UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ARCY5109 Professional Placement (Archaeology) 2

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit provides students with an applied and contextualised understanding of an aspect of archaeological practice. Students are placed in two archaeological settings, each of which is outside their past experience and is in an area of interest and relevance to them. Particular emphasis is on matching the setting with gaps in skills. These settings include workplaces concerned with Indigenous, historical, maritime and rock art archaeology, including museums. Students are expected to critically assess their progress in a journal and in a major essay.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) become familiar with two professional settings of relevance to archaeology, with emphasis on Indigenous settings such as land councils or other representative bodies dealing with heritage; and (2) critically reflect on the professional practice of archaeology in various settings through creation of a reflective journal and essay.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) journal completed during placement; and (2) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Tom Whitley
Unit rules
Prerequisites: any four units in the Master of Professional Archaeology (12510)
Approved quota: 30—determined on a case-by-case basis with weight given to past academic results; Indigenous students are particularly encouraged to enrol
Contact hours three weeks

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