Dec 02, 2022  
2021-2022 Lane Community College Catalog 
2021-2022 Lane Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ANTH 102_H - World Archaeology-Honors

4 Credit(s)

This course serves as an introduction to foundational aspects of archaeology including methods, theory, and the major progression through time of culture and technology. It traces the transition of human societies from a predominantly hunting and gathering way of life to a settled farming, and ultimately urban, way of life. The course focuses on the rise of social complexity in ancient civilizations such as Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, South America, MesoAmerica, and North America. This honors class delves deeper into course topics and requires a high level of student motivation; the pace may be faster than non-honors courses. See for information. Students cannot receive credit for both ANTH 102_H and ANTH 102.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior: Analyze the transition of human societies worldwide from a predominately hunting and gathering way of life to a settled farming, and ultimately urban, way of life
2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live: Trace and discuss the cultural processes involved in adaptations to diverse environmental circumstances and major migrations of people around the world. Explore and discuss the rise of cultural complexity in ancient societies such as those in Mesopotamia, Indus valley, Egypt, China, Africa, South America and North America
3. Understand the role of individuals and institutions within the context of society: Explore the concept of the household as it relates to highly mobile hunter gatherers, settled farming communities, and urban societies of the past. Discuss evidence for the role of individuals and institutions in these diverse cultural groups through time and across space
4. Assess different theories and concepts, and understand the distinctions between empirical and other methods of inquiry: Identify and analyze various hypotheses concerning the causes related to major cultural shifts overtime and across space. Explore and utilize the thought processes basic to the scientific method as applied to archaeological research. Provide a historical overview of the emerging theoretical frameworks employed in archaeological research over the last century
5. Utilize appropriate information literacy skills in written and oral communication: Students will have opportunities to write essays and give oral presentations in class that synthesize and analyze lecture and reading materials. They will also be encouraged to research special topics in archaeology and/or visit local museums and provide written or oral summaries of their findings
6. Understand the diversity of human experience and thought, individually and collectively: This course, by nature, focuses on the diversity of human experience through the analysis of cultural lifeways represented in the archaeological record
7. Apply knowledge and skills to contemporary problems and issues: Analyze and discuss reasons for the rise and fall of ancient civilizations. Relate this discussion to issues and trends observed in the contemporary world. Explore where and how human experience of the past is linked to the present

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