College of Arts and Sciences | Lost Tribes and Sunken Continents
E104 | 16501 | Pyburn


COLL-E 104 16501 Lost Tribes and Sunken Continents (Pyburn K) (S & H)
(3 cr.)
10:10PM - 11:45PM MW
Class meets for the first 8-weeks only
See Schedule of Classes for discussion section times

This is a class about the mysteries of the past. During the semester,
several of the most intriguing ideas and questions about the behavior
and experience of ancient humans will be discussed, including the
origin of the Moundbuilders, the story of Atlantis, ancient contacts
with extraterrestrials, the fates of the Easter Islanders and the
Maya, lost cities of the Inca, and the shroud of Turin. The point of
covering this popular and sensational material is threefold: Students
will be introduced to the methods of science. Most students have
limited or inaccurate ideas about the goals and possibilities of
science that impede their ability to evaluate information. Critical
skills will be enhanced that will be useful to the student in everyday
life. Besides exposure to the scientific approach, students will learn
to take an anthropological approach to identifying the cultural values
promoted by particular claims about the human past.

Nothing is more inspiring than the real story of human experience in
the most distant reaches of time, and nothing is more thrilling than
scientific discovery. Students will be exposed to the most exciting
current research in archaeology to develop an enlightened perspective
on the importance of scientific research to life in the modern world.
In this class students will be exposed to the basic principles of
anthropology and the methodology of scientific archaeology.