Emphasis is on technology choice and its long term social and ecological consequences including the gradual development of complex societies and their sudden "collapse".
The course includes films, museum visits, hands on experience with reconstructions of tools and weapons and an introduction to computer modeling of technological change. The term paper assignment may be presented as a multi-media, hypertext document.
This course is one in a sequence of two courses. tracing the evolution of technology and human environmental adaptations in selected regions in the New World from the arrival of human populations to the present.
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