SRJC Course Outlines

8/13/2022 4:57:35 AMANTHRO 31 Course Outline as of Fall 2010

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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 Scheduled017.5 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: 
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Catalog Description:
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Ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica as the cultural foundation for Latino American peoples in the United States today.  This class examines religious ideas, monumental architecture, art, writing systems, astronomy, calendrical systems, the nature of city and social life, agricultural and food practices, the cultural and environmental impact of Spanish contact and colonial periods, and the distribution of Mesoamerican cultural traditions throughout much of the United States today.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
Ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica as the cultural foundation for Latino American peoples in the United States today.  This class examines religious ideas, monumental architecture, art, writing systems, astronomy, calendrical systems, the nature of city and social life, agricultural and food practices, the cultural and environmental impact of Spanish contact and colonial periods, and the distribution of Mesoamerican cultural traditions throughout much of the United States 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



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1. Illustrate and evaluate the early artistic, architectural, political,
  and philosophical achievements of the indigenous cultures of
  Mesoamerica.
2. Identify and explain the ecological adaptations of indigenous cultures
   and the environmental impact of the Spanish invasion.
3. Describe and analyze the interaction among diverse cultures in ancient
  Mesoamerica.
4. Describe and analyze the continued legacy of Mesoamerican cultural
  patterns that extend into the United States today.
5. Analyze and evaluate the impact of the Spanish invasion as it relates
  to contemporary ethnic relations, especially regarding religion and
  class issues, in both the United States and contemporary Mesoamerica.

Topics and Scope
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1. The Mesoamerican culture area and tradition.
2. Fluctuating borders and social geography of Mesoamerican/Latino-
  American culture in North America.
3. Hunters and gatherers: The first human settlers in Mesoamerica.
4. Agriculture and food: The development of the farming village way of
  life.
5. The Preclassic Period: The foundations of civilization; "Mother
  Culture" of the Olmecs.
6. The Classic Period: Great cities, stratified society, and the rise of
  the state.  Teotihuacan, Monte Alban, Tajin, city states of the Maya.
7. The Post Classic Period: Empires and conquest. The Toltecs, Mexican
  Aztecs, and Post Classic Maya kingdoms.
8. The Spanish contact and invasion: Syncretism of cultural traditions.
9. Mesoamerican legacies: influences, contributions, and symbols in
  contemporary cultures of Mexico and Central America and the United
  States.

Assignments:
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1. Students will read and study assignments in textbooks for each class
  meeting.
2. Students will write one or more papers on assigned topics.
3. Students will visit the Jesse Peter Museum to complete 2 or 3 written
   assignments based on exhibits of ancient and contemporary Mesoamerican
  cultural materials.  A minimum of 4.38 hours per semester will be required.
4. 2-4 examinations

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
25 - 33%
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
67 - 75%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Geography/Identification, Essay exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%
None


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The Ancient Maya.   Sharer, Robert and Traxler, Loa P.  Stanford  University Press, Palo Alto:  2005.
 
Ancient Mexico and Central America.  Evans, Susan Toby.  Thames and  Hudson, New York:  2004.
 
The Maya.  Coe, Michael.  Thames and Hudson, New York:  2005.
 
Mexico.  Coe, Michael and Koontz, Rex.  Thames and Hudson, New York:  2008.
 
Mexico's Indigenous Past.   Austin, Alfredo Lopez and  Lujan, Leonardo Lopez.  University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma:  2005.

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