Anthropology | BIOANTHROPOLOGY: A HISTORY OF IDEAS
B310 | 0399 | Cook
This is a course in the history of physical anthropology. We will
discuss the emergence of this field as an academic discipline, emphasizing
the careers of prominent scholars and their contributions to theory.
This is also an intensive writing course. We will stress writing in a
style appropriate to journals in anthropology and other social and
biological sciences. You will write three short 5-8 page essays. These
must be typed. The final paper is a longer biography of a physical
anthropologist active in the first half of the twentieth century. You
will present this project orally to the remainder of the class during our
final three weeks of class.
For the first 12 weeks, I will lecture on aspects of the early history of
anthropology. Readings for this portion of the course will be on reserve
in the Geography Library. They are marked on the schedule of topics with
a reference, and you may prefer to do some of the readings in the main
library. Please do the readings by Thursday of the week in which they are
assigned. I will give quizzes on the readings if people aren't prepared
to discuss them in class. Expect 100 pages of reading per week.
Before October 15, please meet with me individually to discuss your choice
of subject for the biography assignment. We will set a date for your
presentation to the class on this person during the last three weeks of
class. You should choose a physical anthropologist active between 1900
and 1950 as your subject. If you are interested in a particular research
question, I will help you identify a suitable subject who contributed to
your area of interest. You should read your subject's publications as
extensively as you can. Include your subject's education, employment,
major research projects, and contributions to theory in your essay.
1. Class participation, exercises, and quizzes on readings 10%
2. Paper on Samuel Morton 20% Oct 4
3. Review of Schiller: Paul Broca 20% Nov. 1
4. Review of a critical book on ideas in physical anthropology 20% Nov 22
Landau: Shadow Man OR
Shipman: Evolution of Racism OR
Harraway: Primate Visions OR
Barkan: Retreat of Scientific Racism OR
Wiber: Erect Men, Undulating Women OR
Jahoda: Images of Savages
Other books may be appropriate. You may use the library copy or
purchase a copy on your own.
5. Biography of a physical anthropologist 30% TBA
Oral presentations of the biography project will be scheduled
individually during class in November or the first week in December.
You should prepare a one-page summary of the career of your subject
to distribute to the rest of the class on the day of your oral
presentation. You may use slides,transparencies or other visual aids in
preparing your talk. The written version of your final paper
is due at our EXAM WEEK meeting during our scheduled examination time.
I will grade papers with equal weight on STYLE, FORM, CONTENT, and
ANALYSIS. You need to do well on each to earn an A. You may revise and
resubmit any of the first three papers if your initial grade is a B or C.
Resubmissions must be turned in before finals week, and must be
accompanied by your first draft.