Anthropology | Proseminar in Bioanthopology
B500 | 27313 | Kaestle


This seminar is intended to give graduate students training in
critical analysis of theoretical models of evolution and their
application to biological anthropology, as well as a historical
perspective on evolutionary theory in our field. We will focus on
topics of evolutionary theory that are particularly relevant to
anthropology. These include, but are not limited to, classification
and phylogenetics, form and function (including heterochrony, critical
periods, canalization and related topics), life history theory and
reproductive ecology, game theory, species concepts, concepts of
adaptation and human adaptability, the action of evolutionary forces,
cooperation (including kin selection and reciprocal altruism), sexual
selection, coevolution, tempo and mode of evolution, level of
selection (gene, individual, group, species), and race concepts. There
will be several guest speakers and discussion leaders, including
faculty in anthropology and other departments. Emphasis will be placed
on student development of critical thinking and reading skills,
especially in assessments of primary literature, as well as academic
writing skills, including grant writing. This course is required for
first year bioanthropology graduate students.