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    Vassar College
  Dec 17, 2017
Catalogue 2017-2018
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STS 231 - Tools and Human Behavior

1 unit(s)
Humans are obligate tools users. For the last 2 million years humans have evolved in concert with tools and all human interactions with the environment are mediated by technology. This course will examine theories of technological change, drawing upon scholarship in anthropology, the history of technology, economic history, and evolutionary theory. Also considered will be the ways in which people, individually and in groups, interact with raw materials to transform them into artifacts, use these artifacts and then redeposit them in the natural environment.

Prerequisite(s): previous coursework in Anthropology or permission of the instructor.

Not offered in 2017/18.

Two 75-minute periods.

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