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ANT 128 A: Kinship & Social Organization: From Clans to Countries

ANT 128 A: Kinship & Social Organization: From Clans to Countries

Why can you only marry one person? Why can’t you marry your cousin in 1⁄2 of states? Why can’t you kill your sibling if they’ve committed a crime? Why do people donate money to strangers? Why do culturally-similar neighbors go to war? Why are each of these true in only a few societies? This course will address these, and other, questions about the way societies are organized around kinship and other social bonds. We will use evolutionary tools to understand both human universals and patterns of cultural variation regarding sexual relations, incest, marriage, family structure, inheritance, inequality, intergroup hostility, and cooperation.

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ANT 160: Neandertals & Modern Human Origins

ANT 160: Neandertals & Modern Human Origins

Who were Neandertals? When and where did they live? What were their lives like? Did they exchange genes and culture with the ancestors of present-day humans? This course deals with the most up to date answers to these and related questions, as well as how scientists go about trying to answer them.

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ANT 191: Infectious Disease- Humans/Primates

ANT 191: Infectious Disease- Humans/Primates

Coronavirus, Ebola, Yellow Fever, SARS, Avian Flu, HIV... Every few months we hear about a new infectious disease outbreak affecting human populations or our primate relatives. Where do infectious disease come from? How do they circulate among individuals, families, villages, countries, species? How can we control the spread of infectious diseases?

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