- Code HUMN8008
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Humanities
- Areas of interest Resource Management and Environmental Science, Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Policy Studies More...
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
This course provides an overview of the major forms of rock art and their geographic and chronological distribution around the world. We critically explore the history of rock art research and the theories that have influenced its development as an area of investigation. At the same time, this course highlights practical innovations in rock art documentation, analysis, dating, interpretation, management, and conservation. We consider how rock art studies help us to document and understand changes in human behaviour, technology, economy, and ideology through time. The social, ethical and political dimensions of rock art research are also integral to this course, as is an understanding of the close disciplinary links between the anthropological and archaeological study of art.
Course Structure And ContentThe specific syllabus will be available at the beginning of the semester in which the course is taught. However, an indicative list of modules and components is as follows:
- Module 1: An introduction to world rock art
- Module 2: Forms of rock art - pigment, petroglyph etc.
- Module 3: A history of rock art research
- Module 4: Documenting rock art
- Module 5: Analysing rock art
- Module 6: Theories for interpreting rock art
- Module 7: Ethnography and rock art
- Module 8: Innovations in dating rock art
- Module 9: Management and conservation of rock art sites
- Module 10: Recent advances in rock art research
- Module 11: Ethics and culturally appropriate research
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:
- skills in written and verbal expression for a variety of relevant academic and / or professional purposes.
- skills in interdisciplinary thinking and the ability to apply diverse theoretical and practical ideas to rock art research.
- skills required to independently undertake research into rock art in Australia and internationally. This includes data-collection and analysis of results.
- skills to undertake verbal and written presentation of their results at the standard of a postgraduate degree.
- an understanding of current best practice in rock art research.
- a commitment to ethical practice in regard to rock art research.
3000 word essay or report (50%); presentation (20%); poster (30%)
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Areas of Interest
- Resource Management and Environmental Science
- Cultural Studies
- Policy Studies
- Museums and Collections
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