Anthropology | Human Origins and Prehistory
A105 | 1189 | Pickering
Course Description: This course is designed as a survey of the
biological evolution of the human species and the archaeology of early
Course Requirements and Methods of Evaluation: Sections of Feder &
Park (2001) will be assigned for some meetings. These assignments
will be indicated next to the date and lecture topic(s) for which they
are required. It is expected that you will complete these readings in
preparation for the indicated class meeting(s).
Attendance of lectures is not required, but is strongly encouraged, as
exam questions will come from lectures as well as the assigned
readings-and some lecture topics are not duplicated in the readings.
Attendance of weekly discussion sections is also not required, but is
strongly encouraged, because there will be a series of discussion
projects throughout the semester. Included among these projects are
three short writing assignments (to be completed outside discussion
time) in which you will be asked to read and summarize a few brief
articles and turn those summaries in to your section instructor.
Others projects must be completed during the discussion section time
and all discussion projects together will count cumulatively as 25 %
of your final. (Discussion section instructors will provide more
detailed information on this part of the course during your first
section meetings.) The chance to make-up discussion projects will not
be given, except in extreme cases, such as death in the family or
serious illness on part of the student (proper documentation of such
situations-such as a doctor's excuse-will be required from the student).
The rest of your course grade will be based on three exams-two
midterms (each worth 25 % of your final grade) and a final (25 % of
your final grade). The midterm exams are scheduled for February 11
and March 31, and will be given during the regular lecture meeting
time. The second midterm exam will include all material covered from
the beginning of the course until the lecture and discussion sections
immediately before the second midterm exam. The final exam is
cumulative. Make-up exams will not be given, except in extreme cases,
such as death in the family or serious illness on part of the student
(proper documentation of such situations-such as a doctor's
excuse-will be required from the student).