ARCH 207

Rise and Fall of Civilizations

This course focuses on the emergence of complex societies in the Old and New Worlds (such as, the Mesopotamians, Egyptians, Harappans, Aztecs, Mayans, and Inkans). Topics include the origins of agriculture and its effect on society, the shift from egalitarian societies to those with social ranking, the rise of cities, and the origins of writing. By highlighting the variability in preindustrial civilizations, the course examines the role of cultural values in shaping the organization of early societies. III.O, V.1

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