Introduction to Anthropology
University of Georgia, Spring 2010
Mr. A. Shiloh Moates email@example.com
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Mon 11:00 – 1:00 pm
Miller Learning Center, room 171
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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