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School: University of Georgia
Department: Evolutionary Anthropology
Course: Intro to Anthropology
Professor: Joseph lanning
Term: Spring 2017
Cost: 50
Description: Anth 1102: Introduction to Anthropology  University of Georgia, Fall 2010  The course syllabus is a general plan for the course; deviations may be necessary, and will be announced to the class by the instructor
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Anth 1102: Introduction to Anthropology  University of Georgia, Fall 2010  The course syllabus is a general plan for the course; deviations may be necessary, and will be announced to the class by the instructor. Instructor: Dr. Bram Tucker,  bramtuck@uga.edu* Office: 258 Baldwin Hall  Office hours: Tue, Thurs 9:30 am –  11:00 am Teaching assistants Class meetings:  Tues & Thurs 12:30-1:45 pm North Psychology-Journalism  Building, NPJ 106 John Turck Paris Harper Karen Allen Email* jaturck@uga.edu harper10@uga.edu kallenp@uga.edu Office: 259 Baldwin Hall G20 Baldwin Hall 265c Baldwin Hall Office  hours: Tue 2:00 – 3:00 pm Mon 12:00 – 1:00 pm Wed 10:00 – 11:00 am * Note on email: We check email 9:00am to 5:00pm, M-F. We do not necessarily check email  during evenings or weekends. I. Course description: Anthropology is the study of human diversity. It asks age-old questions: What does it mean to  be human? Why are humans different from other animals? How do we decide who is similar to  us, who is not similar, and what to do about it? How did different individuals and populations  become socially, culturally, behaviorally, linguistically, and physically distinct? To what degree  do individuals have control over their own lives, and to what degree are we puppets of our  cultural background and social expectations? How do humans exploit the natural environment,  and what are the consequences? How does our own Euro-American culture affect how we view  other people and the environment? Anthropology provides unique and important perspectives  on issues that impact our daily lives: social inequality, racial and ethnic conflict, individual  freedom versus communal responsibility, colonial and capitalist expansion, animal and human  rights, natural resource exploitation and conservation, health and medicine, technology,  international aid and development, etc.  This course is divided into three sections, pursuing separate themes within the field of  anthropology. Part one deals with culture as a cognitive and socially-constructed phenomenon:  how much of our perception of the world around us is based on learned, socially-accepted  categories, norms, and rules? Part two examines the evolutionary bases for human physical and behavioral variation. People look and act differently from each other (and from other animals)  due to processes of micro- and macro-evolution and environmental adaptation. The final third  of the course deals with subsistence and social structure, including how people organize  themselves for cooperative goals through institutions of family, law, government, and religion.  This course provides a general overview of anthropology. By the time you have completed this  course, you should be: ∙ Familiar with the general subject matter of anthropological archaeology, cultural  anthropology, and biological anthropology; ∙ Familiar with anthropological perspectives on important issues that affect our daily lives; ∙ Able to critically evaluate anthropological subject matter and arguments that you encounter  in the popular media; ∙ Prepared to take other anthropology courses. II. The Grade: Exam 1 16 Sep 35% 15 pts multiple choice, 20 pts short answer Exam 2 21 Oct 35% 15 pts multiple choice, 20 pts short answer Final exam: 9 Dec, 12 noon 30% Multiple choice Extra credit for exam 1 26 Oct 0-5 bonus pts Multiple choice Extra credit for exam 2 9 Dec, after Final Exam 0-5 bonus pts Multiple choice ∙ Exams 1 and 2, which occur in class, consist of two parts. Multiple choice questions will be graded by a robot and responses reported through eLC in a timely manner. Short answer  questions will be graded by teaching assistants. Because teaching assistants are not robots,  please be patient. Expect it to take them several weeks to complete grading.  ∙ The final exam is multiple choice, to facilitate rapid grading. It is not cumulative.  ∙ Extra credit: Students may take optional retests consisting of multiple-choice questions.  The points they score are added to the previous exam’s grade. Exam grades may not exceed a perfect score. ∙ Can I take an exam late? This is at the instructor’s discretion. Please contact the  instructor 24 hours before the exam.  ∙ A note on attendance: Your attendance and participation are expected. Students who  attend class regularly will find it considerably easier to pass the exams. The instructor does  not under any circumstances provide PowerPoint presentations or notes to students who  have missed class. If you must miss class, it is up to you to get the notes from a classmate. A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F+ F Total 93-100 90-92 87-89 83-86 80-82 77-79 73-76 70-72 67-69 63-66 60-62 57-59 <57 Exams 1, 2 33-35 32 31 29-30 28 27 26 25 24 22-23 21 20 <20 Exam 3 28-30 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 <16

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III. Academic misconduct: “’Academic honesty’ means performing all academic work without plagiarism, cheating, lying, tampering, stealing, receiving unauthorized or illegitimate assistance from any other person….” http://www.uga.edu/ovpi/academic_honesty/ah.pdf As a University of Georgia student, you have agreed to abide by the University’s academic  honesty policy, “A Culture of Honesty,” and the Student Honor Code. All academic work must  meet the standards described in “A Culture of Honesty” found at: www.uga.edu/honesty. Lack of knowledge of the academic honesty policy is not a reasonable explanation for a violation.  Questions related to course assignments and the academic honesty policy should be directed to  the instructor.   IV. Mandatory Course Reading List:  Readings available for download from e-Learning Commons. Berlin, B., & P. Kay (1999 [1969]). Introduction & Appendices. In Basic Color Terms: Their Universality  and Evolution (pp. 1-23). Stanford: CSLI Publications. Berreman, G. D. (1999). The Tasaday controversy. In R. B. Lee and R. Daly (Eds), The Cambridge  Encyclopedia of Hunters and Gatherers (pp. 457-464). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Boyd, R. & J. B. Silk (2000). Speciation and phylogeny, & Missing links. Chapter 4 & Box 10.2 in How  Humans Evolved, 2nd ed (pp 94-115, 315-317). New York: W.W. Norton & Co.  Diamond, J. (1987). The worst mistake in the history of the human race. Discover 1987. Diamond, J. (1988). Founding fathers and mothers. Natural History, 97(6), 10-15. Earle, T. (1997). Introduction: The nature of political power. In How Chiefs Come to Power (pp. 1-16).  Sanford: Stanford University Press. Evans-Pritchard, E. E. (2004 [1937]). The notion of witchcraft explains unfortunate events. In G. Ferraro (Ed.), Classic Readings in Cultural Anthropology (pp. 84-92). Belmont, CA: Thomson-Wadsworth. Ferguson, J. (1994). The anti-politics machine: “Development” and bureaucratic power in Lesotho. The  Ecologist 24: 176-181.Ferraro, G., & S. Andreatta (2010). The Concept of Culture. Chapter 2 in: Cultural Anthropology: An  Applied Perspective (pp. 256-282). Wadsworth. Fish, J. M. (2006 [1995]). Mixed blood. In J. Spradley and D. W. McCurdy (Eds.), Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology, 12th edition (pp. 249 – 259). Boston: Allyn & Bacon. Goldstein, M. C. (2000 [1987]). When brothers share a wife. In L. Cronk & V. M. Bryant (eds.), Through  the Looking Glass: Readings in General Anthropology, (pp. 164-170). Boston: McGraw Hill. Hrdy, S. B. (2001). Mothers and others. Natural History 110:4. Jones, S. (2001). An introduction to the prehistory of the Southeast. Early Georgia 29:35-44. Kohn, M. (2005). The little troublemaker. New Scientist, 186, 41-45.  Kottak, C. P. (2008). Methods in cultural anthropology. In: Anthropology: The Exploration of Human  Diversity (pp. 258-276). McGraw-Hill. Nanda, S., & R. L. Warms (2011). Gender. Chapter 10 in Cultural Anthropology (pp. 215-235).  Wadsworth. Park, M. A. (2006). Evolution. Chapter 3 in Introducing Anthropology: An Integrated Reader (pp. 37-63). Boston: McGraw-Hill. Reed, R. K. (2003). Cultivating the tropical forest. In J. Spradley & D. W. McCurdy (eds.), Conformity and Conflict (pp. 134-143). Boston: Allyn & Bacon. Relethford, J. H. (2003). Microevolution in human populations. Chapter 6 in The Human Species: An  Introduction to Biological Anthropology 5th edition (pp. 116-141). Mountainview, CA: Mayfield  Publishing Company. Rodney, W. (1997). How Europe underdeveloped Africa. In R. R. Grinker & C. B. Stiener (Eds.),  Perspectives on Africa: A reader in Culture, History, & Representation (pp. 585-596). Oxford:  Blackwell Publishing. Schneider, H. K. (1981). Marriage, descent, and association. Chapter 4 in The Africans: An Ethnological  Account (pp. 82-119). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. Southall, A. (1997). The illusion of tribe. In P. C. W. Gutkind (ed.), The Passing of Tribal Man in Africa  (pp. 28-50). E. J. Brill: Leiden.  Stein, P. L. & B. M. Rowe (2000). Chapters 7 & 8 in Physical Anthropology (pp. 137-199). Boston:  McGraw-Hill. Struever, S. & F. A. Holton (1979). The Kroebar people. In Koster (pp. 144-165). New York: Mentor  Books. Weitz, C. A. (1981). Weathering heights. Natural History, Nov, 72-84. Wong, K. (2003). An ancestor to call our own. Scientific American, Jan, 2003.V. Course schedule: Date Topic / Event Mandatory Reading Assignment 17 Aug,  Tues 19 Aug,  Thur 24 Aug,  Tues 26 Aug,  Thur 31 Aug,  Tues Course introduction and themes Read the syllabus Methods Kottak, “Methods in cultural  anthropology” Culture Ferraro & Andreatta, “The concept  of culture” Culture and language Rymer, “Genie: A scientific tragedy” Cultural categories Berlin & Kay, “Basic color terms”  2 Sep,  Thurs Culture in the archaeological  record Struever & Holton, “the Kromebar  People”  7 Sep, Tues Identity Southall, “The Illusion of tribe” 9 Sep,  Thurs Gender Nanda & Warms, “Gender” 14 Sep,  Tues 16 Sep,  Thurs Are racial categories natural or  social? EXAM 1 Fish, “Mixed blood” www.understandingrace.com 21 Sep,  Tues 23 Sep,  Thurs 28 Sep,  Tues 30 Sep,  Thurs Natural selection Park, “Evolution” Forces of microevolution Relethford, “Microevolution of  human pop’ns” Adaptation Weitz, “Weathering heights” Human variation Diamond, “Founding Fathers…” 5 Oct, Tues Macroevolution: Forces, phylogeny, and fossils Boyd & Silk, “Speciation and  phylogeny” 7 Oct, Thurs Primate behavior and anatomy Stein & Rowe, chapters 7 & 8 12 Oct,  Tues 14 Oct,  Thurs Early hominins: Why we walk on  two legs Later hominins: Why we have big  brains Wong, “Ancestor to call our own...” Hrdy, “Mothers and others” 19 Oct,  Tues 21 Oct,  Thurs Recent hominins: Out of Africa Kohn, “The little troublemaker” EXAM 2 26 Oct,  Tues Are there any primitive savages  around today? EXTRA CREDIT QUIZ, EXAM 1  Berreman, “The Tasaday  controversy” 28 Oct,  Thurs Subsistence Reed, “Cultivating the tropical  forest” 2 Nov, Tues Changes in subsistence: Origins of  agriculture Diamond, “Worst mistake...” 4 Nov,  Thurs Religion and witchcraft Evans-Pritchard, “The Notion of  Witchcraft…” 9 Nov, Tues Kinship Schneider, “Marriage, descent, &  association” 11 Nov,  Thurs 16 Nov,  Tues Marriage and descent Goldstein, “When brothers share a  wife.” Precapitalist political power Earle, “Intro: The nature of political  power”18 Nov,  Thurs 23 Nov,  Tues 25 Nov,  Thurs  The prehistory of Georgia and the  Southeast THANKSGIVING BREAK, no class  meeting THANKSGIVING BREAK, no class  meeting Jones, “An intro to the prehistory of  the SE.” Catch up on your reading! Eat yummy food with friends and  family! 30 Nov,  Tues Colonialism Rodney, “How Europe  underdeveloped Africa” 2 Dec,  Thurs Conservation, development, and  neocolonialism Ferguson, “The anti-politics  machine...” Final exam & Extra Credit Quiz Exam 2: Thursday, Dec. 9 12:00 - 3:00 pm
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