Anthropology 4180: Anthropological Perspectives/ Contemporary Issues: Controversies in Archaeology. Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum -- Critical Thinking. Fall 1997. T Th 9:30-10:45, Hale 236. Payson Sheets. Office: Hale 160, hours T Th 2-3:30. Phone 492-7302. The 1997-98 CU Catalog (p. 58) describes Critical Thinking courses as encouraging “the active practice of critical reasoning, evaluation, and discussion. They do so by providing opportunities for student participation beyond those offered in ordinary courses. Critical thinking courses address matters of controversy within a given field of study....” Therefore, the class is organized to maximize student participation in discussions each week as well as each student making a formal presentation toward the end of the semester. Week Dates Topic Readings 1. 26, 28 Aug Introduction Feder Ch. 1, 2; Wms Intro & Ch 1 2. 2, 4 Sept The Earliest Americans F 5, Wms 6 3. 9, 11 Sept Atlantis F 8, Wms 7 4. 16, 18 Sept Trans-Oceanic contacts F 6 1st Short Paper due 18 Sept. 5. 23, 25 Sept The Vikings have landed Wms 9, F pp 86-94 6. 30 Sep, 2 Oct Piltdown and Cardiff F 4, 3; Wms 4 7. 7, 9 Oct Second Short Paper preparation week 8. 14, 16 Oct The Moundbuilders Wms 2, 3, 8; F 7 2nd Short Paper due 14 Oct. 9. 21, 23 Oct Ancient Astronauts? Feder 9 10. 28, 30 Oct Psychics and Archaeology Wms 12, F 10 11. 4, 6 Nov Student formal presentations 12. 11, 13 Nov Student formal presentations 13. 18, 20 Nov Student formal presentations 14. 25 Nov Student formal presentations 15. 2, 4 Dec Student formal presentations 16. 9 Dec Summary, Overview of Controversies and Reasoning The final grade will be composed of 50% oral participation (30% verbal participation throughout the semester and 20% formal presentation), 20% in two Short Papers, and 30% in the Term Paper due noon Friday 12 December. Ten percent is deducted per day that any paper is turned in late. Each short paper is focused on a controversy in archaeology where markedly different interpretations have been offered regarding some sites, artifacts, or features. The student should present the range of opinions on the issue and then critique them, and come up with a means to test and evaluate them, and then conclude with the current status of knowledge and understanding. Length: 5-8 pages typed double-spaced, 12 point font, anthropological style of parenthetical referencing required (e.g. Feder text). Due dates: 18 Sept, and 14 October. In most cases, one of the short papers will be chosen as the beginning of the term paper, which is a well-developed thorough exploration of a particular controversy in archaeology. Its length is 15 - 20 pages of double-spaced text, 12 point font, parenthetical referencing required, carefully reasoned and clearly written, showing critical and constructive reasoning. Due: noon 12 December. The student formal presentations will be done during the final third of the semester. Each student will have 15 minutes to present the various points of view regarding the controversy that he/she is researching for their final termpaper. That will be followed by 5 - 10 minutes of questions, discussion, and suggestions for consideration in the termpaper.
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