1 x 1-hour lecture weekly 1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
Enrolment not permitted
1 of ARCH2001, ARCH8410 has been successfully completed
The core of this topic involves an examination of Australian archaeology within a regional context. The prehistory of Australia will be viewed in relation to archaeological evidence from Southeast Asia and the Pacific.The general aims are to convey to students an awareness of how archaeologists work, the nature of their data base, and the kinds of information and interpretation upon which the archaeological view of Australia's past has been constructed. At the same time, students will acquire a broad knowledge of archaeological perceptions of Australia's past as well as current research trends.Subjects to be covered include: historical development of archaeology in Australia; the nature of the archaeological record; data recovery, analysis and interpretation; Aboriginal colonisation of Australasia and the Pacific; prehistoric adaptations in diverse mainland and island habitats; resource management; the evolution of social complexity; the archaeology of culture contact; archaeology and contemporary Aboriginal culture; current research and important issues and Australian archaeology in world perspectives.
This topic aims to:
address the major techniques used in Indigenous Australian archaeology
give a chronological overview of the Indigenous history of Australia
develop critical responses to theory and evidence
develop students' awareness of the ethical dimensions of problems and issues in Indigenous Australian archaeology
critically evaluate how Indigenous Australian archaeology is presented in the media
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will have:
become familiar with the major techniques used in Indigenous Australian archaeology
obtained a chronological overview of the Indigenous history of Australia
developed awareness of the ethical dimensions of problems and issues in Indigenous Australian archaeology
learnt how to critically evaluate how Indigenous Australian archaeology is presented in the media
developed practical skills in Indigenous archaeology
developed some of the skills that are important at university and in the workplace, such as communication skills and the ability to work in groups
Key dates and timetable
Timetable details for 2020 are no longer published.
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