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!

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).

10. Thu 3/9: L&S ch. 7 (pt 1 of 2), “Why Did Humans Settle Down, Build Cities?” (193-212)
Required Lecture, 7pm Slade Theatre: “Pottery Connects Us: The Social Value of Pottery and Hopi Cultural Heritage”

11. Tue 3/14: L&S chapter 7 (part 2 of 2), “Why Did Humans Establish States?” (213-228)

12. Thu 3/16: L&S chapter 8, “How Does the Concept of Culture Help Us?” (229-246)

13. Tue 3/21: L&S module 3, “On Ethnographic Methods” (247-259)

14. Thu 3/23: L&S ch. 9, “Why Is Understanding Human Language Important?” (261-284)

Spring Break

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

Part 3: Anthropology 2017 & Global Transformations

17. Tue 4/11: L&S ch. 11, “Why Do Anthropologists Study Economic Relations?” (323-348)

18. Thu 4/13: L&S ch. 12, “How Do Anthropologists Study Political Relations?” (349-372)

19. Tue 4/18: L&S ch. 13 (part 1of2), “Where Do Our Relatives Come From?” (373-388)

20. Thu 4/20: L&S chapter 13 (part 2 of 2), “What is Marriage?” (388-414)

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)

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

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