- Code ASIA2301
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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.
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 AssessmentFour 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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Workload1 x 2 hour lecture plus 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
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