SRJC Course Outlines

6/8/2023 6:21:14 PMANTHRO 4 Course Outline as of Fall 2022

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ANTHRO 4Title:  ANCIENT PEOPLE & SOCIETY  
Full Title:  Ancient Peoples and Society
Last Reviewed:9/13/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Introduction to essential topics in world ancient history using cross-cultural, comparative examples from the archaeological record.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
Introduction to essential topics in world ancient history using cross-cultural, comparative examples from the archaeological record.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 2016
Social and Behavioral Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 DSocial ScienceFall 2016
 D1Anthropology and Archeology  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 2016
 4AAnthropology and Archeology  
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2016Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2016Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Identify major cultural events and societal transformations in human past.
2. Use key archaeological sites, discoveries, and/or perspectives to compare and contrast human social organization and cultural variation around the world through time.

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In order to achieve these learning outcomes, during the course students will:
1. Discuss the expansion and timing of anatomically modern Homo sapiens out of Africa and their subsequent settlement in various regions of the world.
2. Compare and contrast human cultural adaptations to, and impacts on, the natural environment through time and across space.
3. Differentiate among various forms of human societies ranging from small-scale communities to empires, and identify the kinds of broad cultural patterns such societies produce in the archaeological record.
4. Identify diverse cultural and natural factors that preceded the advent of agriculture around the world and discuss the varied subsequent socio-cultural changes that accompanied the agricultural transition.

Topics and Scope
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I.    Archaeology, Concepts of Prehistory, and History
II.   Evolution and Human Origins
III.  Anthropological Approaches to Culture
IV.  Material Culture
V.   The Expansion of Anatomically Modern Humans Out of Africa
VI.  Hunting and Gathering Lifeways
VII. The Transition from Foraging to Agriculture
           A. Types of early plant domesticates
           B. Types of early faunal domesticates
           C. Changes in technology associated with development of agriculture
           D. A regional survey of primary centers of early domestication that may include Mesopotamia, Asia, Mesoamerica, North America, South America and Sub-Saharan Africa
VIII.  Emergence of Writing and Recordkeeping
IX.    Monumental Architecture
X.     The Formation of Villages and Cities
XI.     Human Modification of, and Response to, the Natural Environment
XII.   Theoretical Approaches to the Emergence of Kingdoms, States, and Empires
XIII.   Human Ritual Activity as Represented in the Archaeological Record
XIV.  Cross-Comparative Study of Welect Kingdoms, States, and Empires
XV.   Collapse of Socio-Political Systems

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1. Reading assignments (between 10-40 pages per class week).
2. Writing assignments may include 5-10 short-answer and essay responses (250-400 words each) based on homework reading. Students may also be expected to complete a 7-10 page (1,500-2,500 words) research paper     on an archaeological topic or produce an academic poster (1500-2,000 words) and presentation on a related issue in archaeology and world prehistory.
3. Students will complete 1-3 exam(s), which can include multiple choice, true/false, matching items, map identification, short answer, and essay questions.
4. Optional assignments may include short 5-10 minute presentations on assigned readings or relevant topic and the completion of short map quizzes.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 65%
Written homework, research papers or posters
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 65%
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 15%
Attendance and participation; optional assignments such as presentations on assigned readings or relevant topic and the completion of short map quizzes

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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World Prehistory and the Anthropocene: An Introduction to Human History. McCorriston, Joy and Field, Julie. Thames and Hudson, Ltd. 2019
The Human Past: World Prehistory and the Development of Human Societies. 4th ed. Scarre, Chris (ed). Thames and Hudson. 2018
The Past in Perspective. 8th ed. Feder, Kenneth L. Oxford University Press. 2020

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