Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject reviews what archaeology has discovered about the world's great civilisations. We investigate how civilisations developed and the implications of this knowledge for our own survival. We embark on a survey of the variety of complex human societies that have arisen in the last 6,000 years: in Egypt and the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Western Europe, China, South and Southeast Asia, Mesoamerica and South America. This subject addresses the Global Citizenship essential.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPhillip Edwards

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning Activities Identify research questions appropriate to a particular ancient civilisation. Write an essay answer to address those questions; demonstrate integration of themed knowledge in examination, Write a medium-length essay to address a substantive research question, In tutorials, develop self-conscious critiques of the human rights records of ancient civilisations and compare them to modern Western concepts, Tutorial sessions on transferable academic methods and theoretical skills, Study the relationship between variables in graphical data presented in lectures and utilise this understanding to effectively answer quiz questions

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsARC1AAC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


The Human Past

Resource TypePrereading

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorScarre, C. (ed.)




ISBNISBN10 0500294208, ISBN13 9780500294208

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Other descriptionN/A

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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Develop appropriate questions for archaeological case studies
02. Answer research questions about archaeological case studies using relevant literature on ancient civilisations
03. Recognise and discuss the cultural diversity of world civilisations and varying attitudes to individual human rights
04. Integrate key methodological and theoretical skills
05. Accurately interpret the relationship between variables in a given dataset and draw supported conclusions

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPhillip Edwards

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Eight on-line quizzes (1,000-word equivalent) Eight on-line quizzes will be assessed with multiple submissions for each one possible until the deadline

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO6

One 1,500-word essay The essay will be evaluated as summative assessment.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One 1.5-hour examination (1,500-word equivalent) The examination will be evaluated as summative assessment. The final examination promotes review of key knowledge and interpretations.

N/AOther written examIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2