Anthropology | Genetic Method in Anthropology
B525 | 27038 | Kaestle


Prerequisite ANTH B200 AND instructor’s permission

This course is designed to fulfill a requirement within the
bioanthropology graduate program pertaining to research methods. As
such, it will cover basic methodologies associated with research
investigations that relate genetics to bioanthropology. Principle
areas include the theory and practice of Mendelian genetics,
human/medical genetics, forensic genetics, molecular genetics, and
human population genetics. The particular field within bioanthropology
referred to as anthropological genetics will be stressed. This means
that there will be an emphasis on microevolutionary processes that
serve to explain current and recent past gene distributions and
genetic structure of human populations. This course is organized into
both seminar discussions of assigned readings and exercises, some of
which will be carried out in class, in addition to wet laboratory
work, to be carried out in the anthropology department's genetic
anthropology teaching lab. There will be no textbook for this course.
Rather, the readings will be excerpted from existing textbooks and
will also include published research papers, all of which will be
available in PDF format. In addition, there will be a laboratory
manual with directions for and explanations of the wet laboratory
procedures used in this course, as well as hints for the exercises.
Each student will need a scientific calculator, a lab notebook, and a
3-ring binder. We will discuss what qualifies as a ‘lab notebook’ on
the first day of class. One half of the course grade will be based on
in-class and take-home exercises and lab analyses, one quarter on
discussion participation, and one quarter on a take-home final project.