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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ANG6288

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2005-10-06
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2108 2004-11-23
    Department College Budget Account Number
    ANT AS 1205000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Brent Weisman 9740780

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    ANG 6288 Chiefdoms

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    Graduate Standing, instructor consent


    Course Description

    This course examines theory and data on the emergence of chiefly forms of social organization using case studies from both ethnography and prehistory, and focusing on classic works of cultural evolution and recent critiques of the chiefdom concept.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    This course will add to our method and theory offerings at the PhD level for archaeology track students and also should attract students from other subdisciplines in anthropology.

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course is needed as part of the regular rotation of graduate only electives to service our PhD and advanced graduate students especially in archaeology. Course has potential to attract graduate students in other fields of anthropology and related disciplines.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Offered once previously, in Spring 2004.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph.D. in anthropology or related field

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Students will gain knowledge in theoretical issues of sociopolitical inequality and skill in recognizing inequality in archaeological datasets.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will become conversant in theoretical issues of chiefdoms, capable of debating the conditions and causes of chiefdom formation, and able to analyze data for their relevance to the study of chiefdoms.

    C. Major Topics

    Defining Chiefly Societies, Sources of Social Power, Managerial Models, Political Economy Models, Ritual Economy Models, Chiefs as Managers, Aggrandizers, and Investors

    D. Textbooks

    selected readings

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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