UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ARCY2002 Archaeology of Colonisation and Contact

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Archaeology major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 2 elective
Content This unit explores the archaeology of colonisation and contacts using examples from different geographic regions including Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Eurasia, the Pacific Rim and the Arctic Circle. These case studies cover the last million years with a particular focus on the last 2000 years. The unit explores the archaeological evidence for initial human colonisation of regions, as well as the contacts that occurred resulting from human migrations. The unit looks at the interplay of biological as well as cultural factors in colonisation and migration processes. Students will become familiar with methods of dating, models for colonisation and contacts, and the ways that humans interacted with other people, environments and ecologies. Lectures communicate the topic including specialist research experiences. Tutorials encourage debates and critical analysis of issues, data, and interpretation. Students are encouraged to think critically and explore alternative approaches.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) develop an understanding of the ways humans colonised parts of the globe and came into contacts with others; (2) understand the ways archaeologists construct models to understand how colonisation and contact occurred, with a focus on acculturation, resistance, ethnogenesis, and creolisation and the material evidence for these; (3) demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues relevant to archaeological practice; (4) develop an understanding of the ways that colonising populations impact on environments and how this is recognised in archaeology; (5) comprehend archaeological literature, specialised terminology and data, and communicate this in an appropriate manner both orally and through written expression; (6) be aware of various theoretical frameworks used in archaeological studies of colonisation and contact develop an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of much archaeological research; (7) be aware of the ethical context involved in colonisation and contact studies; (8) understand and evaluate how evidence is used in archaeological research; (9) demonstrate presentation skills by preparing a tutorial presentation and concomitant group communication skills in discussing the presentation; and (10) demonstrate critical reading skills and source criticism.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) tutorial assignments; (2) test; and (3) essay. 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
Prerequisites: any Level 1 Archaeology unit
Contact hours 2 hours per week

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