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Anth 1102: Introduction to Anthropology University of Georgia, Spring 2010 Instructor: Mr. A. Shiloh Moates   Class meetings: Office: 105J Baldwin Hall MWF 10:10-11 AM Office hours Mon 11:00 – 1:00 pm Miller Learning Center, room 171 For all questions, comments, and help, first contact your teaching assistant: Teaching assistants Email Office Office hours In addition to scheduled office hours, the instructor and teaching assistants are available by appointment. Emails checked Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (if you send an email over the weekend, expect a  response Monday). I. Course description: Anthropology is the study of human diversity.  It asks age-old questions:  What does it mean to be human?  Why are  humans different from other animals?  How do we decide who is similar to us, who is not similar, and what to do about it?  How did different individuals and populations become socially, culturally, behaviorally, linguistically, and physically  distinct?  To what degree do individuals have control over their own lives, and to what degree are we puppets of our  cultural background and social expectations?  How do humans exploit the natural environment, and what are the  consequences?  How does our own Euro-American culture affect how we view other people, and the environment?  Anthropology provides unique and important perspectives on issues that impact our daily lives: social inequality, racial  and ethnic conflict, individual freedom versus communal responsibility, colonial and capitalist expansion, animal and  human rights, resource conservation, health and medicine, technology, international aid and development, etc.  This course is divided into four sections, pursuing separate themes within the field of anthropology.  Part one deals with  the phenomena of culture: how much of our perception of the world around us is based on learned, socially-accepted  norms?  Part two examines the evolutionary bases for human physical and behavioral variation.  People look and act  differently from each other (and from other animals) due to processes of micro- and macro-evolution and adaptation.  The  third part of the course deals with subsistence and social structure, including how people organize themselves for 
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