• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

Australia has a unique and important human history. During a 50,000 year period geographically varied cultural systems formed across the continent, adjusting in response to social and environmental circumstances. First Australian's faced an Ice Age that lasted ten millennia and flooding events in which present-day Australia and Papua New Guinea separated from a vast super continent. Our Nations history is also unique because it draws upon the practice of archaeology and history, also the expertise of First Australian and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Each method of ‘history building’ produces, narrates and disseminates knowledge that intersects and diverges in ways that are both nuanced and complex. In this course you will learn about the long and continuing history of people on this continent while also being introduced to unique skill sets required should you wish to seek archaeology employment in Australia. In addition we will engage with different ways of understanding Australia’s story, resurrecting 'histories' from the various disciplines and knowledge systems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. understand and engage with principal themes, issues and debates in Australian archaeology;
  2. demonstrate skills required to work as an archaeologist in Australia (e.g. consultation with Traditional Custodians, site recording, preparation of grant applications and academic/ consultancy site reports);
  3. familiarise yourself with the archaeologists role within a wider corpus of history building disciplines and systems

Other Information

Students will have the opportunity to complete an optional/ungraded fieldwork portfolio - Literature review for field research area (Burrill Lakes).

Indicative Assessment

  1. Guided mini tutorial part 1: post discussion questions (x7, total 200 words) and focused readings (x3) on Wattle prior to the tutorial; (5) [LO 1]
  2. Guided mini tutorial part 2: presentation of 10 minutes and coordinated discussion of 10 minutes (10) [LO 1]
  3. Aboriginal Site Assessment Report (2500 words) (35) [LO 2,3]
  4. Essay (3000 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 57 hours of contact consisting of:
    24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials over 12 weeks, and
    21 hours over three days (field-trip); and
b) 73 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ARCH2004.

Prescribed Texts

Hiscock, P. 2007 Archaeology of Ancient Australia.  London: Routledge.

Preliminary Reading

Cane, S. 2013. First Footprints. Allen and Unwin Press

Fees

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:
14
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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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $5700
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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