- Class Number 4084
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Duncan Wright
- Duncan Wright
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand and engage with principal themes, issues and debates in Australian archaeology;
- 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);
- familiarise yourself with the archaeologists role within a wider corpus of history building disciplines and systems
There is a compulsory field trip (within ACT) on the 2nd and 3rd March. This will be hosted by two Traditional Custodians who speak for Canberra and will involve collecting datasets that you will require to complete Assessment 2. A minibus has been booked for this event.
Archaeology of Ancient Australia, Peter Hiscock, 2008, Routledge
+ Readings set by your class mates during tutorials
First Footprints, Scott Cane, 2013, Allen and Unwin Press
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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
Please be aware that slight changes may occur to order of lectures etc. It is important you regularly check Wattle/ class forum for updates.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction||See Wattle for details (same goes for all weeks)|
|2||Workshopping Australian Archaeology 1||Compulsory field trip on 2nd and 3rd March|
|3||Workshopping Australian Archaeology 2|
|5||Origins – who were the First Australians?|
|6||Hunter’s or Farmer’s?||Assignment 2|
|7||Continuity or change? Isolation or contact?|
|8||Australian Nation or Nations? Solidarity or conflict?|
|10||Past in the present|
|11||Australia's story through plants. Conclusions||Assignment 1|
|12||No lecture||Assignment 3|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Group assignment? design and coordinate a mini tutorial on a topic of your interest||15 %||19/05/2023||15/06/2023||1,3|
|Aboriginal Site Assessment Report (2500 words)||35 %||18/04/2023||05/05/2023||2|
|3000 Word Essay||50 %||25/05/2023||10/06/2023||1,3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Each week you will need to attend lectorials (aligned with Assessment 2, 3). These will often be structured around a short, archaeology focused lectures, the theme of which is then opened up to involve alternative (including First Nations) perspectives. The format is slightly different in Weeks 2 & 3, workshops that directly align with practical/ methods-based knowledge which is vital for completion of Assessment 2.
You will also need to attend tutorials which will, in part, be run by you (as 'mini tutorials' - Assessment 1).
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,3
Group assignment? design and coordinate a mini tutorial on a topic of your interest
Guided mini tutorial part 1: post discussion questions (x5, total 100 words) and focused readings (x1-2) on Wattle at least 4 days prior to the tutorial [LO 1]
Guided mini tutorial part 2: presentation of 10 minutes and coordinated discussion of 10 minutes [LO 1]
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 2
Aboriginal Site Assessment Report (2500 words)
See Wattle for details
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,3
3000 Word Essay
See Wattle for details
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- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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Returned on WattleARCH6004 - Australian Archaeology
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Australian archaeology, archaeology of religion and ritual