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ANT 105 PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY AND PRE HISTORY

ANT 105 – Physical Anthropology and Prehistory

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  ANT 105 Physical Anthropology and Prehistory

Credit Hours:  3.0             Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grades of “C” or better in ENG 096 and RDG 096 or placement

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This course examines the origin and emergence of humanity, the early unwritten history of the human race, physical variations among humans, and prehistoric civilizations.

General Education Goals: ANT 105 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Categories:  Society and Human Behavior and Global and Cultural Awareness of Diversity.  The corresponding General Education Goals are respectively as follows: Students will use social science theories and concepts to analyze human behavior and social and political institutions and to act as responsible citizens; and Students will understand the importance of global perspective and culturally diverse peoples.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1.  describe physical (biological) anthropology, its major subfields, and its relationship to anthropology in general;
  2. explain the theory of evolution, the concepts of adaptation, and natural selection and evaluate and discuss the scientific evidence supporting each;
  3. explain the basic principles of human genetics;
  4. describe modern human diversity, its origins, and the concept of ‘race’ as a culturally-constructed category that is understood differently by different societies;
  5. discuss the relationship of Homo Sapiens to other members of the primate order; and
  6. identify the major branches of the human evolutionary tree and outline the corresponding development of human cultural capacities.