ANTH143 SP10 - Anthropology 143 27669 Culture and...

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27669 Culture and Adaptation Tuesday/Thursday 1:30-2:15 WSQ 004 Final Exam May 25, 12:15-3:30 Dr. Marco Meniketti Office Hours: T/Th 3:00-5:30 or by appointment. Department of Anthropology 404N Clark Hall marco.meniketti@sjsu.edu 924-5787 Introduction: This upper division course combines the analytical approaches of anthropology, archaeology, and geography to explore critical issues of human ecology, environmental change, resource exploitation and socio/political power. While tracing the origins of human interaction with the environment, we will also examine the complex interactions that emerged among various human societies, and the historical development of adaptive strategies for survival among modern traditional societies. We will investigate resource competition, especially for water, and its impact on social dynamics. The processes and stresses that shaped the past as evidenced archaeologically will be shown to be active in the present influencing the trajectory and stresses of modern globalization. The objective of this course is to give students a broad understanding of social and cultural processes affecting human development, and a detailed understanding of the interdependency of human behavior and environmental change, especially highlighted by archaeological findings. Readings, case studies, small– group in-class projects, and discussion are aimed at enhancing critical thinking skills and fostering classroom debate. We will examine aspects of the archaeological record that provide insights to past behavior and socio-cultural interaction with environment. Are there answers for today’s complex problems to be found in the past? Can we detect critical trends for the future?. Required Texts : Human Adaptive Strategies (2005) 3 rd edition. Daniel Bates. McGraw Hill. Select articles on related topics (provided as handouts or downloadable pdf documents from my faculty webpage for this course). These will be relevant to case studies. Case studies may also be downloadable. Highly recommended : Elements of Style: A Manual for Writers. Kate Turabian, any edition will do but the Seventh has the latest on website references. Elements may also be found on-line. Objectives Broad understanding of research in human cultural evolution, critical issues in environmental change, and the evidence from archaeological research. In depth understanding of the major theories concerning human adaptations and the link between human behavior and environment. Understanding of the scientific basis for theories of climate change and global warming. Broad understanding of the role of archaeological sciences in environmental issues past and present. Recognition of the important role environment plays in modern nationalism, social identity, and
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