ANT 101H5 Summer 2007



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Lecture:  Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Room 160 North Building

Tutorials:  Thursday  1-3 or 3-5, Room 160 North Building


Instructor:  Dr. Heather M.-L. Miller

Anthropology, University of Toronto at Mississauga

Email:   hmiller 'at'           Office:   Room 208 North Building Phone:  905-828-3741

Office Hours:   Tuesday & Thursday  2:30-3:30


Teaching Assistant:   Agnes Gozdzik

Email:  agnes.gozdzik 'at'        Office:  tba

Office Hours:  by appointment


Course Description

Anthropology, the holistic study of human behaviour and biology, is composed of four sub-fields:  biological  or physical anthropology, archaeology, sociocultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology.  ANT 101H, covering the first two sub-fields, provides an introductory overview of the study of human biology and the study of the human past.  We will examine the methods by which anthropologists study human biology and the past, and what anthropologists have learned using these methods.  The main topics are the processes by which the human species came to exist, the stages of human development, their current and past biological diversity, and the diversity of cultural systems developed by past societies.


Required Course Materials  (Available at UTM Bookstore)

Feder, Kenneth L. and Michael A. Park.

2007.  Human Antiquity.  An Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology.  Fifth Edition.  New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.   ISBN-10: 0-07-304196-3  OR  ISBN-13: 978-0-07-304196-3;   paperback.

      MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE FIFTH EDITION!  Earlier editions will have different information.


Expectations, Policies, and Common Courtesy

Attendance: Students are expected to attend all classes, including lectures and tutorials.

Punctuality: You are expected to arrive and be settled in your seat by the beginning of class or tutorial and to remain until the end of class, or you will only receive partial credit for tutorial attendance.  Unless you become ill, do not begin packing up books or stand to leave before the end of class or tutorial; this is distracting to all.  If you cannot stay for the entire period, please sit near the door and leave very quietly.

Courtesy in Class: Every student is expected to pay close attention in the lecture or film.  Refrain from talking during lectures and films, except to ask or respond to a question from the instructor.  Even quiet talking is distracting and disrespectful for your fellow students and your instructor. Turn off pagers and mobile phones.  In tutorials, your undivided attention and courtesy is also expected; however, this is your opportunity to discuss what you are learning in class with your TA and one another.  You are encouraged to thoughtfully ask and answer questions, but please, no confidential, whispered conversations.  Anything you say should be directed to the class as a whole.

Email Communication:  Emailing with your professor or TA is a form of professional communication.  Please write courteously and clearly; do not use text-messaging abbreviations or slang.  Please clearly indicate your questions or concerns.  Be sure to provide a summary of the email topic in the Subject line (do not just write 'Hi' or leave the Subject blank, or your email may be rejected as junk mail by the U of T server).  You should ALWAYS use your UTOR email address - the U of T server regularly rejects hotmail and other accounts as potential spam. 


Evaluation & Requirements

To do well in this course, students must attend all lectures and tutorials, and complete all of the readings.  Lectures, tutorials, and readings will provide overlapping material, but students are responsible for all material covered in any one of these formats.  Tutorials will be used to introduce and complete labs, as well as to review and discuss lectures, readings, and exercises.


The marked work for this course will consist of a mid-term test (25% = 100 points), a final examination (35% = 140 points), two assigned exercises (12.5% each=50 points, for a total of 25% = 100 points), and tutorial participation which will be partially but not entirely based on labs in tutorial (15% = 60 points).  The total marked work will be worth 400 points, or 100%.



Both the mid-term and final exams will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions on ALL materials presented in the class and discussed in tutorial (readings, lectures, AND films).

The mid-term will be worth 100 points or 25% and the final will be worth 140 points or 35%, for a total of 240 points or 60% of the course grade.  The final exam will be cumulative, although material presented after the mid-term will be more heavily covered.



Avoid missing an exam - the procedure for taking a make-up exam is strictly regulated by the university, and these policies will be followed in all cases.  Please notify the instructor by email or phone as soon as possible if you miss an exam.

     * For the Mid-term Exam, see the section 'Term Tests' under 'General Regulations' in the UTM Calendar for 2006-2007.  A valid doctor's excuse or similar university-approved excuse will be required to take the make-up for the mid-term.  ONE makeup will be given for the mid-term, the week after the regular exam.   All makeup exams will be short answer and essay format only, not multiple choice.

     * For the Final Exam, see the section 'Examinations' under 'General Regulations' in the UTM Calendar for 2006-2007.  You will have to submit a petition to Registrarial Services, among other requirements, and re-take the exam during the Deferred Examinations Period (possibly Feb. 2007 during Reading Week, or as otherwise scheduled by the university).   All makeup exams will be short answer and essay format only, not multiple choice.



The two exercises will be due IN CLASS on the dates specified on the schedule below, and will be worth 12.5% each, for a total of 25%.  You may use lecture and tutorial notes and the text for these exercises, but no discussion with or help from other students.  You will not have all the relevant information needed to answer these exercises until shortly before they are due, so be sure to keep time free in the day or two before the exercises are due. When you hand in your exercises in class, you must sign the submission form; otherwise the exercise has not officially been submitted. All exercises must be submitted directly to the course instructor.   Exercises may NOT be submitted by email.

PLAGERISM on EXERCISES:  You may get lecture or tutorial notes from other students for days when your are absent, but the answers you submit must be your own independent work.  Exercises in which duplication is detected will be severely penalized.  For more details, see the section "Academic Honesty" under "General Regulations", and the section "Discipline Codes: The Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters" under "Codes and Policies" in the UTM Calendar for 2006-2007.  It is your responsibility to be familiar with this code, and adhere to it.  Also read the information on plagiarism on the web site,

****LATE EXERCISES: Late assignments will lose 20 points per calendar day late, including weekends.  10 points will be deducted for assignments turned in after the first hour of class on the date due, even if the assignment is turned in on the due date.  Turning in the final essay one day late will result in a loss of 20 points.  If the final essay is 3 days late, the loss would be 50 points, the total value of the assignment.  (You cannot lose more points than the assignment is worth.)

It is your responsibility to turn in late assignments to the instructor IN PERSON in her office, at her convenience.  DO NOT submit your assignment to anyone else.  DO NOT submit the assignment by email, nor slide your assignment under the instructor's office door.  The assignment has not been submitted until you sign the submission form.  You should also always keep a copy of your assignments.



Participation is worth 60 points or 15% of the course grade.  These are points you have to EARN, not points you get automatically for showing up.  Tutorial participation will be based on a number of things:

(1) Attendance & Questions on lecture and Reading:  To foster preparation for active discussion, your teaching assistant will expect you to bring two neatly handwritten questions or comments to each tutorial, one on the lecture and one on the readings.  Each student should write his/her own questions independently - copying each other constitutes the academic offense of unauthorized aid or plagiarism. Items can be anything: a statement, the location, a name, the situation, a conflict, an irony, etc.  "How" or  "Why" questions are especially useful, because they encourage more thought and discussion.  Your two questions will be handed in for attendance records.  The TA will not answer them in writing; to find the answer, you need to ask them in class.  If you attend all tutorials and turn in all questions, you will receive (at most) points equal to a C grade. 

(2) Lab Summaries:  After each tutorial in which there is a lab, you will be required to write half a page (no more, single-spaced, 12 point font, 1 inch margins) on the lab experience, in which you indicate the main goal of the lab (What were you supposed to learn?) and what data was used to achieve this goal (What kind of objects? What kind of analysis?).  These lab summaries are due in tutorial the following week, together with your questions (put them on one piece of paper). You will not receive a letter or number grade on the lab summaries, you will only receive a notation of "-" (poor), "OK", and "+" (good).

(3) Active Participation: To receive a high grade for participation in tutorials you must not only come to all classes and do a thorough job on all labs, but also regularly contribute to discussions by raising questions and comments, and responding in a thoughtful and polite way to points brought up by others in class.

MISSED TUTORIALS:   If you miss a tutorial in which a lab is done, you will receive a 0 for that lab.  If you supply a doctor's note or other appropriate material, you may make arrangements with your TA to make up that lab at your TA's convenience the following week; however, make-ups may not be possible for some labs.  You must turn in your make-up lab summary as soon as possible, no later than one week after the make-up session.  Once lab summaries have been returned, no labs may be made up under ANY circumstances.

Class Schedule






T  July 3

Introduction to Course; History of Evolutionary Theory

Skim Ch.1 & 2 after class


Th  July 5

Cell Biology and Genetic Principles

Modern Evolutionary Theory

   NOTE:  Plan on reading Ch. 4 twice if you don't have biology background!

BEFORE Class read: Ch. 2: History; Ch. 3: Overview; Ch.4: Genetics



Th  July 5

Introduction to Tutorials & Labs

Discussion/Questions about Lectures

Lab 1:  Evolutionary Relationships & Skeletal Anatomy

Handout A on CCNet (Human Skeleton)


T  July 10

Anthropology; Scientific Method & Other Anthropological Approaches;      Taxonomy;

The Primates

Ch. 1: Framework (read carefully); Ch. 2: History (review); Ch. 5: Primates (begin - through p. 132)


Th  July 12

Evolutionary History of the Primates;

Primate Behavioural Models for Human Evolution;

Film: Life in the Trees (26 min); Life on Earth series,BBC

Exercise 1 handed out - email Dr. Miller if miss class

Ch. 5: Primates (rest of chapter);  Ch. 6: Behavioral Models



Th  July 12

Lab 1 summary due

Discuss Lectures and Readings

Lab 2:  Primate/Hominoid Skeletal Anatomy

Handouts on CCNet


T  July 17

Exercise 1 Due

Material Approaches to the Past;

Film - Those Who Came Before - 1st half (30 min)

Ch. 7: The Material Record of the Past


Th  July 19

Hominid Origins / Bipedal Primates

Ch. 8: Emerging Human Lineage



Th  July 19

Lab 2 summary due

Discuss Lectures, Film, and Readings

Review for Midterm

Review for Midterm


T  July 24

Midterm Test

Review All Readings & Notes


Th  July 26

Early Homo in Africa; Homo erectus & Contemporaries: Africa & Beyond;   Archaic ('Premodern') Homo sapiens (including Neanderthals)

Ch 9: Human Lineage Evolves



Th  July 26

Lecture on Fieldwork;  Discuss Lecture and Readings

Lab 3: Archaeological Analysis

Any Handouts on CCNet


T  July 31

Neanderthal Culture

Homo sapiens sapiens

Ch 9 con't;  Ch 10: Evolution of Modern Humans


Th  Aug 2

Human Biological and Culture Variation; 

The Question of Race;     Film:  Skin Deep: The Science of Race  (CBC: The Nature of Things)

Exercise 2 handed out - email Dr. Miller if miss class

Ch. 10: Biological Diversity (pp. 341-352); Readings on CCNet



Th  Aug 2

Lab 3 summary due

Discuss Lectures, Film, and Readings

Lab 4:  Biological Anthropology: Vitamin D & Skin Colour Variation

Readings/Handouts on CCNet


T  Aug 7

Life in the Upper Palaeolithic;

Food Production

Ch. 11: Upper Palaeolithic;

Ch. 12: Origins of Agriculture


Th  Aug 9

Exercise 2 Due

Defining & Explaining Civilization; Early Civilizations

Ch. 13: Civilizations



Th  Aug 9

Lab 4 summary due

Discuss Lectures and Readings;    Review for Final

Review for Final



FINAL EXAM   (week of August 13-17)

Review All Readings and Notes