ARCHAEOLOGY OF ABORIGINAL VICTORIA

ARC5AAV

2019

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 reviews the archaeological evidence of thousands of years of Indigenous occupation in southeastern Australia, with particular reference to Victoria. The archaeological evidence from different regions is set within the environmental context, while historical and ethnographic evidence provide additional sources for understanding Aboriginal society and economy at the time of European settlement. Conflicting explanations for past changes that stress environmental, social, technological or demographic factors are examined in the light of available archaeological evidence. The role of Indigenous communities in shaping archaeological and heritage management practice is a significant component of the subject.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnita Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in AMPA Masters of Professional Archaeology or AGPA Graduate Diploma of Professional Archaeology or Coordinator's approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBetween the Murray and the Sea: Aboriginal Archaeology in southeastern AustraliaPreliminaryFrankel, D.University of sydney Press, 2017
ReadingsDeep time Dreaming. Uncovering Ancient Australia.PreliminaryGriffiths, B.Black Inc. 2018
ReadingsVictorian Aboriginal Life and CustomsPreliminaryFrankel, D. and J. MajorLatrobe University ebook

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. present an argument linking theory and data with reference to Australian archaeology

Activities:
Medium length (2,000-word) essay with a bibliography, workshop assignments based on handling artefacts and ecofacts
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/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Identify theoretical approaches and research questions appropriate to the evidence from different types of Aboriginal archaeological sites

Activities:
Medium length (2,000-word) essay with a bibliography, workshop assignments based on handling artefacts and ecofacts, on-line quizzes
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/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. understand the constraints that archaeological data places on understanding past cultures and societies in Australia

Activities:
Lectures, readings, discussions, on-line quizzes and essay addressing approaches to excavation, chronology, taphonomy, and explanation in Australian archaeology
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. understand the archaeological evidence of Aboriginal people in Victoria, the relevant taphonomic and environmental issues in its interpretation, and its significance to contemporary Aboriginal people

Activities:
Lectures, readings, discussions, on-line quizzes and essay using archaeological data from Victoria
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,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, Winter semester, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnita Smith

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 28 - 28
Five 7.0 hours block mode per study period on weekdays during the day from week 28 to week 28 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 27 - 28
Five 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 27 to week 28 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1000 word book reviewStudents are asked to prepare a book review of a monograph on Australian archaeology. The assignment assesses their familiarity with the general trajectory of Aboriginal occupation of Australia, the archaeological evidence used to demonstrate it, and the way the author is able to construct an argument that shapes the presentation of the information.20 05, 06
one 3000-word essayStudents prepare an essay that considers the nature and future of Aboriginal archaeology in our region. The assignment assesses students' knowledge of the Victorian archaeological record, their understanding of how it has been created, and their awareness of its significance in modern society.50 01, 03, 05, 06
one 1500-word practical assignmentStudents prepare a report based on the analysis of artefacts catalogued in class. The assignment assesses their ability to synthesise and present data and to use it to interpret some aspect of the archaeological past.30 01, 03, 05, 06