ANTH 101 Fall 2005

 

Instructor: Dr. Dee Dee Joyce††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† E-Mail Address: joyced@cofc.edu

Office: Bell 318††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Phone: 953-4863

Office Hrs: M, W 2:15 - 4:15and by appt.

 

Readings: ††††††† 1. Textbook: Window on Humanity by Conrad Kottak††

2.      Articles on WebCt

 

Course objectives:

 

1.†††††††† To provide an overview the major subfields of anthropology (archaeology, physical anthropology, ethnology, and linguistics) and to provide an understanding of the principles and processes of the discipline.

 

2.†††††††† To develop an understanding of the complexity and breadth of human behavior and the human condition.

 

3.†††††††† To develop cultural awareness and a curiosity concerning other cultures and lifeways that will continue to grow through time.

 

4.†††††††† To challenge ideologies of ethnocentrism, racism, and sexism and to provide an understanding of the biologicalbasis of human equality.


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TESTS:†† There will be three tests, each worth 25% of your final grade.Test dates are listed on the syllabus. Questions for tests will be obtained from reading assignments, guest lectures, videos, class lectures, and handouts.

Missed tests must be rescheduled immediately upon the studentís return to school.There is no final exam.SNAP students must notify me one week prior to a test if they plan to take the test at an alternate location.

 

MISSED TESTS CANNOT BE RESCHEDULED UNLESS THE ABSENCE IS DOCUMENTED BY THE UNDERGRADUATE DEAN.Bring your documentation to the second floor of Randolph Hall.The Dean will send me an email when your documentation has been submitted.

 

QUIZZES: Ten unannounced quizzes will be given throughout the semester.Questions for quizzes will come from required readings. The top eight quiz grades will be counted and will equal 25% of the final grade, in other words, the two lowest grades will be dropped.You are not permitted to make up quizzes even if you have an excused absence.In addition to dropping your two lowest quiz grades, you will also be permitted to do one quiz substitutions.All substitutions require a one page typed summary or review.All substitutions must be submitted by the beginning of class on November 21.

††††††††††† Approved quiz substitutions:

1.For up to 80 points you may watch an approved anthropology video from the library (a list of videos is available on WebCt) and write a one page typed summary/critique.Attach your notes to the summary

 

2.For up to 80 points you may attend an approved lecture on campus and write a one page typed summary/critique.Attach your notes to the summary.Lectures will be announced throughout the semester.

 

3.For up to 85 points you may visit the Charleston Museum or the Hunley and write a one page typed review of your visit.Attach your notes and proof of your visit (ticket, brochure, etc.) to the review.

 


Violations of the College of Charleston Honor Code will be taken very seriously.Violations include lying, cheating, attempted cheating, stealing, attempted stealing, and plagiarism.See your Student Handbook for a full discussion of Honor Code violations and penalties.

 

Grading Scale: †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

90 - 100 = A (360 - 400 total points)††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 64 - 69 = D (256 - 279 total points)

86 - 89 = B+ (344 - 359 total points)††††††††††††††††† †††††††††† 63 and below = F (255 total points and below)

80 - 85 = B†† (320 - 343 total points)†††††††††††††††††

76 - 79 = C+ (304 - 319 total points) ††††

70 - 75 = C†† (280 - 303 total points)

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Your final grade will be based on three tests (25% each or 75% total) and your combined top eight quiz grades for 25%

 

 

Class Topics

Day

Date

Topic

August 24

W

Introduction, syllabus review, common cross-cultural differences

August 26

F

Anthropology: What is it?Why is it important? Subfields and methods

August29

M

Ethnocentrism, Cultural relativism, Culture bound ideas and their reinforcement in popular culture, the Kung Bushmen

August 31

W

Culture bound ideas/preconceptions and scientific fallacies. Piltdown Man, Mortonís skulls, Moundbuilders.The self-correcting nature of science.

Sept 2

F

Importance of time/space context and theoretical orientation: Conflicting studies of the Yanomamo

Sept 5

M

Archaeology: What is it?Subfields and methods. Impt of context

Sept 7

W

Dating the past.Archaeology and the law.Forensic Anthropology

Sept 9

F

Interpreting an archaeological site

Sept12

M

Archaeology in the Lowcountry

Sept14

W

Native Americans: Origins and migrations, NAGPRA

Sept16

F

Creationism vs. Evolution, genetics, mechanisms of evolution

Sept19

M

Human variation, race as a social construct

Sept21

W

Prosimians and anthropoids. Anatomical and social similarities

Sept23

F

Social group behavior, evolution of early primates

Sept26

M

Test I

Sept28

W

The evolution of bipedalism

Sept30

F

Australopithicines

October 3

M

Early Homo and Homo erectus

October5

W

Homo erectus and Homo floresiensis

October7

F

Transition from Homo erectus to Homo sapiens

October10

M

The Neanderthal debate

October12

W

Upper Paleolithic Europe

October 14

F

Domestication of plants and animals: where, when, and why

October19

W

Consequences of food production, dev of the state and urban life

October21

F

Political systems and development of social inequality

October24

M

Ethnicity and race

October 26

W

Biological determinism and the consequences

October 28

F

Test II

October31

M

Culture and adaptation

November 2

W

Enculturation and cultural variation

November 4

F

Language and communication

November 7

M

Subsistence: hunter-gatherers and horticulturalists

November 9

W

Subsistence: pastoralists and intensive agriculturalists

November 11

F

Family and households

November 14

M

Marriage practices

November 16

W

Gender and gender roles

November 18

F

Sexuality

November 21

M

Religion and magic

November 28

M

Body art

November 30

W

Colonialism, development, and modern world system

November 2

F

Cultural exchange and survival

December 5

M

Test III