UWA Handbook 2017

Honours course

Honours in Archaeology

Australian-trained archaeologists contribute to research, documentation and preservation of archaeological heritage in many different parts of the world. Archaeology is also the only way to access most of Australia's 50,000 years of human history and provides a means for accessing the recent historical past and the past not revealed by documents. Archaeology is an essential element of the process of identification, interpretation and management of cultural heritage. The rapid expansion of archaeological work associated with development industries over the past decade has created unprecedented demand for graduates with archaeological skills. Honours in Archaeology is considered the basic qualification for this work. This honours specialisation prepares you for work as an archaeologist, through seminars on archaeological thinking and practice, and the completion of a research thesis where you analyse a body of material to address an archaeological problem.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of key theories and concepts relevant to archaeological theory and practice today; (2) demonstrate cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of empirical and theoretical concepts in archaeology; (3) demonstrate cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge with intellectual independence to provide an understanding of complex problems and issues in archaeology; and (4) demonstrate the technical skills to design and implement an original archaeological research project.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units of the Archaeology major.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period
Take all units (48 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnitĀ nameĀ Unit rules
S1ARCY4101Archaeological TheoryPrerequisites: completion of a major in Archaeology with at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units
Incompatibility: ARCY7485 Honours Seminar 5 (Archaeology)
NSARCY4102Professional Practice (Archaeology)Prerequisites: completion of a major in Archaeology with at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units
Incompatibility: ARCY7486 Honours Seminar 6 (Archaeology)
NSARCY4104Research TrainingPrerequisites: completion of a major in Archaeology with at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units
Incompatibility: ARCY7486 Honours Seminar 6 (Archaeology)
S1, S2ARCY4140Dissertation (Archaeology) 1Prerequisites: completion of a major in Archaeology with at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units
Incompatibility: ARCY7479 Honours Dissertation 1 (Archaeology)
S1, S2ARCY4141Dissertation (Archaeology) 2Prerequisites: ARCY4140 Dissertation (Archaeology) 1
Incompatibility: ARCY7480 Honours Dissertation 2 (Archaeology)
S1, S2SOCS4100Honours Research SkillsIncompatibility: COMM4101 Concepts in Communication, COMM7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Communication Studies)