Indigenous Studies/Research


Potential Courses (subject to student and committee modification)

ANTH 630  
Anthropological Field Methods (3 Credits)
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.)

ANTH 637  
Methods in Ethno-historical Research (3 Credits) 
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.)

Integrative Modeling of Natural and Social Systems
(3 Credits) 
Provides a modeling approach to structuring knowledge from natural and social scientific disciplines so that relevant aspects of a complex societal problem are considered for the purpose of making management and policy decisions. Designed to help graduate students use models to integrate understanding about interactions among natural and social systems for the purpose of managing biological and human resources. (Prerequisite: STAT 200X or equivalent, graduate standing in a natural science, social science, humanities or interdisciplinary program at UAF or another university, or permission of instructor.)

PSY 635  
Field-Based Research Methods (3 Credits) 
Methods used in doing cross-cultural research in community settings. Emphasis on formal descriptions of the interaction between people and their environments. The course will present a wide variety of designs, analyses and conceptual approaches appropriate to improving our general understanding of behavior in communities. Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be presented in the context of carrying out individual research projects. (Prerequisite: Admittance to the Community Psychology program or permission of instructor.)

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