LANDSCAPE ARCHAEOLOGY

ARC2LAN

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will cover a variety of topics on natural and human induced landscape dynamics. Discussion will highlight methods for interpreting past and present landscapes. We will consider the reciprocal relationship and interaction of human societies and biogeographical landscapes. We will also factor in the influences of environmental change in these interactions. Because very few landscapes have escaped the effects of human activities, the role humans have played in landscape modification and the distributions of plants and animals, and the implications for their dynamic changes will be focal points for this subject.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorColin Smith

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 (including 15credits of archaeology) or obtain the subject coordinators permission

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsTBARecommendedTBATBA

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain the principles behind paleoenvironmental methods and their applicability to broad temporal and spatial scale landscape modification.

Activities:
Exposure through lectures, discussions in class and tutorials and tutorial presentation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Demonstrate awareness of paleoenvironmental field and laboratory methods, including the literature and current thinking associated with them.

Activities:
Exposure through lectures and short answer exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Evaluate different methods for investigating landscape modification in a variety of settings, plus more focused application of paleoenvironmental analysis to landscape modification in a temporal and spatial setting to be agreed upon with student.

Activities:
Research and write a 5-10 minute tutorial presentation addressing a specific research question in a geographic setting agreed upon with the student.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Present a focused and coherent appraisal of landscape archaeology theory and method in a grammatically correct essay, supported by evidence correctly referenced from the literature.

Activities:
Informal tasks in tutorials and presentation of a research paper proposal will involve creative thinking and require self regulated learning approaches. Essay writing will form the basis of assessment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and 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-ordinatorColin Smith

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 face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
On-line short answer exam (1250 words)25 01, 02
One 1500-word essay50 01, 02, 04
Research paper proposal presentation in tutorial (1250 words)25 01, 02, 03