E. Floyd Aranyosi
Introduction to the subfields of archaeology, biocultural anthropology, and sociocultural anthropology through the examination of selected problems in human physical, cultural, and social evolution. Not recommended for students who have had other courses in anthropology, archaeology, or biocultural anthropology.
The course commences with the origins and spread of humans, from our most remote hominid ancestors to the present, and reviews the attempts by paleoanthropologists and archaeologists to understand our ancient ancestors. The course then addresses the ways in which humans worldwide make their livings, and how they arrange their societies. We conclude with a study of the ways in which family, language, and religion have influenced and continue to influence human behavior.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures are held daily, and assigned readings will be found in the texts available at the UW Bookstore.
An understanding of the principles of biological evolution is helpful, but not required. Students may wish to read the first chapter of the textbook prior to the beginning of class.
Class assignments and grading
There will be two exams, a midterm and a final, each worth up to 75 points, two brief papers (5-7 pages) which are each worth up to 100 points, and five short exercises, each worth up to 10 points.
Students may earn up to 400 points on the various assignments, and grades are assigned on a 4.0 scale, so students can calculate their grade by summing the points they have earned and dividing by 100.