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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Anthropology (ANTH)
Origins of the State and Urban Society
Origin of the State & Urbanism
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ANTH 1003

Jeffrey Blomster
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Emergence of urbanism and the state in the prehistory of various world regions. Regions covered might include India, China, Mexico, and the Pacific, among others.
• Students will engage with the primary theoretical literature on the rise of the state and evaluate the different models which account for this transformation. • Students will compare and contrast pre-industrial states and urban societies, looking at similarities and differences in the rise of socio-politically complex societies. We explore both local and global processes. • Students will analyze the power bases underlying complex societies, which has relevance to both ancient and modern states. • Students will be able to critically evaluate how evidence is employed to construct arguments which contribute to high-level archaeological and anthropological interpretation and theory. • Students will practice oral communication skills by focused summaries and critiques of critical readings as well as a substantial presentation on an ancient civilization.
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GWSB-Foreign Cultures Option
CCAS - GCR: Foreign Cultures
CCAS - GCR:Social & Behavioral
SEAS - Soc. Science Electives
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