Anthropology | Anth Capstone Sem:Culture Contact & Colonialism
A410 | 12332 | --


This course focuses on the critical role of anthropology in the study
of culture contact and colonialism in the 21st century.  Students will
consider research issues, theoretical perspectives, and methodological
approaches used for studying indigenous and colonial histories.  Since
the Columbian Quincentenary in 1992, there has been a renaissance in
anthropological research projects examining native peoplesí encounters
with multi-ethnic colonial communities established by Spain, Russia,
France, and Britain in the Americas.  This recent research takes the
form of innovative archaeological fieldwork, the study of human health
and disease, renewed emphasis on Ethnohistory, and commemorative
events today.  Readings will focus on a diverse range of colonial
contexts, including missions, mercantile colonies, presidio/military
communities, ranchos, frontier outposts, plantations, and homesteads.
Areal coverage will emphasize the Americas, but other regions may be
considered.

This course is a capstone course in the Department of Anthropology,
and as such is limited to junior and senior Anthropology majors. As a
capstone experience in Anthropology, this course will explicitly draw
from all four subfields of the discipline (Sociocultural, Linguistics,
Archaeology, and Biological Anthropology) and will highlight the
holistic nature of Anthropology.  Students will be asked to consider
academic papers, current research, and contemporary issues in order to
examine the goals of Anthropology and to apply the concepts they have
learned from their previous classes in innovative ways.

Prerequisites: Senior and junior majors in Anthropology or permission
of the instructor.