Jerusha T. Achterberg
Delineation and analysis of a specific problem or related problems in anthropology. Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty.
NOTE: NO CLASS UNTIL 6/30/08. The purposes of this course are to: 1) provide undergraduates with needed tools to use and communicate the contents of their major; and 2) help students understand the process of research and ongoing topics within anthropology. OPTIONAL WRITING CREDITS.
Courses offered in our department cover a wide variety of anthropological subjects and inquiry. However, none explicitly help students synthesize their learning, or help them understand the current state of anthropology as an ongoing field of scientific inquiry. This course is for advanced undergraduate majors, and is based on feedback from current and past students of anthropology.
Working independently, students will be exposed to the process of research in scientific anthropology from proposal and execution to final presentation. Assignments are designed for maximum student direction and input. Practical skills will be emphasized in a Mastery Learning environment. Students will:
� understand how to create various elements and formats of communication used in anthropology;
� master the production of these elements such that they can do this again without direct instruction;
� have finished products available for future application;
� critically evaluate the field of anthropology and how they fit into it;
� use and practice excellent, clear writing.
The course will be a combination of lecture and practical work. Laboratories will be student-directed, and will allow time to work on laboratory projects. At all times, questions/comments are welcomed and encouraged.
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