Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject reviews what archaeology has discovered about the world's great civilisations. We investigate how they came about, and the implications of this knowledge for the survival of our own civilisation. We embark on a survey of the elaborate variety of complex human societies that have arisen in the last 6,000 years: in Egypt and the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Western Europe, China, Southeast Asia and the Indian sub-continent, Mesoamerica, Peru, and sub-Saharan Africa.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSteven Falconer

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at first-year level in ABAR - Bachelor of Archaeology

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Human PastPrescribedScarre, C. (ed.)THAMES & HUDSON, LONDON, 2013.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteven Falconer

Class requirements

Lecture/Film Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture/film per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays at night from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
eight on-line quizzes (1,000-word equivalent)Eight on-line quizzes will be assessed with multiple submissions for each one possible until the deadline25
one 1,500-word essayThe essay will be evaluated as summative assessment.40
one 1.5-hour examination (1,500-word equivalent)The examination will be evaluated as summative assessment. The final examination promotes review of key knowledge and interpretations.35