HSS639: Advanced theory and method in Paleoanthropology

        [Cr:4, Lc:2, Tt:0, Lb:2]

Course Outline

This course is uniquely tailored for doctoral students who need guided exposure to fill specific theoretical and methodological knowledge gaps in paleoanthropology and archaeology. Select sub-disciplines and topics to be covered can be broadly classified under (but are not limited to) prehistory, protohistory, experimental archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, bioarchaeology, archaeo-astronomy, rock art studies, geology, taphonomy, vertebrate paleontology and paleoecology. The primary goal of this course is to teach focused topics in relation to the students growing research interests. The structure of this course will encourage critical and original thinking of controversial topics and contemporary debated issues, and students will be expected to strategically select and confront existing hypotheses and theories using theoretical, laboratory and/or field-based methods. At the end of the course, the student should present an informed and critical theoretical synthesis of the selected topic as well as turn in a small practical project including preliminary research results and their paleoanthropological implications. This will further help refine and develop their general topical interest into a viable doctoral research topic, and also provide valuable experience in paleoanthropological theory and method.

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