UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ARCY2003 Historical Archaeology

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 provides an introduction to Historical Archaeology, its methods and its theoretical development. The unit details core geographic areas and themes of historical archaeological research over the last 600 years, including medieval Europe; European diasporas after the fourteenth century; historical contexts in North America and Australasia; the modern world system; industrial archaeology; maritime archaeology; and the recent past.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) develop an understanding of the key definitions of historical archaeology—(a) as a method; (b) of a specific time period; and (c) of the modern world; (2) understand the key forms of information available to historical archaeologists and the interpretive potential and challenge of historical sources in archaeological analysis; (3) describe, compare and contrast the various theoretical frameworks and methods used in Historical Archaeology; (4) comprehend the dominant themes in historical archaeology including industry, consumption, capitalism, unfree labour, gender, households and communities, colonialism, culture contacts and the archaeology of the 'unwritten' (women, children, minorities); (5) comprehend archaeological literature, specialised terminology and data, and communicate this in an appropriate manner both orally and through written expression; (6) describe the development of historical archaeology as a sub-discipline in Australia and North America; (7) describe key sites, archaeologists and projects in historical archaeology, with an awareness of the contribution of maritime archaeology; (8) understand the ethical considerations involved in historical archaeology; (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) essay; and (3) test. 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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