Honours in Archaeology

Australian-trained archaeologists contribute to research, documentation and preservation of archaeological heritage in Australia and globally. 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 work in this field. UWA Archaeology Honours consists of two components. First are weekly seminars and visits to specialists on topics such as advanced theory, grant writing, resume building and interview skills, and topical issues in archaeology. Second is the research thesis where you choose and follow through a supervised research topic of your choice. You will be part of a wider postgraduate community and have access to weekly departmental seminars, volunteer opportunities in the lab and field, and access to some of Australia's and the world's leading archaeologists.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of key theories and methods in archaeology; (2) have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of empirical and theoretical concepts in archaeology; (3) demonstrate ability to critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesize knowledge with with intellectual independence to provide understanding of complex problems and issues in archaeology; (4) identify, plan and implement an original research project in archaeology, including appropriate ethical issues; and (5) produce high-level oral and written communication appropriate to the discipline.

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. Approval by the UWA Archaeology Discipline of the students Honours dissertation topic.

Intake periods: Beginning of year only

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period
Take all units (48 points): 2017 mid year commencing students refer to the 2017 handbook.
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1ARCY4101Advanced Archaeological Theory
Prerequisites:
completion of a major in Archaeology with at least 65 per cent in Level 3 units
Incompatibility:
ARCY7485 Honours Seminar 5 (Archaeology)
NSARCY4102Archaeologists in Action
Prerequisites:
completion of a major in Archaeology with at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units
Incompatibility:
ARCY7486 Honours Seminar 6 (Archaeology)
NSARCY4104Advanced Archaeological Research Training
Prerequisites:
completion of a major in Archaeology with at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units
Incompatibility:
ARCY7486 Honours Seminar 6 (Archaeology)
S1, S2SOCS4100Honours Research Skills
Incompatibility:
COMM4101 Concepts in Communication, COMM7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Communication Studies)
S1, S2SOCS4140Honours Dissertation 1
S1, S2SOCS4141Honours Dissertation 2
Prerequisites:
SOCS4140 Honours Dissertation 1