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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKeir Strickland

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesTutorial exercises, lectures, assessment.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in the ABARC, or obtain the subject coordinator's permission


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

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

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse written resources and be able to rephrase and summarise them, as part of research for an essay.
02. Critically evaluate resources concerning an aspect of world archaeology, in order to compose a short essay.
03. Evaluate their own work and that of others in a critical and respectful fashion.
04. Demonstrate an understanding of archaeological theory, methods and concepts and the scope of the archaeological record.
05. Appraise and interpret archaeological evidence during tutorials to explore how we infer past events from material remains.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKeir Strickland

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 20
One 1.00 hour lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 20 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Essay Project(2000 words) The project has three components, un-researched essay, annotated bibliography(peer marked, but tutor moderated) and,building from their annotated bibliography, essay based on their research and a reflective paragraph on how this has improved from un-researched essay.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Regular quizzes (1200 words equivalent)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo30 SILO4, SILO5

Final exam (equivalent to 800 words) Summative on-line multiple choice/short answer exam.

N/AOther written examIndividualNo20 SILO4, SILO5