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ANTH 1010.

001Introduction to General Anthropology


Instructor: Diane A. Ballinger, PhD
Office: 330 Chilton Hall
Phone: 940-369-7854
Email: ballinger@pacs.unt.edu
Time and Place: Art 223, MWF, 12:00 n-12:50 pm
Office hours: by appointment

Plagiarism and Cheating. The department of anthropology does not tolerate
plagiarism, cheating, or helping others to cheat. Students suspected of any of these
will be provided the opportunity for a hearing; a guilty finding will merit an
automatic F in the course. In addition, I reserve the right to pursue further
disciplinary action within the UNT legal system, which may result in dismissal from
the university. Plagiarism is defined as misrepresenting the work of others (whether
published or not) as your own. It may be inadvertent or intentional. Any facts,
statistics, quotations, or paraphrasing of any information that is not common
knowledge, should be cited. For more information on paper writing, including how to
avoid plagiarism, and how to use citations, see
http://www.unt.edu/anthropology/writing.htm. For information on the Universitys
policies regarding academic integrity and dishonesty, see the UNT Center for Student
Rights and Responsibilities, http://www.unt.edu/csrr/.

Course Description An exploration into the study of humans and culture(s), designed
for those desiring to gain some understanding of the nature of Anthropology and its
unique approach to the problem of understanding the basic unity and the great
diversity of human beings and their ways of life. This course is the basic
introduction to Anthropology as the discipline interested in the origins, development,
and nature of humans and their culture(s). It exposes the student to the perspectives,
methods and materials of the field through its five major subfield concentrations:
Physical Anthropology, Archaeology, Anthropological Linguistics, Ethnology, and
Social Anthropology. The primary focus of the course is with humans, their physical
and social / cultural nature. Among the topics to be addressed are: human evolution
and variation, prehistory and culture change, human communication, social
organization and structure. The course draws on a variety of societies and cultures in
an attempt to understand human similarity and diversity.










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Goals of the Course: By the end of the course the student will be able to:
1. Understand the five major subfields of anthropology and know how they are
related.
2. Know the evolutionary sequence of humans as it is understood today.
3. Have an elementary knowledge of how human inheritance works.
4. Understand the transition from foraging to agriculture and how it affected
humans.
5. Understand cultural diversity in religion, marriage customs, kinship,
economics and social complexity.
6. Understand the concept of culture and its importance to humans.

Text book: Kottack, CP. Anthropology: The Exploration of Human Diversity,
Twelfth Edition.

Grading: There will be 4 test grades including the final as the final grade. Material
covered in class may be included at any time on tests and the final exam. Grading is
traditional: 100-90 =A, 89-80=B, 79-70=C, 69-60=D,
Under 60=F.

I reserve the right to change the syllabus as I see fit to accommodate students in
the class and to facilitate learning. You are totally responsible for the
information in this course. You must read the text book because all of your test
questions will be drawn form the test bank that accompanies it. The lectures are
to introduce things that are in the test and to explain concepts and theories more
completely than the book does. This is a heavy reading course even though it is
introductory. Questions if not answered in class must be directed to the TA or to
me by email. I have a huge student load of almost 400 students this semester so
do not be surprised if I dont know your name. I will often be in the office after
2:00 pm and you may drop by to chat without an appointment, if you need to
talk to me.

You cannot cram for this course, hence must study along as we go. Your book is
full of aids to learning such a an atlas, a glossary, Chapter overviews, pictures,
news briefs, an Appendix of theories used in anthropology, internet exercises,
and critical thinking questions. This is a hard course and I always accept
questions as I lecture. I suggest that you get two study partners and meet once a
week to discuss the reading and the lectures. You should take notes in every
lecture and every film and learn the key terms at the end of each chapter. There
is also a chapter summary. For every 50 minutes in class you should study 2
hours outside of class. There will be no make-ups unless you first discuss it with
the TA and no extra credit.





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Week 1: Aug 27 31. Chapters 1,2, and 3 in Kottack.
Week 2: Sept 4-7. Chapters 4, 5 in Kottack.
Week 3: Sept 10-14. Chapters 6 and 7 in Kottack
Week 4: Sept 10, Test 1.
Sept 12 and 14. Chapters 8 and 9 in Kottack.
Week 5: Sept 17- 23. Chapters 10 and 11.
Week 6: Sept 24-28. Chapters 12 and 13.
Week 7: Oct 1-5. Chapters 14 and 15.
Week 8: Oct 8, Test 2.
Oct 10-12, Chapter 16.
Week 9: Oct 15- 18. Chapter 17.
Week 10: Oct 29-Nov 1. Chapter 18.
Week 11: Nov 5-9. Chapters 19 and 20.
Week 12: Nov 12 16. Chapters 21 and 22.
Week 13: Nov 19. Test 3. No class on Nov 21. Thanksgiving Break
Week 14: Nov 26-30. Chapters 23-25.
Week 15: Dec 3-7. Dead Week. Reviews in class by TA.
Final Exam, Dec 10
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at 10:30-12:30.


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