Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides an in-depth introduction to the archaeological record of Australia from the arrival of Europeans in the 18th century, to the rapid urban growth and industrialisation of the 20th century. Over the course of the semester students will explore various aspects of rural, urban, industrial, and maritime archaeology across Australia - with an emphasis upon the historical archaeology of Victoria. During w weekly workshops students obtain first-hand experience with artefacts recovered from Australian historical-archaeological sites. This subject addresses the La Trobe Sustainability Thinking essential.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Lawrence

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLecture, readings,  in-class discussions, written abstracts, essay, assignments, workshops and guest speakers.

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



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. Demonstrate knowledge of the cultural values and contributions made by colonial, post colonial and modern societies to the building of Australian culture through the study of historical archaeology
02. Identify theoretical approaches and research questions appropriate to the archaeological evidence from a local site and apply this in designing and carry out research to address those questions
03. Locate and interpret archival evidence relevant to understanding Australian colonial sites
04. Communicate and work effectively, ethically, and respectfully with colleagues during group discussions and activities.
05. Understand role and responsibilities of professional heritage practitioners and community groups, be familiar with relevant local, national and international legislation

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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-ordinatorSusan Lawrence

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

WorkShopWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 hour workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Four in-class workshop assignments (900-word equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

One 1,800-word essay

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO7

Abstracts of weekly readings (1,800-word equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO3, SILO5, SILO7