• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Catherine Frieman
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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From Indiana Jones to Agatha Christie, archaeology and archaeologists are disproportionately well represented in big budget films, and are recurrent subjects in some genres of fictional writing. This course focuses on ideas of archaeology presented in popular culture and will appeal to archaeologically-interested students of film, anthropology, and literature, as well as archaeology students. It is a course in archaeology that deals with the depictions of archaeology by and for non-archaeologists and the implications of those depictions; and it looks at the insights that film and fiction dealing with archaeology might provide about the operation of popular culture. Lectures include film and film commentary.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the themes in the depiction of archaeology across a range of media;
  2. Identify and analyse the imaginative appeal of archaeology;
  3. Critique and analyse the role representations of archaeology/archaeologists play in authorising various dominant and popular historical and cultural narratives;
  4. Identify and analyse the ways in which depictions of archaeology are used to propagate and authorise ethnocentric and gendered understandings of the past.
  5. Analyse the inter-relationship between archaeological practice and its representation in film and other media.

Indicative Assessment

Students evaluate the filmic/media representations of archaeology by:

  1. presentations and participation in tutorials and on-line bulletins (15%) - LO 1, 2
  2. a brief film/other media review or short essay (15%) - LO 1, 2, 3
  3. a detailed film/other media review (20%)
  4. a 3,000 word essay (50%) - LO 4, 5

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Workload

As a 6-unit course, students are expected to spend 130 hours in meeting the study and assessment requirements of the course. The course will consist of 4 contact hours per week (3 hour block each week for film/media viewing and lecture and a separate 1 hour tutorial). The remainder of the time will be spend on undertaking weekly set readings for the lecture and tutorial and in producing assessments for submission.

Requisite and Incompatibility

12 Units of any course

Prescribed Texts

None

Assumed Knowledge

This course does not assume any prior knowledge in archaeology.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1164
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2004 $2916
2005 $3132
2006 $3132
2007 $3132
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8873 21 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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