Anthropology | HUMAN ADAPTATION
B400 | 0353 | Jamison
Human Adaptation is a seminar designed to provide the participants with
an understanding of the concept of adaptation as it is utilized within
bioanthropology. Initially, 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 individual and population responses to these
stresses. Participation in discussion as well as the presentation of
oral and written reports will be emphasized throughout the course.
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 an appreciation of the methodologies used in
bioanthropological research, an increased ability to read and understand
the primary sources used by bioanthropologists, the development or
enhancement of seminar skills, and improvement in both oral and written
presentations of research results on a topic.
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. Undergraduate class
members, working individually, will be required to find and abstract 5
articles during the course of the semester. Graduate students, working
as a team, will be required to find and abstract 10 articles. In
addition, discussants for each abstract may be named. A research 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.