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Anthropology LPC
ANTR 1 Biological/Physical Anthro 3.00 Units
This course introduces the concepts, methods of inquiry, and scientific explanations for biological evolution and their application to the human species. Issues and topics will include, but are not limited to, genetics, evolutionary theory, human variation and biocultural adaptations, comparative primate anatomy and behavior, and the fossil evidence for human evolution. The scientific method serves as foundation of the course. The course may include a lab component. Strongly Recommended: Eligibility for ENG 1A
College: Las Positas College
Division: CATSS
 
ANTR 1L Biological/Physical Anthro Lab 1.00 Unit
This laboratory course is offered as a supplement to Introduction to Biological Anthropology either taken concurrently or in a subsequent term. Laboratory exercises are designed to introduce students to the scientific method and explore genetics, human variation, human and non-human primate anatomy and behavior, the primate/hominin fossil record and other resources to investigate processes that affect human evolution.
College: Las Positas College
Division: CATSS
 
ANTR 2 Introduction to Archaeology 3.00 Units
This course is an introduction to the study of concepts, theories, data and models of anthropological archaeology that contribute to our knowledge of the human past. The course includes a discussion of the nature of scientific inquiry; the history and interdisciplinary nature of archaeological research; dating techniques; methods of survey, excavation, analysis, and interpretation; cultural resource management; professional ethics; and selected cultural sequences. Strongly Recommended: ENG 1A
College: Las Positas College
Division: CATSS
 
ANTR 2L Archaeology Field Lab 1.00 Unit
This Archaeology Field Lab course offers hands-on field experience and artifact analysis. Students practice scientific archaeological recovery methods and techniques, including site planning, excavation, typology, cataloging, artifact recognition and reconstruction. In addition to gaining expertise in field research, students will examine and discuss techniques, tools and processes in cultural resource management. Prerequisite: ANTR 2 may be taken concurrently
College: Las Positas College
Division: CATSS
 
ANTR 3 Social/Cultural Anthropology 3.00 Units
This course explores how anthropologists study and compare human culture. Cultural anthropologists seek to understand the broad arc of human experience focusing on a set of central issues: how people around the world make their living (subsistence patterns); how they organize themselves socially, politically and economically; how they communicate; how they relate to each other through family and kinship ties; what they believe about the world (belief systems); how they express themselves creatively (expressive culture); how they make distinctions among themselves such as through applying gender, racial and ethnic identity labels; how they have shaped and been shaped by social inequalities such as colonialism; and how they navigate culture change and processes of globalization that affect us all. Ethnographic case studies highlight these similarities and differences, and introduce students to how anthropologists do their work, employ professional anthropological research ethics and apply their perspectives and skills to understand humans around the globe. Strongly recommended: Eligibility for ENG 1A.
College: Las Positas College
Division: CATSS
 
ANTR 4 Language and Culture 3.00 Units
This introductory course serves as a foundation for understanding language from an anthropological perspective, addressing such core questions as how, what, when, where, why and with whom we communicate. This course surveys three core areas in linguistic anthropology --structural linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax, as well as the biocultural basis of language; historical linguistics: origins and evolution/change, dialects, and language families; and sociocultural linguistics: language acquisition in cultural context, emphasizing the relationship between language and culture, and issues of language conservation and loss. Strongly Recommended: ENG 1A
College: Las Positas College
Division: CATSS
 
ANTR 5 Cultures of the U.S. in Global 3.00 Units
Issues relevant to understanding race, class, gender and ethnicity within the American setting. Historical as well as contemporary situation of the following groups: 1) African Americans; 2) Native Americans; 3) Hispanic Americans; 4) European Americans; and, 5) Asian Americans, among other groups. Emphasis on analyzing the way that public understandings of culture and biology are translated into social policy. Contemporary social issues such as race relations, multiculturalism, affirmative action, bilingual education, and the use and abuse of I.Q. testing.
College: Las Positas College
Division: CATSS
 
ANTR 12 Magic/Religion/Witchcraft/Heal 3.00 Units
Cross-cultural perspectives on spirituality, religious practice, myth, ancestor beliefs, witchcraft and the variety of religious rituals and practitioners found in the cultures of the world. Examination of the cosmologies of different cultures through the anthropological perspective. Emphasis is placed on how knowledge of the religious practices and beliefs of others can help us to understand the multicultural world in which we live. Comparison of the ways in which diverse cultures confront the large and fundamental questions of existence: those dealing with the meaning life, birth and death, and with the relationship of humans to each other and to their universe. Strongly Recommended: Eligibility for ENG 1A
College: Las Positas College
Division: CATSS
 
ANTR 13 Intro to Forensic Anthropology 3.00 Units
Introductory course in the application of physical anthropology to the medico-legal process with an emphasis on the identification of human skeletal remains. Includes basic human osteoology and odontology , assessment of age at time of death, sex, ancestry, trauma analysis, pathology, and general physical characteristics including height and weight based upon minimal skeletal remains. Estimation of time since death, crime scene analysis, animal scavenging, and identification procedures.
College: Las Positas College
Division: CATSS
 
ANTR 29 Ind Study, Anthropology .50 to 2.00 Units
College: Las Positas College
Division: CATSS
 

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