The theory of evolution by natural selection through the natural history of humankind and of our closest relatives, the primates. Concepts of macro and microevolution, adaptation, cell and genetics, paleontology, human and primate origins, brain and language evolution, bioarchaeology, and biomedical anthropology.
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Human osteology is the study of our bones. Osteology is relevant to disciplines that depend on detailed knowledge of the human body, e.g., forensic anthropology and paleoanthropology. Students will learn to identify and describe bones and use a comparative approach to understand their function and evolution.
Anthropology and Development
Students are introduced to the major concepts, methods, and issues in international development. The course focuses on pervasive rural and urban poverty, the disparity in wealth both between developing and developed countries and within individual countries, the increasing fragility of the world's natural resource base, the impact of globalization on local communities, changing demographics due to migration and disease, and the effects of national and international policy decisions.
Cultures of Southeast Asia
Introduction to the cultures of Southeast Asia. The topical area covers a vast geographical expanse, a large number of countries, cultures, ethnic groups, languages, religions, and an enormous body of anthropological literature. This course will focus on a select few cross-culturally relevant issues, like ecology, conservation, gender, tourism, human rights, and indigenous peoples, to allow for a broad-based anthropological understanding of the region.
Ethnographic Research Methods
Building Skills and Competencies in Cultural Anthropology
Have you enjoyed learning about cultural anthropology but have no idea how your degree can be applied? Are you a dual major, and wondering how to apply cultural anthropology to the fields of health, international development, conservation or social change? Are you wondering how to make anthropology practical, and interested in acquiring the basic skills and competencies for doing so? Are you interested in learning about the unique value of qualitative research methods, and how they can be used to solve problems or deepen understanding?
In this class, you will take an ethnographic research project on a topic of interest from start to finish, and learn through hands-on experience how to do this in practice:
1. Individual and group interview techniques
2. Participant observation
3. Data analysis and interpretation
4. How to position yourselves as an anthropologist within different careers
Susannah Chapman works with others preparing food during her fieldwork in Ghana.
As part of the department’s celebration of AnthroDay 2018, the Society for Georgia Archaeology’s Archaeobus features finds and history from throughout the state, while in the foreground graduate students test for “supertasters” in front of Baldwin Hall.
Faculty member Suzanne Pilaar Birch is interviewed about her experience of doing fieldwork while pregnant in this issue of Nature magazine. She shares the factors that went into her making that decision and relates the support she received. Along the way she initiated similar stories from women anthropologists on the website she runs as part of a team: trowelblazers.com.
Read the Nature article here.
Agricultural Intensification and Political Control (?) in the Classic Gulf Lowlands of Veracruz (~AD 200-800)
Stoner’s primary region of research is Mesoamerica, one of the six regions of the world where ancient civilization developed independently. He has conducted archaeological fieldwork in southern Veracruz on the Gulf Coast of Mexico and in the central Mexican highlands. His most recent fieldwork is focused on a small village site called Altica that is the oldest known site in the Teotihuacan Valley (~1250-850 BC). This region later hosted Mesoamerica's most populous city, Teotihuacan (~AD 1-650).
The Geoarchaeology Laboratory is located in Barrow Hall 14. It is primarily a sedimentological and and pedological laboratory with analytical facilities to include particle-size determination and petrologic analysis using an Olympus stereo-microscope for hand samples and thin sections. More detailed petrographic microscopic analysis is done using an Olympus B20 research microscope located in GG307. The Laboratory has access to elemental and mineralogic analytical instrumentation such as a JEOL electron microprobe capable of EDS and WDS located in the GG Building.