AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS ARCHAEOLOGY

ARC3AIA

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students take a journey through 40,000 years of Indigenous settlement in Australia. A series of major themes, including the first settlement of different parts of the continent, interactions with and adaptations to varied and changing environments, technological choices and patterns of economy and land use will be addressed. Particular case studies will be used to focus on evaluating the available archaeological and ethnohistorical information and the way it has been used to provide insights into past ways of life.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRichard Cosgrove

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must have completed at least 60 credit points (including ARC2DIG) or obtain the subject coordinators permission

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ARC2AIA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This is a core subject at third-year level for Archaeology major in the ABA.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsArchaeology of ancient Australia,PrescribedHiscock, P.ROUTLEDGE 2008
ReadingsPrehistory of Australia,RecommendedMulvaney, J. & Kamming, J.ALLEN AND UNWIN 1999
ReadingsThe Archaeology of Australia's DesertsRecommendedSmith, M.Cambridge University Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Building strong team communication and effective interaction between individuals while assessing various archaeological data sets

Activities:
Presentation by individuals of the results of group/team discussions after the analysis of Indigenous material culture. One 1000-word equivalent A3 poster assignment 20%
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
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 (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Demonstrate knowledge of the cultural values, awareness and sensitivities towards Indigenous Australians and their archaeological materials across the continent. Appreciate and be sensitive to cross-cultural protocols and language and be able to deal with unfamiliar situations

Activities:
Exposure through discussion and debate in role play, particularly in the areas of ownership of the past and its interpretation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)

03. Identify differences between types of Aboriginal archaeological materials and access the variability within and between them

Activities:
Choose an Australian archaeological sites and identify the various archaeological components in layers including chronology, taphonomy, and write an interpretation of the evidence. One 1000-word equivalent A3 poster assignment 20%
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)

04. Interpret temporal and spatial changes in cultural material from a variety of site types

Activities:
Workshop analysis of lithic artefacts and organic remains from a range of archaeological contexts and sites. Submit three PeerWise multiple choice questions 15%
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

05. Use archaeological materials such as faunal remains & stone artefacts to develop quantitive literacy

Activities:
Laboratory exercises on the identification of animal bones and categories of stone artefacts. One 1000-word equivalent A3 poster assignment 20%
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

06. Write a report using the Harvard referencing system linked to the oral presentation

Activities:
One 2500-word essay 45%
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)

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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-ordinatorRichard Cosgrove

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 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
One 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*
1-hour examination (1,000-word equivalent)35 02, 03
2,000-word essay35 06
800-word equivalent A3 poster assignment20 01, 03, 05
Submit three PeerWise multiple choice questions (500 words equivalent)10 04