2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Sep 22, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

ANT 101 - Stones, Bones, and Human Origins


Description: Introduction to physical anthropology. Emphasis on population genetics, primate evolution and behavior, and fossil man.

Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Introduction to the field of anthropology 
  2. General discussion of evolutionary paradigms including development of Darwinian thought and approaches 
  3. Mechanisms of evolution 
  4. Population genetics and variability 
  5. Primate evolution and taxonomy 
  6. Primate social behavior 
  7. Trends toward fossil hominid evolution 
  8. Emergence of modern hominid 
  9. Human variation and applied physical anthropology 
  10. Discussion of the future of the genus Homo 

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Assemble and analyze significant and representative interpretations, methodologies, and theories which guide research in physical anthropology.
  2. Describe the geographical and environmental context of primate evolution and social behavior.
  3. Outline and discuss the sequential development of the genus Homo.
  4. Identify, interpret, evaluate, and synthesize insights of evolutionary paradigms as applied to primates.
  5. Identify field techniques of applied physical anthropology.

Required Assessment:
  1. Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 1500 words of monitored writing.