Professor: Götz Hoeppe, PhD Teaching Assistant: Ben Scher
Office: PAS 2018 Office: PAS 2006
Office Phone: (519) 888-4567, ext. 32553
Office Hours: Tuesday 1 – 3 pm and Office Hours: Friday, 9 – 10 am, by
Wednesday 1 - 2 pm and by appointment appointment
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This course is a general introduction to anthropology, the study of the human condition past
and present. We examine the four sub-fields of anthropology: biological anthropology (the
study of human evolution, variation and biocultural adaptation), archaeology (the study of past
human material culture), linguistic anthropology (the sociocultural study of language), and
sociocultural anthropology (the study of human society and culture). The course focuses on
(1) understanding humans as biocultural beings, on (2) how, throughout history, humans have
transformed themselves and their livelihood through techniques and technologies, as well as
on (3) how the perspective of anthropology helps making sense of contemporary, often global,
social and cultural issues.
• Gain an understanding of the four subfields of anthropology and how their combination
allows unique insights into the human condition.
• Gain an understanding of the methods used by anthropologists to study ancient peoples and
human societies across space and time.
• Be familiar with basic elements of anthropological thought about culture, society, kinship,
language, the economy, politics, ethnic conflict and religion.
• Articulate how an anthropological perspective helps to make sense of contemporary cultural
and social issues, many of which are global in scope.
William A. Haviland, Harald E.L. Prins, Dana Walrath and Bunny McBride (2015). The Essence of
Anthropology. Fourth Edition. Boston, MA: Cengage Publication.
(Please note that this book is available at the UW bookstore at a greatly reduced price.)