The Story of Hu­man­ity & Our Connected World

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What does it mean to be hu­man? Where did we come from? How do we try to un­der­stand cul­tures un­like our own? An­thro­pol­ogy and the Study of Hu­man­ity is your chance to tackle th­ese big ques­tions as you sur­vey one of the world’s most en­gag­ing—and hu­man—sciences. Taught by ac­claimed pro­fes­sor and field re­searcher Scott M. Lacy of Fair­field Univer­sity, th­ese 24 wide-rang­ing lec­tures are the ideal guide to the world of an­thro­pol­ogy, the study of hu­man­ity across time and space.

Pro­fes­sor Lacy gives you an el­e­gant blend of the­ory and ap­pli­ca­tion to help you un­der­stand this ex­tra­or­di­nary in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary field as a whole. To an­chor this course, Pro­fes­sor Lacy gives you a his­tor­i­cal over­view of Homo sapi­ens, start­ing at the very root of our fam­ily tree, when proto-hu­mans split away from other pri­mates in the an­i­mal king­dom. As he guides you through time and around the world, he also in­tro­duces the field’s four ma­jor aca­demic sub-dis­ci­plines: bi­o­log­i­cal, ar­chae­o­log­i­cal, lin­guis­tic, and cul­tural an­thro­pol­ogy.

With a pas­sion­ate and knowl­edge­able pro­fes­sor as your guide, you will gain a broad un­der­stand­ing of field an­thro­pol­ogy, as well as a deeper ap­pre­ci­a­tion for hu­man­ity as a whole.

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