PALAEOLITHIC ARCHAEOLOGY

ARC2PAA

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Our ancestors first appeared on the African landscape between 7 and 6 million years ago, but it was not until two and a half million years ago that one or more of them began to litter the landscape with durable material remains. These early litterbugs unwittingly provided their descendants with a unique if enigmatic record of their activities. Although this record comprises little more than chipped stone tools and broken-up animal bones, it has the potential to yield a wealth of information about the behaviour and ecology of our ancestors. This subject explores how Palaeolithic archaeologists decode the behavioural and evolutionary significance of these remains.

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

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ARC2PAL

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Human Career,PrescribedKlein, R.G.3RD EDN, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS 2009
ReadingsPrinciples of Human Evolution.RecommendedLewin, R. and R. FoleyBLACKWELL SCIENCE, OXFORD. 2ND EDITION. 2004.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Understand the contribution that archaeology makes to the story of human evolution

Activities:
Online questions and quizzes; essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Evaluate alternative accounts of human evolution using appropriate material evidence

Activities:
Online questions and quizzes; essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Identify the scientific methods and deep-seated beliefs that influence understanding of key events in human evolution

Activities:
Online questions and quizzes; essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

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

Activities:
workshop discussions

05. Evaluate the import of all humanity sharing a deep-time history

Activities:
online quizzes, workshop discussions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicola Stern

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Twelve 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
Twelve 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Ten short assignments (2,000-words equivalent)50 01, 02, 03, 05
One 2,000-word research essay50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05