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Laura L Newell
ANTH 269
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Anthropology

Delineation and analysis of a specific problem or related problems in anthropology.

Class description

The class is oriented to the development and implementation of an original research project based in Sexual Selection Theory. The main book which provides the background to Sexual Selection theory (TBA) is required reading in BioA 100/Biol 108. Concurrent registration in BioA 100 or Biol 108 is required.

Student learning goals

Learn how to generate an original question based in evolutionary theory.

Learn the value of collaborative research, which will be done in groups of two-four students.

Learn how to write a successful research proposal, which briefly addresses the questions of what? why? and how?

Learn about the various sources available on campus for facilitating research.

Learn how to format correctly a research paper, including the use of figures, graphs and tables.

Learn how to formulate a successful oral presentation.

General method of instruction

Instructor will work with the class on the weekly assignments designed to accomplish the learning goals of the class. The assignments will be evaluated in class by the students through discussion, and also submitted to the instructor.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites, with the exception of concurrent registration in BioA 100/Biol 108 and permission of the instructor. To succeed in the course, a student must meet all deadlines on time and be open to a critical inquiry-base approach to the class materials.

Class assignments and grading

Problems which are related to the learning goals as outlined above. Example; an annotated bibliography of at least five references (other than WEB resources) that the student considers basic to his or her proposed research problem

Weekly assignments constitute 1/4 of the grade, an oral presentation of the research project, 1/4 and the final written research paper (no more than 12 double-spaced pages), 1/2 of the final grade.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Laura L Newell
Date: 02/27/2009