Introduction to Anthropology: Course Description

Topics: Human evolution, Human, Lecture Pages: 7 (1585 words) Published: November 18, 2013
ANTA01 Introduction to Anthropology:
Human Beginnings 2013

Professor Genevieve Dewar
Courses: Tuesdays 18:00 to 20:00 AC223
Office: MW342
Office Hour: Tuesday 14:00 to 15:00 (or by appointment)
Course website: Blackboard
Social media: Twitter @ProfDewar
Facebook page: ANTA01

This is a first year class that exposes students to Archaeology and Biological Anthropology within the broader field of Anthropology. Archaeological methods, models, and Evolutionary theory are addressed and discussed. A major component of the class will be Human Evolution looking at the fossil evidence of our species, Homo sapiens including new and recent discoveries.

Learning Objectives
The goal of this course is to introduce students to Archaeology and Biological Anthropology focussing on human evolution from our earliest ancestors who walked upright, through to the development of complex state societies. The objectives of the course include learning the material and learning how to learn and express oneself clearly. This includes identifying important facts from a large body of material and to effectively summarise them; use this information to form an opinion and argue it logically.

There will be no make up exams, if you miss an exam, due to an emergency, religious observances or for medical reasons, when you bring in a note (following University Policy) immediately that percentage of your mark will be shifted to the final exam. The short essay will have a 10% per day penalty for a total of 5 days after which it will not be accepted.

Required Readings
The text in this course will be Lewis, B., Jurmain, R., and Kilgore, L. 2012. Understanding Humans: Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology 11th edition, Wadsworth. This text is available at the bookstore and in the library.

Class Schedule:
This is a tentative lecture schedule and is subject to change, except for the date of the tests and other assignment due dates. The lectures will not be recitations of the material from the readings, therefore regular attendance at lectures is highly recommended, as the tests/exam will be based on material from the readings and from lectures.

Sept 3rd
Chapter 1
Introduction to Anthropology
Sept 10th
Chapters 2 & 3
Evolution and Genetics
Sept 17th
Chapter 8
Archaeological methods
Sept 24th
Chapters 6 & 7
Primates (video)
Oct 1st
Chapter 9
Australopithecines and their ancestors
Oct 8th
Chapter 9
Early Homo
Oct 15th
Reading Week

Oct 22nd
Midterm in-class

Oct 29th
Chapters 10 & 11
Homo erectus and the Archaics
Nov 5th
Chapters 12 & 13
Homo sapiens
Nov 12nd
Nov 19th
Chapter 14
Origins of Agriculture
Nov 26th
Chapter 15
Complex Civilizations

Marking breakdown
Midterm(Oct 22nd)25%
Essay(Nov 19th)25%
Final Exam(TBA)40%
Tutorial assignments10% (2 x 5%)

Midterm exam: In class, please remember to bring your student card. The test will involve multiple-choice questions, identify the picture, short answer questions as well as definitions and mix and match.

Essay: The essay is due in class and must fall between 6 and 10 pages in length. The page limits apply to all parts of the essay except for the cover page. This means that references, figures, tables etc. must fit within the page limits. 5% of the grade will be deducted for each page or part thereof over or under the acceptable limit (e.g., a paper of 5 ½ pages or 10 ½ pages will be assessed a 5% penalty). The essay can be on any aspect of Physical Anthropology or Archaeology (but not Cultural Anthropology). A list of suggested topics will be provided in class. Essays must be typed or word processed. All sections must be doubled spaced (including tables, references, and figure legends), with margins of 1”, and 12-point...
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