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Courses - ANT 500 Level Courses

Dual level for graduate students and advanced undergraduates

ANT 500 – Advanced Social Theory

Seminar for students with and without exposure to social science theory at undergraduate level. Brief, intensive review of basic, undergraduate-level, social theory followed by advanced social theory. Emphasis on core ideas relevant to environmental policy. Focus on basic ideas and frameworks rather than minutiae.

Credits: 3

 ANT 530 – Human Dimensions of Climate Change

Multi-disciplinary overview of selected social science topics on humans and climate change. Critical anthropological attention to what this literature overlooks and how these omissions can be dealt with.

Credits: 3

ANT 550 – Anthropological Dimensions of Environmental Policy

Seminar on basic principles of environmental policy and analysis in both industrialized and Third World societies. Covers policies and institutions of states, local governments and co-management systems. Emphasis on anthropological case studies on the management of key common-pool resources, including fisheries, wildlife, irrigation systems and forests.

Credits: 3

ANT 553 – Institutions and the Management of Common Pool Resources

Focuses on the various social science theories concerning the generation of institutions and rules including action theory, the IAD approach (Institutional Analysis and Development), rational choice theory and topics from political economy. Emphasis will be placed on the development of institutions governing the use of fisheries with some discussion of the management of other common pool resources such as forests, rangeland, air and petroleum reserves.

(SMS 553 and ANT 553 are identical.)

Prerequisites & Notes Senior or Graduate Standing

Credits: 3

ANT 555 – Resource Management in Cross-cultural Perspective

Examines the institutions used to reduce risk and uncertainty in selected societies dependent on renewable resources. Emphasis on fishing societies around the world with some discussion of the utilization of forests and rangeland by different societies. Studies the governance structures used to manage common pool resources including state systems, local level management systems and co-management systems.

(SMS 555 and ANT 555 are identical.)

Prerequisites & Notes Senior or Graduate Standing

Credits: 3

ANT 570 – Seminar in Northeastern North American Prehistory

The prehistory of northeastern North America viewed from an interdisciplinary perspective. Each semester will focus on a current topic in the archaeology of the northeast.

Prerequisites & Notes ANT 101 or permission.

Credits: 3

ANT 576 – Method and Theory in Archaeology

The history of and current debates in archaeological methods and theory, with a focus on Americanist archaeology.

Prerequisites & Notes ANT 317, ANT 372.

Credits: 3

ANT 597 – Advanced Topics in Anthropology

Advanced students study selected topics with a staff member. Credits to be arranged with instructor.

Prerequisites & Notes Graduate standing, or senior standing with permission of department.

Form: Independent Study In Anthropology (PDF)

Credits: 1-3

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Department of Anthropology
5773 S.Stevens Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5773
Phone: (207) 581-1894 | Fax: (207) 581-1823E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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