Anthropology 2017

Introduction to Anthropology 2017

This is the homepage for Introduction to Anthropology 2017, taught by Jason Antrosio at Hartwick College.

Below is a course schedule for the spring semester. As each class occurs, this page will be updated with links. Please note that most classes will feature additional readings. These additional readings are required and will be sent in advance of class meetings. If you have good ideas for readings or other course materials, please let me know!

Part 3: Anthropology 2017 & Global Transformations

17. Tue 4/11: L&S chapter 11, “Why Do Anthropologists Study Economic Relations?” (323-348)
Richard Borshay Lee, “Eating Christmas in the Kalahari” in Natural History (1969).

18. Thu 4/13: L&S ch. 12, “How Do Anthropologists Study Political Relations?” (349-372)
Jack Weatherford, “Tribal Politics in Washington” in PoLAR – Political and Legal Anthropology Review (1993)

19. Tue 4/18: L&S ch. 13 (part 1of2), “Where Do Our Relatives Come From?” (373-388)
Jason Antrosio, “Anthropology, Sex, Gender, Sexuality: Gender is a Social Construction” blog-post on Living Anthropologically (2012)

20. Thu 4/20: L&S chapter 13 (part 2 of 2), “What is Marriage?” (388-414)
Alice Dreger, “When Taking Multiple Husbands Makes Sense” in The Atlantic (2013)

21. Tue 4/25: L&S chapter 14 (part 1 of 2), “What about Social Inequality?” (415-434)

22. Thu 4/27: L&S chapter 14 (part 2 of 2), “What about Nation and Nationalism?” (434-46)
Richard Handler, “Let’s Keep Arguing About Flags and Statues” in Sapiens (2016).
Peggy Levitt, “Why We Need Transnational Social Protection for Migrants” in Sapiens (2017).

23. Tue 5/2: L&S chapter 15, “How is Anthropology Applied in Medicine?” (447-74)

24. Thu 5/4: L&S module 5, “Background to the Global Political Economy” (475-478)

25. Tue 5/9: L&S chapter 16 (part 1 of 2) “What about Globalization?” (479-501)

26. Thu 5/11: L&S ch. 16, (part 2 of 2) “Can We Be at Home in a Global World?” (501-509)

*** Final Exam: Tuesday 5/16, 12noon-3pm

The one required textbook is the 3rd Edition of Anthropology: What Does It Mean to be Human? by Lavenda and Schultz.

Part 1: Human Nature, Race, Evolution

1. Tue 2/7: Horace Miner, “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” (see this blog-post for some thoughts on the reading).

2. Thu 2/9: L&S, chapter 1, “What is Anthropology?” (3-20)

3. Tue 2/14: L&S module 1, “Anthropology, Science, and Storytelling” (21-29); L&S chapter 2, “Why is Evolution Important to Anthropologists?” (31-58)

4. Thu 2/16: L&S, chapter 3, “What about Human Variation?” (59-84)
Michael Yudell, Dorothy Roberts, Rob DeSalle, and Sarah Tishkoff, “Taking race out of human genetics,” Science, 2016
Yolanda Moses, “Why Do We Keep Using the Word ‘Caucasian’?” Sapiens, 2017.

5. Tue 2/21: L&S chapter 4, “What Can the Study of Primates Tell Us?” (97-118)
Barbara Smuts, “What are Friends For?” in Natural History (1987)

6. Thu 2/23: L&S chapter 5 (part 1 of 2), “What Can the Fossil Record Tell Us?” (119-132)
“The Latest on Homo naledi” by John Hawks in American Scientist (2016)

7. Tue 2/28: L&S chapter 5 (part 2 of 2), “How Did Homo sapiens Evolve?” (133-161)

8. Thu 3/2: L&S module 2, “Dating Methods in Paleoanthropology & Archaeology” (85-95)
*** First Exam

Part 2: Domestication, Agriculture, Culture

9. Tue 3/7: L&S chapter 6, “How Do We Know about the Human Past?” (163-192).
“New Women of the Ice Age” by Heather Pringle in Discover (1998).

10. Thu 3/9: L&S ch. 7 (pt 1 of 2), “Why Did Humans Settle Down, Build Cities?” (193-212)
“The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race” by Jared Diamond in Discover (1999).

11. Tue 3/14: L&S chapter 7 (part 2 of 2), “Why Did Humans Establish States?” (213-228)
How the Inca Leapt Canyons by John Noble Wilford in The New York Times (2007)

12. Thu 3/16: Lavenda & Schultz chapter 8 (part 1 of 2), “How Does the Concept of Culture Help Us?” (229-236).
“Our Babies, Ourselves” by Meredith Small in Natural History (1997)

13. Tue 3/21: L&S chapter 8 (part 2 of 2), “How Does the Idea of Cultural Relativism Help Us?” (237-246)
L&S module 3, “On Ethnographic Methods” (247-259)
“Shakespeare in the Bush” by Laura Bohannan in Natural History (1966)

14. Thu 3/23: L&S ch. 9, “Why Is Understanding Human Language Important?” (261-284)
“How Language Shapes Thought” by Lera Boroditsky in Scientific American (2011).

15. Tue 4/4: L&S chapter 10, “How Do We Make Meaning?” (289-322)

16. Thu 4/6: L&S module 4, “Components of Language” (285-288)
***Second Exam

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