UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ARCY3010 Archaeology of Europe: Neanderthals to Homer

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 European archaeology from the appearance of human ancestors through the establishment of agricultural practices to the establishment of the use of metal. This time period is traditionally divided into the periods of the Palaeolithic, Neolithic and the Bronze Age. The unit examines topics such as our relationship with Neanderthals, the social and cultural changes related to the adoption of farming and animal husbandry, and the changes that came about with the introduction of metals and their integration into the economy and trade networks. Related to these processes is the development of the first European complex societies or civilisations in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of European archaeology from the earliest appearance of human settlement on the continent to the arrival of the earliest agricultural practices; (2) understand the broad spatial and chronological development of material culture items from the Palaeolithic to the Bronze Age of Europe; (3) critically understand the relevance of research on European archaeology for global archaeological research; (4) demonstrate a critical and reflexive understanding of ethical issues relevant to all archaeological practice; (5) independently and critically undertake research through the collection and interpretation of archaeological information and report on this process process; (6) demonstrate presentation skills by preparing a tutorial presentation and concomitant group communication skills in discussing the presentation; and (7) 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 Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Jane Balme
Unit rules
Prerequisites: ARCY1001 Discoveries in Archaeology, ARCY1002 Archaeology Today: Principles and Themes, and two Level 2 Archaeology units
Incompatibility: ARCY3001 Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Europe, ARCY3006 Neolithic and Bronze Age Europe
Contact hours 2 hours per week

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