PROFESSIONAL ARCHAEOLOGY

ARC5PRO

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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 provides students with a practical introduction to the role played by archaeology in the heritage industry. Students are introduced to the conceptual and procedural skills required to work effectively as a professional archaeologist. Students will review the development of cultural heritage management, the main provisions of legislation and policy relating to archaeology in Australia, and the role and responsibilities of Indigenous communities, government departments and other stake-holders. Students will develop skills in preparing Cultural Heritage Management Plans and will consider ethical and OHS issues of the archaeological workplace.

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 Masters of Professional Archaeology or coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ARC3MAN, ARC2MAN

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject in Masters of Professional Archaeology.

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsObject Lessons: Archaeology and Heritage in AustraliaRecommendedLydon, J. & Ireland, T.AUSTRALIAN SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING MELBOURNE, 2005
ReadingsThe Burra Charter: the Australia ICOMOS charter for the conservation of places of cultural significance 1999,PrescribedWalker and Marquis-KyleAUSTRALIA ICOMOS INC. 2000.
ReadingsArchaeological Sites: Conservation and ManagementPrescribedS. Sullivan & R. MackayGETTY CONSERVATION INSTITUTE

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. identify the range of heritage values considered important by Australians and the legislative means of protecting them.

Activities:
Work with a team to complete a spreadsheet comparing heritage legislation around Australia and overseas
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. understand the policies and practices applicable to archaeology in the management of heritage places in Victoria.

Activities:
Contribute to the development of a Cultural Heritage Management Plan for a local place
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. identify common safety issues pertaining to the archaeological workplace and means of mitigating them.

Activities:
Complete a Job Safety Analysis for a fieldtrip
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. balance the values and viewpoints of a range of stakeholder groups including Aboriginal communities, descendant communities, and clients when recommending management outcomes.

Activities:
Participate in role-play scenarios about potential impacts on a variety of heritage places, write an essay evaluating options for arriving at management recommendations.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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