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ANTH 150: Human Adaptation (3 credits)

Course Description

Human variation, physical and cultural, examined for its adaptiveness. Alternative explanations of human behavior, with implications for the future. (3 hours lecture)


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the concerns and general approach(es) of each of the four subfields of anthropologycultural anthropology, physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguisticsand explain how they interact.
  • Use basic terminology appropriate to the four subfields of anthropology.
  • Apply key anthropological perspectives and approaches to real-world examples.
  • Identify the major biological and cultural factors that influence human evolution.
  • Describe basic archaeological approach to excavation.
  • Explain the processes of heredity, variation, and natural selection involved in human evolution.
  • Trace the evolutionary record from human ancestors to contemporary humans.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for the diversity of the Order Primates, in terms of biology and behavior.
  • Discuss the relationship(s) among human biology, culture, and environment.
  • Research and write a paper addressing some thesis, topic, or research question, utilizing appropriate sources and in a proper academic format (including proper citations).

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