Honours in Archaeology

Australian-trained archaeologists contribute to research, documentation and management of archaeological heritage in Australia and globally. The rapid expansion of archaeological work associated with development industries has created unprecedented demand for graduates with archaeological skills. Honours in Archaeology is the basic qualification for work in this field. UWA Archaeology Honours consists of two components. First are weekly seminars and visits to specialists on topics such as advanced theory, grant writing, resume building and interview skills, and topical issues in archaeology. Second is a research dissertation where students choose and follow through a supervised research topic. Students are part of a wider postgraduate community and have access to weekly departmental seminars, volunteer opportunities in the lab and field, and access to some of Australia and the world's leading archaeologists.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of key theories and methods in archaeology; (2) have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of empirical and theoretical concepts in archaeology; (3) demonstrate ability to critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesize knowledge with with intellectual independence to provide understanding of complex problems and issues in archaeology; (4) identify, plan and implement an original research project in archaeology, including appropriate ethical issues; and (5) produce high-level oral and written communication appropriate to the discipline.

Entry requirements: The equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 70 per cent in Level 3 Archaeology units or equivalent.

Intake periods: Beginning of year only

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Take all units (48 points): 2017 mid year commencing students refer to the 2017 handbook.
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
NSARCY4102Archaeologists at Work
Enrolled in Archaeology Honours
NSARCY4104Advanced Methods in Archaeology
Enrolled in Archaeology Honours
N/ASOCS4100Honours Research Skills
COMM4101 Concepts in Communication, COMM7481 Honours Seminar 1 (Communication Studies)
S1, S2SOCS4101Advanced Theory in Social Sciences
S1, S2SOCS4140Honours Dissertation 1
S1, S2SOCS4141Honours Dissertation 2
SOCS4140 Honours Dissertation 1