ANT190-2: Freshman Seminar:Anthropology

Topic: The Human Population

August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Ignatius Few Building_131
Hadley, Craig
Appropriate for First Year students.
Seminar on various anthropological topics. Satisfies general education Freshman Seminar.

In this freshman seminar we will trace the human population from the dawn of humanity to the present (and beyond). Along the way we will address questions such as the number of people the earth can support and the reasons why humans have been so demographically successful. We will also learn about early hominins, hunter-gatherers, early agriculturalists, and major subsistence transitions in human history and the associated shifts in fertility and mortality. We will begin our study of human population by asking what is a human and then explore the human lineage from three million years ago to the present. We will also examine key debates about demography and, along the way, we will learn about the ideas of major population theorists, like Thomas Malthus, Paul Ehrlich, Charles Darwin, Ester Boserup, Julian Simons,Caldwell and Frisch, among others.This is an Evidence-Freshman Seminar and, as such, the nature of evidence and the use of evidenced-based learning is a major focus of the course. By evidence we mean, a “basis for belief; something that supports or challenges a claim, theory, or argument.” In a sense we will be learning how to learn and how others learned about a specific issue. For this reason, we will routinely ask, “how do we know” about something and “What is the evidence being used to support a claim?”

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