ARCY4101 Advanced Archaeological Theory

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Archaeology [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This unit focuses on archaeological theory at an advanced level for Honours students. Students meet weekly to critically discuss key readings applied to archaeology as practiced in academic, museological, cultural heritage management, Indigenous and similar contexts. The unit has two parts. The first progresses chronologically, illustrating how archaeological thinking develops and conveys the importance of historical context in evaluating research. The second part incorporates contemporary topics and themes such as agency, art and symbolism, materiality, origins, phenomenology, reflexivity, technology and time. Seminars are tied to instructive case studies. Where possible, this unit is tailored to address the specific Honours research topics being pursued by students.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the history of archaeological theory and key case studies; (2) critically review archaeological literature with respect to its theoretical position; (3) achieve an understanding of the relationship between archaeological theory, method and data; (4) acquire the skills to identify and apply appropriate theory to their own research projects; (5) be able to identify the intellectual source of particular theories and methods; (6) demonstrate a critical and reflexive understanding of ethical issues relevant to the use of archaeological theory and practice; (7) demonstrate participation and presentation skills during seminars; and (8) demonstrate critical reading skills and source criticism.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) participation; (2) theory in historical perspective essay; and (3) applied theory essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Martin Porr
Unit rules
completion of a major in Archaeology with at least 65 per cent in Level 3 units
ARCY7485 Honours Seminar 5 (Archaeology)
Contact hours
seminars: 2 hours per week
Unit Outline

Recommended Reading

Johnson, M. 2009. Archaeological theory: an introduction, 2nd ed. Wily.

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