2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    
    Jul 05, 2022  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ANTH 107 Archaeology of Ancient Civilization (5 credits)



Distribution Area Fulfilled Social Sciences; General Transfer Elective
Formerly ANTHR 106

Course Description
We explore the nature and dynamics of the world’s earliest civilizations. We learn how and why complex societies arose, how they differ from simpler societies, what everyday life was like in them, and the strategies elites used to maintain power.

Student Outcomes
1. Explain current and past theoretical perspectives on the rise of complexity.
2. Distinguish between scientific and pseudoscientific approaches to understanding ancient civilizations.
3. Explain how and why complex societies differ from simpler societies.
4. Identify, analyze, and discuss the archaeological evidence regarding increasing complexity in different regions of the world.
5. Analyze and compare the processes leading to increasing complexity in different regions of the world.
6. Identify, analyze, and discuss the archaeological evidence that tells us how specific ancient civilizations were organized socially, politically, and economically.
7. Discuss and explain dimensions and dynamics of power and resistance in complex societies.
8. Explain current and past theoretical perspectives on the collapse of ancient civilizations.
9. Identify, evaluate, and use appropriate reliable sources for college level research.



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