ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY ARCHAEOLOGY

ARC4ICA

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In the subject we will revisit some major and enduring theoretical issues in contemporary archaeology. The subject forms a bridge between the structured world of undergraduate learning and the more individualistic spheres of postgraduate research and employment in public archaeology. This subject requires the student to develop the initiative required to cross from one realm to the other. Seminar-style classes place strong emphasis on student participation.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnita Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in one of the following courses: AHAR - Bachelor of Archaeology Honours or AHA - Bachelor of Arts Honours

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ARC5AIT

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Must be specializing in Archaeology

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop appropriate questions for the interrogation of theoretical issues in archaeology

Activities:
Develop self-conscious critiques of theoretical issues in archaeology; learn to identify key primary sources in the literature
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking
Life-Long Learning
Writing
Ethical & Cultural Awareness
Critical Thinking

02. In seminar-style classes, discuss ethical and moral consequences of practising archaeology and the inclusion of stake-holders in cultural heritage issues

Activities:
Discussion of issues in class and expression of these in medium length essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Speaking
Ethical & Cultural Awareness

03. Integration of advanced academic skills and individual research skills

Activities:
The development of abilities to internalise complex ideas and explain them in clear English
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Critical Thinking
Speaking
Ethical & Cultural Awareness

04. Oral presentations during seminars that reflect upon archaeological theory and disciplinary politics

Activities:
Summarise and present abstracts of weekly readings in discussion groups, identifying the aims, methods, data, and conclusions of the readings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking
Critical Thinking
Ethical & Cultural Awareness
Life-Long Learning

05. Write a medium length essay a short literature review and short analysis of theory using the Harvard referencing system

Activities:
Training in advanced essay -writing techniques, including approaches to literature reviews, to summarize complex academic issues
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Ethical & Cultural Awareness
Speaking

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnita Smith

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 12 - 12
Two 8.0 hours block mode per study period on weekdays during the day from week 12 to week 12 and delivered via face-to-face.

Block Mode Week: 19 - 19
Two 8.0 hours block mode per study period on weekdays during the day from week 19 to week 19 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 20
Six 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 20 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
group exercise (500-word equivalent)assessment rubric provided on LMS10 04
one 3,000-word essayassessment rubric provided on LMS60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
one 1,000-word literature reviewassessment rubric provided on LMS30 01, 04, 05