Anthropology and the Study of Humanity : The Great Courses: Biology

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Scott M Lacey, PhD
  • Series: The Great Courses: Biology
  • 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

What does it mean to be human? Where did we come from? And what unites us in our diversity today? 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 through the world of anthropology, or the study of humanity across time and space.
Professor Lacy gives you an elegant blend of theory and application to help you understand this extraordinarily interdisciplinary field as a whole. You will examine how humans evolved and built civilizations, review humanity's changing attitudes about our relationship to the cosmos, and consider the many ways we express ourselves. In the end, what you'll discover is that while our species is rich with diversity, we are all one human race.
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 wends his way across time and around the world, he also introduces the field's four major academic sub-disciplines: biological, archaeological, linguistic, and cultural anthropology.
One of the joys of this course is that it is truly global in the way Professor Lacy introduces you to the boots-on-the-ground practice of the field. When you complete this course, you will have a new appreciation for our world and its many cultures, but you will also have a new appreciation for the cultural connections and similarities we share as one race of Homo sapiens. With a passionate and knowledgeable professor as your guide, this course gives you a broad understanding of academic anthropology, as well as a deeper appreciation for humanity as a whole.


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Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Scott M Lacey, PhD?

I have a degree in Anthropology and I thought a course with this title would take us through the wonderful world of Anthropology NOT this guy's work experience. Worst great course ever. Tell me I'm going to have to deal with hours of tedious boredom over seeds and farming and give me a choice whether to waste my time. I'm going to go get my credit back. DONT WASTE YOUR CREDIT ON THIS UNLESS YOUR A FARMER ABD INTERESTED IN HIS FARMING METHODS.

Has Anthropology and the Study of Humanity turned you off from other books in this genre?

I have a degree in Anthropology. This is the worst lecture series I've ever heard/attended.

What didn’t you like about Professor Scott M Lacey, PhD’s performance?

I am bored by his seeds, his farming, and his farmers.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I feel tricked.

Any additional comments?

Pull this terrible Great Book. Let this guy package his farming techniques in some other book.

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- Aurora

Simplistic and unsubstantive

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Very disappointing. Great Courses usually offer challenging and informative high-level chunks of knowledge. This was geared to non-intellectuals on a childish level, instead of summarizing the latest knowledge of the field for non-experts.

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- Experienced seminar leader

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-26-2017
  • Publisher: The Great Courses