Anthropology 100 :: lectures available:01 Jan 2005
The following sets of Powerpoint slides were used in a previous semester of the course. I will not be using the same slides this semester. Instead, I will be using slides that have a lot more pictures, and a lot fewer words.
Some students find it very useful to have the terms, definitions, and essential points outlined on slides during a lecture. When I started teaching this class, I did just that: I put together slides with all the important terms, site names, and descriptions of central concepts. These slides represent the product of that effort.
But man, it was boring! For one thing, I had to wait until everybody had written everything down before I could change the slide. For another, not very many words will fit on a slide, so I couldn't put everything in the most interesting order. And a slide full of text tends to put people to sleep. So the students really liked the slides because they helped with notes and exams. But it was less than fulfilling for me, and I suspect many of you.
Then I realized: if I just give you these slides before lectures, I don't have to show them during lectures! Instead, I can show lots of cool pictures like sabertooth cat jaws crunching on fossil skulls, and chimpanzees ripping up monkey carcasses. Maybe even some video clips. And I won't have to worry so much about whether students can write down everything, because it will all be there in these slides!
So I'm providing them to you here for your convenience -- you can print them out and take them to lectures with you. They contain lots of essential definitions, names, and places, in the order presented in lectures. I hope that may save you a lot of writing, and may even let you kick back and listen. They may not be all the notes you'll need, but along with the FAQ, they should cover just about everything.
Remember: these won't be the same slides that you see during lectures. I've got great pictures and multimedia, with video clips and 3-d rotating figures. Don't go thinking you can skip class and still understand it all -- this stuff is not going to be covered in discussion sections! And the exam would be really dull if I just included stuff from these slides and the textbook. What's the use of lively lectures without a lively exam?
One more thing: I have compressed these files a lot, but some of them are still fairly large. Occasionally people tell me that they couldn't download them onto their computer. I have found two different kinds of problems. Sometimes your computer may start to download a file, but not tell you. So check your download folder, it may already be there. Other times, students have disconnected their computer before the file finishes downloading. I haven't yet seen a problem that wasn't fixed in one of those ways.
But computers and browsers are always changing. If you do have trouble, please let me know so I can get everything ironed out.