Rise and Fall of Ancient Civilizations
Dr. William Baden, KT204K , 481-6202
Office Hours: M-F 7:30am-4:30pm by Appointment
Readings:All readings will be placed on reserve at the
Helmke Library. No textbook required. (A reading
list will be provided separately).
Exams: Exam 1 - February 10 :: Theories of Culture Change
Exam 2 - March 27 :: Specific Examples part 1 (100
Exam 3 - April 20 :: Specific Examples part 2 (100
Unsched - There will be one unscheduled quiz
consisting of one question that will be given at
some "random" time during the semester. It will
not count towards the final total points for your
grade, but will be added as bonus points to your
total as an adjustment for "borderline" grades. (10
Papers: One Paper - 8 to 10 typed, doubled spaced pages on
"The Rise and Fall of ....". Topic must be cleared
with instructor prior to March 16. Due date - 3 PM
May 6, 1992. Papers turned in after 3 PM May 6
will receive a deduction of 10 points for up-to-
and-including every 24 hrs. it is late. Citations
should follow American Antiquity format (100 pts.)
Grading: You will be graded on a 400 point-maximum scale.
The grade scale will minimally be A = 400-360; B =
359-320; C = 319-280; D = 279-240; F = 239-0, with
strong potential for a "curve". The total points
earned from your scheduled exams and paper plus
your score on the unscheduled quiz will be used to
determine your final grade. You will be tested
over the assigned readings only in terms of how
they are discussed in class.
The week of March 9-13 is Spring Break - no classes.
The week of April 27 - May 1 is reserved for "readings" and
preparation of your paper. There will be no formal class
that week, but I will be available for questions during the
regular class times. In the event that bad weather prevents
me from teaching class (even though IPFW has not officially
closed), you will be responsible for using that "free" time
period for readings and paper preparation. To check in
advance on suspect days, call either the Sociology-
Anthropology Office (481-6842) or Computing & Data
Processing Service's Help Desk (481-6030).
1982 Catastrophe and Continuity in Social Evolution.
1990 The Emergence of Civilization. Chapter 7: Theories
of the State.
Prigigine, Ilya, Gregoire Nicolis, Gnes Babloyantz
1972 Thermodynamics of Evolution. Physics Today,
1972 Thermodynamics of Evolution. Physics Today,
1979 Systems Collapse as Social Transformation:
Catastrophe and Anastrophe in Early State Societies.
Refrew, Colin and Paul Bahn
1991 Archaeology: Theories, Methods, and Practice.
Chapter 12: Why did Things Change: Explanation in
1973 Models for Maya Trade. In: The Explanation of
Culture Change: Models in Prehistory, Renfrew, Colin
(ed). pp. 601-607. (ed). pp. 601-607.
Rathje, William L.
1973 Models for Mobile Maya: A Variety of Constraints.
In: The Explanation of Culture Change: Models in
Prehistory, Renfrew, Colin (ed). pp. 731-757.
Weaver, Muriel Porter
1972 The Aztecs, Maya, and their Predecessors:
Archaeology of Mesoamerica. Chapter 1 and Chapter
"The Rise and Fall of ..."
Goal:Present a "processual" perspective on the rise and fall
of a particular culture. The topic should fulfill the
specific grading requirements listed below:
Grading: 1)Grammar and Readability: Your paper should be
"readable" with accurate spellings. Its
presentation should be clean with identifiable
sections, including a Conclusion. You should
follow American Antiquity format for citing and
listing your references (examples are available).
Footnotes and endnotes should be avoided. (15
2) Content: This paper should briefly discuss the
precurssor(s) of the topic culture in sufficient
detail to define the social, political, and
economic environments prior to the establishment of
the topic culture. (20 points)
The paper should adequately position the topic in
"time" by providing carbon dates or real historic
dates wherever possible. You should specify the
source (C14, tree rings, historic documents, etc.)
for your chronological data. (20 points)
The paper should provide an overview of the
cultural lifeways of these people in terms of their
social, political, and subsistence subsystems. (20
Finally, the paper should address processes that
"caused" both the rise and fall of this culture
using a) published research and b) your own
insights. You should offer, in a conclusion, your
review of the published explanations (both for the
rise and fall) in terms of how they address the
actual data. (25 points)
The paper should be 8-10 typed, double spaced pages. The
paper is due no later than 3 PM May 6, 1992. Late penalties
are described in the course sylabus. Make a personal copy
of your paper prior to turning it in.
Copyright 1997 William W. Baden to this syllabus and all lectures.
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