ARPA104 Archaeology: Principles and Practices

Updated: 14 November 2016
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no UNE Supervised Examination.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ARCH100 or ARPA304
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Melanie Fillios (mfillio2@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit introduces the practice, method and theories, history, and achievements of archaeology. Through lectures and practical sessions it prepares students for the in-depth critical study of the archaeology of any region or time. Topics include the nature and aims of archaeology, the history of the discipline, types of evidence and their recovery, dating, the scope of archaeological enquiry, the place of archaeology in contemporary life, and the ethics of archaeology with respect to the present and the past.

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice

ISBN: 9780500292105
Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P., Macmillan 7th ed. 2016

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 15% 750
Assessment Notes

Geography Quiz

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Assessment 2 15% 750
Assessment Notes

Quiz

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2

Compulsory Assessment 3 10% 500
Assessment Notes

Quiz

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2

Compulsory Assessment 4 45% 1250
Assessment Notes

Essay

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Assessment 5 15% 750
Assessment Notes

Quiz

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. apply specialised knowledge and skills to identify the diverse sources of evidence used by archaeologists (including excavated, documentary and oral history, representational, observational, artefactual, environmental and other scientific evidence);
  2. demonstrate an applied, integrated understanding of the basic concepts which underpin the subject (such as stratigraphy and stratigraphic context, temporality and landscape);
  3. explain how archaeological histories are constructed and change from time to time in light of new concepts, theories, methods and discoveries; and
  4. apply specialised knowledge to describe the range of approaches to analysis of archaeological materials (such as archaeological uses of assemblage, culture and style; approaches to typology, taxonomy and ancient technology).