ARPA300 Debates in Archaeology

Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites ARPA343 and ARPA356 or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ARPA500
Notes None
Combined Units ARPA500 - Debates in Archaeology
Coordinator(s) Mark Moore (mmoore2@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Archaeological practice and theory has changed dramatically over the last century, with significant implications for the questions we ask, how we design research, make our interpretations, and understand the implications of our work. This unit explores some of the major movements in archaeological thought and approaches over the last century, including some of the key debates, conflicts and ethical dilemmas within the discipline. It also covers the principles of advanced research design and the integration between theory and method, with students asked to develop a viable archaeological research project proposal.

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.

Archaeological Theory: An Introduction

ISBN: 9781405100151
Johnson, M., Wiley-Blackwell 2nd ed. 2010

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

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 10% 500
Assessment Notes

Quiz

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4

Compulsory Assessment 2 20% 1000
Assessment Notes

Quiz

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2, 4

Compulsory Assessment 3 30% 1500
Assessment Notes

Essay

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 5

Compulsory Assessment 4 40% 2000
Assessment Notes

Essay

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 5


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. understand the development of archaeological thought and approaches over the last century;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between data collection, analysis and interpretation in archaeological research;
  3. analyse the implications of the major schools of thought in archaeological research and interpretation and form an opinion about their respective benefits and drawbacks;
  4. engage in informed debate regarding the ethical issues surrounding the study of archaeology; and
  5. demonstrate skills in the planning of an archaeological research design.