Introduction to Anthropology



Teacher:  Mr. Homa






Description and Objective:

The main purpose of this course is to provide a general introduction to the discipline of anthropology.  As a survey course, we will examine the four sub-fields of anthropology: archaeology, physical/biological anthropology, linguistics, and socio-cultural anthropology.  Our approach will be to use a combination of textbook, ethnography, film and hands-on exploratory work (examining skulls, tools, etc.).  The main objectives of this course is for the student to gain a better understanding of where we as humans have come from both physically and mentally, how we have developed over time, why our world functions the way it does today, and finally how this knowledge might allow us to understand our future.



Required Text:


Kottak, Conrad (2006)  Anthropology:  The Exploration of Human Diversity 11th  Edition  McGraw Hill:Boston


Spradley, James and David W. McCurdy  (2006)  Conformity and Conflict:  Readings in Cultural Anthropology  (12th ed.)  Pearson:Boston


Class rules:

1.  Follow directions.  You are seniors.  ‘Nuff said.

2.  Always be in the door before the bell rings.  If you come in late for any reason quietly sit 

     down and then talk to me after class.

3.  All school rules apply in this classroom.

4.  No food or drinks (water is permitted).

5.  Always have your notebook with you.

6.  Always do your own work.

7.  Be an active participant in class and your own education.

8.  NO texting in class for any reason!


In addition:

Late papers and Make-up work.  No late work will be accepted unless you have an excused absence and you have spoken to me immediately after the absence.  You have one day after the absence to speak with me or no work is accepted.  Make-up work will be dealt with on a case by case basis.  You must come and see me about make-up work.  I will not track you down.  For any quiz you have two days to make it up.


Anytime you have any problems with work PLEASE come talk with me.






Aries is the primary way to keep track of your grade.  I update grades on a regular basis.  You may always speak with me but make sure you have checked Aries and have been keeping track of your grades throughout the semester.


Your grade will be based on the following:

1.   Each day one student will start the class with a brief presentation of an news event

      occurring within the past four week that relates to what is happening in the world.

      Each student will sign up for three presentations during the semester.  Be prepared a few    

      days ahead of your due date.  I will give more details in class.

2.  Tests

3.  A variety of projects that you complete through the year. 


Don’t expect a lot of points in this course.  The best way to get a good grade is to participate and do all the required work.  The grade you receive is based on points not a percentage.  I do not round up points.


Extra Credit:

ex·tra (µkstr) adj. Abbr. ext., ex., X 1. More than or beyond what is usual, normal, expected, or necessary. See Synonyms at  superfluous.


Extra credit is just as the definition implies.  I do not give extra credit.  From time to time I will add a few questions on an assignment or test but you will not know in advance.  Do not ask about extra credit!  This means you had better do all your work the first time!


Field Trips:

There will be a field trip to zoo the first semester.  This will incur a small fee.  Please let me know if this will be a problem in any way so we can work something out. 



1.  Each student must keep a notebook throughout the year. 

2.  All items handed out in this class should be kept in your notebook. 

     Keep everything in the order that it has been handed out. 

3.  Notebooks are to help each person be a better student.  Notebooks will not be

     evaluated on style but organization is very important.


Final note:

You are here to learn.  I do not give you a grade.  The effort you put into this class will give you your grade.  Have a great year!