|INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY - Shannon 102 - Spring 2018|
Anthropology Quote of the Week:
GENERAL NOTE: For section 1 of this course (the face-to-face section meeting in Shannon Hall 102 on Tues and Thurs 11am), you do NOT have to do the assignments for my Intro to Anthropology Online class (ANTH-LN1) on BlackBoard! Those assignments are only for my separate online section of the course. You DO still have to do the assignments posted on this webpage. Thanks! ~ Prof Reymers
Recommended websites and videos:
Domestication and the Rise of Civilization
Evolution and Genetics
Online Media 6
1. What is the thesis of this documentary? (answer this question at the end of the video, but contemplate it throughout)
2. What was the name of the Middle Eastern village identified by Canadian archaeologist Ian Kuijt (pronounced "Kite") where people settled into a community for the first time?
3. What grain sources were available to the people of this first community?
4. What is the human artifact (a feature of the archaeological site) that is so important in the development of domestication of plants?
5. How did the first farmers impact the evolutionary development of the plants around them?
6. According to Diamond, why did the New Guinea farmers not develop civilization?
7. What is the advantage that Americans have over New Guineans when it comes to the crops we eat?
8. How did the domestication of animals relate to farming in America and New Guinea?
9. Why were most of the villages of the fertile crescent abandoned after one thousand years of intensive farming and where did the people go?
10. What are some of the criticisms of Jared Diamond's argument that geography and food crops explain inequality and how does he answer them?
(Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link for email, or remove the automatic subject line heading "ANTH" if you do).
Online media assignments are graded on a pass (1)/fail (0) basis. See the Grades webpage for results.
Each week, excepting Week 1 and certain other weeks -- see the course schedule -- you will be reponsible for completing and submitting by email a weekly online media activity. This may entail doing a reading or watching a video made available online, or performing some other kind of activity. Instructions will be posted weekly right here on the webpage by Monday and will be due (by email) on Friday at 5pm of each week. You should e-mail your completed assignment to email@example.com,
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Introduction to Anthropology - Spring 2018 - Prof. Kurt Reymers