- Code ARCH2052
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Offered in See Future Offerings
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify the themes in the depiction of archaeology across a range of media;
- Identify and analyse the imaginative appeal of archaeology;
- Critique and analyse the role representations that archaeology/archaeologists play in authorising various dominant and popular historical and cultural narratives;
- Identify and analyse the ways in which depictions of archaeology are used to propagate and authorise ethnocentric and gendered understandings of the past; and
- Analyse the inter-relationship between archaeological practice and its representation in film and other media.
Indicative AssessmentOral 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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Workload130 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
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