2019 Physical Syllabus TTH.docx - PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY Anth 101 – Ticket#2430 and 2289 Glendale Community College Fall 2019#2430 Meets TTH 735-9 in

2019 Physical Syllabus TTH.docx - PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY...

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PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY Anth 101 – Ticket #2430 and 2289 Glendale Community College Fall 2019 #2430 Meets TTH 735-9 in SV220 #2289 Meets TTH 9:10-10:35 in SV220 September 3 – December 12 Instructor Victoria Buresch Office SV247 Phone: 818-240-1000 ext 3123 Office Hours: M-TH 10:45-11:45; F Online 3-4. [email protected] Recommended Textbook: Our Origins: Discovering Physical Anthropology (2008, 2011, 2014 or 2017) by Clark Spencer Larsen. W.W. Norton and Company, Inc. [ISBN#978-0-393-28404](the latest version) [Library Reserve] Physical Anthropology PowerPoint Lectures and Handouts -Homework & Reading Assignments/ Guidelines, Handouts, Study Guides for Exams and video clips are posted on Canvas throughout the course. Course Description: This course introduces students to the breadth and scope of physical anthropology, a sub-discipline of anthropology which deals with the biology of living and extinct humans, as well as our closest living relatives, the non-human primates. The main topics to be covered throughout the summer session include evolutionary theory, genetics, the biology and behavior of non-human primates, hominid evolution, and the physical variation among modern human populations . Course Objectives: Through class lectures, anthropological films, and participation in various in-class activities, students will not only expand their knowledge of science, but also further develop their critical thinking skills. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have a broader understanding of the processes of evolution, the behavior of primates (both human and non-human), the fossil record, and human diversity. Just because this is an introductory course does not mean that it is a piece of cake. In other words, this course requires more than simply memorizing facts and then regurgitating them back to me or on the exams. Instead, I expect you to use critical thinking in order to understand the concepts covered in this course. To get the most out of this class, constantly ask yourself, “why is that so?” or “how does that work?” Anthropology is the study of humankind – we (humans) are an intricate part of nature. I hope that by taking and participating in this course you will gain a greater appreciation of the natural world (particularly regarding our closest living relatives) and of our place in it. Student Learning Outcomes: Anthropology 101: ( Note: These will change on your online syllabus ) Students will be able to: 1. understand the scope of physical anthropology 2. describe genetic mechanisms and the dynamics of evolution 3. understand the principles of cell biology 4. describe the forces of evolution and the formation of species 5. describe primate radiation and the evolution of primate social behaviors 6. understand the reasons for studying non-human primates and conservation strategies 7. describe the molecular evolution of primates 8. trace the geologic record of fossil forms leading to the characteristic structure of modern Homo sapiens 9. understand human variation at the individual and group levels 10.
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