ARCY3005 Archaeology of Indigenous Australia

6 points
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit takes an historical approach to the archaeological contribution to our understanding of the history of human occupation of Australia before Europeans arrived. It traces the history of occupation of Australia using some of the major archaeological questions that have influenced our ideas about the Indigenous occupation of Australia in pre-European times. The emphasis in the unit is on examining the archaeological evidence—what it consists of, how it was obtained and how it has been used in constructing arguments.
Students are able to (1) have a general knowledge of the archaeological contribution to the history of human occupation of Australia before the arrival of Europeans; (2) have detailed knowledge of the major themes discussed in the unit and how the archaeological evidence has been used to construct arguments; (3) know how and why archaeological interpretations about the Indigenous occupation of Australia have changed over time; (4) critically analyse and apply competing theories of the interpretation of archaeological evidence in relation to the Indigenous occupation of Australia; (5) critically evaluate archaeological principles and methods, and apply them to archaeological questions relating to the Indigenous occupation of Australia; (6) demonstrate a critical and reflective understanding of ethical issues relevant to the Indigenous occupation of Australia; (7) demonstrate a critical judgement of archaeological practices and research traditions; (8) independently and critically undertake research through the collection and interpretation of archaeological information and report on this process both orally and through written expression; and (9) demonstrate critical reading skills and source criticism.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) test; (2) essay; and (3) quizzes. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sven Ouzman
Unit rules
ARCY1001 Discoveries in Archaeology
ARCY1002 Archaeology Today: Principles and Themes
at least one Level 2 Archaeology unit (except ARCY2005 Rock Art Field Unit)
Contact hours
2 hours per week
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