ARCHAEOLOGY OF ABORIGINAL VICTORIA

ARC5AAV

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

This subject reviews the archaeological evidence of thousands of years of Indigenous occupation 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 a significant component of the subject.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Lawrence

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in AMPA Masters of Professional Archaeology 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. 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:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,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)
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,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. understand and apply 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:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,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,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

03. Identify theoretical approaches and research questions appropriate to the evidence from different types of Aboriginal archaeological sites

Activities:
Medium length (2,000-word) essay with a bibliography, workshop assignments based on handling artefacts and ecofacts, on-line quizzes
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,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)
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,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. work equitably, responsibly and respectfully as part of a team to complete designated tasks

Activities:
Workshop discussion and collaboration to analyse and interpret archaeological materials
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
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 (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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

Activities:
Lectures, readings, discussions, on-line quizzes and essay addressing approaches to excavation, chronology, taphonomy, and explanation in Australian archaeology
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,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,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. understand the archaeological evidence of Aboriginal people in Victoria, the relevant taphonomic and environmental issues in its interpretation, and its significance to contemporary Aboriginal people

Activities:
Lectures, readings, discussions, on-line quizzes and essay using archaeological data from Victoria
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,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)
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,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability 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, Winter semester, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Lawrence

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 27 - 28
Five 7.0 hours block mode per study period on weekdays during the day from week 27 to week 28 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1000 word book reviewStudents are asked to prepare a book review of a monograph on Australian archaeology. The assignment assesses their familiarity with the general trajectory of Aboriginal occupation of Australia, the archaeological evidence used to demonstrate it, and the way the author is able to construct an argument that shapes the presentation of the information.20 01, 03, 05, 06
one 3000-word essayStudents prepare an essay that considers the nature and future of Aboriginal archaeology in our region. The assignment assesses students' knowledge of the Victorian archaeological record, their understanding of how it has been created, and their awareness of its significance in modern society.50 01, 02, 03, 05, 06
one 1500-word practical assignmentStudents prepare a report based on the analysis of artefacts catalogued in class. The assignment assesses their ability to synthesise and present data and to use it to interpret some aspect of the archaeological past.30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06