ANTH208 - Evolutionary Anthropology
Monday / Wednesday / Friday, 3:35 - 4:25 pm
Instructor: Stephen Chrisomalis
Office: Leacock 812
Office Hours: Wed. 1:30-3:30 or by appointment
This course introduces the basic concepts and mechanisms of evolution as applied to human
Anthropology is a diverse field of study that includes cultural, linguistic,
archaeological and physical anthropology. We will be examining how evolutionary ideas have
affected all of these approaches, for better and for worse.
We will examine the range of
anthropological ideas that have been called 'evolutionary' with a critical eye and an open mind.
You come from a wide variety of intellectual backgrounds in the humanities, social sciences,
natural and physical sciences, engineering, and business.
You are not expected to have any prior
background in anthropology, although I do hope that you have an
in anthropology, the
holistic science of humans.
After all, you are one!
For those of you interested in pursuing your anthropological studies further, this course will
provide breadth and rigour to your training.
For those of you taking this course with the
intention that it will be one of the only (or
only) anthropology course you take, I will provide
you with some interesting 'tools to think with' to take back to your home disciplines.
Note: This is not a specialized course on human biological evolution - if you are particularly
interested in this subject, you may consider taking ANTH203 (Human Evolution).
Expectations and Responsibilities
I expect you to do all the readings before attending class, to attend lectures, to participate in
discussions, to submit work in a timely fashion, to follow McGill's Code of Student Conduct, to
seek to acquire both skills and knowledge, to avail yourself of my assistance when needed, and
to be courteous to peers, to the teaching assistants, and to me. This course is challenging, but
can also be very rewarding with a little effort.
In return, I have the responsibility to treat you fairly, to be available for assistance and advice in