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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to Human Evolution, Anth 12, Section 1, Fall 2009 Page 1 of 9 San José State University Department of Anthropology Anth 12, Introduction to Human Evolution, Sections 1&2, Spring 2010 Instructor: Dr. Tracey O’Rourke Office Location: Clark 465 Telephone: 408-924-5342 during office hours 408-924-5710 Anthropology office Email: [email protected] Office Hours: MW 9:45-10:15, 1:30-2 Class Days/Time: Section 1: MW 10:30-11:45 am, Section 2: MW 12:00-13:15 Classroom: Washington Square Hall, Room 004 GE/SJSU Studies Category: B2, Life Sciences Faculty Web Page and MYSJSU Information for the course can be found at the courses website at: http://www.sjsu.edu/people/tracey.orourke . Here you will find the syllabus, assignments, and lecture material. Also make sure that your email address registered with MYSJSU is accurate as I use those addresses to send out assignments and other notifications. Contacting the Professor The best way to reach me is by email or during my office hours. I check my email VERY regularly and try to respond as soon as possible. I also strongly encourage you to use my office hours. I am there to help answer your questions. Office hours are before and after class both Monday and Wednesday. Come see me for any reason. Course Description The human organism from an evolutionary perspective. The foundations of life and evolutionary theory. Introduction to primate behavior and the fossil record. Human bio-cultural evolution over the last sixty million years. Introduction to Human Evolution, Anth 12, Section 1, Fall 2009 Page 2 of 9 Detailed Course description: Biological, or physical, anthropology studies biological and physical aspects of humans in order to understand how and why we vary and how we got this way. It covers all biological aspects of what makes us human. This course is an introduction to this field of study. We focus therefore, on basics of biology, in order to understand how we vary; evolutionary theory, to understand how we got to be this way; modern primates and their behavior, because inherent to understanding us in understanding our nearest relatives, the primates; and we examine the fossil evidence for human and primate evolution, in order to see how we got here. Anth 012 is a Science GE offering (core GE, B2/Life Science). The course is an introductory one; thus, no specific prior knowledge is assumed. There are no prerequisites to take this course. During the semester, students will acquire basic biological knowledge relating to molecular biology, cell reproduction, fundamental principles of micro- and macro-evolutionary theory (especially the role of natural selection), and the intellectual background leading to the development of evolutionary theory....
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