S/ANTH 105: Introduction to Physical Anthropology
Instructor: Barbara Welker Office: Bailey 150 OR Lab: Bailey 152
Telephone: 245-5204 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office hours: Tu & Th 2:30-4:00
This course will serve as an introduction to physical/biological anthropology, i.e. the study of humans as biological organisms. We will explore relevant theories and methodologies utilized in this field. Topics to be covered are HUMAN genetics, evolution, variation, and behavioral ecology, as well as PRIMATE evolution and behavioral ecology.
Students will demonstrate:
TEXTBOOKS (Available at Bookstore or online):
Optional but recommended, especially for those beginning their undergraduate studies and/or find a textbook helpful:
Jurmain R., Kilgore L., and Trevathan W. (2012) Essential of Physical Anthropology, 9th ed. Wadsworth Cengage Learning. ISBN: 978111183718
3 exams @ 25% each 75
3 essays @ 5% each (see schedule for submission) 15
5 discussion/participation @ 1% each 6 max
Hominin worksheets 5
To see your grade for the course at any time during the semester, go to: http://www.geneseo.edu/mycourses/how-view-your-grades
EXAMS consist of fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, and short answer questions and are non-cumulative.
ESSAYS focus on the assigned readings, indicated as “ISSUES” in the “TOPICS” section of this document (see below). You must submit 3 essays in total, meaning that you must omit 2 and choose which 3 to submit. NOTE: there are no topics or essay due for ISSUE 1 (9/3) and there is no essay for ISSUE 2 (9/8). ESSAYS ARE DUE 1 WEEK AFTER THE DISCUSSION DAY. Electronic submission is not an option as it is not fair to those students who submitted a hard copy. However, all anthropology majors also need to email their 1st essay to me because we use them for assessment purposes that have no reflection on you or your grade. The format for the essays is available on mycourses. Essays must be typed and double-spaced using size 12 font. Double-sided printing is encouraged. Essays will be graded primarily on content and adherence to guidelines (see rubric and example essay on course page), with some consideration of grammar/organization. Therefore, you should be sure to read them over carefully and make corrections prior to submission.
DISCUSSION/PARTICIPATION: ISSUES will be discussed on the day they are scheduled to be read. You will earn 1 point for every discussion that you come prepared for and participate in (you can earn a max of 6 pt). Preparation consists of having read the articles within the ISSUE and submitting typed TOPICS (consisting of bulleted comments, questions, things you would like to discuss further, etc. that you want to discuss with your classmates). TOPICS need to be typed to ensure that students are not completing them in class. It should be apparent from your submitted “TOPICS” that you read and considered each of the articles within an ISSUE. A minimum of 2 or 3 topics/comments/questions per article is acceptable. If you have more to say about some articles than others, it will balance out. Since there is an extra discussion scheduled, there is no make-up credit, i.e. you must be present, prepared, and submit TOPICS to earn participation credit.
HOMININ WORKSHEETS: worksheets will be on mycourses. Students will compile information for their completion from readings and lecture notes. You will submit them electronically INTO THE DROPBOX on the course site. They are due 12/1. You will be able to tweak them during the final review session but they should be fairly complete to earn complete credit. You will use them as a study guide for Exam 3.
Please note: SUNY Geneseo will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented physical, emotional, or cognitive disabilities. Accommodations will also be made for medical conditions related to pregnancy or parenting. Students should contact Dean Buggie-Hunt in the Office of Disability Services (email@example.com or 585-245-5112) and their faculty to discuss needed accommodations as early as possible in the semester.
-ISSUES can be found on mycourses.
– All articles within an ISSUE are to be read and “TOPICS” prepared and submitted on days indicated with boxes (see bleow)
-Other assigned readings are found on mycourses
Week Date Lecture Topic ____ Assignments_____
1 9/1 Introduction
9/3 Human skeleton and group assignment ISSUE 1 – no topics necessary
2 9/8 DISCUSSION: ISSUE 2 – TOPICS (no essay) and LEC: History of the theory of evolution
9/10 LEC: Mechanisms of evolution & DNA film
3 9/15 LEC: Mendelian inheritance & Human microevolution
Remember, there is no essay for ISSUE 2
9/17 LEC: Human variation & adaptation
4 9/22 DISCUSSION: ISSUE 3 & TOPICS and REVIEW
9/24 EXAM I covers lectures, film, and ISSUES 1, 2, & 3
5 9/29 DISCUSSION: ISSUE 4 & TOPICS and LEC: Phylogeny of the order Primates &
ISSUE 3 ESSAY DUE
10/1 LEC: Primate evolution & primate taxonomy
6 10/6 FILM: “People of the Forest” & ISSUE 4 ESSAY DUE
10/8 LEC: Primate ecology and social organization
7 10/13 FALL BREAK
10/15 FILMS: “Life in the Trees”& “Langurs of Abu”
8 10/20 LEC: Extant primates
10/22 LEC: Extant primates
9 10/27 DISCUSSION: ISSUE 5 & TOPICS and rest of film
10 11/3 EXAM II covers lectures, films, and ISSUES 4 & 5…ISSUE 5 ESSAY DUE
11/5 LEC: Australopithecines
11 11/10 DISCUSSION: ISSUE 6 & TOPICS and Australopithecines cont’d
11/12 Paleoanthropology film
12 11/17 LEC: Early Homo & Homo erectus & ISSUE 6 ESSAY DUE
11/19 LEC: Homo heidelbergensis & Neandertals
13 11/24 DISCUSSION: ISSUE 7 & TOPICS and Neandertals cont’d.
11/26 THANKSGIVING BREAK
14 12/1 LEC: Homo sapiens sapiens & ISSUE 7 ESSAY and HOMININ WORKSHEETS DUE
12/3 Film (Newton 202) / Lab (Bailey 152) / REVIEW (TBA) Forensic articles on course page
15 12/8 Film (Newton 202) / Lab (Bailey 152) / REVIEW (TBA) Forensic articles on course page
12/10 Film (Newton 202) / Lab (Bailey 152) / REVIEW (TBA) Forensic articles on course page
12/16 9:30a.m. EXAM 3 covers lectures, films, and ISSUES 6 & 7