THEORETICAL ISSUES IN ARCHAEOLOGY

ARC5AIT

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In the subject we will revisit some major and enduring theoretical issues in contemporary archaeology and investigate differing schools of thought that have developed in archaeology. The subject is aligned with more individualistic spheres of learning appropriate to postgraduate studies. Seminar-style classes place strong emphasis on student participation.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnita Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment in the AMPA Master of Professional Archaeology or ADPA Graduate Diploma of Professional Archaeology or ACPA Graduate Certificate of Professional Archaeology

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects ARC4ICA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Must be specialising in Archaeology

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate specialist knowledge of theoretical issues in archaeology

Activities:
Using topic readings, critique theoretical issues in archaeology and identify key primary sources in the literature
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Research and apply ethical frameworks and policies in the practice of archaeology and inclusion of stakeholders in cultural heritage issues

Activities:
Discussion of issues in class and their analysis and application of these in essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Demonstrate advanced academic and individual research skills

Activities:
Research, analyse and explain complex ideas through essay and literature review
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Interpret and transmit knowledge of archaeological theory and contemporary practice to specialist and non-specialist audiences

Activities:
Summarise and discuss in groups each of topic readings identifying the aims, methods, data, and conclusions of the readings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnita Smith

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 14 - 14
One 8.0 hours block mode per study period on weekdays during the day from week 14 to week 14 and delivered via face-to-face.

Block Mode Week: 13 - 13
One 8.0 hours block mode per study period on weekdays during the day from week 13 to week 13 and delivered via face-to-face.

Block Mode Week: 12 - 12
One 8.0 hours block mode per study period on weekdays during the day from week 12 to week 12 and delivered via face-to-face.

Block Mode Week: 11 - 11
One 8.0 hours block mode per study period on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 11 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
Six 3.0 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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Group exercise (500-word equivalent)Assessment rubric provided on LMS10 04
One 3,000-word essayAssessment rubric provided on LMS50 01, 02, 03, 04
One 2,000-word literature reviewAssessment rubric provided on LMS40 01, 03, 04