UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ARCY3007 Archaeology of East and Southeast Asia: Origins to Civilisation

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Archaeology major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit studies East and Southeast Asian archaeology from the appearance of recognisable human ancestors through the establishment of agricultural practices to the establishment of the use of metal and the foundations of the Classical Chinese Civilisation. Students learn about problems associated with understanding human evolution in relation to changing environmental and cultural contexts with reference to 'pre-sapiens' hominin forms and anatomically modern humans. Of particular importance is the role of Island Southeast Asia. The unit further examines the social and cultural processes related to the origins of farming and animal husbandry in the region. The final major topic of the unit is related to the changes connected to the introduction of metals and their contribution to the development of the first Chinese complex societies
Outcomes Students are able to (1) critically analyse and apply competing theories of the interpretation of archaeological evidence with respect to Asian and SE Asian contexts; (2) demonstrate an understanding of Asian archaeology from the earliest hominins to the development of state-level societies; (3) understand the broad spatial and chronological development of material culture items from the Palaeolithic to Early Imperial China; (4) critically understand the relevance of the research history of Eastern and Southeast Asia for global archaeological research; (5) independently and critically undertake research through the collection and interpretation of archaeological information and report on this process; (6) critically evaluate archaeological principles and methods, and apply them to archaeological questions relating to Asian and SE Asian archaeology; (7) demonstrate presentation skills by preparing a tutorial presentation and concomitant group communication skills in discussing the presentation; (8) demonstrate a critical and reflexive understanding of ethical issues relevant to archaeological practice in Asian and SE Asian contexts; and (9) demonstrate critical reading skills and source criticism.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) essay; (2) tests; and (3) tutorial assignments. 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 rules
Prerequisites: ARCY1001 Discoveries in Archaeology, ARCY1002 Archaeology Today: Principles and Themes, and two Level 2 Archaeology units
Contact hours 2 hours per week

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