Anthropology Magazine
Teaching
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Below you will find SAPIENS teaching units for anthropology’s four subfields that are crafted for introductory courses. These units offer an opportunity to use SAPIENS content in the classroom, alongside additional resources, to enrich the teaching and learning experience. Feel free to incorporate those that interest you into your syllabus or teaching schedule.

Each unit is comprised of a brief summary of the subject matter, two SAPIENS articles, a list of keywords, talking points for professors, academic articles, student discussion questions, activities, and finally, additional resources. Hyperlinks lead you to such online resources as the main SAPIENS articles for each unit, keyword searches that can help you find related magazine content, and select activities and additional resources.

Topic
Unit
Biological Anthropology
  • The photograph features a large recreated model of a neanderthal.
  • An illustration features a group of various nonhuman primates sitting and hanging in treebeds.
  • Scans compare a Neanderthal fossil (at left) to a modern human skull (right).
  • a computer generate images features a double helix shape in purple and green.
  • An illustration shows silhouettes of people fighting in front of a background of black silhouetted hands holding up their index and middle fingers.
Archaeology
  • A person wearing a gray long-sleeved shirt, dark jeans, and orange gloves uses a brush to clean debris off a rock in front of them.
  • A person reads the informational plaques installed beneath two large cultural artifacts in a museum setting.
  • A wide shot features a collection of artifacts on tables with four additional floors towering overhead. A crowd of people gathers in a line in the background.
  • Two people surrounded a square hole dug into the dirt, one standing and the other crouching.
  • A man holds a paper and points in front of him as a crowd of people look on.
  • A tall stone sits in the middle of a public urban park.
  • More than 100 orange hearts sit on the side of a grassy hill with small lights in front of each one.
Linguistic Anthropology
  • Two hands hold a book whose cover reads, "The Great Seal of the Chickasaw Nation; A Chickasaw Dictionary compiled by Jessie Humes and Vinnie May (James) Humes"
  • An older person stands in front of a younger one and points at an informational poster at their side.
  • A group of people walk down a road with a large sign on their right that reads, "future has no gender" in rainbow-colored, capitalized letters.
  • Several uniformed students sit and write at their desks with their heads down.
  • A person in a cowboy hat bumps fists with a person in a khaki pants suit in front of a red and white flag.
  • Two young people sit facing each other with paper on their laps. Behind them are large photos and a large grey storyboard.
Cultural Anthropology
  • In the center of the photo, a statue of a man in a long coat stands on a block embossed with a placard reading “Benjamin Ryan Tillman.” In the foreground, a protest sign reads, “No Justice, No Peace, No Racist Police.”
  • A person holds up a phone with a picture of a person up on the screen.
  • A mosaic features four angels in white with wings surrounding a man in a central circle - all against a yellow background.
  • Two men in plaid shirts and bandanas tied around their faces carry large baskets of produce.
  • A seated woman in green medical scrubs holds a cotton ball and sits in front of a masked patient, who faces her with his arm extended.
  • Eight pictures of Queen Elizabeth II at various ages appear on eight monoliths of Stonehenge, set against a dark-blue sky.
  • The photograph features several police officers uniformed in black walking past casually dressed people on a public road lined with shops.
  • People with coats and face masks on walk down a gray sidewalk.