Ch 1: Introduction to Anthropology

About This Chapter

Watch introductory anthropology video lessons and learn about cultural, linguistic and physical anthropology and more. Each video is devoted to a specific topic and includes a follow-up quiz.

Introduction to Anthropology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Anthropology is the study of humans. This interdisciplinary field draws upon the social sciences, biological sciences, natural sciences and humanities. In this chapter, you'll be introduced to the general field of anthropology, as well as common subfields of anthropology. This chapter is designed to teach you about:

  • The scope of anthropology and how it relates to other fields
  • Recurring themes in history
  • Physical anthropology
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Archaeological anthropology

Video Objective
Understanding the Field of Anthropology Explain the scope of general anthropology and how it developed as a discipline
Recurring Themes in History: Societal Migration, Evolution, Aggression & Industrialization Look at recurring themes in history to help you understand how societies function
Overview of Physical Anthropology Learn how physical anthropology encompasses both social science and biology to study human evolution and biological variation as well as behavior and emotion.
What is Cultural Anthropology? See the definition of culture and find out how cultural anthropology helps us understand similarities and differences among cultures of the past and present.
Understanding Linguistic Anthropology Study language's role in society and culture. Learn what the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis is and explore three specialties of linguistic anthropology.
Overview of Archaeological Anthropology Learn how archaeologists uncover information about past cultures from material remains.

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to Anthropology
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Understanding the Field of Anthropology

1. Understanding the Field of Anthropology

This lesson offers a brief overview of the field of anthropology and explains terms like 'Homo sapien' as well as the works of Charles Darwin and Franz Boas.

Recurring Themes in History: Societal Migration, Evolution, Aggression & Industrialization

2. Recurring Themes in History: Societal Migration, Evolution, Aggression & Industrialization

In this lesson, we will examine some recurring themes throughout history. We will see how societal migration, cultural transformation, conflicts, industrialization, and other trends help facilitate historical development.

Overview of Physical Anthropology

3. Overview of Physical Anthropology

This lesson will seek to give an overview of physical anthropology, a branch of science that encompasses both biology and social science. In doing so, it will highlight fossils, Homo Sapiens, and paleontology.

What is Cultural Anthropology?

4. What is Cultural Anthropology?

This lesson will be a brief overview of cultural anthropology. It will highlight the concept of culture while also defining the main branches of archaeology, anthropological linguistics, and ethnology.

Understanding Linguistic Anthropology

5. Understanding Linguistic Anthropology

This lesson will seek to give an overview of linguistic anthropology. In doing so, it will highlight the specialty areas of historical, descriptive, and sociolinguistics, as well as the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.

Overview of Archaeological Anthropology

6. Overview of Archaeological Anthropology

This lesson will give an overview of archaeological anthropology. In doing so, it will explain the concept of prehistory, the specialty of historical archaeology, and the terms 'artifact' and 'excavate.'

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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