• 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
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Spring Session 2016
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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:

The details for this course will vary from year to year, according to the field location selected in Asia. Students will be able to:

1. Discuss with peers about the current archaeological theories, methods, and techniques as practiced in the selected region in field research, cultural heritages, museum studies, academic settings, and government institutions;

2. Present significant aspects of the archaeology in the selected region in a manner suitable for a general audience;

3. Participate in a team research exercise about archaeology and cultures in the selected region; and

4. Apply this information toward understanding the role of the archaeology in the selected region of China, Asia-Pacific, and the world.

Other Information

 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

Assessment will be based predominantly on activities and work produced during the field course:

1. A review paper of approximately 3,500 words (50%) (relates to Learning Outcome 4, based on proficiency in Learning Outcomes 1, 2, and 3);

2. A portfolio of field records and self-reflective diary (40%) (relates to Learning Outcomes 1 and 2); and

3. Group participation (10%) (relates to Learning Outcome 3)

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The course will involve a pre-course briefing, 2 weeks of field training and lectures in-country, and a 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

Recommended Textbooks:

Yang, X.N. (ed.) 2004. New Perspectives on China's Past: Twentieth-Century Chinese Archaeology: Missouri: the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. 

Tsang, C.H. 2000. The Archaeology of Taiwan. Taipei: Council for Cultural Affairs, Excutive Yuan. 

Pearson, R. 2013 Ancient Ryukyu. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.

Additional readings may be assigned for specific topics chosen according the year's selected visiting region in Asia, and for student essays.

Preliminary Reading

A complete list of assigned readings will be uploaded to Wattle site. Readings are according to the selected region each time the course is given.




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
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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
9604 21 Nov 2016 25 Nov 2016 25 Nov 2016 02 Dec 2016 In Person N/A

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