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Lecture 1: Course Overview & What is Anthropology?

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Angela VandenBroek

on 12 August 2012

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Ethnography Project 70% Anthropology 210 General Anthropology What is anthropology?
About this course. Today Anthropology is... the study of humans & their evolutionary ancestors in all times and in all places, including their biology, language, culture and material culture. The discipline of anthropology is divided into four sub-disciplines. Cultural Anthropology Physical Anthropology Archaeological Anthropology Linguistic Anthropology The study of human culture, society & behavior. The study of human biological diversity, including genetics, ecology, evolution & primatology. The study of human culture & behavior through the study of material culture. The descriptive, historical & comparative study of human language and its relation to culture & society. Syllabus Hi! My name is Angela! B.S. in Anthropology from Grand Valley State University
M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Southern Mississippi Academic Specializations: Identity, Agency & Practice
Applied Specializations: Web Design & Development The practice of American & Swedish political identities and the role of religion & secularist discourse in shaping popular political discourse. My Current Research Interests: Each sub-discipline is comprised of two complementary components: Academic & Applied The academic side of anthropology is focused on the collection of knowledge. The applied side of anthropology uses the knowledge amassed by the academic side to solve real world problems. For example... Cultural Anthropology Academics use ethnography to learn about how people percieve illness, disease & medical care and why some people are unlikely to recieve or seek out medical care. Paul Farmer, a medical anthropologist, helped to found the organization, Partners in Health, which uses anthropological knowledge to help connect people with healthcare despite cultural and economic adversity. Physical Anthropology Academics study the effects of cultural practices and the environment on the human body. Forensic anthropologists use that knowledge to solve crimes and identify human remains. Most anthropologists choose to focus on either academic or applied anthropology. However, for practicality and to be well-rounded, most anthropologists acquire skills in both areas. Exams No Study Guides
Short Essay Questions
Question Options
Short Collaboration 30% of final grade of final grade Who are you? What's your name?
What's your area of concentration?
Why did you sign up for this class? ? What do you think anthropology is? My Expectations of You! Preparedness Participation College Level Work Academic Honesty Personal Responsibility For every credit you take, you spend one hour in class and two hours studying per week. ANT 210 = 3 Credits = 3 hours in class + 6 hours studying per week You get out, what you put in! Proofread – Follow Instructions – Think Deeply Cite all of your sources! Take responsibility for your grade! I will not offer extra credit.
I will not provide study guides.
I will not post my lecture notes on blackboard.
I will not re-teach lectures you skipped. What you can expect of me! I won't waste you $$ or your time.
I will provide assistance to any student who seeks it.
I will help you improve your skills as a student.
I will assign grades fairly and put as much effort into grading as you do in producing.
I will teach you anthropology in a way that it will be useful to you beyond this classroom, if you so choose to use it. Goal: Learn to plan and execute a qualitative Find a topic, population and research question you are interested in. Step 1 Step 2 Learn about ethics and IRB in class. Turn in IRB application and present your project idea to the class. Do your fieldwork and take field notes.
Do research on your topic and complete thought papers to be well-rounded. Bring your field notes to class and analyze them. Write your ethnography. Share your results with the class during the ethnography conference and use feedback to improve ethnography paper. Turn in final ethnography! Sept. 5 Sept. 17 Oct. 29 Nov. 28 - Dec. 10 Dec. 10 Take final exam. All Done! Dec. 12 Today! Step 3 Step 5 Step 4 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 But... study then analyze and present the data.
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