INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY
Course Syllabus – Spring 2013
INSTRUCTOR: Mrs. Maggie Needham
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OFFICE HOURS: Appointment Only
CLASS HOURS: MW 1900-2015 (7-8:15)
TEXT: Conrad Phillip Kottak- Window on Humanity: A Concise Introduction to
Anthropology (5th ed.)
*Articles may also be assigned throughout the semester*
DESCRIPTION: Anthropology is a holistic approach to human behavior, culture and society. It is related to sociology, psychology, biology, and history, often overlapping these fields and some others. Anthropology is composed of cultural anthropology, linguistics, archaeology, and physical anthropology. These cover a range of topics related to human life (e.g. its social forms, evolution, history and forms of communication). This course provides an overview of the four fields of anthropology and the applied use of these studies.
Students will learn
- the four interrelated subfields of anthropology.
- to have a broader perspective of how complex and diverse humans are over time.
- to question and understand the world through the lens of culture.
- to recognize self as a global citizen.
TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE:
This syllabus is an approximate outline of our class activities for the semester.
Jan. 9 Classes Begin
Jan. 14,16 Introduction: What is Anthropology?
Jan. 21 No Class/Holiday
Jan. 23, 28 Methods in Anthropology
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Read the SHA Code of Ethics. http://www.sha.org/about/ethics.cfm
Jan.30, Feb.4 Evolution, Genetics, and Human Variation
- ARCHAEOLOGY ASSIGNMENT DUE Feb. 4
Feb. 6 Ethnicity and Race
Feb. 11 *Exam 1*
Feb. 13,18 The Primates
Feb. 20,25 Early Hominins
Feb.27, Mar.4 The Genus Homo
Mar. 4,6 Video Ape to Man
Restless Genes article found on D2L
- HUMAN ORIGINS ASSIGNMENT DUE Mar. 6
Mar. 11 *Exam 2*
Mar. 13 Culture
Mar. 18 First Farmers
Mar. 20, 25 Cities and States
Mar. 27 Making A Living
Apr. 1 Political Systems
- FIELDWORK ASSIGNMENT DUE April 1
Apr. 3 *Exam 3*
Apr. 8-13 No Class/ Spring Break
Apr. 15,17 Language and Communication
Apr. 22 Families, Kinship, Marriage
Apr. 24 Gender
Apr. 29 Religion
- LANGUAGE ASSIGNMENT DUE April 29
May 1 Applied Anthropology
FINAL: May 6 from 1800-2000 (6:00-8:00)
Grades are based on four exams, four written assignments, and in-class participation. Readings should be completed weekly. Here is a brief summary of the assignments, but more details will be given out closer to the due dates. Assignments are due at the beginning of class in 12 pt. Times (New Roman) font, double-spaced with one-inch margins. A soft copy of each assignment must be placed in the course drop-box in D2L in order to receive full credit. The assignments include the following:
Archaeology at Home—Find material culture from your family’s heritage and discuss its value, composition, etc.
Biological—Research essay on the debate on human evolution
Cultural Fieldwork—Observe a scene and describe body language.
Language Change—Interview someone and analyze language change between generations.
Exams: Each exam may include multiple choice, matching, short answer, and true or false questions. Exams are not cumulative. Exams may be conducted in class or online at D2L. Exams will contain 45 questions and you will be given 2 hours to complete the exam online or the entire class period. The final will also be available online but you have the option to complete it in class on the assigned final day listed above. If you desire to take a hard-copy exam you must notify the instructor of your intentions by May 1. Exam make-ups will be allowed only for students with a medical note from a doctor or with proof of a death in the family or similar extenuating and documented issue.
Disabilities note: If you have a disability that may require assistance or accommodations, or if you have questions related to any accommodations for testing, note takers, readers, etc. please speak with me and also contact the Testing and Disability Center (737-1469 or www.aug.edu/testing_and_disability_services/) for additional information about services available at ASU.
Exam 1 10 pts. (10%) 100-90 A
Exam 2 10 pts. (10%) 89-80 B
Exam 3 10 pts. (10%) 79-70 C
Exam 4 10 pts. (10%) 69-60 D
4 Assignments 40 pts. (40%) 59-< F
Participation 20 pts. (20%)
100 pts. (100%)
Attendance: Students who come in after class begins may be counted absent for the day. It is up to the student to contact me if they will be late or at the end of class to ensure they were not marked absent. If students are repeatedly late for class I will begin to lock the door to limit distractions and you will be marked absent. Frequent distracting behavior and absences will lower participation grades.
Students who have no absences will receive 2 bonus points at the end of the semester. Students are allowed 3 absences without any penalty. The fourth absence is forfeiture of one letter grade. Students who have more than 4 absences will automatically fail the course. If you choose to withdraw from the course then it is your responsibility to take care of the paperwork or you will have an F on your transcript. If you miss class because of sports or military obligations then inform Professor Needham.
Participation: Participation assumes active learning by paying attention, presenting relevant comments/questions to class, and not distracting other students from learning (as opposed to texting). Therefore, please respect your fellow classmates by NOT contributing to distracting classroom behavior (e.g., talking when someone else is talking, eating, reading the newspaper, being tardy or leaving early, leaving your cell phone ringer on). Cell phones, PDAs and other such electronic devices are not allowed to be used at all during the exams.
Please note that all forms of dishonesty including cheating and plagiarism are not tolerated in this course. All work that is turned in should be your own work. Instances of academic misconduct will be dealt with in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Student Handbook which may include failing the assignment, the course, or even expulsion from ASU.
- A successful discussion requires your critical thinking about issues raised in class and readings as well as your articulation about your positions, which requires your regular participation. No idea is too simple or silly to communicate. Do not be afraid to ask questions or take a stand or articulate confusion.
- It is not my job to summarize the reading for you. You need to do the assigned readings before class and think about them on your own. During class time we will connect the readings to broader anthropological issues. I am depending on you to interact with me and with one another in class during these discussions.
- There is no topic off limits in class, and you do not have to agree with everyone. However, we must learn how to listen and respect people’s rights to their own opinion as well as their right to express those opinions. We will be discussing sensitive or charged issues in class, so please practice cultural relativity as much as possible.