Anthropology | EARLY PREHISTORY OF AFRICA
P314 | 0385 | Pickering
This course is designed as a survey of African prehistory from the
earliest known hominids until the Late Stone Age.
Course Requirements: Sections of the required textbooks will be assigned
for some meetings. These assignments will be indicated next to the date
and lecture topic for which they are required. It is expected that you
will complete these readings in preparation for the indicated class
meeting. In some cases, it is especially important that you complete the
required readings, as they will not be discussed specifically during
our class meetings. However, it is expected that you know this
information as a background to various lectures and discussions. In
addition, this material is considered "fair game" for exam questions.
Thus, it is strongly recommended that you obtain the required texts and
keep up-to-date on the required readings.
Methods of Evaluation: Grades will be based on two exams-a midterm (25 %
of your final grade) and a final (50 % of your final grade)-a term paper
(25 % of your final grade) and an African map quiz (a 100% pass on this
map quiz is mandatory to pass the course).
The final exam is cumulative.
Make-up exams will not be given, except in extreme cases, such as death in
the family or serious illness on part of the student (proper documentation
of such situations-such as a doctor's excuse-will be required from the
Late papers will only be accepted in extreme cases, such as death in the
family or serious illness on part of the student (proper documentation of
such situations-such as a doctor's excuse-will be required from the
student). Paper topics must be submitted in writing be and approved by
the course instructor by a due-date; failure to meet this deadline will
result in the term paper grade being dropped by one letter grade.
A reference style guide will be distributed. Read this guide carefully
and adhere to it.
A strict limit of twenty (20) pages (excluding bibliography, tables and
figures) maximum will be enforced. Papers must be double-spaced and typed
or laser-printed, with a font size of 11 or 12 point. Finally, and
importantly, in order to pass this course, you must obtain a perfect score
(100%) on an African map quiz. A blank political map of
Africa-with only country borders indicated-will be distributed during this
quiz, and you must label each country correctly. The quiz will be given
twice, providing two opportunities at a perfect score.