2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ANTH& 104 World Prehistory (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Social Sciences; General Transfer Elective
Formerly ANTHR 105 - CCN

Course Description
An archaeological interpretation of the lifeways of our human ancestors from 3 million years ago to the development of written records.

Student Outcomes
1. Explain the elements of a scientific approach to understanding the past.
2. Use methods and theories of scientific archaeology and palaeoanthropology to construct the prehistoric past.
3. Identify, discuss, and explain past hominin lifeways, based on fossil and archaeological evidence.
4. Discuss the impact of climate change on human adaptation.
5. Identify and explain trends in cultural and technological change over time.
6. Identify and critically evaluate archaeological interpretations of human geographical expansion into Australia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas.
7. Identify and explain regional patterns of adaptation in the Mesolithic.
8. Explain what domestication, cultivation, and agriculture are and how they are identified in the archaeological record.
9. Discuss the emergence and evolution of food production in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
10. Define socio-cultural complexity and identify key archaeological correlates.

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