HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY IN AUSTRALIA

ARC3HAA

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is an introduction to the archaeological record of Australia since 1788, covering various aspects of rural, urban and maritime archaeology. Weekly workshops are devoted to obtaining first-hand experience with artefacts recovered from archaeological sites in Australia

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Lawrence

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites ARC2AIA

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ARC3HAR

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at third year level for the major of Archaeology in the Bachelor of Arts (ABA) and the Bachelor of Archaeology (ABAR).

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAn Archaeology of Australia Since 1788RecommendedLawrence, S. and Davies, P.2010, SPRINGER SCIENCE

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate knowledge of the cultural values and contributions made by colonial, post colonial and modern societies to the building of Australian culture through the study of historical archaeology

Activities:
Exposure through lectures, discussions and debates, assessed in written essay and weekly reading abstracts
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

02. Draw on theoretical and methodological literature from Australia and overseas to develop and answer research questions about archaeological evidence in the local area

Activities:
Write an essay that uses local site reports to address a substantive research question
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

03. Identify theoretical approaches and research questions appropriate to the evidence from a local site. Design and carry out a research plan to address those questions

Activities:
Write an essay that uses local site reports to address a substantive research question
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

04. Laboratory cataloguing of historic artefacts that includes identification, recording, measurement, analysis and interpretation

Activities:
Four in-class assignments based on bottles, pottery, small finds, building materials, and quantification methods
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

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

Activities:
Discussion groups and workshops focused on completing a set of archaeological tasks, assessed through reflective essay and fortnightly workshop assignments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)

06. Summarise and present abstracts of weekly readings in discussion groups, identifying the aims, methods, data, and conclusions of the readings

Activities:
Participation in weekly discussion groups, submission of written abstracts, and completion of a short written reflection evaluating the discussion groups at the end of semester
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)

07. Understand role and responsibilities of professional heritage practitioners and community groups, be familiar with relevant local, national and international legislation

Activities:
Lecture presentations by guest speakers from heritage agencies, visits to Heritage Victoria Conservation Laboratory, assessed in weekly reading abstracts
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)

08. Write an essay applying theoretical perspectives to a case study drawn from an archaeological site in Victoria

Activities:
Medium length (1,800-word) essay with a bibliography, workshop assignments based on the identification of historical artefacts, and abstracts of weekly readings, and abstracts of weekly readings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Lawrence

Class requirements

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

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
four workshop assignments (200-word equivalent)20 02, 03, 04, 05, 07
one 1,800-word essay40 01, 02, 03, 04, 07, 08
weekly readings journal (2,000-word equivalent)40 01, 03, 05, 06, 07, 08