ANTH 2 - Introduction to Anthropology
Fall 1998

Instructor: GregBondar

Consultation Times: Wed. in 205 Chambers Bldg. from 12-4 pm (865-3037)or by appt.

Office: Department of Anthropology, 419 Carpenter Bldg.

Mail Box: 403 Carpenter Building

E-mail Address:     

Phone Number: 865-1231 (all other times)

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the ideas and conceptsthat form the basis of the fascinating and exciting field of anthropology.In general, we will examine the role of anthropology in explaining humanvariation, both cultural and physical, in the past, present, and future.

My expectations are that none of you have any prior course experiencein anthropology. However, just because this is an introductory class doesnot mean that I'll only expect you to simply memorize "facts" and thenregurgitate them back at me. Instead, I want to strongly encourage criticalthinking as the key to understanding the concepts that I will cover inthis course. Anybody can memorize and repeat a barrage of "facts" fromthe Discovery Channel.. I want you to understand why anthropologists believecertain things and how certain processes operate. To get the most out ofthis class, constantly ask yourself "why is that so?" or "how does thiswork?". To do well in this class, you will need to be able to explain conceptsin this amount of detail. This kind of reasoning is applicable in everyother subject that you will study. If nothing else, even if your mind iscompletely devoid of anthropological thoughts as you hand in your finalexams, I hope that you will continue to question and seek to understandboth the "facts" of others, and your own experiences.

Course Materials:

Required Texts:

Gowlett, John A. J.
    1993    Ascent to Civilization:The Archaeology of Early Humans. McGraw-Hill, Inc. New York.

Additional materials and information are available on the World WideWeb at:

Final Grade Determination:

Your grade will be based on three exams (150 pts) and a project (50pts) (which will be detailed later in the course) for a course total of200 pts.


A 180--200
A- 175--179
B+ 170--174
B 160- 169
B- 155--159
C+ 150--154
C 130--149
D 100--129
F >100

EXAMS (~50-70 questions.)

The exams consist of fill-in-the-blank, short answer/essay, multiplechoice questions, and regional geographic maps based on material coveredin the reading assignments, films, and class discussions.


Unfortunately, a few students in every large class try to "beat thesystem" by dishonest means. Needless to say, such behavior will not betolerated and will result in the perpetrator receiving a failing gradefor the course. If you feel desperate about your progress in this course,please talk with me before resorting to such self-destructive behavior.My job is to help you learn, not to make you fail.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons withdisabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipateneeding any type of accommodation in this course or have any questionsabout physical access, please tell the instructor as soon as possible.Penn State also makes an effort to accommodate observation of religiousholidays.