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Megan K Carney
BIO A 469
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Biocultural Anthropology

Delineation and analysis of a specific problem or a more general area in biocultural anthropology. Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty.

Class description


Course Summary: The primary purpose of this course is to provide students with a hands-on, research-appropriate look at ethics and professionalism. The intent is to provide students with conceptual experience (i.e. a framework for considering ethical issues), and to familiarize them with the resources available. The course considers a number of issues that arise in the practice of anthropology, archeology, ecology and animal behavior research, such as: animal rights versus animal welfare, wild animal habituation, informed consent and internal review boards, confidentiality, responsible reporting, academic procedures and responsibilities including authorship issues and data use and abuse, responsibilities to communities, conservation concerns and responsibilities. Specific topics will vary by enrollment, with those topics most relevant to participating students given preference. Much of the course will be presented by outside discussants and presenters. Representatives from the UWs Human Subjects Division, IACUC, as well as experienced researchers and professors will be able to present a more informed viewpoint on many considered topics.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Mix of lecture, discussion, student presentation

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Megan K Carney
Date: 02/17/2009