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Lifelong Learning Archaeology and World Cultures Courses

Lifelong Learning courses are designed primarily for students age 50 and over. Not all listed courses are offered each semester. See schedule of Lifelong Learning classes to find current schedules, location, dates, and costs.

World Cultures: Food For Thought

 Archaeology: 12,000 Years of Montgomery County’s Past, LLI-668 - Hours: 15

Ever wonder about when people first came to Montgomery County and what their lives were like? Join Montgomery College archaeologists for a first-hand look at remains from the last 12,000 years found at local prehistoric sites. After the first in-class meeting, you will have lectures on locations of historic sites including camps, quarries, rock shelters (pre- historic motels), and Indian villages. Note: There is a fair amount of walking involved. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Archaeology:  Great Cities of the Past, LLI666 - Hours: 12

Learn how to use archaeological data to examine the wonderful diversity of ancient cities. Drawing from examples across the world, you will take a comparative and cross-cultural approach to understand how and why cities develop, expand, and decline. Your journey will take you across the world from the earliest examples of the urban form in ancient Mesopotamia, through the still-occupied great cities of Europe such as Rome, to the once great capital cities of Africa and the Americas (Benin, Cahokia, Xi’an, and Macchu Picchu), and the less well-known cities of Asia. This course will incorporate short films and video clips to indulge in virtual ‘travel’ and follow in the footsteps of the archaeologists who worked at these sites. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only. You must purchase textbook(s)/materials and bring them to the first class.

Hands-on Archaeology, LLI-576 - Hours:  12

Ever wonder how archaeologists do what they do in the field? This could be your chance to really dig in and get your hands dirty. Working with the Montgomery County Parks and Planning office and Montgomery College professors, an un-explored pre-historic site has been identified and is waiting for your help in the excavation phase. All you have to do is sign up and you will receive hands-on training in the field and perhaps be the first person to find an artifact that has been lost for 4,000 years. Classes will be held outside and will require a moderate amount of walking and physical activity digging and screening. Those who want to observe and learn with less physical activity are also welcome. Excavation site will be specified in class. Questions may be ad- dressed to or eugenia.

Introduction to Archaeology, LLI802 - 37.5 Hours

This course is an introduction to the discipline of archaeology.  The course provides background to the field of archaeology. The discipline evolved slowly from explorations of ancient cultures to the science that it is today with accurate dating, archaeological data excavated with precision, theories that guide interpretation, and ethical concerns. The course also includes a survey of global prehistoric archaeological cultures and hands-on experiences. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Introduction to Archaeological Lab Methods,LL I552 – Hours: 12

Have you ever found a broken piece of ceramic or perhaps an arrowhead and wanted to know more about it? If so, join us in the Archaeology Lab and learn what archaeologists do with artifacts once they are unearthed. You will have hands-on training and gain valuable skills that can lead to future volunteer work and employment opportunities in the field of archeology. Work with a professional archeologist to analyze artifacts under a microscope and to classify and date historic and pre-historic finds. This course meets the standards of the Montgomery County Department of Archaeology for the processing and curating of artifacts. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

Latin American Cultures: The New Brazil, Beyond Carnival, Samba and Soccer, LLI812 - 12 Hours

This course provides an overview of Brazilian history, politics, and culture for anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge and understanding of this rising regional powerhouse and Latin American societies more generally. Explore the distinctive richness of Brazil’s colonial experience-including the rise of the CASA Grande (plantation economy) and the creation of the Kingdom of Brazil, the only such imperial experiment in the Americas. Learn about the dissolution of the Kingdom, this country’s unique path to independence which was intimately linked with the local abolitionist movement. Analyze how blending European, African, and indigenous traditions became not just the central tenant of an independent Brazil but its driving force towards modernization. Like the United States, Brazil became a country of immigrants and their arrival and integration changed not only the political and economic order of this society (the rise of the Estado Novo in 1930, the transition to democracy in the 1980s), but also its culture (from samba and bossa-nova to the architectural masterpieces of Niemeyer or the visionary multi-media installations of Oiticica). Learn how at the beginning of the 21st century Brazil has established itself as the country of the future-economically dynamic and modern, culturally diverse and on the leading edge. The course will draw on a range of cultural forms (novels, short stories, essays, film, music, art) as a window into this history. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.

World Cultures, Course, LLI803 - 37.5 Hours

This course is an examination of one culture area in a particular geographic region from an anthropological perspective. Drawing from the theories and methods of anthropology, this course will explore the prehistory, colonialism, cultural systems, modernization, and globalization of the region. Interesting case studies are used to examine current conditions.  Focus of this course is on Latin America and The Caribbean Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.


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