Special Course Descriptions

Ant 194 Special Topics: Introduction to Biological Anthropology

This course will utilize a holistic approach to explore the evolution of the human species. Students will learn the basics of evolutionary theory, biology, and fossil and archaeological evidence through lectures, discussion, readings, videos, and hand's on learning. This course is divided into three main sections titled: (a) the mechanics of evolution, (b) the history of the human lineage, and (c) evolution of modern humans.

No prerequisites.

Ant 294 Special Topics: Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) refers to the knowledge base acquired by indigenous and local peoples over many hundreds of years through direct contact with the environment. It includes nomenclature, classification, beliefs, rituals, technology, environmental management strategies and worldviews - all of which have helped shape environments for millennia. This course explores these different forms of knowledge and poses a series of questions about their importance and use, questions such as: Who possesses TEK? Who "owns" TEK? Should the owners of TEK be compensated for their knowledge just a corporation is compensated for original and creative ideas and technologies? Does all TEK promote sustainability? Can nation-states utilize spiritually based TEK? What are the impacts on indigenous groups when TEK is "promoted"? How can traditional knowledge of the natural world be responsibly collected, studied and applied in modern medicine and global commerce?

No prerequisites.

ANT 308 10/ENV 308 10 - Reconstructing Past Environments

Students enrolled in Reconstructing Past Environments will spend the semester engaged with the local environment through a variety of unique and exciting ways. In addition to the traditional readings, lectures, and discussions, students will be out in the field visiting archaeological sites, taking and recording soil samples, and identifying floral and faunal species.

Students will also be directly interacting with various labs and researchers through the submission of their samples for phytolith, pollen and starch grain analysis and for carbon 14 dating. The semester will culminate with the students organizing,interpreting, and presenting on the data they collected during the semester.

No prerequisites.

Soc 394 10 Transnational and Organized Crime

While globalization, industrialization, and technology transfer have benefited many societies, conversely they have created new opportunities for criminality. Sociological, criminological and legal theories of transnational crime will be studied using case studies relating to trafficking of contraband and people; money laundering; cybercrimes and global enforcement challenges. Students will examine current research on criminal networks and which ethnic groups are committing crimes across sovereign borders.

Prerequisites: Soc 101 and Soc 240 or permission of the instructor

Soc 394 11 Armed Forces & Society

This course focuses on the interactive effects among the military, the state (government), and society (citizens). Components of the course include examination of social change and the growth of military institutions, civil-military relations, the changing functions of the military in (global) society, military service as an occupation or a profession, the sociology of military life, and the intersection of the military institution with issues of race, gender, and sexual orientation. This course will also explore the relationships of foreign militaries to their host societies in a comparative context with the U.S.

Prerequisites: two prior sociology courses or permission of the instructor.