• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies

This intensive course will involve 2 weeks of in-country traveling to a selected cultural region in China or Taiwan to examine the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites, other archaeological sites, museums, and research institutes.  This course is ideally suited for upper level undergraduates or masters students, either with or without an archaeology background, who wish to initiate or expand their knowledge about ancient art, cultures and archaeology in China. Students of this course will learn first-hand about archaeological discoveries, experience the modern life and research in China, and build their knowledge of Chinese cultures through intensive in-country study.

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

This course is not on offer in 2015. It may be on offer for 2016.

 Enrolment in this course will be through the terradotta studio abroad site (https://anu-au-sa.terradotta.com/) as a Short Program. Students are required to register on the system in order to apply for the course. There are a number of scholarships and grants available for student who undertake this course in order to assist them to go. Please contact the CAP student centre  (cap.student@anu.edu.au) for  more information, or take a look at the Archaeology in China site on the CAP student centre site (http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/students/exchange-study-abroad/archaeology).

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9604 21 Nov 2016 25 Nov 2016 25 Nov 2016 02 Dec 2016 In Person N/A

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