SRJC Course Outlines

3/1/2024 7:51:02 AMANTHRO 31 Course Outline as of Fall 2023

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  ANTHRO 31Title:  MESOAMERICAN ORIGINS  
Full Title:  Mesoamerican Origins of Latino Culture
Last Reviewed:4/25/2022

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
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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Various societies in Mesoamerica are known for their monumental architecture, ritualized sacrifice, astronomical calculations, complex calendars, writing systems, and vast trade networks.  How did all of these cultural phenomenon develop over time?  Why and when did the various societies collapse?  What traditions remain intact?  Which practices have been shared throughout the world?  Students in this course will study the cultural evolution of this region beginning with the peopling of the land, to the emergence of village life and domestication of foods.  We study the formation of dense urban societies that became centers of religious, economic and military powers, including those that were eventually encountered by Spanish invaders and reshaped to become the contemporary societies known today.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
Various societies in Mesoamerica are known for their monumental architecture, ritualized sacrifice, astronomical calculations, complex calendars, writing systems, and vast trade networks.  How did all of these cultural phenomenon develop over time?  Why and when did the various societies collapse?  What traditions remain intact?  Which practices have been shared throughout the world?  Students in this course will study the cultural evolution of this region beginning with the peopling of the land, to the emergence of village life and domestication of foods.  We study the formation of dense urban societies that became centers of religious, economic and military powers, including those that were eventually encountered by Spanish invaders and reshaped to become the contemporary societies known today.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
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

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Inactive: 
 Area:E
G
Humanities
American Cultures/Ethnic Studies
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 2009
 C1ArtsFall 2007Fall 2009
 C2Humanities  
 C1ArtsFall 1988Fall 2007
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1981
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course

Approval and Dates
Version:08Course Created/Approved: 8/1/1981
Version Created:4/7/2022Course Last Modified:12/30/2023
Submitter:Theresa MolinoCourse Last Full Review:4/25/2022
Version Status:Approved Changed CoursePrereq Created/Approved:4/25/2022
Version Status Date:4/25/2022Semester Last Taught:Fall 2023
Version Term Effective:Fall 2023Term Inactive:


COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Utilize the basic anthropological concepts, terms, and theories used in the study of human culture and apply them to the ancient Mesoamerican way of life.
2. Demonstrate basic knowledge of cultural evolution as applied to the origin, development, and collapse of the ancient societies of Mesoamerica.
3. Identify the contribution of ancient Mesoamerican cultural traditions to contemporary societies today.
 

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Illustrate and evaluate the foundational artistic, architectural, political, and philosophical achievements of the indigenous societies of Mesoamerica.
2. Discuss the complex relationships between the environment and society formation in Mesoamerica.
3. Construct a general chronology and recognize patterns of urban development throughout Mesoamerica.
4. Describe and analyze the interactions among diverse cultures and societies in ancient Mesoamerica.
5. Identify and assess the extent of cultural transformations and continuities of Mesoamerican societies with the advent of the Spanish invasion.

Topics and Scope
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I. Anthropological approaches to the study of human culture using multiple lines of evidences
    A.  Material Culture
    B.  Ethnohistoric
    C.  Historic
    D.  Linguistic
    E.  Bioarchaeological
II.  Anthropological concepts of culture areas, fluctuating borders and social geography of Mesoamerica
III.  Archaeological evidences of hunters and gatherers: the first human settlers in Mesoamerica
IV. Agriculture and food: the impact of changing subsistence practices on the development of village life in Mesoamerica
V.   Pan Mesoamerican Culture:  shared cultural traits which may include subsistence practices, technologies such as calendar and writing systems, solar observation, ball court and deities and ritual practices
VI.  Archaeological evidences of "The Preclassic Period":  the foundations of urbanization and centralized power, including the Olmec influence
VII.  "The Classic Period": city formation, stratified society, and the rise of the state, utilizing, for example, archaeological sites with monumental architecture and material culture such as:
    A.  Teotihuacan
    B.  Monte Alban
    C.  Tajin
    D.  Mayan City States
VIII. "The Post-Classic Period": empires and conquest, including the Toltecs, Maya Kingdoms, Mexica and other Aztec groups
IX.   Spanish contact and indigenious entanglements with the resulting syncretism of cultural traditions
X.    Mesoamerican legacies: influences, contributions, and symbols in the contemporary cultures of Mexico, Central America and the United States

Assignments:
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1.  Students will read and study assignments in textbooks for each class meeting, approximately 30 pages per week.
2.  Students will write one or more papers which may include book and article response papers, summaries and/or critical-thought essays for a total of 1250-1500 words.  
3.  Students will complete 2-4 exams during the semester, which may include multiple choice questions, true/false, completion, identification, map, short answer and essay questions.
4.  Optional assignments may include other types of homework, projects, presentations, attendance, and in-class participation.

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
20 - 40%
Written homework, Reading reports, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
50 - 75%
Quizzes and exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 20%
Other types of homework, projects, presentations, attendance, and in-class participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The Ancient Maya. Sharer, Robert and Traxler, Loa P.  Stanford  University Press, Palo Alto. 2006 (classic)
 
Ancient Mexico and Central America. 3rd Edition. Evans, Susan Toby. Thames and Hudson, New York. 2013 (classic)
 
In the Maw of the Earth Monster: Mesoamerican Ritual Cave Use. Brady, James E. and Prufer, Keith M, University of Texas Press. 2005 (classic)
 
Indigenous Dispossession. Housing and Maya Indebtedness in México. Castellanos, Bianet. Stanford University Press. 2020
 
The Maya. Coe, Michael. Thames and Hudson, New York. 2015 (classic)
 
Predictable Pleasures. Food and the Pursuit of Balance in Rural Yucatan. Wynne, Lauren A. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. 2020
 
Water and Ritual: The Rise and Fall of Classic Maya Rulers. The Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies. Lucero, L. J. University of Texas Press. 2006 (classic)

OTHER REQUIRED ELEMENTS

Student Preparation
 Matric Assessment Required:ERequires English Assessment
 Prerequisites-generate description:NPNo Prerequisite
 Advisories-generate description:AAuto-Generated Text
 Prereq-provisional:NNO
 Prereq/coreq-registration check:NNo Prerequisite Rules Exist
 Requires instructor signature:NInstructor's Signature Not Required
   
BASIC INFORMATION, HOURS/UNITS & REPEATABILITY
 Method of instruction:02Lecture
 71Internet-Based, Simultaneous Interaction
 72Internet-Based, Delayed Interaction
 Area department:BEHSCBehavioral Sciences
 Division:79Behavioral Science and Social Sciences
 Special topic course:NNot a Special Topic Course
 Program Status:1Major Applicable Course
 Repeatability:00Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
 Repeat group id:  
   
SCHEDULING
 Audit allowed:NNot Auditable
 Open entry/exit:NNot Open Entry/Open Exit
 Credit by Exam:NCredit by examination not allowed
 Budget code: Program:0000Unrestricted
 Budget code: Activity:2001Behavioral Science
   
OTHER CODES
Disciplines:Anthropology
 Basic Skills:NNot a Basic Skills Course
 Level below transfer:YNot Applicable
 CVU/CVC status:YDistance Ed, Not CVU/CVC Developed
 Distance Ed Approved:YEither online or hybrid, as determined by instructor
 Emergency Distance Ed Approved:YFully Online
Partially Online
Online with flexible in-person activities
 Credit for Prior Learning:NAgency Exam
NCBE
NIndustry Credentials
NPortfolio
 Non-credit category:YNot Applicable, Credit Course
 Classification:YLiberal Arts and Sciences Courses
 SAM classification:ENon-Occupational
 TOP code:2203.00Ethnic Studies
 Work-based learning:NDoes Not Include Work-Based Learning
 DSPS course:NNO
 In-service:NNot an in-Service Course

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