INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY | ONLINE. . . . . . . . . . .Fall 2020

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Week 9. Human Culture and Cultural Change

Oct 19: read Lavenda textbook, Chapter 8, pgs. 237-246
Oct 20: read Lavenda textbook, Chapter 8, pgs. 247-256
Oct 21: read Lavenda textbook, Module 3, pgs. 257-270
     Quiz due on Blackboard between Tues & Thurs 9pm
     Online Media #8 - due no later than 5pm Fri
     Do Group Discussion 8 – Human Culture – by Sunday

VideoChapter-based video summaries are available on Blackboard (click on the Chapter Videos menu link).

Blackboard Link

Anthropology Quote of the Week:

WIlson“To genetic evolution, the human lineage has added the parallel track of cultural evolution.” Sociobiologist Edward O. Wilson



Online Media 8: Eating Christmas in the Kalahari, by Richard Lee (1969) &
Shakespeare in the Bush, by Laura Bohannan (1966)



Online Media 7:
Guns, Germs and Steel, Part 1,
feat. Jared Diamond (Source: National Geographic, 2005)


OM6 Online Media 6:
Watch this video about an archaeological dig by Time Team America (~55 min 7/13/2013).



Online Media 5:
Listen to this interview with Trevor Noah, host of the Daily Show from the program "Fresh Air" on NPR (~45 min, 2/18/2016)



Online Media 4:
NOVA's "Becoming Human, Part III: Last Human Standing"
(YouTube, ~60 min, 2014)



Online Media 3:
Primatology animated video
from Nikita V, (2013, YouTube 7:25)



Online Media 2:
Evidence for Evolution from (YouTube 11:22)



Online Media 1: Macat's "Introduction to Anthropology"(mostly about cultural anthropology)



Remember: Each week you should, at minimum, complete the following objectives:

  1. Read the assigned textbook chapter and review the course notes online
  2. Complete the week's chapter quiz between Tues 9am - Thurs 9pm (See the Quizzes and Exams folder on Blackboard -- note, there was no quiz in the first week)
  3. Complete a Discussion Post for the week (see the Discussions area on Blackboard)
  4. Complete the Online Media (ANTH#) for the week before Friday 5pm (no exceptions!) on the course website (below)

At certain times during the semester you will also have writing assignments and longer exams. These are marked on the course schedule and bear a large part of the course grade, so be prepared for these assignments/exams as well.

Posting to the Discussion Board (on Blackboard):

You should be actively posting weekly to the Discussion Board so as to add to your participation score for the course. Here is how to add a discussion postThe "Discussions" can be found using the links on the left side of the Blackboard page; click that link and then click on the title of the Discussion to which you want to add a comment or reply. You'll see a page of posts with the other student's names; to add to it, click on "Create Thread".

Online Media 8: Culture


Eating Christmas in the Kalahari, by Richard Lee (1969)

1. What was the basic misunderstanding between the !Kung and Lee?

2. How well do the !Kung get along in sharing resources such as meat? Why is sharing such an important practice to them?

3. Why do you think the !Kung ridicule successful hunters? How is this fundamentally different from American culture? Give an example in your answer.

Shakespeare in the Bush, by Laura Bohannan (1966)

4. In choosing the play Hamlet, what is the authors perception of how the Tiv would understand the story?

5. What were the errors in the story of Hamlet that the tribe elders pointed out?

6. What is the main thesis of the article by Laura Bohannon?

E-mail your answers (not an attachment)
to:, with the SUBJECT: ANTH8



Recommended readings:


Domestication and Civilization


Human Variation

Human Evolution

Evolution - General

Introduction: Other texts


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