• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History , Film, Heritage Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Mathieu Leclerc
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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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 that 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; and
  5. Analyse the inter-relationship between archaeological practice and its representation in film and other media.

Indicative Assessment

Oral presentation,10 minutes (5%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]
Presentation Summary, 1 page (5%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]
Tutorial portfolio (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]
Film/other media review, 1000 words (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
Essay, 2500 words (40%) [Learning Outcomes 4, 5]
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 46 hours of contact: 12 hours of lectures, 12 hours of discussion seminar and 22 hours of film screening; and
b) 84 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Prescribed Texts

None

Majors

Minors

Fees

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

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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
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9554 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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