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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