What is the course about?
This course is about the emergence of social complexity in all its various manifestations. It includes examples from the five continents to expand common perceptions of what is civilisation comparing different forms of social organisation.
What will we cover?
We will cover cultural changes from the Neolithic to the era of explorations. We will look at African, American, and Pacific civilisations alongside cultures from the ancient Near East, East Asia and the Mediterranean world.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Identify civilisations from various world regions, apply theories on the emergence of culture on the basis of examples discussed in the course, place world civilisations in their proper historical context.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous experience with archaeology or anthropology is required, nor is there a course prerequisite. You will be encouraged to participate by asking questions, expressing your opinions and generally contributing your experience and knowledge. You will receive regular feedback throughout the course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught through Power Point presentations, but will include class discussion, small group work, and questions and answers. Weekly readings will prepare you to the next week’s topics to engage in conversation.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Classes on other classical and ancient civilisations as well as civilisations of the Americas.
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