Intro to Anthro 2018

This was the homepage for Introduction to Anthropology 2018 taught by Jason Antrosio, using the textbook Anthropology: What Does it Mean to be Human?

For the 2019-2020 version of Intro-to-Anthropology, I used some of the same readings but switched textbooks to Muckle and González, Through the Lens of Anthropology: An Introduction to Human Evolution and Culture.

Part 1: Humans Evolving

1. Tue 8/28: L&S, chapter 1, “What is Anthropology?” (3-20)

2. Thu 8/30: L&S module 1, “Anthropology, Science, and Storytelling” (21-29)
“The Evolutionary Enigma of the Human Eyebrow” by Penny Spikins on Sapiens (May 2018)

3. Tue 9/4: L&S chapter 2, “Why is Evolution Important to Anthropologists?” (31-59)
“Human niche, human behaviour, human nature” by Agustin Fuentes in Interface Focus (August 2017).

4. Thu 9/6: L&S chapter 3, “What Can the Study of Primates Tell Us?” (61-81)
“Bonobos Spied Sharing a Feast” by Nicola Jones on Sapiens (April 2018)

5. Tue 9/11: L&S chapter 4 (part 1 of 2), “What Can the Fossil Record Tell Us?” (95-116)
“What moves us? How mobility and movement are at the center of human evolution” by Kuhn, Raichlen, and Clark in Evolutionary Anthropology (May/June 2016).

6. Thu 9/13: L&S chapter 4 (part 2 of 2), “What Can the Fossil Record Tell Us?” (117-141)
“Humanity’s Story Has No End of Surprising Twists” by Michelle Langley on Sapiens (March 2018)

7. Tue 9/18: L&S, chapter 5, “What about Human Variation?” (143-167)
“How race becomes biology: embodiment of social inequality” by Clarence Gravlee in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2009).

8. Thu 9/20: L&S module 2, “Dating Methods in Paleoanthropology & Archaeology” (82-93)

Part 2: History & Culture

9. Tue 9/25: L&S chapter 6, “How Do We Know about the Human Past?” (169-199)
“Science, the Media, and Interpretations of Upper Paleolithic Figurines” by April Nowell and Melanie Chang in American Anthropologist (2014)

10. Thu 9/27: L&S ch. 7 (pt 1 of 2), “Why Did Humans Settle Down, Build Cities?” (201-218)
“The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race” by Jared Diamond in Discover (1987)

11. Tue 10/2: L&S chapter 7 (part 2 of 2), “Why Did Humans Establish States?” (218-235)
“Marketing conquest and the vanishing Indian: An Indigenous response to Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse” by Michael Wilcox in Journal of Social Archaeology (2010)

12. Thu 10/4: L&S ch. 8 (part 1 of 2), “How Does the Concept of Culture Help Us?” (237-246)
“Our Babies, Ourselves” by Meredith Small in Natural History (1997)

13. Tue 10/9: L&S ch.8 (pt 2 of 2), “Does the Idea of Cultural Relativism Help Us?” (246-256)
“The campaign against Female Genital Cutting: empowering women or reinforcing global inequity?” by Susie Latham in Ethics and Social Welfare (2016).

14. Thu 10/11: L&S module 3, “On Ethnographic Methods” (257-271)
“Shakespeare in the Bush” by Laura Bohannan in Natural History (1966)

15. Thu 10/18: L&S ch. 9, “Why Is Understanding Human Language Important?” (273-297)
“How Language Shapes Thought” by Lera Boroditsky in Scientific American (2011)

16. Tue 10/23: L&S chapter 10, “How Do We Make Meaning?” (303-335)

17. Thu 10/25: L&S module 4, “Components of Language” (298-301)

Part 3: Understanding Our World

18. Tue 10/30: L&S ch. 11, “Why Do Anthropologists Study Economic Relations?” (337-361)
“Eating Christmas in the Kalahari” by Richard Borshay Lee in Natural History (1969)

19. Thu 11/1: L&S ch. 12, “How Do Anthropologists Study Political Relations?” (363-391)
“Tribal Politics in Washington” by Jack Weatherford in PoLAR – Political and Legal Anthropology Review (1993)
Film: Ongka’s Big Moka

20. Tue 11/6: L&S ch. 13, “What about Sex, Gender, and Sexuality?” (393-419)

21. Thu 11/8: L&S ch. 14 (part 1 of 2), “Where Do Our Relatives Come From?” (421-441)
“Friends” by Helga Vierich on the International Cognition and Culture Institute blog (January 2018)

22. Tue 11/13: L&S ch. 14 (part 2 of 2), “Where Do Our Relatives Come From?” (441-467)
“When Taking Multiple Husbands Makes Sense” by Alice Dreger in The Atlantic (February 2013)
Film: Masai Women

23. Thu 11/15: L&S ch.15, (part 1 of 2) “What about Social Inequality?” (469-479)
“What Our Skeletons Say About the Sex Binary” by Alexandra Kralick in Sapiens (November 2018)
Film: Race: The Story We Tell (Episode 2 of “Race: The Power of an Illusion”)

24. Tue 11/20: L&S ch.15, (part 2 of 2) “What about Social Inequality?” (479-501)
Film: Race: The House We Live In (Episode 3 of “Race: The Power of an Illusion”)

25. Tue 11/27: L&S ch. 16, (pt 1 of 2) “How is Anthropology Applied in Medicine?” (503-517)
Film: Strange Beliefs

26. Thu 11/29: L&S ch. 16, (pt 2 of 2) “How is Anthropology Applied in Medicine?” (517-529)

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