Not too easy. Not too difficult.
The course Lets you "Experience" the South West like one who lived there in the past and kept being updated on the geography and anthropology of the area. The student learns about the environmental and cultural history of the Southwest, which provides the emphasis on discovering the past as has been studied through scientific techniques of tree-ring and packrat midden analyses and repeat photography.
The course makes clear the paleoenvironmental tools that have been involved extensively in reconstructing the natural and cultural history of the Southwest (as well as for other regions, too) in broad time scales. The tools include Tree rings, Packrat middens, Alluvial stratigraphy, Repeat photography, and use of Historical Documents. The course details tend to increase as it moves from the far past to the distant past concentrating much of the information on the greater Southwest including most of Arizona and New Mexico as well as southeastern Utah, southwestern Colorado, and northern Mexico. It provides the experience of general education, which is essential for a student in whatever areas of concentration (i.e., the major and minor). The reason is that it encourages students to develop a critical and inquiring attitude, an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of subject areas, acceptance of persons of different backgrounds or values, and a deepened sense of self. The goal of General Education is to prepare students to respond more fully and effectively to an increasingly complex and ambiguous world.
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The student must be prepared to make at least a discussion post, assignment or a quiz every two days. There is intense and wide reading as the many concepts such as about the environment and different culture need to connect. It is advisable to have fulfilled the stated course prerequisites: two courses from Tier One, Natural Sciences (NATS 101, 102, 104). These assignments may involve longer observations over days, collection of data, or other non-computer related tasks Specific short readings will be available on the course D2L page, and reading assignments will be updated as needed since there is no textbook required.