ARCHAEOLOGY OF INDIGENOUS VICTORIA

ARC3AIV

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students concentrate on the archaeological evidence of thousands of years of Indigenous developments in southeastern Australia, with particular reference to Victoria. The archaeological evidence from different regions is set within the environmental context, while historical and ethnographic evidence provide additional sources for understanding Aboriginal society and economy at the time of European settlement. Conflicting explanations for past changes that stress environmental, social, technological or demographic factors are examined in the light of available archaeological evidence. The role of Indigenous communities in shaping archaeological and heritage management practice is an increasingly significant component of the subject

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSteven Falconer

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ARC2AIV

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsArchaeology of Ancient AustraliaPreliminaryHiscock, P.ROUTLEDGE, 2008
ReadingsPrehistory of AustraliaPreliminaryMulvaney, D.J & Kamminga, J.ALLEN & UNWIN, 1999
ReadingsRemains to be SeenPreliminaryFrankel, D.LONGMAN, 1991

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Ability to present an argument linking theory and data with reference to Australian archaeology

Activities:
Medium length (2,000-word) essay with a bibliography, workshop assignments based on handling artefacts and ecofacts
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Creative Problem-solving
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking

02. Appreciate and be sensitive to cross-cultural protocols and language with regard to heritage and archaeological issues and be able to deal with a range of community groups

Activities:
Exposure through lectures, discussions and debates in class
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking
Life-Long Learning
Ethical & Cultural Awareness

03. Identify theoretical approaches and research questions appropriate to the evidence from different types of Aboriginal archaeological sites and develop an essay question to address those issue

Activities:
Exposure through lectures, discussions and debates in class; class assignments and major essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking
Writing
Life-Long Learning
Inquiry/ Research

04. Share workload equitably in practical tasks and discussion groups and workshop groups, behaving responsibly and respectfully toward colleagues and making an informed contribution to the task

Activities:
Discussion groups and workshops focussed on completing a set of archaeological tasks, especially the two formal workshop assignments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking
Critical Thinking
Teamwork

05. Understand the constraints that archaeological data places on understanding past cultures and societies in Australia

Activities:
Consideration of Australian archaeological sites and consider the approach to excavation, chronology, taphonomy, and explanation through workshop discussion, assignments and the major essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking
Writing
Creative Problem-solving
Ethical & Cultural Awareness
Inquiry/ Research

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