ANTHRO-101 - Physical Anthropology - Matthew Curtis
Hello! Thanks for being a part of this course, a journey into the world of physical anthropology! I am your instructor, Dr. Matt Curtis. I am a broadly trained anthropologist with a specialization in the Holocene archaeology of Africa and more than two decades of college/university teaching experience. This couse will provide you with an engaging and challenging overview of core concepts and issues in physical/biological anthropology and human evolution. You will complete assigned readings, watch recorded instructor lectures, particpate in online discussion sessions, take online quizzes, and complete immersive written assignments that have you explore various topics through online resources, including videos, website tutorials, and audio stories.
This course provides a thorough introduction to physical (biological) anthropology, one of the major sub-disciplines of anthropology. Physical anthropology is concerned with the biological aspects of humans from an evolutionary perspective, studies hominin and human origins within the Order primates, and investigates the relationships between human biology and culture, employing a biocultural perspective. Much of this course centers on paleoanthropology, a major specialization within physical anthropology that concerns the physical evolution of humans and their hominin ancestors largely through the study of hominin fossils and associated paleoenvironmental, geological, and archaeological data. We also focus on human population genetics in the conceptual framework of evolutionary processes and examine primate behavior from an evolutionary and comparative framework.
What to Expect in this Course
Students will complete weekly readings, watch recorded instructor lectures, participate in discussion sessions with other students, complete online quizzes, and submit written assignments. Students will need access to a computer with a reliable and fast Internet connection and access to a web browser, such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Safari (with updated plug-ins) and the ability to stream video and audio, and open (view) and create document files and pdf files. Students should consider finding a backup computer (off or on campus) to use in case a problem develops with your regular system. Computer or peripheral problems, software, or Internet problems are NOT acceptable excuses for failing to meet course requirements or deadlines in this course.
Types of Assessments
Online discussion board sessions, online quizzes (multiple choice, true/false, and written answers), and written assignments to be sbumitted as document files or pdf files.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Required course textbook: Introduction to Physical Anthropology by Jurmain et al. (15th edition) (publisher: Cengage).
Other Relevant Course Information
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Last updated: 06/12/2021 Sub#: 269