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Archaeology and the Peoples of Latin America

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ANT 210

       Course Name: Archaeology and the Peoples of Latin America

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces exploration of specific peoples and cultures in Latin America.  Content includes examination of origin and development of ancient civilizations (Aztec, Maya, and Inca) through archaeological and historical methods; and ethnographic survey of cultural, economic and political characteristics of modern peoples in this region.

IV.   Learning Objectives

In this course students will:
    A. learn about the early civilizations of the Aztec, Maya and Inca.
    B. study civilizations using the archaeological findings and historical records.
    C. partake in comparative cultural analysis using ethnographic research.
    D. study the modem peoples in the area and explore the concept of cultural continuity.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A. Archaeological data for Latin America
B. Historical records for Latin America
C. Origin and growth of civilizations/urban states
D. Culture background: history, culture, economics, political systems
E. Modem cultures: social organization, economics, politics, kinship

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods include lecture, discussion, and collaborative assignments or projects.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

This course relies on the student's ability to read and understand college-level text material.  Students will be required to write for the class the equivalent of 12-15 typed pages of material that will be graded.  This writing may take the form of a research or term paper, summaries of journal articles, and/or a series of shorter, analytical papers.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Students will be graded on their written work, including exams and in class assignments.

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.