Anthropology | Human Adaptation: Biological Approaches
B470 | 24870 | Jamison
Required Text: Frisancho, A.R. 1993 Human Adaptation and
Accommodation. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor.
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
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 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 topic, approved in advance, that has some relationship to the
material covered in the class.