About the Class

Welcome to ISS 220- Time, Space, and Change in Human Society. In this course, we will examine the human condition from a biocultural perspective. This examination will require us to look at humanity from several different temporal and methodological standpoints, but our perspective will always be holistically anthropological in nature; That is, we will use biological, cultural, and environmental approaches to answer questions about who we are, where we came from, and where we are going.


Professor- Dr. Jodie O’Gorman

TA’s- Jennifer Bengtson and Kristin Sewell


This course is divided into three main units. Each unit has a corresponding “Unit Guide.” These are posted on ANGEL. You need to review each unit guide thoroughly before beginning any work.

There are various tasks to be completed for each unit. These tasks are outlined on the unit guides. Each unit is divided into two sections. For each section, you will be responsible for some combination of  the following types of tasks:

  1. Textbook chapters– You are responsible for reading the assigned chapters and knowing the vocabulary terms and study points listed in each unit guide.
  2. PowerPoints– Most are narrated. The ones that aren’t narrated are pretty straightforward. You should carefully review all of these PowerPoints. There are links to the PowerPoints on the “Schedule” page of this website.
  3. Videos-Most have a corresponding online worksheet. These worksheets are posted on ANGEL. You can print them out or just pull them up on ANGEL while you watch the video, but your answers MUST be submitted via the appropriate ANGEL assessment tool.
  4. Web activities/readings– Most have a corresponding online worksheet. Just like the video worksheets, the answers must be submitted on ANGEL.
  5. Quizzes– there is one quiz for each section (total of 6 quizzes for the entire course). Each quiz has 20 questions and is automatically graded.  You have 45 minutes to complete each quiz, and each quiz can be attempted only once. The questions are generally multiple choice, with a few matching and true/false thrown in. YOU MUST TAKE THESE QUIZZES ON ANGEL!
  6. Writing assignments– there is a writing assignment for each of the three units. You should type your assignment up, save it as a Word document, and submit it into the appropriate ANGEL drop box. See the unit guides for details.

As I mentioned before, a detailed guide is posted for each unit, which lays out specific tasks, study topics, and terms.  I cannot stress enough how important it is for you to review these guides carefully before beginning work on each unit, and define terms/take notes on the study topics as you work through the course materials.

Class announcements will be made on ANGEL and on this webpage. CHECK BOTH OFTEN!


To take this class, all you need is a browser (Mozilla FirefoxApple Safari, and Google Chrome are preferred) and a high speed internet connection.  While you can connect to many of the course materials using a slower internet connection, there are some things that you simply will not be able to access (such as the course videos or lecture videos).


In accordance with Michigan State University’s policies on “Protection of Scholarship and Grades” and “Integrity of Scholarship and Grades,” students are expected to honor principles of truth and honesty in their academic work. Academic integrity means, amongst other things, not plagiarizing. Plagiarism includes submitting someone else’s work (words, ideas, etc.) as their own now will the knowingly permit another student to copy and submit their work. Additional discussion of academic integrity is available on the Ombudsman’s website: http://www.msu.edu/unit/ombud/dishonestystud.html.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Requests for accommodations by persons with disabilities may be made by contacting the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities at 517-884-RCPD or on the web at rcpd.msu.edu. Once your eligibility for an accommodation has been determined, you will be issued a verified individual services accommodation (“VISA”) form. Please present this form to me at the start of the term and/or two weeks prior to the accommodation date (test, project, etc). Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.


ALL EXAMS AND HOMEWORK/WRITING ASSIGNMENTS ARE ON ANGEL! THEY MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED ON ANGEL. This means when you do a worksheet, quiz, or write an essay, you MUST submit it to ANGEL or else it will not be graded.


This website will be used for lecture materials (i.e. powerpoints and videos) and to disseminate class information. Most announcements will also be posted on ANGEL. You should be checking this website and ANGEL often.


A great of the content of this class is delivered using video.  In order to ensure that you have the best experience with this video material, make sure you are using an up to date version of a modern browser (such as Mozilla FirefoxApple Safari, and Google Chrome) and are accessing the course materials over a high speed internet connection.  While you can access much of the course content over a slower internet connection, you need a high speed connection for the course video materials.


Feder, K.L and M.A. Park.   2007    Human Antiquity: An Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology. Fifth Edition. McGraw-Hill.

There are also some short, internet-based assignments. Links are provided in the course schedule tab and the unit guides (which are posted on ANGEL).


This is a self-paced course. You may complete any and all assignments as quickly or as slowly as you like, provided that all materials are submitted by 8/18/2011. I highly, HIGHLY suggest you stick to the weekly schedule posted on this website. If you fall behind and leave everything until the last minute, you will have a trouble getting everything submitted on time. I will not accept any assignments after 8/18/2011. No exceptions. Stick to the schedule and you will be perfectly fine.

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