ARPA300 Debates in Archaeology

Updated: 13 November 2018
Credit Points 6
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) Lloyd Weeks (
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.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
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.