Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In the subject we will revisit some major and enduring theoretical issues in contemporary archaeology. The subject forms a bridge between the structured world of undergraduate learning and the more individualistic spheres of postgraduate research and employment in public archaeology. This subject requires the student to develop the initiative required to cross from one realm to the other. Seminar-style classes place strong emphasis on student participation.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnita Smith

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesDevelop self-conscious critiques of theoretical issues in archaeology; learn to identify key primary sources in the literature, class discussions, essay, literature review.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in AH001 - Archaelogy Honours or AHA - Bachelor of Arts Honours in Archaeology


Incompatible subjectsARC5AIT

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsMust be specialising in Archaeology

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
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Develop appropriate questions for the interrogation of theoretical issues in archaeology
02. Research and apply ethical frameworks and policies in the practice of archaeology and inclusion of stakeholders in cultural heritage issues
03. Demonstrate advanced academic and individual research skills
04. Oral presentations during seminars that reflect upon archaeological theory and disciplinary politics

Subject options

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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-ordinatorAnita Smith

Class requirements

Block ModeWeek: 17 - 20
One 8.00 hours block mode per week on weekdays during the day from week 17 to week 20 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
Three 3.00 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Group exercise (500-word equivalent) Assessment rubric provided on LMS

N/AAssignmentGroupNo10 SILO4

One 3,000-word essay Assessment rubric provided on LMS

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One 1,000-word literature review Assessment rubric provided on LMS

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO4