Ancient American civilisations - part 1: the South

Course Dates: 05/10/22 - 23/11/22
Time: 17:00 - 18:30
Location: Online
Shrouded in mystery and legend, Amazonian and Central American cultures reveal surprising links to societies of the Andes that defy and challenge common perceptions about the rise of civilisation in the Americas.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: RC599

Wed, day, 05 Oct - 23 Nov '22

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course is about civilizations of Central and South America that have fuelled the mythology of conquest, from the Amazons to cannibals, from gold-covered kings to the fountain of youth.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

We will discuss recent archaeological discoveries from the Amazon, Ecuador and Central America and the pre-Columbian links and influences these regions had on classic civilizations such as the Inca and the Aztecs.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Name Precolumbian civilizations beyond the usual Inca, Aztecs and Maya, describing their differences and similarities.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history courses, intellectual curiosity and an open mind are more important than specific levels of skills.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Classes are taught through a variety of teaching methods, among which Power point presentations, group exercises, questionnaires, questions and answers. No additional activity is planned outside the class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No additional costs. Bring writing material if you wish to take notes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The course is well suited to complement other classes in Precolumbian civilizations taught at City Lit expanding your knowledge of American indigenous cultures before and during colonisation. See our website for details.

Max Carocci

In addition to teaching for City Lit, anthropologist Max Carocci is Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at Richmond, the American University in London. After twelve years teaching and coordinating the join programme World Arts and Artefacts for Birkbeck and the British Museum, Max continued to teach in universities (University of East Anglia, Chelsea College of Art, and Goldsmiths College). Max is research active, and promotes anthropology through public talks, documentary making, consultancies, collaborations with learned institutions, museums and galleries, as well as the publishing world. He curated exhibitions for the British Museum, the Royal Anthropological Institute (London), the Weltkulturen Museum (Frankfurt), and the Venice Biennale, and currently continues his involvement with indigenous artists from the Americas on multiple projects. His forthcoming co-edited book Art, Observation, and an Anthropology of Illustration (Bloomsbury, 2022) will complement a co-authored book he is writing with Native American art historian Stephanie Pratt on mutual representations of Europeans and indigenous Americans in the visual arts.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.