- Code ARCH6006
- 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
From ancient Greece to 20th-century Australia, there has been a desire to understand our ancestors. This course explores major developments that have shaped archaeology as a discipline around the world. We will travel from the time of 'Antiquarians' in 16th-century England, through discovery of ancient human bones in
Africa and ruins of famous sites and vanished civilizations in America, Australia, Pacific islands and Europe. This course will also explore tipping points in archaeological theory and assess how these have influenced current perspectives on the past. Tutorials will focus on the contribution of individuals to the practice and interpretation of archaeology.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Critically evaluate individual contributions towards our current understanding of the past;
- Critically assess the relationship between archaeological practice and archaeological thought;
- Evaluate principal themes, issues and debates in archaeology; and
- Critically assess the theoretical underpinnings of archaeology and reflect on your own placement within these.
Indicative AssessmentSmall group oral presentation, 15 mins (10%) [Learning Outcome 1]
Poster (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]
Essay, 2500 words (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]
Essay, 3500 words (60%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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