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Andrea E. Duncan
ANTH 469
Seattle Campus

Special Studies in Anthropology

Delineation and analysis of a specific problem or related problems in anthropology. Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty.

Class description

Primate Conservation in Southeast Asia

This is a seminar course in which we will examine the topic of nonhuman primate conservation in Southeast Asia from an historical, biological, and cultural perspective. Our approaches include conservation biology, SE Asian primate sociobiology and history, infectious disease/public health concerns in SE Asia, and culture surrounding primates and related socio-economic/political considerations. Many facets of anthropology are interconnected in this area of the world. SE Asia is an important example of where people, primates and culture intersect. Course materials have been chosen with the following goals: to highlight current events and topical political/scientific discussions; to underscore the need for collaborative work when tackling large issues, using primate conservation as an example; to focus on the importance of making science accessible and widely understandable to a varied public; and to highlight breadth within anthropology (primatology, paleontology, and medical, environmental and sociocultural anthropology) as it applies to this topic.

Instructor email: andid@u.washington.edu

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Seminar/small group discussion.

Recommended preparation

Basic knowledge of nonhuman primates and conservation biology.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly reading assignments and 1-2 page response papers; final paper and in-class presentation.


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 Andrea E. Duncan
Date: 03/03/2009