PALAEOLITHIC ARCHAEOLOGY

ARC2PAA

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Our ancestors first appeared on the African landscape between 7 and 6 million years ago, but it was not until two and a half million years ago that one or more of them began to litter the landscape with durable material remains. These early litterbugs unwittingly provided their descendants with a unique if enigmatic record of their activities. Although this record comprises little more than chipped stone tools and broken-up animal bones, it has the potential to yield a wealth of information about the behaviour and ecology of our ancestors. This subject explores how Palaeolithic archaeologists decode the behavioural and evolutionary significance of these remains.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNicola Stern

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of archaeology subjects or co-ordinator's approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ARC2PAL

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Human Career,PrescribedKlein, R.G.3RD EDN, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS 2009
ReadingsPrinciples of Human Evolution.RecommendedLewin, R. and R. FoleyBLACKWELL SCIENCE, OXFORD. 2ND EDITION. 2004.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply skills and knowledge to assess new discoveries as they announced.

Activities:
Workshop discussion
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)

02. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate alternative accounts of human evolution using published data.

Activities:
Essay, short assignments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Demonstrate an ability to write an account of human evolution that makes appropriate use of data and interpretive frameworks.

Activities:
Essay, short assignments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

04. Demonstrate knowledge of cultural values, awareness and sensitivities surrounding discussions of human evolution

Activities:
Workshop discussions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)

05. Show a good understanding of the current literature pertaining to human behavioural evolution.

Activities:
Essay, short assignments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

06. Significant contribution to the discussion of weekly topics and documentaries or display materials.

Activities:
Workshop discussions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

07. The essay demonstrates a sound understanding of the substantive and methodological issues involved in writing a history of human behavioural evolution.

Activities:
Essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)

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