• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Hsiao-chun Hung
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2014
    See Future Offerings

This intensive course is ideally suited for upper level undergraduates, either with or without an archaeology background, who wish to initiate or expand their knowledge about Chinese Archaeology.This course will involve detailed study of a number of important prehistoric and early historic archaeological excavations, collections, and issues of archaeological debate in China, as well as a visit of about 2 weeks to a selected cultural region in China to examine significant sites, museums, and research institutes. The objective of the course is to familiarize students with the most significant discoveries and research projects in China, with a focus on different issues according to the selected region each time the course is given. Examples of regions and issues which might be covered on different occasions include: the middle and lower Yangtze Valley; the middle and lower Yellow River Valley; Taiwan and neighbouring islands. During the 2 weeks of intensive study in China, students will be instructed in the most recent scientific discoveries by a number of leading Chinese academics.The lectures will be led by leading academics and professionals within the field of Chinese archaeology, and are aimed at students, either with or without Archaeology background, to gain familiarity with significant archaeological remains, and cultural heritage in China.

Learning Outcomes

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

Concerning learning outcomes for this course in 2012, students will gain the knowledge and skills to:

1. Demonstrate understanding of the fundamental practices of archaeology in China, especially methods and techniques of site survey and excavation.  

2. Be able to describe and interpret significant archaeological discoveries in the selected region of China.

3. Be able to participate in a team research exercise in China.

4. Be able to report on significant aspects of field and museum archaeological collections in China.

5. Demonstrate understanding of  the significance of archaeological data from sites and museums in China on regional, national, and world scales.

Other Information

Applications to undertake this course are competitive and your selection will be based upon academic merit and the responses to selection criteria found in the application form.

Applications to enrol in this course for the Spring Session 2014 must be made at https://apollo.anu.edu.au/default.asp?pid=7964

Indicative Assessment

Graded assessment tasks will include:

a)      a review paper of approximately 3,500 words.   (50%);

b)      a portfolio of field records and self-reflective diary entries related to daily field experiences and field discussions (40%); and

c)      group participation (10%).

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A half-day pre-course briefing, 2 weeks of field training and lectures in China, and a half-day post-course meeting.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

PDFs of weekly readings will be available on Wattle




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:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2190
2005 $2190
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3240
2006 $3240
2005 $3234
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8659 17 Nov 2014 21 Nov 2014 21 Nov 2014 28 Nov 2014 In Person N/A

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