Course readings and assignments for Introduction to Archaeology course. Readings are from the library ebook World Prehistory: a brief introduction by Brian Fagan and Nadia Durrani. Taylor and Francis 2016 9th ed. ISBN 9781315641133.
Introduces archaeology as the anthropological study of humans in the past and the present through the examination of cultural materials and human remains. Considers archaeological theories and methods and ethical issues related to cultural resource management and excavation. Examines systems of power and social justice related to ancient societies and compares them wit h similar systems and issues in contemporary societies from an anthropological perspective. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
Use an understanding of archaeological methods and theories to evaluate artifacts and other data.
Describe the impact of human beings on the environment over time and in different ecological settings.
Discuss ethical issues related to cultural resource management and the excavation and study of human remains associated with indigenous societies from an anthropological perspective.
Examine systems of power and social justice related to ancient societies and compare them with similar systems of power and privilege in contemporary societies from an anthropological perspective.
Introduction to Biological Anthropology OER Text and Reading List
ATH 101. Introduction to Biological Anthropology.
Introduces biological anthropology and the study of evolution in the context of modern genetics and primate behavior studies. Examines human fossil record, diversity, and commonality of present and past populations of humankind.
Social Justice Assignment: Race Based Medicine in the United States by Dr. Mary Courtis.
Upon completing this assignment, students should be able to:
1. Analyze how social institutions and systems of power contributed to the practice of race
based medicine in the United States.
2. Critically evaluate and reflect on their own position in society and experiences with
health care systems from an anthropological perspective.
3. Describe cultural bias and other social factors that make it more or less likely that people
of color will experience differential access to medical treatment in their lifetime.
4. Share the information they learned about race based medicine with other people as a
way to promote social change.