1 x 1-hour lecture weekly 1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
1 Admission into GCARCH-Graduate Certificate in Archaeology 1a Admission into MMARCH-Master of Maritime Archaeology 1b Admission into GDPSM-Graduate Diploma in Screen and Media Production 1c Admission into MSM-Master of Screen and Media Production 1d Admission into GDPAHM-Graduate Diploma in Archaeology and Heritage Management 1e Admission into MAHM-Master of Archaeology and Heritage Management 1f Admission into MAHMA-Master of Archaeology and Heritage Management [1.5 years] 1g Admission into MSMA-Master of Screen and Media Production [1 year] 1h Admission into GDPMA-Graduate Diploma in Maritime Archaeology 1i Admission into MSD-Master of Sustainable Development 1j Admission into GDPSD-Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Development 1k Admission into GCSD-Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Development Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of ARCH2001, ARCH2202, ARCH8509 has been successfully completed
The archaeology of Indigenous Australia is structured to introduce major debates in the prehistory and history of Greater Australia or Sahul (Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania). The focus of study is Greater Australia because for the majority of the period of human occupation (debated to extend to 60-40,000 years ago), this area was one land mass. The first set of lectures and seminars focus on major debates concerning the origins of Indigenous Australians, timing of first settlement, megafaunal extinctions and environmental transformations. The second set moves forward from deep history to consider the different Holocene prehistories of Australia and New Guinea, the social and environmental impacts of European colonisation, Indigenous perspectives on archaeological knowledge and practice, and the politics of archaeological practice in contemporary Australia. These substantive and ethical issues are central to understanding the role of archaeology in contemporary Australian society.
This topic aims to:
introduce students to major debates in Australian prehistory
give students an awareness of the variety of perspectives on Australia's past
give students an awareness of the ethical dimensions of problems and issues in Indigenous Australian archaeology
teach students how to critically evaluate how Indigenous Australian archaeology is presented in the media
help students develop practical skills in Indigenous archaeology
help students develop skills that are important at University and in the workplace, such as computer skills and the ability to collaborate on research projects
give a chronological overview of the Indigenous history of Australia
Expected learning outcomes
On completing 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
enhanced their critical thinking skills
developed their 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 some of the skills that are important at university and in the workplace, such as computer skills and the ability to collaborate on research projects
Key dates and timetable
Timetable details for 2019 are no longer published.
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