ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE MIDDLE EAST

ARC2AME

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we trace fundamental developments in the human career that occurred in the Middle East. The region was the arena for many crucial events, from the evolution of modern humans to the earliest farming societies and literate civilisations. Focusing mainly on the Levant, this subject begins with the first village farming communities, then proceeds to the rise of urban states in the Bronze and Iron Ages, continues by investigating the period of western ascendancy in the Hellenistic to Byzantine periods, and concludes with the arrival of Islam in the region. Political conditions, international rivalry and the massive size of many archaeological sites all played their parts in producing a distinctive brand of Middle Eastern archaeology.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPhillip Edwards

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must have completed at least 60 credit points or obtain the subject coordinators permission

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Appraise material culture interpretations based on chronological evidence

Activities:
Second 500-word assignment, with tutorial discussion and methodological training, to decide between two differing interpretations of a controversial case-study
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

02. Develop appropriate questions for archaeological data and case studies.

Activities:
Identify theoretical approaches and research questions appropriate to the evidence from a particular archaeological period. Write an essay answer to address those questions; demonstrate integration of themed knowledge in examination
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Draw on theoretical and methodological literature from the Middle East 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:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

04. In a team, collaborate effectively in the laboratory

Activities:
First 500-word assignment, analysing and recording an ancient artefact and using primary and secondary sources to frame a line of argument about its place and period of origin
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)

05. In lectures and tutorials, discuss the cultural diversity of the ancient and Modern Middle East and Western colonialist attitudes to its study

Activities:
Medium-length essay discussing traditions of archaeological study of the ancient Middle East
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

06. Integration of key methodological and theoretical skills

Activities:
Tutorial session on career directions and transferability of methods and theoretical skills
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

07. 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 and tutorials; write a medium-length essay to address a substantive research question
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)

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

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

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2,000-word essay50 02, 03, 05, 07
Four 500-word assignments50 01, 04, 06