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Unformatted text preview: Anthropology 160-03 - Reconstructing Lost Civilizations San Jose State University Semester: Spring 2010 Meeting Times: TTh 4:30-5:45 p.m. Room: Clark 204 Instructor: Robert Simpkins Office: Clark 404-G Office hours: T 1430-1600, F 1300-1530 Campus Phone number: 408-924-5712, Preferred voice mail: 408-864-8999 xt. 3728 email: [email protected] ; [email protected] Faculty Page: http://www.sjsu.edu/people/robert.simpkins/ COURSE SYNOPSIS: This course satisfies Area R of SJSU Studies, Earth and Environment. The class explores how archaeologists reconstruct human history through the remains of past cultures, teaches critical thinking about modern claims for ancient societies, including the distinction between science and pseudoscience, and shows how cultures around the world have responded to the challenges of different environments and environmental change throughout human history. SJSU Studies courses (formerly Advanced GE) help students become integrated thinkers who can see connections between and among a variety of concepts and ideas. An educated person will be able to apply concepts and foundations learned in one area to other areas as part of a lifelong learning process. These courses will help students to live and work intelligently, responsibly, and cooperatively in a multicultural society and to develop abilities to address complex issues and problems using disciplined analytic skills and creative techniques. NOTE ON SJSU STUDIES REQUIREMENTS: Completion of, or co-registration in, a 100W course is required for enrollment in all SJSU Studies courses. Courses used to satisfy Areas R, S, and V must be taken from three separate SJSU departments, or other distinct academic units. STUDENT LEARNING STATEMENT Within the particular scientific content of the course, a student should be able to: 1. demonstrate an understanding of the methods and limits of scientific investigation; 2. distinguish science from pseudo-science; and 3. apply a scientific approach to answer questions about the earth and environment. COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES: • Interactions of science, technology, and society: students should understand the impact of technology on archaeologically known cultures • Interactions of humans and the physical world: students should understand how cultures have adapted to past environments • Methodologies of human inquiry: students should understand how the scientific method is applied to archaeological research; this objective is intended to encourage students to examine major debates in archaeology • Applications of science and technology: students should understand the application of appropriate technology to archaeological research • Differences between scientific, non-scientific, and pseudo-scientific approaches: students should be able to distinguish folk archaeology and pseudo-archaeology from scientific archaeology • Values and limitations of science and scientific inquiry: students should understand how (and with what controls) archaeologists go beyond the scientific method, and understand...
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