SC216--Anthropology--Spring 2014
Tuesday, Thursday, Period Q (2:00-3:15 PAM), Room 122






The Textbook


Course Description


Course Objectives


Course Policies


Grading System


Course Schedule
        

Prof. Thomas A. Easton


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THE TEXTBOOK

Stanford, Allen & Anton, Biological Anthropology, 3rd ed., Pearson, 2013 (ISBN: 978-0-205-15068-7).




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COURSE DESCRIPTION


This course is designed to acquaint students with the origins of the human species. It covers basic evolution and genetics, population biology, primate anatomy and behavior, and the sequence of forms which marked the transformation of apelike creatures to ourselves.

See "Course policies" below for details on testing and grading.


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COURSE OBJECTIVES


After completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain how evolution works
  2. Describe the ways in which humans differ from other animals
  3. Describe the ways in which humans resemble other animals
  4. Explain why scientists found hard to accept the early discoveries of human ancestors
  5. Describe how the precursors of human beings differed from and resembled modern humans
  6. Describe how the precursors of human beings lived and adapted to their environment
  7. Summarize the evolution of humanity


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COURSE POLICIES


There will be seven quizzes, of which the lowest two will be dropped. They will count in grading as one quarter of the final grade.

There will be one 10-page term paper, typed, double-spaced, with references, with accompanying presentation to the class, which will count for one quarter of the final grade. It should extend a topic chosen from among the many covered in the course beyond--in detail, depth, and currency--the coverage in the text. Topics must be chosen by January 31. Papers will be presented to the class AND ARE DUE April 25. See this file for general specifications.

Possible topics include but are not limited to: The Dmanisi hominins, recent evidence for interbreeding between Neandertals and moderns, the earliest migrations (by Homo erectus), Homo floresiensis, the future evolution of humanity: natural or technological?

There will be three exams, as noted in the schedule. They will count as one quarter of the final grade. The final quarter of the grade will come from the final exam.

There will be no make-ups on quizzes. Make-ups on exams are allowed only in case of illness. The only make-up time is during the instructor's office hours on the next class day.


Students who plagiarize tests and papers will receive zeros for the work in question, with no makeup opportunities.

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GRADING SYSTEM

A (94 - 100)      A- (90 - 93)
B+ (87 - 89)     B (83 - 86)    B- (80 - 82)
C+ (77 - 79)     C (73 - 76)     C- (70 - 72)
D+ (67 - 69)     D (63 - 66)    D- (60 - 62)
F (below 60)



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COURSE SCHEDULE

CAUTION: COURSE SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT WARNING!


DATETOPICASSIGNMENT
  
T 1/7 Introduction What Is Biological Anthropology?
  
Th 1/9Ch. 1 Origins of Evolutionary Thought
  
T 1/14 Ch. 2 Genetics: Cells and Molecules
   
Th 1/16Quiz #1, on Introduction & Chapters 1 & 2
 Ch. 3 Genetics: From Genotype to Phenotype
  
T 1/21 Ch. 4 The Forces of Evolution & The Formation of Species
     
Th 1/23 Quiz #2, on Chapters 3 & 4  
  Ch. 5 Human Variation: Evolution, Adaptation, & Adaptability
  
T 1/28 Ch. 5 cont. 
    
Th 1/30 Exam #1, on Introduction & Chapters 1-5 Apes & Other Ancestors: Prehominin Evolution
Announcement and discussion of paper topics (see above for some possible topics)
  
T 2/4 Ch. 6 The Primates
   
 Th 2/6 Ch. 7 Primate Behavior
     
T 2/11Quiz #3, on Chapters 6 & 7
  Ch. 8 Fossils in Geological Context
     
Th 2/13 Ch. 9 Origin of Primates
     
2/17-2/21 WINTER BREAK  
     
T 2/25 Quiz #4, on Chapters 8 & 9  
 Ch. 10 Becoming Human: The Ape-Hominin Transition
  
Th 2/27 Exam #2, on Chapters 6-10  
    
T 3/4 Ch. 11 Early Hominins
  
Th 3/6Ch. 12 Origin and Evolution of Genus Homo
  
T 3/11 Quiz #5, on Chapters 11 & 12
Ch. 13 Archaic Homo sapiens and Neandertals
     
Th 3/13 Ch. 13 cont.  
  
T 3/18 Ch. 14 The Emergence and Dispersal of Homo sapiens
     
Th 3/20Ch. 14 cont. Evolution of Language and the Brain
 Cave Paintings Video
  
T 3/25 Quiz #6, on Chapters 13 & 14 The Neandertal Enigma--Discoveries
  Ch. 15 Evolution of the Brain and Language
     
Th 3/27 Oral progress reports on final papers--Opportunity to ask questions, seek guidance, etc.  
     
3/31-4/4 SPRING BREAK  
     
T 4/8 Exam #3, on Chapters 11-15  
  
Th 4/10 Ch. 16Biomedical Anthropology
    
T 4/15 Ch. 16 cont.  
  
Th 4/17Ch. 17 The Evolution of Human Behavior
  
T 4/22Quiz #7, On Chapters 16 & 17
 Ch. 18 Bioarcheology and Forensic Anthropology
    
Th 4/24Paper Presentations  
  
M 4/28 FINAL EXAMS BEGIN
  




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Syllabus last modified October 1, 2013.