The Rise of Complex Societies

Ref: C2339007

The change from a mobile hunter-gatherer lifestyle to that of a sedentary farmer is a key one in the development of human societies. This course will provide an introduction to the transition to farming and the growth of the first complex societies, focusing on sites such as Abu Hureyra, Jericho and Çatalhöyük.

Course aim

This course will provide an introduction to the transition to farming and the growth of the first complex societies.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • List at least three sites studied during this course
  • Describe where and when the transition to farming occurred
  • Discuss the different theories as to why the transition to farming occurred
  • List at least three social and cultural developments that occur as a result of the rise of more complex societies.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Learners will require a notepad and pen. They may also find it useful to have a folder in which to store handouts and notes. Essential reading will be provided.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

The Rise of Complex Societies Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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