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

While most archaeological courses concern the Whats, Wheres and Whens of the past, this course addresses the Whys, Whos and Hows. This course will take a thematic approach to the changing ways archaeologists have interpreted past places, things and people since 1950 and to the development of regional archaeologies around the world.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. recognise the key concepts, themes and narratives used by archaeological theoreticians and discuss them within larger disciplinary, historical and national contexts;
  2. critique the application of specific theoretical concepts and paradigms to the archaeological record;
  3. think, write and argue with these key concepts, themes and theories using supporting evidence from the archaeological record; and
  4. reflect on and discuss the ways various topics within archaeological theory apply to the practice of archaeology and the archaeological record of different regions.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research project proposal (500 words) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Annotated bibliography (ca 1000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research project progress meeting with convenor (5) [LO 3,4]
  4. Research project (equivalent to 2500 words) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  5. Guided Tutorial (10) [LO 2,3,4]
  6. Tutorial portfolio (annotations on weekly readings) (20) [LO 2,3,4]

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130 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 or structured learning activities; and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units of ARCH (Archaeology) coded courses.

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this course.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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