University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    Feb 09, 2023  
University General Course Catalog 2022-2023
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ANTH 655 - Archaeological Theory

(3 units)
Past and current theories in archaeological interpretation.

Grading Basis: Graded
Units of Lecture: 3
Offered: Every Fall - Even Years

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. describe in detail the history of the development of Americanist archaeology and integrate their knowledge of this development with the history of the evolution of the social and natural sciences more generally.
2. critically evaluate the theoretical perspectives and biases that have guided archaeological research in the past.
3. explain how modern theoretical perspectives are derived from past ones and how these perspectives guide current archaeological research.
4. develop a synthetic argument explaining one of the long-running and vexing archaeological questions regarding the evolution of human behavior from the perspective of one or more archaeological paradigms and/or theoretical perspectives.

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