161. Introduction to Biological Anthropology. (4). (NS).
Biological anthropology is a subfield dealing with human biology and evolution. This course presents a survey of the major topics in the subfield: evolution and human genetics, human adaptation and other aspects of human variation, and the human fossil record for human evolution. Grading will be based on two one-hour exams. No special background knowledge is required or assumed. (Wolpoff)
Courses are arranged by groups: Introductory Courses, Ethnology-Regional Courses, Ethnology-Theory/Method, Ethnology-Topical Courses, Linguistics, Archaeology, and Museum and Reading and Research Courses.
101. Introduction to Anthropology. Primarily for freshmen and sophomores. No credit granted to those who have completed 222 or 426. (SS).
This course surveys the field's four subdisciplines: biological, archeological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology. It stresses unifying principles that link the subdisciplines and thereby create anthropology's comprehensive, holistic world view. It teaches various styles of learning and thinking about the world's many life ways. It prepares students to evaluate conflicting claims about human nature and diversity. Topics usually addressed include: the nature of culture, human evolution, the fossil record, the concept of race, primate (monkey and ape) behavior, language and culture, systems of marriage, kinship and family organization, sex and gender roles, economics, politics, and religion in global perspective, and the cultural dimension of economic development and contemporary social change. In the spring course there will be an emphasis on present human social life and economics. Required readings likely include a basic text(s) and four small paperbacks. There will be a midterm and final, and there may also be a small paper. (Polioudakis)
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