• 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 2016
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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

Specialisations

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. 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:
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
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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
9398 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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