Introduction to the study of human physical and cultural evolution. Cross-listed as ANTH 112. G.E. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
The Myth of the Noble Savage
By Ellingson, Ter (University of California Press) Recommended
Anthropology: A Brief Introduction
By Ember, Carol and Melvin Ember (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Classic Readings in Cultural Anthropology
By Ferraro, Gary (Thompson) Recommended
By Haviland, William (Wadsworth/Thompson) Recommended
Windows on Humanity
By Kottak, Conrad (McGraw Hill) Recommended
By Park, Michael Allan (McGraw Hill) Recommended
Thinking Anthropologically: A Practical Guide for Students
By Salzman, Philip and Patricia C. Rice (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Anthropology: A Global Perspective
By Scupin, Raymond and Christopher DeCourse (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Perspectives on Culture: A Critical Introduction to Theory in Cultural Anthropology
By Sidky, Homayun (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Biological Anthropology: The Natural History of Humankind
By Stanford, Craig and John Allen (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Adaptation and Human Behavior
By Cronk, Lee and Napoleon Chagnon (Aldien de Gruyter) Category/Comments - Supplemental text Recommended
Indian Reservations in the United States: Territory, Sovereigntyand Socioeconomic Change
By Frantz, Klaus (University of Chicago Press) Category/Comments - Supplemental text Recommended
Assault on Paradise
By Kottak, Conrad (McGraw Hill) Category/Comments - Supplemental text Recommended
Exotic No More: Anthropology on the Front Lines
By MacClancy, Jeremy, ed. (University of Chicago Press) Category/Comments - Supplemental text Recommended
Ambivalent Europeans: Ritual, Memory, and the Public Sphere in Malta
By Mitchell, John P. (Routledge) Category/Comments - Supplemental text Recommended
Anthropology of Love and Anger
By Overing, Joanna and Alan Passes (Routledge) Category/Comments - Supplemental text Recommended
Connections: Mind, Brain, and Culture in Social Anthropology
By Reyna, Stephen (Routledge) Category/Comments - Supplemental text Recommended
Breastfeeding: Biocultural Perspectives
By Stuart-Macadam, Patricia and Katherine A. Dettwyler (Aldine de Gruyter) Category/Comments - Supplemental text Recommended
Pathways of Power: Building an Anthropology of the Modern World
By Wolf, Eric R. (University of Chicago Press) Category/Comments - Supplemental text Recommended
To understand the major concepts, theories and methods in anthropology.
To study human physical and cultural evolution and human variation across time and place.
To recognize and apply the comparative anthropological perspective to the study of culture, social and political organization, marriage, family and kinship structure, religion and magic, social control, and social change in various cultures.
To engage in readings and discussions of specific cultures and cultural practices.
To examine personal values and actions in light of the anthropological perspective.
Describe and explain physical and cultural evolutions and human variation.
Identify and explain the major concepts, theories, and methods in anthropology.
Apply the comparative anthropological perspective to the study of culture, social and political organization, marriage, family and kinship structures, religion and magic, social control and social change in various cultures.
Reflect on one’s own personal values and their cultural origins in light of anthropological understandings of culture and action.
Human physical and cultural evolution
Human variation across time
Concept of culture
Schools of thought in cultural anthropology
Cultural variation in:
Marriage, family and kinship structures
Social stratification systems (race, gender, class)
Religion and magic
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.