Anth 160 Sp10 - Instructor Office location Telephone Email...

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San José State University Department of Anthropology Spring 2010 Anthropology 160 (01) Faculty Web Page Copies of the course syllabus and major assignment sheets may be found on my faculty web page accessible through the quick links/faculty web page links on the SJSU home page after the first week of classes. You are responsible for regularly checking with the new messaging system through MySJSU. This will be used for updates, etc. Use my email address, [email protected], for questions, etc. Course Description and Goals This class asks the question: “How do we know what we know about civilizations of the past?” To answer the question, we explore archaeology as a way of connecting rigorous scientific inquiry with the achievements of past human societies. Archaeology is unique in its application of the scientific method to the entire 3+ million-year duration of the human cultural experience , from early hominid foraging through the development of modern civilizations. Ancient peoples lived out their lives in environments that no longer exist. People migrated across lands that now lie beneath the ocean. Civilizations evolved in changing environments and even contributed to those changes. Archaeological techniques are even being used to study contemporary behavior in the United States: For example, taking deep core samples from municipal dumps allows us to study everything from recycling to nutrition and alcohol consumption. Course name, number Semester page 1 of 8 Instructor: Karen Fjelstad Office location: CL 463 Telephone: 924-5714 Email: [email protected] Office hours: MW 10:30-11:30 Class days/time: MW 1:30-2:45 Classroom: CL 204 Prerequisites: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or corequisite in a 100W course is required. For students who begin continuous enrollment Fall 2005 or later, courses used to satisfy Areas R, S, and V must be taken from three separate SJSU departments or other distinct academic units. GE/SJSU Studies Category, if applicable R
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This course thus draws from the physical sciences, the biological sciences and the social sciences to examine how archaeologists quantitatively and qualitatively analyze the data preserved in the archaeological record in prehistoric and historic contexts throughout the world. Our subject area intersects geomorphology, paleoecology, geochronology, and anthropological archaeology — a dynamic interplay of perspectives from different academic disciplines. This course also shows how modern archaeology has unmasked pseudoscience, fraud, and stereotypes based on race and gender. Along the way, we will learn about the complexity of human adaptation and culture growth.
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