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ANTH 332. Sickness and Health in Prehistory

Credits: 3
Department: Anthropology
Description: Sickness and health from earliest prehistory to modern times, from the perspective of anthropological archaeology. Includes medicinal and health practices, the ethics of studying human remains, and applications to present-day concerns.
Prerequisites: ANTH 230 or ANTH 240
Semester Offered: Odd Fall
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Identify methods of archaeology and human osteology that are used to examine patterns of health and sickness in different kinds of societies throughout prehistory.
2. Distinguish changes in health associated with the emergence of agriculture, the development of cities and states and other major changes in human prehistory.
3. Specify past medicine and health practices in different parts of the world through time.
4. Explain how the study of sickness and health in past societies is relevant to present-day issues.
5. Produce written texts showing how anthropological concepts can be used to assess a range of explanations for sickness and health in prehistory.

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