Anthropology | Proseminar in Bioanthropology
B500 | 0469 | Jamison

This course is designed to be an introduction to the field of
Bioanthropology for graduate students.   Topics covered will include
evolutionary theory, genetics, primate morphology and behavior, the
hominid fossil record, living human biological variation, and human
adaptation.  One purpose of the course is to serve the needs of graduate
students fulfilling the requirement of coursework outside of their major
subdiscipline.   In addition, many graduate students from this department
have found that they are required to teach introductory
courses beyond their own subdiscipline when they accept a professional
teaching position.  B500 will provide background information and
bibliographical sources that will be useful for constructing an
introductory course in Bioanthropology.  Finally, for graduate students
without prior coursework in the subdiscipline, B500 serves as a minimum
requirement in Bioanthropology to qualify applicants for Associate
Instructorships to teach A105.  The latter is one of two undergraduate
courses in the department that utilizes 3-4 Associate Instructors every

Whatever your objective is, welcome to the course and I hope that
we both have an enjoyable semester.  I intend to try to structure the
course so that the first meeting each week will usually be devoted to
the text, lecturing and answering questions.  The second meeting will be a
lab or a discussion of a set of readings that I will assign.  These will
be designed to expand on the Relethford material and familiarize you with
some of the literature of Bioanthropology.  It will be very important that
you keep up with the readings as participation in the discussions will be
a part of your grade.  As the semester progresses I may ask individuals in
the class to lead the discussions.


Relethford, J.  1996  The Human Species:  An Introduction to
Biological Anthropology,   3rd Edition.  Mayfield Publishing, Mountain
View, CA.

There will be two examinations in this course and two lab
quizzes.  Both examinations will be take-home exams and you will have
about one week to complete each. I will give you the first exam on
October 17 and it will be due at the beginning of class on October 29.
I will hand out the second exam on December 10 and it will be due at the
beginning of class on December 17.  PLEASE NOTE:  Because I think that it
is important that everyone have the same amount of time to work on a
take-home exam, I will expect them to be turned in on time.  If an
emergency situation occurs make sure that I know about it.

A written paper will also be required on a topic of your choice.
Please clear the topic with me before you start writing as I may be able
to suggest sources or help you narrow the topic to manageable size.  I
expect a 12-15 page paper written using the American Anthropologist or the
American Journal of Physical Anthropology as a style guide.  The paper
will be due on December 10.  If you get your paper to me after December
10, I will have the option of turning in an Incomplete for you and reading
the paper at my leisure.  I do not encourage you to take an Incomplete,
but I also do not mark-down a late paper.  The following is a list of
paper topics that have been used in the past.  The list is for
illustration only, you do not have to select one of these topics. The best
paper topic is one that allows you to read on a subject related to your
specialized interests in anthropology.

Your grade in this class will be based upon your performance on
the two take-home examinations, two quizzes, your written paper and
participation in the class discussions.  The distribution of total
points will be:

Exam 1 20%   Paper  20%
Exam 2 20%   Participation 20%
Quizzes 20%