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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnita Smith

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesUsing topic readings, critique theoretical issues in archaeology and identify key primary sources in the literature.  Class discussions, essay, literature review and readings.

Capstone subjectNo

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


Incompatible subjectsARC4ICA

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
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

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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 study period 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/AOtherGroupNo10 SILO4

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

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One 2,000-word literature review Assessment rubric provided on LMS

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4