Culture, Art, and Technology I
Fall Quarter 2010
M, W, F 11-11:50 AM, Center Hall 119
, Office: SSB 277; 534-2965; firstname.lastname@example.org; Office hours:
D01 and D02
D03 and D04
Comm (Sci Studies)
D12 and D05
D06 and D07
D08 and D09
D10 and D11
About this course:
CAT 1 focuses on the key question: "How did human beings come to have
culture, art and technology?"
The course is centered on the human capacity for
symbolic representation as it manifests itself in each of these domains.
a global historical overview of the general principles and patterns of past human
development, and focuses particular attention on the causes and consequences of
cultural variations spanning the last 50,000 years of human prehistory and history.
The course explores the ways in which forces such as language, art, technology,
sedentism, food production, cities, and writing helped shape the natural and
created environments of human societies.
(Available at UCSD Bookstore and Geisel Library Reserves):
° Diamond, J. (1997, 1999, 2003 or 2005). Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates
of Human Societies
. New York: WW Norton.
Sample Exhibition Catalogue
(Available in Geisel Library Reserves): Joan Aruz,
ed. Art of the First Cities
. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 2003