ANTHRARC 386 - Early Civilizations
Winter 2017, Section 001
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Subject: Anthropology, Archaeological (ANTHRARC)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In this course, we explore archaeological evidence and theoretical frameworks for the study of the world’s earliest states and civilizations. The course takes an explicitly comparative perspective — exploring the first civilizations of Mesopotamia, South Asia, China, and one additional world area to be selected by the class. For each area, we will explore what is distinctive — and what is similar — in processes, structures and material remains as the first complex civilizations developed. While we will discuss the “whats” of the human past (what sites, objects, histories, etc.), our main focus will be on the “whys” and “hows,” as we explore why human societies in different regions of the world created social inequalities, complex political institutions, monuments, royal burials, and elaborate material culture. In discussing each area, we will also explore the relevance of the archaeological heritage of these early civilization to our world today.

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Writing assignments will ask students to creatively integrate course materials and write pieces oriented toward diverse academic and public audiences.

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ANTHRARC 386 - Early Civilizations
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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