Through the use of lectures, textbook, and lab exercises, students explore and study rocks, and the processes that form rocks and shape the Earth.
The range of topics in this course covers everything from rock and mineral formation and identification, to plate tectonic, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers, deserts and remote sensing techniques.
Kinship can refer both to the patterns of social relationships themselves, or it can refer to the study of the patterns of social relationships in one or more human cultures (i.e. Over its history, anthropology has developed a number of related concepts and terms in the study of kinship, such as descent, descent group, lineage, affinity/affine, consanguinity/cognate and fictive kinship.
Further, even within these two broad usages of the term, there are different theoretical approaches.
Students will also participate in a field trip which examines local stream systems, human influenced terrain and geomorphic processes.In anthropology, kinship is the web of social relationships that form an important part of the lives of most humans in most societies, although its exact meanings even within this discipline are often debated.Anthropologist Robin Fox states that "the study of kinship is the study of what man does with these basic facts of life – mating, gestation, parenthood, socialization, siblingship etc." Human society is unique, he argues, in that we are "working with the same raw material as exists in the animal world, but [we] can conceptualize and categorize it to serve social ends." These social ends include the socialization of children and the formation of basic economic, political and religious groups.Human kinship relations through marriage are commonly called "affinity" in contrast to the relationships that arise in one's group of origin, which may be called one's descent group.In some cultures, kinship relationships may be considered to extend out to people an individual has economic or political relationships with, or other forms of social connections.