• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ARCH3026

From ancient Greece to 20th-century Australia, there has been a desire to understand our ancestors. This course explores major developments that have shaped archaeology as a discipline around the world. We will travel from the time of 'Antiquarians' in 16th-century England, through discovery of ancient human bones in
Africa and ruins of famous sites and vanished civilizations in America, Australia, Pacific islands and Europe. This course will also explore tipping points in archaeological theory and assess how these have influenced current perspectives on the past. Tutorials will focus on the contribution of individuals to the practice and interpretation of archaeology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Critically evaluate individual contributions towards our current understanding of the past;
  2. Critically assess the relationship between archaeological practice and archaeological thought;
  3. Evaluate principal themes, issues and debates in archaeology; and
  4. Critically assess the theoretical underpinnings of archaeology and reflect on your own placement within these.

Indicative Assessment

Small group oral presentation, 15 mins (10%) [Learning Outcome 1]
Poster (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]
Essay, 2500 words (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]
Essay, 3500 words (60%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4]
 

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Workload

130 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

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARCH3026

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:
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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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