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GED210 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.

25 May

Paper #1 

Please answer ONE of the following: 1. Discuss the overlap of the disciplines of anthropology and history. What can the various subdisciplines of anthropology contribute to our understanding of history?
2. Describe the specific changes in chipped stone tools that characterized the evolution of technology from the Oldowan to the Acheulian, Mousterian, and Upper Paleolithic periods.
3. Define Freud’s concepts of the id, ego, and superego. Do you agree with his ideas about unconscious human thought? Why or why not?
Paper #2
Please answer ONE of the following: • Include your name, student number, course number, course title and unit number on each page of your writing assignment (this is for your protection in case your materials become separated). • Begin each writing assignment by identifying the question number you are answering followed by the actual question itself (in bold type). • Use a standard essay format for responses to all questions (i.e., an introduction, middle paragraphs and conclusion).
 1. Compare and contrast the perspectives of the neo-evolutionists, cultural ecologists, cultural materialists, and Marxists. Are these theoretical views similar in any manner, or are they mutually exclusive and contradictory in nature?
 2. How does enculturation influence male and female gender roles? Is there a universal division of labor based on sex? Are gender roles static entities within each society? Are gender roles changing in the United States?
 3. How are the elderly treated in foraging societies? Is there any variation, or are the old considered to be useless entities that cannot hunt or gather? How are the elderly treated in the society you grew up in?
Paper #3
Please answer ONE of the following: • Include your name, student number, course number, course title and unit number on each page of your writing assignment (this is for your protection in case your materials become separated). • Begin each writing assignment by identifying the question number you are answering followed by the actual question itself (in bold type). • Use a standard essay format for responses to all questions (i.e., an introduction, middle paragraphs and conclusion). 1. What is the relationship between post-marital residence rules and the form of descent found within a society? How did patrilocal and matrilocal residence patterns arise? What is the possible relationship between warfare and residence rules?
2. Compare and contrast the theories presented by Elman Service and Timothy Earle on the evolution of chiefdoms. What are the key points on which Earle differs? Given your understanding of chiefdoms, which theory do you prefer and why?
3. Compare and contrast the nature of divorce in agricultural states, chiefdoms, tribes, and forager societies. Do you see any parallels, or is divorce simply a cultural facet that does not relate to the rest of society?
Paper #4
Please answer ONE of the following: • Include your name, student number, course number, course title and unit number on each page of your writing assignment (this is for your protection in case your materials become separated). • Begin each writing assignment by identifying the question number you are answering followed by the actual question itself (in bold type). • Use a standard essay format for responses to all questions (i.e., an introduction, middle paragraphs and conclusion).
1. What was significant about the pioneering work of Franz Boas in the field of physical anthropology? How did he help anthropology become more rigorous?
2. What is the Doomsday Model (neo-Malthusian approach)? Has this view been challenged by anyone? If so, on what grounds?
3. What is applied anthropology? Erve Chambers suggests that there are five roles that applied anthropologists play. Discuss each of these roles as they apply to present-day applied anthropological studies.

 

 
 

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