Form NC:

New Course Proposal





Form NC #:





I. Give complete UMM catalog entry (see instructions).

Anth 3900f. Variable Topics in Anthropology Seminar.

(See specific topics for general education categories and prerequisites; 4 cr; repeatable when topic changes)

Advanced topics pertaining to methodological, theoretical, substantive, and ethical issues and developments in anthropology.

Anth 3901. Who Owns the Past? (E/CR; 4 cr; QP--1100 or 1110 or Soc 1100, 5 addtl cr in Anth or Soc;SP—Anth 1111 or Anth 1110 ro Soc 1100, 5 addl cr in Anth or Soc or #)

Ethical issues in archaeology, including discussion of the various indigenous peoples’ responses to issues of intrusion by archaeologists, including the Aboriginal Rights Movement in Australia, the Sami in Scandinavia, and NAGPRA (the Native American Graves and Repatriations Act) in the US as well as forgeries, and off-the-wall theories.

Anth 3902. Cultural Representations in Mainstream Cinema. (IP; 4 cr; QP-1110 0r Soc 1100; SP-1111 or Soc 1101; not offered 2002-03)

The misrepresentation of various racial, ethnic, and religious minority groups in modern, mainstream cinema. Conceptual frameworks for understanding and analyzing these differences.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Anth 3901:

This course provides an in-depth examination of ethical issues in a discipline that regularly involves professionals from one (frequently dominant) culture examining and claiming ownership of--and the right to interpret—materials and remains of people in other cultures. It also adds a course devoted entirely to a topic in archaeology, made possible by an additional anthropology faculty member. It is an elective in the Anthropology major and Anthropology minor.

Anth 3902:

This course brings the thoughts, feelings, and worldview of Third World peoples (as the US government designated the American Indian peoples in 1996, and as scholars using the concept of "internal colonialism" categorize other minority peoples in America) into students’ purview, causing them to consider, compare, and analyze these other "nations."

III. Other Course Information

First semester to be offered:

Fall 2001

Principal Faculty Sponsor(s):

Donald Miller

Is course repeatable? (if yes, give max cr)

Yes, when topic changes

To what quarter course(s) does this correspond?


Course Type (choose one from instruction sheet):


Course requires:(check all that apply):


Laboratory sections


Recitation/discussion sections

IV. Assessment Information

Please state clearly and briefly the GOALS of this course.

Anth 3901:

To teach students the ethical issues involved in archaeology (and, by implication, anthropology, in general) where individuals from one (frequently dominant) culture study, interpret, and claim ownership of the bodily remains and artifacts of peoples of other cultures.

Anth 3902:

To familiarize students with the cultural divides that exist among the nations in this nation, and to provide them with a conceptual framework within which to understand these differences.

How will you ASSESS the success of this course in achieving the GOALS described above?

Students will be assessed based upon class participation, exams, and written paper assignments.

V. GER Exception Request

If no GER category is being designated for this course, give rationale for exception:


VI. Honors Rationale

If an Honors course, please outline how your proposed course will fit the Honors Program guidelines.



Regular Approval Process:

For long-term approval, curricular change forms must go through the following regular approval process (put check in box and date when approved):



Step #




Discipline approves (sends hard copy and electronic copy of proposal to #2)




Division approves (Division Chair sends proposal to #3)




Curriculum Committee approves (sends proposal to #4)




Campus Assembly approves. (New courses become effective immediately following Campus Assembly approval.)