SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentMA Program of Ethnology, First Year MA Program of Ethnology, Second Year
Course NamePhysique, Environment and Culture
InstructorKUAN DA-WEI
Credit3.0
Course TypeElective
Prerequisite
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

23 Sept         Orientation



  Inventory of specimens and equipment



          Exercises : 1, 2



 



23 Sept         Introduction to Physical Anthropology                                            Ch.1/p.3



                          Readings:   1.1 Was Darwin Wrong? D. Quamen



     1.2 The Facts of Evolution, M. Shermer, 



  Exercise : 3



 



27 Sept         The Development of Evolutionary Theory                                               Ch.2/p.25



Readings:   1.3 Evolution in Action, J. Weiner



  1.6 Why Should Students Learn Evolution?  Alters and Alters                 



  Exercise :  4, 5 



 



27 Sept        The Biological Basis of Life                                                   Ch.3/p.49



                          Readings:   2.1 The 2% Difference, R. Sapolsky



   1.4 Epigenetics in Action, N. Carey 



          Exercise : 6



 



29 Jan            Heredity and Evolution                                                          Ch.4/p.81



                          Readings:   7.6 Our Animal Natures, Nattterson-Horowitz & Bowers



          Exercise : 7



 



30 Sept             Macroevolution:Processes of Vertebrate and Mammalian Evolution           Ch.5/p.113



Readings : 4.1  Our True Dawn, C. Brahic



      4.2  First of Our Kind, K. Wong



          Exercise 8



 



30 Sept         Survey of the Living Primates (Powerpoint: Survey of the Living Primates)    Ch.6/p.143



Readings :   2.3 The Mind of the Chimpanzee, J. Goodall



                    3.1 What are Friend For? B.Smuts



          Exercise 8



 



4 Oct             Primate Behavior                                                                    Ch.7/p.185



Readings :   2.6  Earthly Delights, F. de Waal



     3.2 What’s Love Got to Do with It? M. Small



          Exercise : 8



 



4 Oct             Primate Behavior (Documentary: Oscar)



  Review:     1-2-page review of the documentary                                



          Exercise:   9



 



7 Oct             Film: Gorillas in the Mist (biography of Dian Fossey)



                                                  Review:    1-2-page review of the film



  Exercise : 10



 



7 Oct             Overview of the Fossil



  Readings :  4.2 First of Our Kind, K. Wong   



       4.3 Rethinking Neandertals, J. Alper                                     Ch.8/p.225



  Exercise : 10



 



11 Oct           Paleoanthropology: Reconstructing Early Hominin Behavior and Ecology      Ch.9/p.263



Readings :   5.1 A New View of the Birth of Homo Sapiens, A. Bibbons



     5.3 Refuting a Myth About Human Origins, J. Shea



          Exercise : 11



 



 



 



11 Oct           Hominin Origins in Africa                                                               Ch.10/p.287



  Readings :  5.6 A Bigger, Better Brain, Bearzi & Stanford



    5.7 The Naked Truth, N. Jablonski



          Exercise : 12



                  



14 Oct           First Examination



 



18 Oct         The First Dispersal of the Genus Homo: Homo erectus and Contemporaries   Ch.11/p319



  Readings :  6.1 Can White men Jump? D. Shenk






    1. How Real is Race? Mukhopadhyay & R. Henze





          Exercise : 13



 



18 Oct           Premodern Humans (Powerpoint: Survey of Fossils)                               Ch.12/p.347



  Readings :  6.4 The Tall and the Short of It, B. Bogin



  Exercise : 13



 



21 Oct           The Origin and Dispersal of Modern Humans                                 Ch.13/p.383



  Readings :  7.1 The Viral Superhighway



    7.2  The Perfect Plague



          Exercise : 14



 



21 Oct         Modern Human Biology: Patterns of Variation                               Ch.14/p.411



Readings :   7.7 Why We Help, M. Nowak



Exercise : 15



                             



25 Oct         Modern Human Biology: Patterns of Adaptation                                    Ch.15/p.437



Readings :  7.5 Ironing It Out, S. Moalem



          Exercise : 16



 



25 Oct         Legacies of Evolutionary History:  Effects on the Life Course                        Ch.16/p.467



  Readings : 7.8 The 10,000-Year Bender,  R. Dunn



          Exercise : 17



 



28 Oct         The Human Disconnection                                                               Ch.17/p.491                     Readings :  7.9 The Evolution of Inequality, D. Rogers



          Exercise :  17   



 



28 Oct           The Evolution of Human Behavior                                                          Ch.17/p.483



  Readings:  3.3 The Double Life of Women, A. Paul



   3.4 Mothers and Others, S. Hrdy



          Exercise : 17      



 



4 Nov            Human Biology/Somatometric exercises                    



  Workshop



 



The rest of November is doing the somatometric exercise during your free time to complete your required number of subjects.  Then we will learn how to manage quantitative data and learn to analyze and interpret them.



 



2 Dec             Integration of Somatometric Data



 



6 Dec            Bioarchaeology



 



9 Dec            Forensic Anthropology/Workshop



  Readings:  6.5 Dead Men Do Tell Tales, W. Maples



13 Dec         Integration, Review



 



16 Dec           Second (Final) Exam 



 



20 Dec         Course Assessment and Evaluation


Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant
Requirement/Grading

Grade Breakdown



              long exams . . . . . . . . . . . .  300 pts.



              lab exercises . . . . . . . . . . .  150



              article reviews  . . . . . . . . .  100



                             Battle of the Brains . . . . .   100



              Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 650 pts. 



Scale:



1.0  (A) - - - 97-100%  Outstanding.  Grasp of the course is at the highest level.



                   2.0 (B)- - - -80-84%    Excellent. Grasp of the course is at the higher level.



                   3.0 (C)- - - -60-64%    Enough understanding of the course (passing)


Textbook & Reference

References:



Jurmain, R. et al. (2018) Introduction to Physical Anthropology. 15th ed. Cengage Learning. 



Laboratory Exercises (compiled from different sources)



Annual Editions – Physical Anthropology 23e. Angeloni, Elvio (ed).


Urls about Course
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