Department Chair:
Baron Pineda, Chair

Administrative Assistant:
Judi Davidson

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8970
Fax: (440) 775-8644

King Building 305
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074-1019

Office Hours: 730-400

Amy Margaris' courses

Amy Margaris' courses

102.  Human Origins - 3 Hours
This course focuses on paleoanthropology and is an introduction to the evolutionary development of humans. We will examine biological relationships between humans and other primates, primate behavior and classification, and the fossil evidence for human evolution. Emphasis will be placed on the methods used in the study of prehistoric human biological and cultural development. 
Enrollment Limit:  40

103.  Introduction to Archaeology - 3 Hours
An introduction to the subfield of anthropology concerned with past human cultures. A basic objective is to acquaint students with both the methods and techniques that archeologists employ in the study and reconstruction of prehistoric societies. Examples will be drawn from a variety of archeological situations ranging from simple hunting and gathering societies to complex chiefdoms and states. Matters of contemporary debate in the area of archeology and the public will also be considered.  Enrollment Limit:  40

212.  Ecological Perspectives on Small-Scale Societies - 3 Hours
Popular conceptions regard forager societies as primitive and naive or as prescient conservationists. In this course we will use an ecological framework to explore diversity in forager cultures, and the complex relationships that exist between small-scale societies and their environments. We will also consider the relevance of contemporary foragers to the study of the prehistoric past, and the futures of these groups as they are increasingly drawn into the global economic market.  Enrollment Limit:  30

456.  Seminar on Culture, Contact and Colonialism - 3 Hours
This course focuses on anthropological approaches to culture contact and colonialism. We will trace the development of theoretical models relating to gender and ethnicity, acculturation, frontiers and boundaries, and World-Systems theory. Through case studies and student-facilitated discussion we will explore how anthropologists attempt to construct explanatory frameworks for culture contact that have wide applicability, while acknowledging the uniqueness of individual cultures and the historical paths they have traveled.   Consent from Instructor Required.  Enrollment Limit:  10