ISS220.SyllabusF09-2 - Time Space and Change in Human Society Integrative Studies in Social Sciences ISS 220 Section 001 Fall Semester 2009 E100

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Time, Space, and Change in Human Society Integrative Studies in Social Sciences ISS 220, Section 001 Fall Semester 2009 E100 Veterinary Medicine Center Tuesday and Thursday 8:00-9:50 am Professor William Lovis Instructor Information: Office: E-31 McDonel Hall, inside E-37 McDonel Hall Office Hours: Wednesday, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, or by appointment. Office Phone: 355.3485 (Voice Mail). E-Mail: [email protected] Graduate Teaching Assistant: A graduate teaching assistant is assigned to this class, Ms. Amanda Abramson. Ms. Abramson will attend class and be available for consultation after lecture, and she will hold limited office hours during which students may meet to discuss course issues or problems, or clarify information. Office: 404 Baker Hall Office Hours: Thursday, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, or by appointment. E-Mail: [email protected] Required Texts: Reading requirements for ISS220, while not overly heavy, require both focus and diligence. There is one text required for the course. Scheduled required readings are itemized on the attached class schedule on a weekly basis. Topics covered by the lectures and the various readings are closely related. To properly understand the lecture topics it is essential that students remain current in their readings. This is each student’s responsibility. In large part, the lectures summarize, organize, and clarify the required readings. Supplementary materials will be posted on the Angel website for the class. Materials assigned from the required text, as well as the supplementary Angel materials, are included on exams. The required text is : Feder, Kenneth L. and Michael A. Park. 2007. Human Antiquity, An Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology (Fifth Edition). McGraw Hill. ISBN-13: 978-0-07-304196-4 Course Syllabus: ISS 220 integrates a range of conceptual frameworks in the social sciences into a holistic inquiry into the nature of human social adaptations. To achieve this end I take an overtly ecological perspective. Such a perspective draws together an understanding of the interactive relationship between natural environments (e.g. tropical forests, deserts ) and human adaptive systems (e.g. hunting-gathering, horticulture, industrialization), and the dynamic and evolutionary nature of change in those systems. This theoretical approach is variously labeled human ecology, cultural ecology, or socioecology, and it contains a variety of discipline-specific correlates in the social sciences e.g. ecological anthropology, ecological geography, 1
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etc. Among the primary analytic units of interest to such a perspective are temporal change, geographic variation, strategic differentiation, and social organizational diversity. Note that several of these analytic units appear in the title of the course. Section 001 of ISS 220 is partitioned into three major topical units, each of which is designed to explore a
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ISS220.SyllabusF09-2 - Time Space and Change in Human Society Integrative Studies in Social Sciences ISS 220 Section 001 Fall Semester 2009 E100

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