• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Archaeology, Pacific Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Minor code APAE-MIN
Asian and Pacific Archaeology Minor

What was life like for people in the past?  To find out, archaeologists study their material culture—the things they left behind. Courses in the Asian and Pacific Archaeology minor offer insight into the origins, development and, sometimes, the disappearance of diverse and astonishing cultures in Asia and the Pacific. Students also are introduced to the techniques that archaeologists use to search for and collect artefacts from past cultures, and the key ideas and theories that bring the past into focus. The perspective gained through focused study of the Asian and Pacific human past can be effectively employed in many fields and across other geographic regions.

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Learning Outcomes

  1.      Understand the prehistory of cultures in Asia and the Pacific
  2.      Identify and critique the capabilities and limits of archaeological evidence
  3.      Analyse Asian and Pacific population movements, expansions and developments in long-term context.
  4.      Understand the processes and disciplinary approaches that archaeology uses to learn about the past.
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

12 units from the completion of the following course(s):


ARCH1111 - Archaeology Uncovered (6 units)
ASIA2301 - Human Migration and Expansion in the Rise of the Asia-Pacific (6 units)

6 units from the completion of the following course(s):

ASIA2203 - Archaeology of China (6 units)
ARCH2050 - Archaeology of Southeast Asia (6 units)
ASIA2270 - India in the Age of Asian Empires: South Asian History to 1757 (6 units)

6 units from the completion of the following course(s):

ARCH2005 - Archaeology of the Pacific Islanders (6 units)
ASIA2044 - Chinese History: The Imperial Period (221 BC - 1800) (6 units)
ASIA3051 - Study Tour: Archaeology in Asia (6 units)
ARCH3024 - In the footprints of Siddhartha: The Archaeology of Buddhism (6 units)
ARCH2022 - Study Tour: Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change (6 units)

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