• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Archaeology, History, Pacific Studies, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies More...
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Geoffrey Clark
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Semester 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities may also be available.

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Indicative Assessment

1. Short map quiz on the geographic and cultural-political divisions of the Asia-Pacific (10% of total), [LO 1, 2].
2. Science Communication Project: Migration. (40% of total), [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]. 
3. In-class Assessment: Class Presentation (individual) (10% of total), [LO 1, 2, 3, 4].
4. Assessment 4: Long essay (2000 words) (40% of total) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]. 

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The course will meet for 1 hour two times per week with pre-class readings and tasks set ahead of each lecture. Student workload is estimated at 10 hours/week. Total workload for the course is 130 hours including independent study. 

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 24 units of courses.

Prescribed Texts

Specific readings will be assigned for each class based on the lecture topic. The general text is: 2016.  Archaeology: Theories Methods and Practice. 7th Ed. Thames and Hudson, London.

Assumed Knowledge

Student are encourage to have enrolled in ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, Diversity and Change, and ASIA1030 Asia and the Pacific in Motion. 

Areas of Interest

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Pacific Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Asia-Pacific Studies



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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3980 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

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