Anthropology

Anthropology

You will need to submit a proposal for your paper topic.  Each option has slightly different requirements.  Please read Final paper – overview and options for a full summary.  I have provided brief guidelines for the proposal below.

You must obtain instructor approval for your topic choice. I will read your proposal and let you know if any modifications need to be made before you start to write/research your final paper.

Option 1: Find a popular publication or other popular media reference to a study on human evolution and then compare the original study with the popular presentation.

Option 1 proposal requirements:

  • 1 A working title and a brief summary of the “popular study” you have chosen.
  • 2 Who wrote your “popular study” or what venue was it presented in?
    • Give me a brief description of the publication, TV show, blog, or other popular venue where the study was mentioned.
  • 3 When was your “popular study” published (aired)?
  • 4 Identify the original study being referred to – title, author, where published

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Option 2: Find an editorial or opinion piece on some aspect of human evolution, and see if you can find actual studies that support the editorial’s position/claims.

Option 2 proposal requirements:

  • 1 A working title and a brief summary of the editorial or opinion piece you have chosen.
  • 2 Who wrote your editorial and what venue was it presented in? Give me a brief description of the publication, TV show, blog, or other popular venue where the opinion was expressed.
  • 3 When was your editorial published (aired)?
  • 4 Identify the evolutionary principle(s) being referred to and a scientific study on that topic.

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Option 3: Write a traditional research paper on some aspect of human evolution.

Option 3 proposal requirements:

  • 1 A working title and a brief summary of the topic you have chosen. Be sure to tell me how it pertains to human evolution.
  • 2 Include at least one scientific study on this topic that you have already identified – title, author, brief summary.
  • 3 Include at least three academic articles or books written on this topic that you have already identified – title, author, brief summary.

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