Human Story

Intro to Anthropology 2024

For fall 2024 I am excited to be teaching an Introduction to Anthropology course using The Human Story: An Introduction to Anthropology by Alexandra Brewis, Kelly Knudson, Christopher Stojanowski, Cindi SturtzSreetharan, and Amber Wutich.

Here is my course blurb:

Discover the complexities of the human experience through anthropology. This introductory course weaves together insights from biological anthropology, archaeology, and sociocultural anthropology to explore topics such as human origins, societies, gender, race, and health. Delving into the human story and grappling with these critical issues challenges us to think anthropologically about ourselves and the world. In these troubled times, embarking on this transformative journey can change perspectives and inspire us to make a difference. Understanding the human story can shape a better future for all.

Previous Courses

My previous version of Intro to Anthropology used Through the Lens of Anthropology. Here is the course outline and here is the YouTube lecture playlist:

I also taught a first-year course titled People: Discovering Anthropology with this course homepage and this YouTube playlist:

Human Story: Course Outline

Part 1: Anthropology: What, Why, How

Why Anthropology?

  • Chapter 1, “Why Anthropology?” (2-19)

Doing Anthropology

  • Chapter 2 “Doing Anthropology” (20-49)

Part 2: Biological Anthropology


  • Chapter 3, “Human Variation” (50-83)


  • Chapter 4, “Primates: Our Closest Relatives” (84-119)


  • Chapter 5, “Human Origins and the Earliest Hominins” (120-153)


  • Chapter 6, “The Origins and Spread of Modern Humans” (154-193)

Part 3: Archaeology


  • Chapter 7, “Language and Our Worlds” (194-219)


  • Chapter 8, “Human Settlement and Societies” (220-247)


  • Chapter 9 “Food and Economic Systems” (248-283)


  • Chapter 10, “War and Group Violence” (284-313)

Part 4: Cultural Anthropology


  • Chapter 11, “Gender” (314-343)


  • Chapter 12, “Sex, Love, and Marriage” (344-375)


  • Chapter 13, “Death, Dying, and the Dead” (376-399)


  • Chapter 14, “Race and Racialized Societies” (400-429)


  • Chapter 15, “Disease, Health, and Healing” (430-461)


  • Chapter 16, “Anthropology, Environment, and Better Futures” (462-491)

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