AFRICAN ARCHAEOLOGY

ARC2AFR

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Africa preserves the longest and most complete record of human history. Not only was it the birthplace of humanity, but it also preserves a record of all the critical transformations that have shaped the modern world. African Archaeology reviews current understanding of the narrative and dynamics of the earliest phases of humanity and the trajectories that helped shaped modern Africa. Specific topics discussed include the earliest human ancestors and their archaeological traces, the origin of modern humans, the emergence of plant and animal domestication, the introduction of iron-smelting and the establishment of complex societies.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicola Stern

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of Archaeology subjects or Coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ARC3AFR

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe First Africans: African Archaeology from the Earliest Toolmakers to the Most Recent ForagesPrescribedBarham, L. & Mitchell, P.CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2008
ReadingsAfrican archaeology: a critical introductionRecommendedStahl, A.BLACKWELL 2005
ReadingsForgotten Africa: an introduction to its archaeologyPreliminaryConnah, G.ROUTLEDGE 2004

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply skills and knowledge to assess new discoveries as they announced

Activities:
Workshop discussions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)

02. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate alternative accounts of human evolution using published data

Activities:
Essay, short assignments
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Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Demonstrate an ability to write an account of human evolution that uses appropriate data and interpretive frameworks

Activities:
Essay, short assignments
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Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

04. Demonstrate knowledge of cultural values, awareness and sensitivities surrounding discussions of human evolution

Activities:
Workshop discussions
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Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

05. Effective participation in discussion of weekly topics and documentaries or display materials.

Activities:
Workshop discussions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)

06. Show an understanding of the current literature pertaining to human behavioural evolution

Activities:
Essay, short assignments
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Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

07. The essay demonstrates an understanding of the substantive and methodological issues involved in writing a history of human behavioural evolution

Activities:
Essay
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Writing (Writing)

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