention of mental and physical illness, and social influences in medical education, medical practice, and hospital administration. (Occasionally- Two-year rotation)

SOC-S 315 : Sociology of Work (042242)

Treats work roles within such organizations as factory, office, school, government, and welfare agencies; career and occupational mobility in work life; formal and informal organizations within work organizations; labor and management conflict and cooperation; problems of modern industrial workers. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 316 : Sociology of the Family (042243)

Structure and process of the conjugal family in modern and emerging societies. Focus is on relationships of the family to other subsystems of the larger society and on interaction within the family in connection with those interrelationships. Stress on development of systematic theory. (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)

SOC-S 317 : Social Stratification (042244)

Nature, functioning, and maintenance of systems of social stratification in local communities and societies. Correlates and consequences of social class position and vertical mobility. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 320 : Deviant Behavior and Social Control (042249)

Analysis of deviance in relation to formal and informal social processes. Emphasis on deviance and respectability as functions of social relations, characteristics of rules, and power and conflict. (Occasionally-Once per year)

SOC-S 325 : Criminology (042254)

Factors in genesis of crime and organization of criminal behavior from points of view of the person and the group. (Occasionally-Once per year)

SOC-S 328 : Juvenile Delinquency (042258)

Nature and extent of juvenile delinquency; juvenile delinquency and the law; methods of research in juvenile delinquency; delinquency causation; theories and practices of delinquency control. (Occasionally- Once per year)

SOC-S 331 : Sociology of Aging (042262)

A survey of the demographic, work, retirement, social status, family, and institutional factors associated with life in the later years in modern industrial societies. (Occasionally- Two-year rotation)

SOC-S 335 : Race and Ethnic Relations (042266)

Racial and cultural contacts, especially in America; factors that determine rate and manner of assimilation; cultural pluralism; theories and conceptual analysis of prejudice; comparative analysis of diverse race relations in different parts of the world. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 337 : Women and Crime (042268)

Analysis of traditional and feminist theories of crime. Substantive areas include women's victimization, women's criminality and incarceration, and women working within the criminal justice system. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 340 : Social Theory (042271)

Sociological theory, with focus on content, form, and historical development. Relationships between theories, data, and sociological explanation. (Spring)

SOC-S 362 : World Societies and Cultures (042283)

Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. An analysis of the social, cultural, political, and historical foundations of societies and cultures from around the world. Intended for students majoring or minoring in Sociology; does not carry COAS Group III or Group IV credit. May be repeated once with a different topic. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

SOC-S 398 : Internship in the Behavioral Sciences (042289)

Open to sophomore, junior, and senior students who, upon approval of the internship coordinator, are placed in cooperating social, welfare, and behavior modification agencies to receive experience as learning paraprofessionals. The department and agency supervise the work. Research and written reports are required. Evaluations by the agency and department will be made. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 410 : Topics in Social Organization (042297)

Specific topics announced each semester; e.g., social stratification, formal organizations, urban social organization, education, religion, sport and leisure, medicine, politics, demography, social power, social conflict, social change, comparative social systems. May be repeated three times for credit. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 416 : The Family (042303)

The family as a social institution, changing family folkways, the family in relation to the development of personality of its members, disorganization of the family, and predicting success and failure in marriage. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 418 : The Sociology of Political and Religious Movements (042305)

Religious and political movements across the political spectrum will be explored to examine the interrelationships between religious and political social institutions. Transformation of those relationships throughout history will be explored to note the effects of the changing sociopolitical climate in the U.S. on social movement formation and convergence. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 419 : Social Movements and Collective Action (042306)

Change- oriented social and political collective action and consequences for groups and societies. Resource mobilization, historical and comparative analysis of contemporary movements and collective action. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 420 : Topics in Deviance (042307)

Specific topics announced each semester; e.g., crime, juvenile delinquency, law enforcement, corrections, mental illness, sexual deviance, drug use, violence, and physical disability. May be repeated three times for credit. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 431 : Topics in Social Psychology (042318)

Specific topics announced each semester, e.g., socialization, personality development, small-group structures and processes, interpersonal relations, language and human behavior, attitude formation and change, collective behavior, public opinion. May be repeated three times for credit with a different topic. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 441 : Topics in Social Theory (042329)

Specific topics announced each semester; e.g., structuralism, evolutionary theory, symbolic interaction theory, functionalism, social action theory, exchange theory, history and development of social theory, sociology of knowledge. May be repeated three times for credit. (Fall-odd years)

SOC-S 447 : Theories of Social Change (042333)

Idea of progress; linear philosophy of history; social and cultural evolution; contemporary theories. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 450 : Topics in Methods and Measurement (042336)

Specific topics announced each semester; e.g., logic of inquiry, model construction and formalization, research design, data collection, sampling, measurement, statistical analysis. May be repeated three times for credit with a different topic. (Occasionally)

SOC-S 495 : Individual Readings in Sociology (042349)

Prior arrangement, usually in conjunction with honors work. (Independent study and internship program.) (Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II)