James W Green
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.
Everything you ever wanted to know about people: what we came from (not monkeys!); why we are shaped like we are; why gender and "racial" variations exist; why we live together in families; why there is nothing "natural" at all about love; and why we believe some of the things we do about this life and life (so most everyone hopes) after our earthly demise. Anthropology looks at things in the long-term (4 million years or so) and cross-culturally (other cultures with their own, distinctive ways of doing things).
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Classes meet M,W,Th,F for lectures and on Tuesdays with the TAs. Classes are generally lecture but I encourage discussion. There are films, some demos, and opportunities for hands-on experience with the various topics.
Class assignments and grading
Usually there are two short writing assignments. Assignments are developed in the sections with the TA. Some involve web searching, occasionally observations of behavior. The assignments are designed to help you make connections between the topics in the course and your personal experience.
Have the course grade is based on the two writing assignments. The second half is based on a midterm and final. Opportunities for extra credit work are available.