- Class Number 3980
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Geoffrey Clark
- Prof Geoffrey Clark
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
This course will illuminate the dynamic past of the Asia-Pacific including the origins and lifeways of pre-human species and the arrival around 50,000 years ago of the first modern humans. Significant events covered by the course include the emergence of complex societies culminating in competing empires and early globalization, the movement of people from mainland and island Asia to the remote islands of the Pacific and the environmental impacts of hunting and foraging and farming as well as natural events such as climate change. Course delivery is primarily by lecture format (2 hours/week) with active student participation delivered individually and as a group. The course is broad and specialists from the ANU and beyond will be invited to discuss significant issues.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On successful completion of this course, student will be able to:
1) Describe how archaeologists have approached the early history of Asia and the Pacific.
2) Critically use concepts and tools from the discipline of archaeology to develop, review, analyse and synthesise knowledge about Asia and the Pacific.
3) Demonstrate an understanding of the prehistoric origins of the Asia-Pacific.
4) Communicate arguments and findings effectively, both orally and in writing.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Lecture: Human expansions in the Asia-Pacific|
|2||Activity: Human expansion: Push and pull factors|
|3||Lecture: What are the Causes of Migration 1 – Climate change|
|4||Activity: Climate change: Population and ecological impacts||Quiz: Asia-Pacific Geography|
|5||Lecture: What are the Causes of Migration 2 – Warfare|
|6||Activity: Surviving and colonizing new landscapes|
|7||Lecture: Inhabiting new landscapes: Early human movements in Asia, Australia and the Pacific||Critical Review|
|8||Activity: Environmental barriers to human movement|
|9||Lecture: What are the Causes of Migration 3 – Population growth and resource scarcity||Critical Review|
|10||Activity: Population growth and resource scarcity|
|11||Lecture: Lapita expansion in the uninhabited Pacific||Critical Review|
|12||Activity: Lapita success and failure|
|13||Lecture: Polynesian origins and expansion||Critical Review|
|14||Activity: Polynesian success and failure|
|15||Lecture: The emergence of states and empires in the Asia-Pacific||Object history and human expansion Part 1|
|16||Activity: Key factors in the development of social complexity||Object history and human expansion Part 2|
|17||Activity: 1.Expansion and Complex societies in the Asia-Pacific, Qin Empire, Khmer Empire, Mongol Empire, Joseon Dynasty, Kofun Era, Tongan Empire, European colonization||Object history and human expansion Part 3|
|18||Activity: 2.Expansion and Complex societies in the Asia-Pacific, Qin Empire, Khmer Empire, Mongol Empire, Joseon Dynasty, Kofun Era, Tongan Empire, European colonization||Object history and human expansion Part 4|
|19||Activity: 3. Expansion and Complex societies in the Asia-Pacific, Qin Empire, Khmer Empire, Mongol Empire, Joseon Dynasty, Kofun Era, Tongan Empire, European colonization||Object history and human expansion Part 5|
|20||Activity: 4.Expansion and Complex societies in the Asia-Pacific, Qin Empire, Khmer Empire, Mongol Empire, Joseon Dynasty, Kofun Era, Tongan Empire, European colonization||Object history and human expansion Part 6|
|21||Activity: 5.Expansion and Complex societies in the Asia-Pacific, Qin Empire, Khmer Empire, Mongol Empire, Joseon Dynasty, Kofun Era, Tongan Empire, European colonization||Object history and human expansion Part 7|
|22||Activity: 6.Expansion and Complex societies in the Asia-Pacific, Qin Empire, Khmer Empire, Mongol Empire, Joseon Dynasty, Kofun Era, Tongan Empire, European colonization||Object history and human expansion Part 8|
|23||Lecture: Early globalizations in the Asia-Pacific 1|
|24||Lecture: Early globalizations in the Asia-Pacific 2||Essay due COB (5pm)|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Learning Outcomes|
|Quiz, Week 2||10 %||*||1, 2|
|Critical review, Weeks 4-7||20 %||*||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Object history, Weeks 8-11. Select an object from one of the major population expansions we have examined and use it to outline the dispersal history||40 %||*||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Essay, due Week 12 (Friday 28 May)||30 %||28/05/2021||1, 2, 3, 4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2
Quiz, Week 2
Map quiz geography divisions of the Asia-Pacific region
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Critical review, Weeks 4-7
Journal article: Critical review and discussion. In Weeks 4-7 a journal article on a lecture topic that has been allocated with be summarised and critically reviewed in-class. Word length 600-1200 words.
Assessment: Assessment for the Critical Review Presentation is based on the following factors:
a) Comprehension – have you understood the key points and the arguments of the readings?
b) Criticism – have you made a compelling case for your perspective on the individual papers, and for the contrast or comparison between them that you offer?
c) Communication – have you communicated your findings in a clear and engaging way, making use of PowerPoint or other technologies where relevant?
d) Conversation – have you encouraged a conversation with your class, and responded clearly and intelligently to their questions?
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Object history, Weeks 8-11. Select an object from one of the major population expansions we have examined and use it to outline the dispersal history
Working in small groups (2-3 people) select an object from one of the great human expansions in the Asia-Pacific (a list of objects is provided on the Wattle site). Describe the object, what it is, how it is was used and what it represents. Explain how it symbolises or connects with one of the major population movements and the legacy of the expansion. Expected length 12-15 minutes (~1500-2000 words). Information and images can be delivered as a handout, powerpoint etc. Include all your references. Class discussion and questions follow the presentation. Due Weeks 8-11. Return date Week 12.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Essay, due Week 12 (Friday 28 May)
Essay questions will be finalised after in-class discussion of potential topics and areas with Object history information linking to the essay topic. Essays should be around 1500-2000 words and may be longer.
Examples (elect one question only):
- Review and examine a major prehistoric migration event in the Asia-Pacific.
- Discuss how human migration has changed from prehistory through to the present.
- What are the main drivers of Asia-Pacific migration today and were these factors important in the past?
1. Argument. How clearly have you expressed your argument? Is it persuasive? Is it insightful? Does it work with and develop the themes of the course? 25%
2. Critical Analysis. Do you critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses of your sources and the available arguments? Are you able to position your analysis within class discussions and broader theoretical debates? 25%
3. Structure and Organisation. Is your essay clearly structured and presented? Is your evidence used appropriately? Are you within the word limit – not too high above it, and not too far below it? [See CAP/ANU guidelines] 25%
4. Sources and Citation. Have you drawn on a wide enough range of sources? Are the sources you have used reputable and relevant ones? Have you cited all sources appropriately and listed them correctly in the bibliography? 25%
5. A penalty of 5% accrues for each day the essay is late.
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Pacific archaeology, colonisation, monumental architecture, warfare, environmental and climate change
Prof Geoffrey Clark