PCC/ CCOG / ATH

Course Content and Outcome Guide for ATH 235

Course Number:
ATH 235
Course Title:
Prehistoric Mexico/Cen America
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
40
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Study of the development, form and history of pre-Columbian Indian civilizations, surveying the achievements of the Maya, the Aztec and their neighbors. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This class will be a survey of Meso-American Archaeology from the first paleo-Indian inhabitation of the Americas to European invasion and conquest. Students should minimally read and write at a collegiate level.

Course Activities and Design

  1. Examine the history and cultural development of Mesoamerican societies from the prehistoric period throough the time of European contact.
  2. Identify the primary cutlural features of Mesoamerican societies like the Maya and the Aztec. 

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment strategies may include:

* exams  (take home and in class)

* term papers

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes:
  • Central American Geography
  • Mesoamerica as a concept
Issues:
  • Cultural Origins
  • Cultural Expansion
  • Cultural Collapse
Concepts:
  • Cultural Evolution
  • Mesoamerica as a Culture Area
  • Mesoamerican Pattern
  • "CBS" Crops
  • Slash and Burn/Chinampa Agriculture
  • Paleo-Indian, Incipient, Pre-Classic, Classic, Post-Classic
  • Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacano, Toltec, Zapotec, Mixtec, Mixica
Skills:
  • Study archaeology at a college level
  • Learn the archaeology, prehistory and history of Mesoamerican Civilization