The Comparative Method in Anthropology

3 credits


College of Arts and Science

(cross-leveled with ANTHRO 7840). Comparative methods provide common ground for uniting bio-cultural anthropologists, archaeologists, and evolutionary biologists together in the investigation of human variation across time and space. It is an exciting time for comparative anthropology with the emergence of a large number of open-access databases covering many realms of biological, cultural, and linguistic variation. This class addresses many research opportunities that are opened up by these large collaborative efforts. Objectives are to develop research questions of interest to students, compile comparative databases necessary to answer those questions, and learn tools and software relevant for running analyses. Graded on A-F basis only.