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ANT 574 Section 001

Fall 2014, Seminar

Dr. Christopher Lynn


UA Course Catalog Prerequisites

No prerequisites or none listed.

Course Description

UA Course Catalog Information


This is a writing course, so writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course. You will be expected to complete a reading summary and/or reflections on the course blog and complete a research proposal. Assignments due before the midterm (some reflections and summaries, detailed proposal outline) will be graded and feedback provided before the midterm to provide a clear sense of the quality of your writing and suggestions for improvement.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Display competency in the current state of knowledge regarding the biocultural evolution of the human brain.

  2. Display competency in the current state of knowledge regarding enculturation effects on the functioning of the nervous system.

  3. Outline theoretical and methodological issues in the anthropological study of culture-mind-body-behavior connections through the use of
    case studies in various populations.

  4. Lead a classroom discussion, and participate in online discussion, by drawing in new material relevant to the course content.

Required Texts

UA Supply Store Textbook Information


Other Course Materials

Additional readings posted to Blackboard as listed in Outline of Topics below.

Social Media

"Like" the UA Department of Anthropology ( and the ALLELE series ( on Facebook so that we can keep in touch with you and you can stay informed about our events and activities.

I also use Twitter as a way to share information during and between classes.  We use hashtag #ant475.  You can follow me @Chris_Ly and the department @BamaAnthro.

HOWEVER, it is extremely rude to be constantly texting or using your smartphone if you are not doing it for class.  Therefore, if I see you on your device during class, I will be looking for course-relevant tweets.  If you need to use your devices for anything but course work, take it into the hallway or I will ask you to do so.

Extra Credit

You can receive extra credit by attending ALLELE events.  I will award 2 points per event.  Stay tuned for dates and instructions for receiving this credit.

Other opportunities may be announced

Anthropology Major and Evolutionary Studies

This course fulfills an elective requirement in both the Anthropology major and Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) minor ( If you are not an Anthropology major or minor and have not already decided to declare as such, we hope this course leads you to consider doing so. EvoS is an interdisciplinary minor, housed in the Department of Anthropology and is designed to introduce students to the fundamental importance of evolutionary theory as an explanatory model for life and behavior. This course fulfills an elective requirement in the EvoS minor. Other requirements of the minor include two capstone courses (including ANT 150 and ANT 450, offered every Spring), a 200-level course in the biological principles of evolution, and a foundational course in one of three disciplines. Minors are required to complete six elective hours in two separate disciplines.

This program is integrated with UA's Evolution Working Group (EVOWOG) and its Alabama Lectures on Life's Evolution (ALLELE) speaker series ("Like" us on Facebook [] to stay informed!). You are strongly encouraged to attend the ALLELE lectures presented this semester. This minor is part of a larger EvoS Consortium, which includes approximately 42 other institutions worldwide, though we are only one of four full-fledged minors. We take pride in this fact, given that Alabama recently scored at the very bottom of the 50 states in teaching evolution at the k-12 levels (even worse than Mississippi!).

As part of the EvoS program, the students have started an EvoS club that hosts an annual Darwin Day Colloquium. You are welcome to become part of this club whether you declare yourself an EvoS minor or simply maintain an abiding interest in evolutionary theory and its myriad applications and implications.

If you are interested in the EvoS minor (either to declare or for more information), contact either Dr. Lynn ( or Dr. Rissler (, who are co-directors of the program.

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UA is a residential campus with many students living on or near campus. In general classes will remain in session until the National Weather Service issues safety warnings for the city of Tuscaloosa. Clearly, some students and faculty commute from adjacent counties. These counties may experience weather related problems not encountered in Tuscaloosa. Individuals should follow the advice of the National Weather Service for that area taking the necessary precautions to ensure personal safety. Whenever the National Weather Service and the Emergency Management Agency issue a warning, people in the path of the storm (tornado or severe thunderstorm) should take immediate life saving actions.

When West Alabama is under a severe weather advisory, conditions can change rapidly. It is imperative to get to where you can receive information from the National Weather Service and to follow the instructions provided. Personal safety should dictate the actions that faculty, staff and students take.

The Office of University Relations will disseminate the latest information regarding conditions on campus in the following ways:

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Disability Statement

If you are registered with the Office of Disability Services, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss any course accommodations that may be necessary.

If you have a disability, but have not contacted the Office of Disability Services, please call (205) 348-4285 (Voice) or (205) 348-3081 (TTY) or visit 133-B Martha Parham Hall East to register for services. Students who may need course adaptations because of a disability are welcome to make an appointment to see me during office hours. Students with disabilities must be registered with the Office of Disability Services, 133-B Martha Parham Hall East, before receiving academic adjustments.

Policy on Academic Misconduct

All students in attendance at The University of Alabama are expected to be honorable and to observe standards of conduct appropriate to a community of scholars. The University of Alabama expects from its students a higher standard of conduct than the minimum required to avoid discipline. At the beginning of each semester and on examinations and projects, the professor, department, or division may require that each student sign the following Academic Honor Pledge: “I promise or affirm that I will not at any time be involved with cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, or misrepresentation while enrolled as a student at The University of Alabama. I have read the Academic Honor Code, which explains disciplinary procedure resulting from the aforementioned. I understand that violation of this code will result in penalties as severe as indefinite suspension from the University.”

See the Code of Student Conduct for more information.

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