College of Liberal Arts
This semester, we will use two texts created with different goals in mind to understand the value of an evolutionary perspective, the pathways of hominin evolution from primates to premodern hominins to Homo sapiens. Our primary goal, one that emerges from the list of smaller goals that appears below, is to learn to use physical anthropology and its ideas, concepts, and points of view, to interpret contemporary human diversity. This course, combined with ANTH 2052 (Introduction to Cultural Anthropology), should prepare you to take more advanced courses in UNO’s Anthropology Department (where our focus is on cultural, urban anthropology). This course can also be useful for framing scientific knowledge gained from courses in biology, chemistry, environmental sciences and other fields so that that you can use that knowledge to interpret everyday experiences.
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