Prereq: First-year graduate standing in Anthropology, or permission of instructor.
This course explores the relationship between society, culture, and human biology. Its thematic focus will be how cultural ideologies and social organization play out with respect to the biology of human groups, both archaeological and contemporary populations. We will pay special attention to issues of class, gender and ethnicity and focus on demographic and health-related issues. Current issues in biological anthropology, including critical analysis of evolutionary/ adaptation theory and the concept of "race" in contemporary human populations will also be addressed.