ARCY4102 Archaeologists in Action

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Archaeology [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This vocational unit prepares students for a career as a professional archaeologist. Students visit archaeologists at their places of work–universities, government agencies, consulting firms, museums and the Indigenous and heritage sectors–and get first-hand advice on different vocational pathways. Students meet weekly to consider professional activities and the practical, legislative and ethical aspects of archaeology. Students receive in-seminar instruction from experts in the field in topics such as producing a CV, sitting an interview, designing an outreach activity, working with multiple stakeholders, designing an exhibition and curating a collection.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the various professional settings where archaeologists operate; (2) develop a research application demonstrating a clear understanding of project management and development and the specific writing requirements of grant applications, including the budget process; (3) achieve an understanding of the relationship between the different sectors of archaeology and related fields of practice; (4) understand the laws that apply to archaeological practice in Western Australia.; (5) understand the practical constraints within which professional archaeology is practised; (6) demonstrate participation and presentation skills during seminars; and (7) demonstrate critical reading skills and source criticism.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) seminar assignment and (2) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sven Ouzman and Associate Professor Martin Porr
Unit rules
completion of a major in Archaeology with at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 units
ARCY7486 Honours Seminar 6 (Archaeology)
Contact hours
seminars: 3 hours per week for first 6 weeks of semester 2 (intensive mode)
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