WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY: FROM AUSTRALOPITHECUS TO THE ANTHROPOCENE

ARC1WOR

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

From our earliest ancestors in Africa, humans have spread across the globe and transitioned from foragers and hunter-gatherers to complex agricultural societies - domesticating crops and animals and changing their environments as they did so, as well as harnessing complex technologies such as stone tool production, ceramics and metallurgy, and creating symbolism, art, religion, language and literature.Leading ultimately to our diverse and dense contemporary urban societies.


We understand these changes by interpreting the archaeological evidence.  By using examples from different periods and geographic locations students will be introduced to the world of archaeology and in turn the archaeology of the world. Students will learn about the wide range of methods and theoretical approaches modern day archaeologists employ to understand ancient cultures and how and why these past societies changed, thrived or perished.Each week a case study will focus on a different period, location and methodological specialism to enable students to explore the ancient world and learn about how archaeologists take the physical remains of past societies and interpret them.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorColin Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Human PastRecommendedEdited by Chris Scarre, 2018 (4th Ed)Thames & Hudson
ReadingsArchaeology: Theories, Methods, and PracticeRecommendedColin Renfrew and Paul Bahn, 2016 (7th Ed)Thames & Hudson

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse written resources and be able to rephrase and summarise them, as part of research for an essay

Activities:
Tutorials, assessed in the annotated bibliography
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Critically evaluate resources concerning an aspect of world archaeology, in order to compose a short essay.

Activities:
Tutorials, assessed in the essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Evaluate their own work and that of others in a critical and respectful fashion

Activities:
Tutorials, assessed in the annotated bibliography (peer marking) and reflection in the essay.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)

04. Demonstrate an understanding of archaeological theory, methods and concepts and the scope of the archaeological record.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, assessed in the exam and tutorial exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Appraise and interpret archaeological evidence during tutorials to explore how we infer past events from material remains.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, assessed in the exam and tutorial exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorColin Smith

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.5 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 0.5 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Annotated Bibliography (700 words)Students will peer mark the bibliography in tutorial. These results will be moderated by the tutor.20 01, 03
Essay and reflective section (800 words)Building from their annotated bibliography students will write an essay based on their research and a reflective paragraph on how this has improved from the un-researched essay written in a previous tutorial.20 02, 03
8 Tutorial exercises (equivalent to 2000 words) set on weekly topics.40 04, 05
Final exam (equivalent to 800 words)Summative on-line multiple choice/short answer exam.20 04, 05