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Anthropology - Complete

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This course covers the meaning, scope, and development of anthropology, relationships with other disciplines, main branches of anthropology, biological and cultural factors in human evolution, theories of organic evolution, characteristics of primates, primate adaptations and behavior, comparative anatomy of man and apes, hominids in different regions, prehistoric archaeology, cultural evolution, the nature of culture, concept of society, social stratification, marriage, family, kinship, economic anthropology, political organization, religion, anthropological theories, characteristics of language, human genetics, and methods for the study of genetic principles. The course aims to teach students the foundational concepts and theories in anthropology through a comprehensive syllabus. The teaching method involves providing unique notes and study materials sourced from various open resources and the internet. This course is intended for individuals interested in gaining a deep understanding of anthropology, especially those preparing for competitive exams like the UPSC.


Paper-I, Topic-1.1- Meaning, Scope, and Development of Anthropology.
Paper-I, Topic-1.2-Relationships with other Disciplines.
Paper-I,Topic-1.3-Main branches of Anthropology, their Scope and Relevance.
Paper-I, Topic-1.4(a) Biological and Cultural factors in Human Evolution Part I.
Paper-I, Topic-1.4(b)Theories of Organic Evolution (Pre-Darwinian, Darwinian & PostDarwinian)Part II.
Paper-I, Topic-1.4(c) Synthetic Theory of Evolution; Part-III.
Paper-I, Topic-1.4(c) Dollo’s rule, Cope’s rule, Gause’s rule Part-IV.
Paper-I, Topic-1.5 Characteristics of Primates; Evolutionary Trend and Primate Taxonomy; Part-I.
Paper-I, Topic-1.5 Primate Adaptations; (Arboreal and Terrestrial) Primate Taxonomy; Part-II.
Paper-I, Topic-1.5 Primate Behaviour; Tertiary and Quaternary Fossil Primates Part-III.
Paper-I, Topic-1.5 Living Major Primates; Part-IV.
Paper-I, Topic-1.5 Comparative Anatomy of Man and Apes; Skeletal changes and its implications Part-V.
Paper-I, Topic-1.6 (a) Plio-pleistocene hominids in South and East Africa—Australopithecines- Part I.
Paper-I, Topic-1.6 (b) Africa (Paranthropus)- Part II.
Paper-I, Topic-1.6 (b) Europe(Homo e.(heidelbergensis), Asia Homo e.( javanicus, pekinensis-Part III.
Paper-I, Topic-1.6 Neanderthal man, Rhodesian man, Cro-Magnon, Grimaldi, and Chancelade Part-IV.
Paper-I, Topic-1.8 Prehistoric Archaeology, Relative and Absolute Dating Part-I.
Paper-I, Topic-1.8 Cultural Evolution :Stone Age, Chalcolithic,Copper-Bronze Age, Iron Age Part-II.
Paper-I, Topic-1.8 Cultural Evolution :Stone Age, Chalcolithic,Copper-Bronze Age, Iron Age Part-III.
Paper-I, Topic-2.1 The Nature of Culture along with Value addition based upon changing UPSC pattern.
Paper-I, Topic-2.2 Concept of Society; Social Institution; Social groups; plus value addition Part-I.
Paper-I, Topic-2.2 Social Stratification (Social Mobility, Status, Role etc.)+Value addition Part-II.
Paper-I, Topic-2.3 Marriage : Laws ;Type; Functions; Regulations; Payments+Value Additions.
Paper-I, Topic-2.4 Family:Definition and Universality; Household and Domestic groups;Function Part-I.
Paper-I, Topic-2.4 Types; Impact of Urban-Industrial-zation and Feminist movt+Value addition Part-II.
Paper-I, Topic-2.5 Kinship: Principles and types & forms of Descent; Value Additions-Part-I.
Paper-I, Topic-2.5 Kinship terminology; and Value Additions Part-II.
Paper-I, Topic-2.5 Descent, Filiation and Complementary Filiation; Descent and Alliance Part-III.
Paper-I, Topic-3 Economic anthropology; Formalist and Substantivist debate; Part-I.
Paper-I, Topic-3 Production, distribution and exchange; globalisation+Value Addition Part-II.
Paper-I, Topic-4 Political Organization:Band,Tribe,Chiefdom,Kingdom & State; Value Addition Part-I.
Paper-I, Topic-4 Power, authority & legitimacy; Social Control, Law and Justice in Simple Societies.
Paper-I, Topic-5 Religion: Anthropological approaches; Monotheism, Polytheism,Sacred,Profane; Part-I.
Paper-I, Topic-5 Myths & Rituals;Forms of religion; Religion, Magic & Science; Functionaries Part-II.
Paper I, Topic 6, Anthropological theories : (a) Classical evolutionism (f) Neo-evolutionism Part I.
Paper I, Topic 6 Anthropological Theories:(b) Historical particularism ,Diffusionism Part-II.
Paper I, Topic 6 :Functionalism,Structural-Functionalism,Structuralism Part-III.
Paper I, Topic 6, Anthropological theories : Culture and personality, Cultural materialism Part-IV.
Paper I, Topic 6, Anthropological theories : Symbolic & interpretive,Cognitive, Postmodernism Part-V.
Paper I, Topic 7, Nature, Origin and Characteristics of Language-Part-I.
Paper I, Topic 7, Verbal, Non-verbal communication; Social context & Value Addition-Part-II.
Human Genetics: Basic Concept Clarity (Topic 1.7 covered).
Paper-I, Topic-9.1-Human Genetics: Methods for the study of genetic principles-Part-I.
Paper-I, Topic-9.1 Cytogenetic, Biochemical, Immunological methods & DNA Recombinant-Part-II.
Paper-I, Topic-9.2 Mendelian Genetics in Man-family study (Law of Inheritance) Part-I.
Paper-I, Topic-9.2 Single, Multi, lethal, sub-lethal and polygenic inheritance in Man-Part-II.
Paper-I, Topic-9.3 Concept of Genetic polymorphism, Mendelian population,Hardy-Weinberg law; Part-I.
Paper-I,Topic-9.3 Mutation,Isolation,Migration, Selection,Inbreeding & Genetic drift Part-II.
Paper-I, Topic-9.3 Consanguineous mating & Genetic effect, Genetic load-Part-III.
Paper-I, Topic-9.4 Numerical and Structural aberrations, Sex chromosomal aberration Part-I.
Paper-I, Topic-9.4 Autosomal aberrations: Down, Patau, Edward, and Cri-du-chat syndromes. Part-II.
Paper-I, Topic-9.4 Genetic imprints, screening, counseling & Gene Therapy+Editing(Val Add) Part III.
Paper-I, Topic-9.4 Human DNA profiling, Gene mapping & Human Genome study Part-IV.
Paper-I, Topic-9.5 Race and racism, Morphological variation Racial criteria Part I.
Paper-I, Topic-9.5 Racial differentiation, Racial differentiation and Race crossing Part II.
Paper-I, Topic-9.7 Concepts and methods of Ecological Anthropology : Bio-cultural Adaptations Part-I.
Paper-I, Topic-9.7 Man’s physiological responses : Hot desert, Cold, High altitude climate Part-II.
Paper-I, Topic-9.8 Epidemiological Anthropology along with Important value additions Part-I.
Paper-I, Topic-9.8 Infectious & non-infectious diseases, Nutritional deficiency diseases.Part-II.
Paper-I, Topic-10 Human growth & development, Stages, Factors, Ageing and senescence Part-I.
Paper-I, Topic-10 Theories and observations: biological and chronological longevity Part II.
Paper-I, Topic-10 Human physique and somatotypes, Methodologies for growth studies Part III.
Paper-I, Topic-11.1 Relevance of menarche, menopause. Fertility patterns and differentials.
Paper-I, Topic-11.2 Demographic theories-biological, social and cultural.
Paper-I, Topic-11.3 Bio & socio-eco factors influencing fecundity, fertility, natality & mortality.
Paper-I, Topic 12 Applications of Anthropology (Applied Anthropology).
Paper-I, Topic-9.6 Genetic Markers,Hb level, fat, pulse, respiratory & sensory perception-Incomplete.
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    Great content and layout however I cannot understand a lot of it. It says its in english but sounds like another language is spoken in parts so very confusing.

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