The Civilizations of South America

Ref: C3741164

The Central Andean archaeological record documents the rise and fall of some of the most complex societies to emerge in the pre-contact Americas. These include Chavin de Huantar, Paracas, Nazca (famous for the Nazca lines), Moche, Tiwanaku, Chimu, Chachapoya, Huari and the Inca empire. The area is also notable for its artistic and technological achievements in textiles, ceramics, metallurgy and monumental architecture. This course will review the history of human adaptation to the South American Continent from the earliest Paleo-Indian arrivals through to the Inca Empire. It will to provide an overview of South American prehistory and a survey of current research in the field.

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Course aim

Learn about the great cultures of South America, which culminated in the Inca empire, cultures notable for their artistic and technological achievements in textiles, ceramics, metallurgy and monumental architecture.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Explain the adaptations the prehistoric peoples undertook to live in the andean area.
  • Name at least 3 cultures other than the Inca who played a large role in the development of Andean civilisations.
  • Be able to criticise and evaluate interpretations of archaeological data.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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

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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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