- Class Number 1533
- Term Code 3220
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic The archaeology of rock art in Asia, Pacific and A
- Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
- Prof Susan O'Connor
- Dr Shimona Kealy
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 03/01/2022
- Class End Date 21/02/2022
- Census Date 14/01/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 10/01/2022
This course will be occasionally scheduled to offer one-off opportunities to study under visiting experts, or to showcase a new teaching area. Information on the particular topic offered under this course will be outlined in the ‘Other Information’ section, including topic title, the topic convenor, and an indication of workload and indicative assessment. Classes in this course may cover emerging issues and provide an opportunity for students to learn about events, places, peoples and forms of knowledge in Asia and the Pacific, ranging from the local to the global. Topics may focus on particular societies and states, localities, or trans-regional issues. Many of the topics will build on the concepts and methodological tools presented in discipline courses, and give an in-depth understanding of how they are applied, and critiqued, in specific contexts.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate understanding of major issues and concepts associated with the Asia-Pacific region or a subregion of Asia and the Pacific;
- evaluate and apply these concepts;
- critically evaluate approaches to the study of Asia and the Pacific;
- demonstrate effective communication skills.
- 1 whole day trip to Yankee Hat rock art site in Namadgi National Park
- half day excursion to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.
NB: A video recording will be made of the day trip to the Yankee Hat site for any students with an Education Access Plan (EAP) that indicates that they are unable to participate in the trip.
Pdfs of scholarly articles for each day’s sessions will be posted on Wattle in advance.
David, B. and I. McNiven (eds) 2018. The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Rock Art. Oxford University Press, USA [available online via ANU Library]
McDonald, J. and P. Veth (eds) 2012. A Companion to Rock Art. Wiley Blackwell. [available online via ANU Library]
Morwood, M.J. 2002. Visions from the Past: The Archaeology of Australian Aboriginal Art. Allen and Unwin, Sydney, NSW. [on course reserve at the ANU Library - Menzies]
Taçon, P.S.C. and Chippindale, C. 1998. The Archaeology of Rock-Art. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. [available online via ANU Library]
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
An understanding of basic archaeological techniques such as radiocarbon dating is helpful but not required.
For those without any archaeological background who wish to undertake this course, additional readings will be made available via the Wattle page prior to commencement of the intensive classes.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||The course will focus broadly on the rock art of the Indo-Pacific region (including near and remote Oceania and Australia). It aims to give students a glimpse into the extraordinary diversity of art across this vast region, from the earliest Pleistocene expressions through to the more recent past. It will examine the questions that archaeologists grapple with and their theoretical underpinnings, such as ‘in what context was this art produced?’ and ‘who made the art?’ It will also consider how we explore more pragmatic questions such as ‘how was this art made?’, ‘what materials were used to make it?’ and ‘how old is it?’. The course will provide students with an understanding of the methods that archaeologists use to establish the composition of pigments and the age of rock art. Finally, the course will look at how archaeologists partner with local communities and Indigenous groups to ensure that cultural values are respected and that rock art research meets the highest ethical standards. Threats to rock art and how these might be managed or mitigated will also be discussed. In addition to the review of rock art, theory and methods the course will provide students with practical skills in rock art recording, an understanding of issues pertaining to the management and conservation of rock art, and a grounding in current techniques used to better ‘see’ and reproduce rock art for publication when the pigment is faded or otherwise deteriorated. This intensive 6 unit course will be taught over two weeks (ten working days) and will include lectures, practical classes, a day trip to Yankee Hat rock art site in Namadgi National Park and a half day excursion to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Students with an Education Access Plan (EAP) will be accommodated with alternative activities and/or assessments. Intensive class dates: Monday 10th – Friday 21st January 2022 Reading materials will be released one week prior to the beginning of the intensive course.||LEARNING OUTCOMES Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to: LO 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of rock art across the Indo-Pacific region. LO 2. Describe the way in which archaeologists date rock art using both relative and absolute dating techniques. LO 3. Describe the methods used to record rock art in the field. LO 4. Explain threats to rock art sites and ways in which archaeologists can work with local communities to mitigate these threats. LO 5. Demonstrate the value of working ethically with local communities. LO 6. Reflect on and articulate their own viewpoint on an aspect of Indo-Pacific rock art. WORKLOAD Students will be expected to have the following workload. 5 hours of in class work each day for 10 days as well as 10-15 hours reading and class preparation each week in preparation for the lectures and practicals (pdfs to be posted on Wattle). Essay development and writing will be done after the in-class (intensive) portion of the course. ASSESSMENT Assessment will be based on information gained during the lectures, practical classes and fieldtrip throughout the course as well as readings. Practical workbook documenting learning during in class practicals and excursions 20% (LO 1-5) Quiz (online) 10% end of week one. (LO 1,2) Quiz (online) 10% end of week two. (LO 1-5) Written summary of two scholarly articles (pdfs to be provided) for discussion following one of the lecture sessions (500 words in total) 10% (LO 1,6) 1 essay 1500-2000 words, 50% (LO 1-6; due 4 weeks after intensive class)|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Learning Outcomes|
|Workbook||20 %||21/01/2022||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Quiz||10 %||16/01/2022||1, 2|
|Quiz||10 %||23/01/2022||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Scholarly article summary & discussion||10 %||21/01/2022||1, 6|
|Essay||50 %||20/02/2022||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6|
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Students are required to participate in the 2 week (10 working days) intensive class from Monday 10th – Friday 21st January 2022.
This intensive includes lectures, practical classes, a day trip to Yankee Hat rock art site in Namadgi National Park and a half day excursion to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.
Students with an Education Access Plan (EAP) will be accommodated with alternative activities and/or assessments.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Practical workbook documenting learning during in class practicals and excursions. Learning outcomes 1-5. 20% of grade. Due at end of intensive.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2
Online multiple choice & short answer quiz. Learning outcomes 1 & 2. 10% of grade.
Due at end of first week of intensive.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Online multiple choice & short answer quiz. Learning outcomes 1-5. 10% of grade.
Due at end of second week of intensive.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 6
Scholarly article summary & discussion
Written summary of two scholarly articles (pdfs to be provided) for discussion following one of the lecture sessions during the intensive. 500 words in total. Learning outcomes 1 & 6. 10% of grade.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
1500-2000 word essay on selected topic(s). Learning outcomes 1-6. 50% of grade.
Due one month after intensive.
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Prof Susan O'Connor
Dr Shimona Kealy