• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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This course will provide an introduction to the archaeological and biological data which reflect upon cultural history and human variation. From Origins to Civilisations sets up a broad framework upon which later Archaeology and Biological Anthropology units across the University can be placed. In particular, taken with the other first year unit, Introduction to Archaeology (ARCH 1111), taught in the 1st semester each year, it provides the necessary basis for students to continue on to a wide variety of later year units within our School.

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. Understand the broad trajectory of human evolution.
  2. Critically evaluate archaeological journal articles.
  3. Understand  the rise of complex societies and recognize similarities and differences between them.

Indicative Assessment

Presentation (10 minutes duration) and presentation summary (500 words max) (9% and 6%) Addresses Learning Outcomes 1, 3.

Critical reading (100 words/reading x 2 readings) (2.5% each for a total of 5%) Addresses Learning Outcome 2.

Essay 2000 words in length (40%) Addresses Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 3.

Exam, 2 hours in length (40%) Addresses Learning Outcomes 1, 3.

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures, 24 hours of tutorials and laboratories; and b) 94 hours of film screenings and independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with PREH1112

Preliminary Reading

Scarre, C. ed The Human Past, Thames and Hudson, 2010.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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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
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7172 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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