Graduate Courses

ANTH F603 Political AnthropologyOffered Spring Odd-numbered Years
Political systems and the law. Case studies from nonindustrial societies, developing nations and parapolitical systems or encapsulated societies, such as Native peoples in the U.S. Political structures and institutions; social conflict, dispute settlement, social control and the law, political competition over critical resources; and ethnicity. Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Stacked with ANTH F403. (3+0)

ANTH F605 Archaeological Method and TheoryOffered Spring Even-numbered Years
Archaeological methods and analysis as the framework for different perspectives in archaeology. Application to specific research problems. Prerequisites: ANTH F211 or permission of instructor. Stacked with ANTH F405. (3+0)

ANTH F606 Folklore and Mythology: Anthropological PerspectiveOffered As Demand Warrants
Intensive introduction to anthropological theory concerning oral traditions and the verbal arts. Attention is paid to classic historical approaches, but discussion of contemporary focus on context and performance is highlighted. Students will research topics of individual interest. Prerequisites: Upper-division undergraduate anthropology course or permission of instructor. (3+0)

ANTH F607 Kinship and Social OrganizationOffered Spring Even-numbered Years
Forms of relatedness in diverse sociocultural systems. Principles of organizing individuals into social groups and roles. Forms and functions of family, marriage, incest taboo around the world. Classical and new approaches to the study of kinship; alliance theory, symbolic kinship, kinship and gender, the substance of kinship, kinship and biotechnology. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Stacked with ANTH F407. (3+0)

ANTH F609 Anthropology of ReligionOffered Fall Odd-numbered Years
Religion or supernatural belief from the perspective of anthropology. Religion in the context of circumpolar societies as well as a global phenomenon. Religious practitioners, ritual, belief systems and the relationship of religious phenomena to other aspects of social life. New relational and cognitive approaches to the study of religion. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Stacked with ANTH F409. (3+0)

ANTH F610 Northern Indigenous Peoples and Contemporary Issues(a)Offered Fall Odd-numbered Year
This course examines a number of issues affecting northern indigenous peoples from a comparative perspective, including perspectives from Alaska, Canada, Greenland and the Soviet Union. Issues include the impact of the alienation of land on which these peoples depend; the relationship between their small, rural microeconomies and the larger agroindustrial market economies of which they are a part; education, language loss and cultural transmission; alternative governmental policies towards indigenous peoples; and contrasting world views. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or upper-division standing with permission of instructor. Cross-listed with NORS F610. (3+0)

ANTH F612 PaleoecologyOffered As Demand Warrants
Advanced study of Quaternary environments. The influences of climatic change and the interrelationships of physical and biological factors on the distribution and evolution of biota, including humans, will be discussed. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)

ANTH F616 Anthropologic Background for Resilience and AdaptationOffered fall
Provides the anthropological background that is necessary for understanding the role of anthropology in complex systems involving interactions among biological, economic, and social processes. Designed for incoming students of the Resilience and Adaptation Program (RAP), who have not received training in anthropology. Prerequisites: Graduate student enrollment or permission of instructor. (1+0)

ANTH F617 Resilience InternshipOffered Fall
Students of the Resilience and Adaptation Program participate in internships to broaden their interdisciplinary training, develop new research tools and build expertise outside their home disciplines. Internships are for eight to ten weeks of full time commitment and take place during the student's first summer in the program. In autumn students meet to discuss their internship experiences and make public presentations. Prerequisites: ANTH/BIOL/ECON/NRM F667; ANTH/BIOL/ECON/NRM F668; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with BIOL F613; ECON F613; NRM F613. (2+0)

ANTH F623 Human OriginsOffered Spring Odd-numbered Years
Analysis of the Plio-Pleistocene hominid fossil record, including comparative primate and hominid skeletal and dental anatomy, systematics, taphonomy and long-term biobehavioral adaptations. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Stacked with ANTH F423. (2+3)

ANTH F624 Analytical TechniquesOffered Fall Even-numbered Years
Classification, sampling, collection and analysis of anthropological data: parametric and nonparametric significance tests and measures of association, analysis of frequency data, estimating resemblance using multiple variables, computer simulations and analysis. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Anthropology. Stacked with ANTH F424. (3+0)

ANTH F625 Human OsteologyOffered Fall Odd-numbered Years
Human skeletal analysis: bone biology, skeletal anatomy, aging and sexing, metric and non-metric traits of skeleton and dentition, paleopathology, and paleodemography. Inferences on genetic relationships between and patterned behavior within prehistoric groups derived from skeletal material. Prerequisites: ANTH F315; graduate standing; or permission of instructor. Stacked with ANTH F422. (3+0)

ANTH F626 BioarchaeologyOffered Spring Even-numbered Years
Innovative methods for studying past interactions between biological and cultural factors as revealed through human and faunal skeletal and plant remains. From these data sources, health, diet, social organization and interactions and life histories of past populations, as well as the environments in which they lived, are reconstructed and examined. Prerequisites: Graduate standing; or permission of instructor. Recommended: ANTH F415; ANTH F625. (3+0)

ANTH F629 Structures of Anthropological ArgumentOffered Fall
Reading and analysis of examples from various paradigms in anthropology, past and present. Presents a thorough grounding in forms of anthropological argument and preparation for the research and writing process. Includes evolutionary, Boasian, structural-functional, structural as well as subdisciplinary linguistic, archaeological and biological forms of argument. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)

ANTH F630 Anthropological Field MethodsOffered Spring Odd-numbered Years
Concentration on the practical concerns and aspects of conducting anthropological field research. Includes the relevant literature and significant discussions on the different aspects of fieldwork. In addition, students will gain practical experience in the problems, techniques and methods of fieldwork involving people from similar or distinct cultural backgrounds. The preparation of research proposals is also given attention. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Anthropology or permission of instructor. (3+0)

ANTH F631 Linguistic Anthropology: Language, Thought, and ActionOffered Spring Even-numbered Years
Language and social life. Course surveys the history of linguistic anthropology and the methods and questions that have driven and distinguished the field. Topics include descriptive and structural linguistics, historical linguistics, ethnographic approaches to the study of language and culture, language and action, ethnoscience and cognitive anthropology, linguistic relativity, semiotics, and language ideologies. Prerequisites: Graduate standing (3+0)

ANTH F632 Field Methods in Descriptive LinguisticsOffered Fall Odd-numbered Years
Introduction to general issues in language field work and to issues specific to working with little studied and/or endangered languages in particular. Focus on introduction to writing systems, making recordings, computers and transcriptions, planning consultant sessions, working with consultants, interviewing, and ethics in the field. Projects include making transcriptions of familiar language, and later, working on unfamiliar language with a language consultant, selecting and carrying out a well-defined project, resulting in a term paper. Prerequisites: LING F318; LING F320; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with LING F631. (3+0)

ANTH F634 Field Methods in Descriptive Linguistics IIOffered Spring Even-numbered Years
Second semester of Field Methods sequence. Plan linguistic field project, including field trip, caring for equipment, data handling, community contacts, intellectual property and repatriation. Course work includes lectures and group elicitation with a speaker of non-Indo-European language. Projects may involve either the traditional field work involving finding and working with a consultant, or work involving research of archival materials on languages no longer spoken. Prerequisites: ANTH F632 or LING F631. Cross-listed with LING F634. (3+0)

ANTH F637 Methods in Ethnohistorical ResearchOffered Spring Even-numbered Years
Students of anthropology are introduced to the methods of historical research, particularly the critical evaluation of written documents, problems of archaic language and paleography, and methods for assessing art and folklorist tradition as sources of history. Oral history and the data of language and archaeology are considered. Prerequisites: Graduate standing in anthropology or permission of instructor. (3+0)

ANTH F645 Gender in Cross-Cultural PerspectiveOffered Spring Even-numbered Years
Gender as both cultural construction and social ethnographies relationship is examined through readings in comparative ethnographies portraying gender roles in a broad variety of societies, from hunter-gatherer to industrial. New theoretical and methodological approaches in anthropology for exploring and understanding women's and men's experiences in their cultural variety are presented. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Stacked with ANTH F445; WGS F445. (3+0)

ANTH F646 Economic AnthropologyOffered Fall Even-numbered Years
Relationships between economic and other social relations. Pre-industrial societies. Relevance of formal economics to small-scale societies and developing nations. Exchange, formal and substantive economics, market economics, rationality, political economy and the economics of development. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Stacked with ANTH F446. (3+0)

ANTH F647 Global to Local SustainabilityOffered Fall
Explores the basic principles that govern resilience and change of ecological and social systems. Principles are applied across a range of scales from local communities to the globe. Working within and across each of these scales, students address the processes that influence ecological, cultural and economic sustainability, with an emphasis on northern examples. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. Cross-listed with BIOL F647; ECON F647; NRM F647. (3+0)

ANTH F649 Integrated Assessment and Adaptive ManagementOffered Spring
An interdisciplinary exploration of the theoretical and practical considerations of integrated assessment and adaptive management. Students survey concepts important in understanding societal and professional-level decision-making. Students work as individuals and as a team to undertake case studies with relevance to integrated assessment and adaptive management. Collectively, the class builds a portfolio of cases and conducts an integrated assessment. Note: In case of enrollment limit, priority will be given to graduate students in the Resilience and Adaptation Program in order for them to be able to meet their core requirements. Prerequisites: Graduate student standing in a natural science, social science, or interdisciplinary program at UAF or another university or permission of instructor. The course is designed to fit into the sequence of Resilience and Adaptation Program's core courses. It is open to other graduate students interested in and prepared to conduct interdisciplinary studies relating to sustainability. Recommended: ANTH/BIOL/ECON/NRM F647; ANTH/BIOL/ECON/NRM F648; ANTH/BIOL/ECON/NRM F667. Cross-listed with BIOL F649; ECON F649; NRM F649. (3+0)

ANTH F652 Research Design and Professional Development SeminarOffered Spring
How to develop problem-based research in anthropology and prepare research proposals, grant proposals and publications along with critical evaluations of similar material. Topics include preparation of oral presentations for professional meetings, lectures and seminars; curriculum vitae preparation; and project budgeting. Prerequisites: Upper-division anthropology course or permission of instructor. (3+0)

ANTH F653 Current Perspectives in Cultural Resource ManagementOffered Fall Odd-numbered Years
Cultural resource management. Includes historic preservation and environmental law. Reviews pertinent legislation pertaining to the protection of historic properties and presents a series of real world problems confronted by archaeologists. Cultural resource management will be treated historically within a context of the development of American archaeology. Emphasis on practical aspects of career development. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3+0)

ANTH F667 Resilience Seminar IOffered Fall
Provides a forum for new students of the Resilience and Adaptation graduate program to explore issues of interdisciplinary research that are relevant to sustainability. A considerable portion of the seminar is student-directed, with students assuming leadership in planning seminar activities with the instructor. Prerequisites: Enrolled in Resilience and Adaptation Graduate Program or permission of instructor. Recommended: ANTH/BIOL/ECON/NRM F647. Cross-listed with BIOL F667; ECON F667; NRM F667. (2+0)

ANTH F668 Resilience Seminar IIOffered Spring
Provides a forum for new students of the Resilience and Adaptation graduate program to explore issues of interdisciplinary research relevant to sustainability. The seminar provides support to each student planning his/her summer internship and preparing and presenting a thesis research prospectus. Prerequisites: ANTH/BIOL/ECON/NRM F647; ANTH/BIOL/ECON/NRM F667; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with BIOL F668; ECON F668; NRM F668. (2+0)

ANTH F670 Oral Sources: Issues in DocumentationOffered Alternate Fall
Preparation for recording and use of oral resources. Examines how meaning is conveyed through oral traditions and personal narratives and the issues involved with recording and reproducing narratives. Includes management of oral recordings, ethical and legal considerations, issues of interpretation and censorship and the use of new technologies to access and deliver recordings. Prerequisites: At least one undergraduate ANTH course and one undergraduate HIST course, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with NORS F670. (3+0)

ANTH F672 Culture and History in the North AtlanticOffered Spring Odd-numbered Years
Study of ancient Norse culture and society. Includes readings of Old Norse poetry and Icelandic sagas in translation, with secondary analyses and archaeological background. Includes Greenlandic myths and contemporary ethnographic accounts of Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with NORS F672. (3+0)

ANTH F675 Political Ecology of the OceansOffered Alternate Spring
Introduction to the field of political ecology in the marine sphere. Topics include the sociology of scientific knowledge, traditional and local ecological knowledge, politics of resource management, processes of marine enclosure, environmental values, marine conservation, environmental justice, and colonialism and economic development. Prerequisites: Graduate standing; or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with FISH F675. (3+0)

ANTH F680 Marine Sustainability InternshipOffered Fall
Internship program in marine ecosystem sustainability to broaden students' interdisciplinary training, develop new research tools, build expertise outside their home discipline, gain exposure to careers, and gain a unique perspective on research problems. Internships are for a minimum of 8 weeks and take place during the summer. In the autumn students report on and meet to discuss their internship experiences. Prerequisites: MSL F652 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with MSL F680 and FISH F680. (0+0+5-16)

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