Are you ready to begin? Just a quick reminder: the 100-level classification of this course does not mean that you will not be expected to work at an appropriate university level. It simply means that the topics and concepts we will be working with are introductory rather than advanced.
This course should help you demonstrate an understanding of the basic scientific principles that undergird the scientific process, including the strengths and weaknesses of this process. You will learn to appreciate the excitement of discovery that has accompanied important scientific developments as well as demonstrate how scientific methodology can be used to analyze real-world science-related problems. You will become adept at evaluating scientific data and claims to make rational decisions on public-policy science issues that affect their community. As you complete the course, you will learn to express your thoughts (in oral, graphical, and written formats) on scientific topics clearly, including appropriate use of basic scientific vocabulary and effective interpretation of quantitative data, as well as reflect rationally upon the interface between science and religion.
More specifically, this course has been developed to coincide with the university’s requirements for general education courses in the social sciences and will devote significant time to the following:
Having completed this course, you will have “explicit knowledge and experience of both the strengths and weaknesses of applying the scientific method” to archaeological problems and issues.
These materials have been chosen to introduce and illustrate key concepts in the course. The majority of the readings have been pulled from current archaeological literature, and apart from those chosen for critical thinking exercises, represent high quality archaeological research. These will also introduce you to the wide variety of writing styles that are used in archaeology, and demonstrate that, no matter how technical or informal the writing style, clear logic remains important.
There are two required texts, one optional text, and several additional readings that have been chosen for this course:
You must buy, rent, or otherwise obtain copies of these textbooks and videos:
This textbook is helpful, but not required:
There are several other articles, chapters, and excerpts, as indicated in the lessons. You will have access to these in your course materials.
You can easily locate many articles yourself through BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library website, signing in with your NetID and password. Here’s how:
If you have questions, be sure to use the Ask a Librarian link to help guide you. It will save you much time and frustration.
This course is organized in five units. The first introduces you to the basic methodological and theoretical approaches of archaeology, as well as general scientific concepts and critical thinking issues. Each of the next four units examines the different types of questions explored by archaeologists. I will present case studies from archaeology throughout these units to illustrate key concepts and to introduce you to major developments in past human societies.
The course consists of 26 lessons divided into six units. Each of the lessons includes a combination of one or more of the following:
I expect you to thoroughly review the materials assigned for each lesson before completing the quizzes and written assignments. (See the Grading and Assessment section for more details concerning the exercises and assignments.)
You will submit 6 written assignments and one discussion-board post for this course.
I will grade your assignments on quality. This includes demonstrating your understanding of the course material and concepts, whether you are able to think clearly and logically about the issues/topics/concepts, and whether you are able to express these clearly in a written format.
Average work that demonstrates adequate competency is C work. Work that is above average earns a B, and exceptional work will fall within the A range. Work that does not demonstrate competency will earn a D or an E.
These are the assignments, with their point values:
|Neolithic of Arak||30 points|
|Social Architecture||30 points|
|Critical Thinking Exercise #1||30 points|
|Critical Thinking Exercise #2||30 points|
|Critical Thinking Exercise #3||30 points|
|“Who Owns the Past?” Discussion-board Post||5 points|
Think critically. This does not mean you should try to find fault with things. It means you should ask yourself difficult, sometimes uncomfortable, questions about things you would normally take for granted. Question whether the authors have adequately proven their arguments. Question the logic that underlies their statements and guides the type of evidence they choose to present. Do not just passively accept the theories about culture and social organization that will be presented in class; try to test them by applying them to your own culture. Question how your own culture may explain or modify a theory; explore how the theory may explain practices from your own culture. Good science and good thinking come from good questions.
Your written assignments must be typed, unless otherwise stated, in 12-point Times New Roman font and double-spaced, with standard 1-inch margins, and text must be aligned along the left margin. These requirements represent the general academic standard for written work.
You must proofread your writing for poor grammar and misspellings before you hand it in, since unintelligible writing will affect your grade. When appropriate, you must include in-text source citations and a full bibliography listing resources you consulted. Failure to do so is considered plagiarism (see the Academic Honesty Policy).
To make sure that I can open and read your paper, please save it as a Word .DOC or .DOCX file.
Use the course number, your first and last name, and the assignment name for the filename. For example, “ANTHR110_JaneSmith_Garbology.docx.”
Here’s how to submit your completed assignments:
Follow the instructions for the “Who Owns the Past?” discussion-board post to earn up to 5 points and share your insights with other students. I encourage you to read and respond to your classmates’ posts as well!
This course includes two examinations. Both of these exams are closed book and closed notes, and each will take you approximately two hours to complete. No retakes allowed.
After you finish unit 2, you will request and complete a midcourse exam. The exam includes 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and 15 fill-in-the-blank and short-answer essay questions. The midcourse exam is worth 100 points of your overall course grade. You should complete this exam before you move on to unit 3.
The final exam is similar to the midcourse exam in that it consists of multiple choice, true/false fill-in, and short essay questions. This exam also consists of 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and 15 fill-in-the-blank and short-answer essay questions. This exam is worth 100 points of your grade. You may request the final exam after completing all of the lessons, quizzes, and assignments.
Here is a summary of the points that make up your course grade:
|6 Written Assignments||160|
|1 Discussion-board Post||5|
Your overall course grade will be calculated based on these percentages:
|E (fail)||55 or below|
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