THEORETICAL ISSUES IN ARCHAEOLOGY

ARC5TIA

Not currently offered

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In the subject we will revisit some major and enduring theoretical issues in contemporary archaeology and investigate differing schools of thought that have developed in archaeology. The subject is aligned with more individualistic spheres of learning appropriate to postgraduate research. Seminar-style classes place strong emphasis on student participation.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorPhillip Edwards

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in Master of Professional Archaeology or with the subject Coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ARC5ICA

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 (Speaking)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Writing (Writing)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Critical Thinking (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 (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (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 (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Speaking (Speaking)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

04. Weekly oral presentations 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 (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)

05. Write a medium length essay and two short literature reviews 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 (Writing)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Speaking (Speaking)

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