• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Most of the past is outside of history, either occurring before people began writing things down or happening in the nooks and crannies of culture that are rarely written about. To understand this past we must turn to its material culture—the remains of everyday life preserved in the archaeological and natural record. This course will discuss what we have learned about the human past in eastern Asia and in the Pacific and how we have learned it, with emphasis on key developments such as the first arrival of people in uninhabited lands, the development of agriculture and the resilience of foraging, the development of complex ranked societies, and the interactions of people with local environments.

Learning Outcomes

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

Having completed this course students will be able to:
  • Describe how archaeologists have approached the study of Asia and the Pacific.
  • Critically use concepts and tools from the discipline of archaeology to develop, review, analyse and synthesise knowledge about Asia and the Pacific.
  • Evaluate how the study of Asia and the Pacific has influenced the discipline of archaeology.

Indicative Assessment

Four quizzes each 5% (20%);  two exams, each 10% (20%); a research paper discussing a recent magazine/ newspaper article using the ancient past in a discussion of modern culture (20%); and a research paper describing prehistory of a particular spot in the region (40%).

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Workload

1 x 2 hour lecture plus 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of courses.

Prescribed Texts

Reading list to be provided in the course outline.

Preliminary Reading

Reading list to be provided in the course outline.

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.

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