The University of North Texas (UNT) is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Texas, located in Denton, TX. Over 28,000 undergraduate students and over 6,000 graduate students are enrolled at UNT.

Courses

Medical Anthropology (ANTH 4200, 3 hours)
Contemporary medical anthropology, with a focus on the biocultural basis of health and global sociocultural variations in illness and healing. Study of comparative health systems, political-economic and ethical issues in health and care, health professions, and patients’ views of illness, and cross-cultural definitions and understandings of disease, illness and cure.

Environmental Anthropology (ANTH 4400, 3 hours)
Environmental Anthropology is a more recent outgrowth of Ecological Anthropology, which can be characterized as the study of the interrelationship between human groups, cultures, and societies and the ecosystems in which they are embedded in all times and all places across planet earth. Scholars have delineated environmental anthropology as becoming more prominent in the 1980s and typically focusing on analysis and application of anthropological knowledge to contemporary environmental issues. Ecological and Environmental anthropology can most productively be viewed as a single interrelated discipline, with ecological anthropology focusing more on basic academic research and environmental anthropology being more focused on contemporary environmental issues and having more of an applied, practicing, or advocacy approach.

Anthropology of Food and Culture (ANTH 4701)
The course will provide an overview of the theoretical ways in which the topic of food can be addressed from an anthropological perspective. Exploring the food and traditions of various cultures will allow us to examine the role food plays in identity, class, gender, technology and globalization. We will begin the course by looking at how food and eating are linked to identity, class, gender, and nationality. Then, we will study how industrialization and globalization have impacted food and eating in various cultural settings. Finally, we will examine alternative food movements.

Culture, Environment and Society (GEOG 2170, 3 hours)
Exploration of the dynamic relations between culture and environment addressing ethnic diversity and conflict, development and underdevelopment, settlement patterns, movement of commodities and people (including refugees), and environmental degradation

Critical Resource Geography: Population, Nature, Food and Energy (GEOG 4420, 3 hours)
Addresses issues associated with conservation and management of natural resources. Includes case studies in a variety of geographical scales: global, regional and especially local. Explores sustainability and its role in fostering responsible conservation and resource management.

Plants and Human Society (BIOL 3170, 3 hours)
Relationships of plants to the environment and human activities; impact of plants on human social development, history, economics and religion.

 

Faculty

Steve Wolverton (Department of Geography); wolverton@unt.edu
James Veteto (Department of Anthropology); james.veteto@unt.edu