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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.
©2017 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2017 The Great Courses
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By Experienced seminar leader on 09-22-17

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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By Glenecollins on 08-02-17

Well written, read and with a great message

I enjoyed this course it is very well thought out and entertaining with only a little bias

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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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By a reader on 06-14-17

Engaging tour through anthropology

I found the choice of topics and delivery of these lectures enjoyable and stimulating.
The level might not be very advanced but i wouldn't say it was lower than other material for a more general audience. Maybe you could say the lecturer sounds very slightly pleased with himself but i really didn't find him patronising, and i would actually say he just sounds happy and enthusiastic about his job :)

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By professor robin matthews on 06-05-17

Disappointing

Would you try another book written by The Great Courses or narrated by Professor Scott M Lacey, PhD?

No. The lecturer is irritating and dumbs down a fascinating subject matter.

What will your next listen be?

Historical great courses most of which are really outstanding.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Patronizing style.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Fascinating subject matter. What a pity

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By Tiit Pähn on 10-30-17

Great overview of the field

Found many new rabbit holes to discover and know now where my interests lie in this field

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