PALAEOLITHIC ARCHAEOLOGY

ARC2PAA

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Our ancestors first appeared on the African landscape between 7 and 6 million years ago, but it was not until two and a half million years ago that one or more of them began to litter the landscape with durable material remains. These early litterbugs unwittingly provided their descendants with a unique if enigmatic record of their activities. Although this record comprises little more than chipped stone tools and broken-up animal bones, it has the potential to yield a wealth of information about the behaviour and ecology of our ancestors. This subject explores how Palaeolithic archaeologists decode the behavioural and evolutionary significance of these remains.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKeir Strickland

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must have completed at least 60 credit points or obtain the subject coordinators permission

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsARC2PAL

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

The Human Career

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorKlein, R.G.

Year2009

Edition/Volume3RD EDN

PublisherUNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS

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Principles of Human Evolution.

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorLewin, R. and R. Foley

Year2004

Edition/Volume2ND EDITION

PublisherBLACKWELL SCIENCE, OXFORD

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

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

DISCIPLINE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Understand the contribution that archaeology makes to the story of human evolution
02. Evaluate alternative accounts of human evolution using appropriate material evidence
03. Identify the scientific methods and deep-seated beliefs that influence understanding of key events in human evolution
04. Demonstrate knowledge of cultural values, awareness and sensitivities surrounding discussions of human evolution
05. Evaluate the import of all humanity sharing a deep-time history

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNicola Stern

Class requirements

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

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Ten short assignments (2,000-words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5
One 2,000-word research essayN/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5