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Course Catalog

Ecological Anthropology (ANTH 307, 3 credits)
Cultural adaptation with emphasis on the systematic interaction of environment, technology, and social organization among hunter-gatherers, nomadic herders, and peasant farmers.

Environmental Archaeology (ANTH 332, 3 credits)
Methods of paleoenvironmental analyses available to archaeologists for reconstructing past environments; topics include relative and numerical dating, geoarchaeology, paleobotany, paleontology, and zooarchaeology

Nutritional Anthropology (ANTH 366A, 3 credits)
Biocultural approach to human nutrition. Explores factors that influence what and how we eat emphasizing an understanding of nutritional adaptations, population differences in food utilization, and nutrition problems in the contemporary world.

Global Agricultural and International Relations (ANTH/AGTM/GEOG 380)
The importance of agriculture to the cultures, political structures, and economies of developing countries in Africa, Asia, South America, and Oceania.

Diet, Demography and Disease (ANTH 403A, 3 credits)
Ecology of disease and nutrition in human evolution. Emphasis on the interaction of social, demographic and environmental changes in the adaptation and co-evolution of pathogens. Topics to include: Epidemiological and demographic transitions, anthropogenic impact, and emerging pathogens.

Political Ecology (ANTH 424A/524A, 3 credits)
This course introduces a variety of environmental thought linking the political sphere and the biosphere. It examines ecological economics, environmental history and ethics, theoretical ecology, ecofeminism, political ecology in anthropology and intellectual property law.

Natural Resource Management in Native Communities (ANTH 441A, 3 credits)
This course is a survey of basic issues and concepts in natural resource management and the environment in Native communities using integrated case studies that survey all the major varieties of environmental issues in Indian Country in the 21st century. A central theme will be developing tribally-specific solutions to rebuilding the resiliency of degraded ecosystems. We will consider particular case studies such as: tribal sovereignty, land tenure, reserved rights and Native claims; Native knowledge systems and Western science; co-management and restoration; water; fish and wildlife; agriculture and rangeland management; energy, mining and nuclear waste; and global climate change.

Introduction to Medical Anthropology (ANTH 444, 3 credits)
Overview of methods and contemporary topics in medical anthropology. Explores how health, illness, healing have been conceptualized and socially patterned across diverse human cultures. How processes and structures within economic systems (including poverty, political violence, and toxic waste disposal) impact well-being.

Ethnobotany (ANTH 469/569, 3 credits)
Explores the role of plants in non-industrialized societies from ancient to modern times. Includes ethnobotanical techniques, cultural classifications, wild resources, traditional farming.

Medical Anthropology (ANTH 536A, 3 credits)
Anthropology of illness and health. Lay perceptions of health, ethnophysiology and pathology; pluralistic ideas about illness experiences; indigenous ideas about preventative and promotive health; folk dietetics; social labeling; and illness responsibility attribution. Emphasis on the study of health culture and how the subjective experience of illness and health is influenced by cultural variables. Draws upon cross-cultural ethnographic research and consideration of American health culture.

Ethnomedicine (ANTH 536B, 3 credits)
Comparative medical systems and healing traditions, regional health arenas, and health care seeking. Topics include folk medicine, traditional medical systems, distinctive illness and public health problems, patterns of resort in the use of pluralistic medical resources, and the way in which the practice of biomedicine has been adapted to regional culture. Explores the medical cultures of Mexico and Latin America, Native America, Africa and Asia.

Biocultural Methods (ANTH 546B, 3 credits)
Approach emphasizing biocultural field methods (anthropometry, nutritional assessment, bodily fluids, sampling, survey, data collection, time allocation, etc.) in the assessment of human health. Includes lifecycle and comparative perspectives in the interpretation of population and individual variation.

Environment and Conflict in Latin America (LAS/ANTH 595N)
This course examines how environmental, social, cultural, and political factors in Latin America intersect with processes of globalization to impact conflict over scarce natural resources and socioeconomic uncertainty.

Sustainability and Environmental Policy (ANTH 603J, 2-3 credits)
Over the past twenty years “sustainability” (or “sustainable development”) has emerged as a central goal of environmental policy making. Contemporary tools of environmental policy including ecosystem management, adaptive management, and restoration have been displaced by what seems like a clearer goal that captures ends as well as means. Sustainability has moved from the work of scholars and activists to laws and administrative regulations. The language of sustainability has extended to the world of business and commerce.

Ecological Anthropology (ANTH 611, 3 credits)
A graduate-level overview of the major alternative approaches to ecological anthropology. The topics we will investigate include population, systems, community, political, behavioral, and evolutionary ecology as they have been applied to a range of anthropological questions.

Conservation and Community (ANTH 696L, 3 credits)
An intensive exploration of the impact of conservation efforts, including protected areas, on rural peoples across the world.

Medicinal Plants (PLS 480)
Historical and cultural aspects of plants and medicine, therapeutic uses of plants, psychoactive and food plants, contribution of medicinal plants to modern medicine, future of medicinal plant


School of Anthropology
School of Plant Sciences


Diane E. Austin (Anthropology)
Paul R. Fish (Anthropology and Arizona State Museum, emeritus)
Suzanne K. Fish (School of Anthropology and Arizona State Museum, emeritus)
Vance T. Holliday (School of Anthropology and Department of Geosciences)
J. Stephen Lansing (School of Anthropology as well as Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at University of Arizona; Santa Fe Institute; and Stockholm Resilience Centre)
Mark Nichter (Anthropology, Public Health, Family Medicine)
Mimi Nichter (Anthropology; Public Health & FCR)
Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman (Anthropology and Arizona State Museum)
Marcela Vasquez-Leon (Anthropology and Latin American Studies)
James T. Watson (Anthropology and Arizona State Museum)
Gary Paul Nabhan (The Southwest Center)
Diana Liverman (Institute of the Environment and Department of Geography & Development)