ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANCIENT CIVILISATIONS

ARC1CIV

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship is about learning to live in an interconnected world, including the social, environmental, political and economic challenges this brings.

Subject outline

This subject reviews what archaeology has discovered about the world's great civilisations. We investigate how civilisations developed and the implications of this knowledge for our own survival. We embark on a survey of the variety of complex human societies that have arisen in the last 6,000 years: in Egypt and the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Western Europe, China, Southeast Asia and the Indian sub-continent, Mesoamerica and Peru.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPhillip Edwards

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ARC1AAC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Human PastPrescribedScarre, C. (ed.)THAMES & HUDSON, LONDON, 2013.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop appropriate questions for archaeological case studies

Activities:
Identify research questions appropriate to a particular ancient civilisation. Write an essay answer to address those questions; demonstrate integration of themed knowledge in examination
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

02. Draw on literature on ancient civilisations to answer research questions about archaeological case studies

Activities:
Write a medium-length essay to address a substantive research question
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills

03. In lectures and tutorials, discuss the cultural diversity of world civilisations and varying attitudes to individual human rights

Activities:
In tutorials, develop self-conscious critiques of the human rights records of ancient civilisations and compare them to modern Western concepts
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

04. Integration of key methodological and theoretical skills

Activities:
Tutorial sessions on transferable academic methods and theoretical skills
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

05. Write a medium length essay using the Harvard referencing system, and tutorial assignments

Activities:
Discussion of case studies in lectures and training on essay -writing techniques in tutorials; write a medium-length essay to address a substantive research question
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills

06. Accurately interpret the relationship between variables in a given dataset and draw supported conclusions

Activities:
Study the relationship between variables in graphical data presented in lectures and utilise this understanding to effectively answer quiz questions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPhillip Edwards

Class requirements

Lecture/Film Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture/film per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
eight on-line quizzes (1,000-word equivalent)Eight on-line quizzes will be assessed with multiple submissions for each one possible until the deadline25 01, 02, 05, 06
one 1,500-word essayThe essay will be evaluated as summative assessment.40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
one 1.5-hour examination (1,500-word equivalent)The examination will be evaluated as summative assessment. The final examination promotes review of key knowledge and interpretations.35 01, 02