Course Overview: Students in this course will evaluate the origins of humankind, consider biological diversity, and assess evolution. Students will learn to critically evaluate claims about humankind, conduct anthropological research and fieldwork, recognize human variation, and develop critical thinking skills through the application of essential anthropological approaches, theories and methods.

Required Texts: Stanford, Craig, 2006.Biological Anthropology. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

Dettwyler, Katherine. 2007. Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa. Long Grove, Illinois: Waveland Press.

Special Note: In this class, we will be talking about controversial topics, such as evolution and race. In entering this learning community, you agree to both "listen and speak" [read and comment] respectfully. This does not mean that we cannot disagree, but we must all be willing to hear differing perspectives without negating another person’s humanity. Learning usually pushes us out of our comfort zones and we must be willing to work through that discomfort in order to engage the material.

Learning Outcomes


Academic Dishonesty: The College regards acts of academic dishonesty, including such activities as plagiarism, cheating, and/or other violations of integrity in information technology, as very serious offenses. In the event that cheating, plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty are discovered each incident will be handled as deemed appropriate. Care will be taken that students’ rights are not violated and that disciplinary procedures are instituted only in cases where documentation or other evidence of the offense exist. A description of all such incidents shall be forwarded to the Vice President for Student Success, where a file of such occurrences will be maintained. The Vice President may institute action against a student according to the College’s disciplinary policies and procedures as described in the Student Handbook.

In this class, students will receive a zero (0) on assessments where academic dishonesty is demonstrated. Repeated offenses can result in a 0.0 for the course.

Diversity: Cascadia Community College affirms a commitment to freedom from discrimination for all members of the College community. Celebration of diversity and cultural differences is a hallmark of a true learning community. Pluralism, diversity, and equity are therefore at the core of Cascadia’s mission. Individual difference is affirmed and celebrated in our community.

Inclement Weather: In the event the college is closed due to inclement weather, assignments in this online class will be due the next day that the college is open. College closings affecting morning classes will be announced on the local media by 5:00am. Students may also call the main campus number, 425-352-8000, to hear a message that will be updated with the latest Cascadia closure information. Students may also go online to and click on Cascadia Community College to get the latest report. Should the weather deteriorate during the day, students may check online, listen to the main campus message, or check email or the media to hear news about closures or class schedule changes.

Student Rights and Responsibilities: Cascadia is a student-centered college, operated to provide knowledge and skills for the achievement of learners’ academic, professional and personal goals. Inherent in the college’s mission are certain rights and freedoms needed for learning and personal development. Admission to Cascadia provides these rights to students, and also assumes that students accept the responsibility to conduct themselves in ways that do not interfere with the purposes of the college in providing education for all of its learners. For the complete policy, see the Student Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook (

Acceptable Use Policy on Information Technology: In general, the same ethical conduct that applies to the use of all college resources and facilities applies to the use of Cascadia’s systems and technology. These systems may only be used for authorized purposes, using only legal versions of copyrighted software, and with consideration and respect for the conservations of resources and the rights of other users. For additional information, go to the Open Learning Center for a complete copy of the Information Technology Acceptable Use Policies and Procedures.

Disability Support Services:Cascadia Community College provides accommodations and services to qualified students with documented disabilities through Disability Support Services (DSS). Cascadia is committed to ensuring that qualified students with documented disabilities are provided equal opportunity to participate in all educational programs, campus services and activities available at the college. The goal is to fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Washington State Law (Core Services Act). For more information or to request accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services, 425.452.8860 or 425.352.8399 (TTY).

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): Cascadia Community College complies with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 concerning the information that becomes a part of a student’s permanent educational record and governing conditions of its disclosure. Under FERPA, students are protected against improper disclosure of their records.

Financial Aid Students: Financial Aid students should consult with the Student Financial Services Office to determine the impact of dropping classes or earning no credit in courses per the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. Financial Aid students who earn zero (0) credits in a quarter (including any combination of grades listed on the previous page and 0.0 grades) may owe a repayment (see Satisfactory Academic Progress in the Student Handbook at for detailed information).

Learning Assistance Options: The Open Learning Center provides a place for students to receive assistance with technology need that support class assignments. The Open Learning Center computer lab is available for students to receive assistance on the software programs used in Cascadia's courses. Trained assistants are available to help students individually or in small groups. Staff members can help on a wide range of computer applications, including web technology and programming applications, as well as assist students with class projects. Staff can also demonstrate to students how to effectively create an ePortfolio to showcase their work at Cascadia Community College. The Open Learning Center is located in CC2-060.

The Math Center provides trained staff to assist students with their math courses, from arithmetic through calculus. Individual assistance and the opportunity for students to work in groups are available. The Math Center is equipped with computers, video and printed materials, that provides a supportive environment for students studying mathematics. The Writing Center provides opportunities for students to learn study techniques and improve reading and/or writing skills in a lab environment. Students learn through a variety of media, including computer programs, audio/video lessons and traditional text materials. A lab manager develops an individualized program of study and provides feedback to students. Tutors are available for one-on-one instruction. Students may also receive tutorial assistance on a walk-in basis with assignments from other classes in which they are enrolled.


© T.M. Saneda 2008
Last Updated August 4, 2008