Anthropology | Bioanthropology: A Hist of Ideas
B310 | 26393 | Cook

Above class is an Arts and Sciences Intensive Writing section

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 four short 5-8 page
essays  and a final paper.  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 14 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 our second 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 50 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 week
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 subjectís
education, employment, major research projects, and contributions to
theory in your paper.

1.  Class participation, exercises, and quizzes on readings   10%
2.  Journal assignment 10%
3.  Paper on Samuel Morton 20%
4.  Review of Schiller: Paul Broca 20%
5.  Critical review of a topic or theme important in the work of your
biography subject 10%

Landau: Narratives of Human Evolution
Brace:  Race is a Four Letter Word
Wolpoff and Caspari:  Race and Human Evolution
Shipman: Evolution of Racism
Harraway: Primate Visions
Barkan: Retreat of Scientific Racism
Wiber: Erect Men, Undulating Women
Jahoda: Images of Savages
Tanner: History of the Study of Human Growth
Buikstra and Beck: Bioarchaeology
Spencer: History of American Physical Anthropology
Spencer: Physical Anthropology: an Encyclopedia (REFERENCE
You may use the library copy or purchase a copy on your own.

6.  Biography of a physical anthropologist 30
Oral presentations of the biography project are due during the
last week of classes and during our scheduled EXAM WEEK meeting.
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 Power
Point in preparing your talk.  The written version of your final
paper is due by 5 pm. on the Friday of EXAM WEEK.

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 four 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.