Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will be introduced to a range of topics on natural and human induced environment and landscape dynamics. This will provide students with the temporal and spatial perspective necessary for understanding many contemporary environmental issues such as climate change, biological responses to environmental change and land degradation. Discussion will highlight methods for interpreting past and present environments and landscapes. We will consider the reciprocal relationship and interaction of human societies and bio-geographical landscapes. We will also factor in the influences of environmental change, degradation, and management within these interactions. Students will be introduced to a range of methods and theoretical techniques used to investigate and reconstruct past environments and landscapes. Because very few environments or landscapes have escaped the effects of human activities, the role humans have played in landscape modification, the distributions of plants and animals, and the implications for their dynamic changes will be focal points for this subject.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMatthew Meredith-Williams

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesExposure through lectures, discussions in class and tutorials, essay, quizzes and tutorial presentation.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have completed 60cp and must be admitted in the ABARC, ABA, SZAS, AZAHS, LZCOMA, LWLAT and have completed ARC1CIV; OR require subject coordinator's approval.


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

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Explain the principles behind paleoenvironmental methods and their applicability to broad temporal and spatial scale landscape modification.
02. Demonstrate awareness of paleoenvironmental field and laboratory methods, including the literature and current thinking associated with them.
03. Evaluate different methods for investigating landscape modification in a variety of settings, plus more focused application of paleoenvironmental analysis to landscape modification in a temporal and spatial setting (to be agreed upon with student).
04. Present a focused and coherent appraisal of landscape archaeology theory and method in a grammatically correct essay, supported by evidence correctly referenced from the literature.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMatthew Meredith-Williams

Class requirements

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

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

On-line short answer quizzes (1250 words) Periodic quizzes throughout semester

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2

One 1500-word essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

Research paper proposal presentation in tutorial (1250 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3