Human Ecology And Health

Human Ecology.

Human Ecology
Human Ecology
  1. Identify a Health, Human or Ecological Topic for Analysis.
  2. Describe the topic and how it relates to the Course, Course Concepts and/or principles.
  3. Analyze the Decision-Making Process (Human) or the Environmental (Ecological) application that is used for your topic
  4. What is the reason for your interest or analysis?
  5. What changes or recommendations should be made?
  6. Would you try to influence your area of interest?
    Why or why not? How?

Note: The 6-8 page paper must be typed (12-14 point font), with separate reference (scholarly using MLA, APA or Scientific) and title page.

  1. Term Paper for Health; Water or Air Quality(Indoor), Asthma, Food Safety, Nutrition , GMO’s vs Organic, Obesity, Drugs and addictions
  2. Term Paper for Human Ecology; Poverty, Housing, Wastes, Sanitation, Food Security and, Human Hazards (Radiation, and Pesticides); or School Dropouts, Juvenile delinquency and Crime
  3. Natural Hazards (Fire, Flood, Freezing, Earthquakes), and Disease epidemiology (Ebola, malaria etc.)
  4. Science information/data/research can be used for advocacy of a special interest group, showing differences of expert s, contrasting positions and taking-sides or showing the trade-offs.
  • How are Impacts or hazards measured or assessed? i.e. cost-benefit analysis, risk assessment, or health/ecological thresholds/indicators.
  • What are the time frames for decisions? Emergency, Law
  • Enforcement procedures, planning process
  • Is there an environmental health strategy; Health
  • Education/Promotion, Design with Nature, pollution prevention, or environmental enhancement.

Anthropology;Applied Wiki Project



Throughout this course you will research a social problem or anthropological topic of your choice and develop a plan for how to use applied anthropology to understand and solve this problem or topic.

Your Final Research Project in this course is cumulative. In Week One, you will describe a problem or topic and set up your wiki space to present your research.

Step 1: Selecting and Describing a Problem or Topic

Step 1 focuses on selection and description of a social problem or anthropological topic that will be the focus of your work throughout the course.

To begin, select a problem or topic from the list below or click on the topic file link to see more options.

a. Community recreation:                                                                                          A local parks and recreation department needs help with making improvements to local parks and recreation areas.

b. Product marketing:                                                                                                  A manufacturer needs help with “user perspectives” to market a specific product (you may select the product).

c. Consumer behavior-based office product:                                                  An office supply manufacturer needs help in designing a project to identify the next big consumer technology.

d. Women’s healthcare needs:                                                                                 A nonprofit organization needs help in arguing that budget cuts affect women’s health needs in an ethnically diverse community.

e. Student lunch program:                                                                                         A local school district needs help designing a student lunch program that is nutritious and acceptable cross-culturally.

f. Conservation site for tourism:                                                                              A local conservation group needs to better understand the attitudes of tourists towards a particular conservation area to promote tourism.

g. Attitudes towards sugared drinks:                                                                    A local dental school needs help in finding out attitudes toward sugared drinks among ethnic populations within 50 miles of its location.

Once you have selected your problem or topic, describe the topic in a two- to three-page paper.

In your paper, be specific about the dimension and scope of the selected problem or topic by doing the following:
  • Describe who is affected and how they are affected.
  • Describe how factors such as culture, ethnicity, gender, race, age, religion, and/or sexual orientation inform the various dimensions of your chosen problem or topic.
  • Present specific statistical data from scholarly sources to support your analysis.

The paper must be two to three pages in length (excluding the title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style.

You must use at least two scholarly sources, that is, articles in peer-reviewed journals available through Ashford University Library, books, or eBooks to support your points.

In addition to the two scholarly sources, you may use credible websites (Wikipedia is not acceptable), that is, only those that appear to have factual information and are generated by a non government organization (N.G.O.) or government agency, or are reputable news sources.

Cite all sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page.

For information regarding APA style, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.

Step 2: Setting Up Your Wiki space:

After selecting a topic, go to Wiki spaces ( and sign up for a free wiki space.

Use the Wiki space Set-Up Job Aid to make sure your site is correctly set up.

Surrogacy And Fertility Treatments



How is the seemingly unnatural practice (of surrogacy or fertility treatments) naturalized in each case?

In other words, how are these practices made to conform to existing ideas about family relationships?

Find two anthropological, peer reviewed journal articles on that discuss EITHER how surrogate motherhood OR fertility treatments are understood within two different cultural contexts. Then answer topic question

The diverse world of nonhuman primates (for Bioogical Anthropology)

The diverse world of nonhuman primates (for Bioogical Anthropology)

1) Choose an extant nonhuman primate species (one that interests you) and research it
2) Choose an aspect or aspects of this species and write a focused review
3) Areas to consider:
· Evolutionary history (systematics)
· Biogeography
· Anatomy, genetics, etc.
· Diet, ecology
· Social and reproductive behaviors
· Communication, cognition, intelligence,