DETAILED TOPICAL OUTLINE:
A. The disciplines of anthropology and archaeology
1. Cultural anthropology: ethnology, ethnography, linguistics, prehistoric archaeology
2. Biological anthropology: primatology, genetics, pale anthropology
3. Historical backgrounds, Darwin and evolutionary theory
B. Archeological Techniques and Data Analysis
2. Dating Techniques
3. Artifact Analysis
4. Ecological Analysis
5. Skeletal Analysis
C. The Evolution of Hominids and their Material Culture
1. The Lower Paleolithic
2. The Middle Paleolithic
3. The Upper Paleolithic and Geographic Expansion
4. Cultural Change at the End of the Ice Age
D. The Development of Cultural Complexity
1. The Beginnings of Cultural Complexity
2. The Rise of Civilization in the Old World Ranked Societies
3. The Rise of Civilization in the New World
METHODS OF EVALUATION: Assessment of student performance may include but is not limited to
1. Quizzes and exams. Students may have short quizzes, for example, on a single chapter's worth of material, or longer exams such as a midterm.
2. Prepared Class Discussion Assignments. Students may be presented with leading questions for discussion based on the material from each section. They could be required to report on their findings, either orally in class or written comments in a threaded discussion group.
3. Written reviews of films, articles, newspaper reports, etc. In addition to the regular textbook material, students could be required to prepare written reviews of other class-related materials as appropriate.
4. Research Papers. Students may be required to prepare several papers that will require further research into materials from each class segment. These could range from brief (one page) reports submitted as homework, to complete essays (3-5 pages) which form a major part of their grade.