Fall 2020 - ARCH 378 D100

Pacific Northwest North America (3)

Class Number: 4709

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 273.



The prehistory and cultural traditions of the region. The content, antecedents, relationships, and changes in these cultures through time. Technological, socio-economic, and environmental factors in culture growth.


This course examines the cultural traditions of Pacific Northwest North America, as represented by the archaeological record.  It will include an overview of the geography, ethnography, culture history, and archaeology of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon, with emphasis on the Pacific Coast. This will be supplemented by examination of selected thematic topics such as early human occupation, technological traditions, social complexity, intensification, trade, warfare, and slavery.


  • Online discussion participation 25%
  • Assignment #1: People and Places 15%
  • Assignment #2: Article Review 25%
  • Assignment #3: Research Paper 35%


This course will be entirely online (asynchronous) and will include recorded lectures, discussions, readings, and films.



There is no textbook for this course.  All required readings will be available online through the SFU Bennett Library, CANVAS, and SFU Archaeology Press.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).