Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students journey through 65,000 years of Indigenous settlement in Australia. We will investigate a series of major themes, including the first settlement of different parts of the continent; interactions with and adaptations to varied and changing environments; technological choices; and patterns of economy and land use. A range of case studies will be explored to evaluate archaeological and ethnohistorical information and the way it has been used to provide insights into past ways of life in Australia.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorgia Roberts

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesPoster assignment, discussion and debate in role play, workshop analysis, multiple choice questions and laboratory exercises.

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have completed 180 credit points and must be admitted in the ABARC, ABA, SZAS, AZAHS, LZCOMA, LWLAT AND have completed ARC1THJ or HUS1THJ, ARC1CIV, ARC2DIG and ARC2LAN or Must be admitted in ABABU, AZAHTS, LZCA, LWLWA and have completed ABS1IAA and ABS2PIA, OR require subject coordinator's approval. Or, must be admitted in AMPA, ACA or AGPA.


Incompatible subjectsARC2AIA

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. Communicate effectively within in a team environment while assessing various archaeological data sets.
02. Demonstrate knowledge of the cultural values, awareness and ethical sensitivities towards Indigenous Australians and their archaeological materials across the continent. Appreciate and be sensitive to cross-cultural protocols and language and be able to deal with unfamiliar situations.
03. Identify differences between types of Aboriginal archaeological materials and access the variability within and between them.
04. Interpret temporal and spatial changes in cultural material from a variety of site types.
05. Analyse and interpret archaeological materials including faunal remains and stone artefacts.

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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-ordinatorGeorgia Roberts

Class requirements

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.

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


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Essay (2000 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO2, SILO5

Poster assignment (1200 word equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO3, SILO5

PeerWise assignment (800 words equivalent). In this assessment students will submit three multiple-choice questions through PeerWise, and answer three questions submitted by other students. The questions they submit are accompanied by a referenced explanation of why the correct answer is correct. 

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO2, SILO4