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PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE


Classification: Transfer Effective Term: 201120
ARC 101 Human Origins and Prehistory



Initiator: David Stephen/Tineke Van Zandt CEU/Credit Hours: 3.00

Campus: West Lecture Periods: 3.00

Date: 4/22/2010 Lab Periods:
Description:

Survey of physical anthropology and archaeology. Includes anthropology and its subfields, the development of evolutionary theory, modern human variation, primates, paleoanthropology and archaeology, and the emergence of the human species from its origins.


Information: Same as ANT 101.
Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to do the following:



  1. List and compare the four subfields of anthropology.

  2. Discuss the development of modern evolutionary theory.

  3. Describe and explain modern human genetic variation, and evaluate the usefulness of race concepts in light of traditional interpretations and the evidence from molecular genetics.

  4. List and compare characteristics and living members of the order primates, discuss modern primate behavior, and identify major events in primate evolution.

  5. Describe the techniques and principles of modern paleoanthropology and archaeology.

  6. Identify australopithecine species, their characteristics, and distributions.

  7. Discuss the origins of the genus Homo and the development of Oldowan culture.

  8. Explain the physical and behavioral changes seen in Homo erectus.

  9. Describe the origins and behavior of Homo heidelbergensis and Homo neanderthalensis.

  10. Compare and contrast models for the origins of Homo sapiens, and discuss modern human cultural development worldwide.

  11. Identify, through hands-on experience with artifacts, skeletal materials, and fossil casts, such materials and associate each with the relevant phases of hominid evolution.

Outline:

  1. Anthropology and its Subfields

    1. Cultural Anthropology

    2. Linguistic Anthropology

    3. Archaeology

    4. Physical (Biological) Anthropology




  1. The Development of Evolutionary Theory

    1. Pre-Darwinian Explanations

    2. Darwin, Wallace, and Evolution by Natural Selection




    1. Classical and Molecular Genetics

      1. Mendel and Principles of Inheritance

      2. Genes and DNA

      3. Population Studies

    2. Evolutionary Processes

    3. Evolution of Culture and Technology




  1. Modern Human Variation

    1. Modern Human Genetic Variation and Adaptation

    2. The Concept of Race




  1. Primates

    1. Primate Characteristics and Living Primate Taxonomy

    2. Living Primate Behavior

    3. Primate Evolution and Fossil Primates




  1. Paleoanthropology and Archaeology

    1. Dating Principles

    2. Fossil and Archaeological Remains

    3. Archaeological Methods and Concepts




  1. Australopithecines

    1. Origins and Distribution

    2. Social Organization, Behavior, and Subsistence

    3. Antecedents and Descendants




  1. Homo Habilis

    1. Origins and Distribution

    2. Social Organization, Behavior, and Oldowan Culture

    3. Antecedents and Descendants




  1. Homo Erectus

    1. Origins and Spread

    2. Social Organization, Behavior, and Acheulean Culture

    3. Antecedents and Descendants



  1. Homo Heidelbergensis and Homo Neanderthalensis

    1. Origins and Distribution

    2. Social Organization, Behavior, and Mousterian Culture

    3. Antecedents and Descendants




  1. Homo Sapiens

    1. Competing Models for Origins and Spread

    2. Social Organization, Behavior, and Upper Paleolithic Cultures

    3. Later Modern Human Dispersals and Cultural Developments



ARC 101 – Human Origins 03/15/2005

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