Anthropology | Human Adaptation
B600 | 0472 | Jamison


Required Text:
Frisancho, A.R.  1993  Human Adaptation and Accommodation.
University of Michigan   Press, Ann Arbor.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Human Adaptation is a seminar designed to provide the participants
with an understanding of the concept of adaptation as it is utilized
within bioanthropology.  In addition, we will be examining the variety
of meanings and usages of this concept that are invoked in other aspects
of Anthropology and other disciplines.  Once this groundwork has been
established, we will be discussing a number of stresses that humans
encounter and focus on both population and individual responses to these
stresses.  Participation in discussion as well as the presentation of oral
reports will be emphasized throughout the course.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:
The primary goal of this course is mentioned above, i.e. to foster
an understanding of the concept of adaptation as it applies to humans.
Secondary goals include the development or enhancement of seminar
skills, an appreciation of the methodologies used in bioanthropological
research, an increased ability to read and understand the primary
sources used by bioanthropologists, and an improvement in both oral and
written presentations of research results on a particular topic.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
Because this is a seminar, no exams will be given, but a premium
will be placed on participation in class discussions, timely submission
of required materials and oral presentations in class.  Class members,
working in teams, will be required to find and abstract 8 articles
during the course of the semester.  In addition, a paper will be
required (8-10 pages for undergrads and 12-15 pages for grads).  This
paper must synthesize the research literature on a specific topic in
human adaptation.

PERFORMANCE:
Your performance in this seminar will be based upon an accumulation
of points earned through a combination of written assignments, a
research paper, and participation in class discussions.  The following
point values will apply:

Abstracts, etc.   80 points
Research Paper  80   "
Participation   40   "

The grading scale will be no more stringent than 90-80-70-60% of the total
points.  It may be more lenient than this standard.  Because this is a
seminar and the class is upper-division, I anticipate that the grading
scale will be A-B-C with most of the grades being As and Bs. Late
abstracts will be discounted by half their value.  Abstracts can be no
longer than two typed, double-spaced pages.  Each abstract must answer the
following five questions about the article:  (1) What is the hypothesis or
hypotheses?  (2) What is the research methodology?  (3)What are the major
results?  (4) What conclusions are drawn from these results?  (5) Briefly
critique the article, i.e. what could/should the authors have done
differently?

Participation (when scored) will be based upon a scale from 0-4 (absence
from that class = 0; presence but no participation = 2; asking
questions and/or making contributions = 3-4).