ARCY4102 Archaeologists at Work

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Archaeology [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
Content
This vocational unit prepares students for a career as professional archaeologists. Students visit archaeologists at their places of work, including: universities, government agencies, consulting firms, museums, Indigenous and heritage sectors. They get first-hand advice and instruction on vocational pathways. Students meet weekly to consider the practical, legislative and ethical aspects of archaeology. Students receive in-seminar instruction from experts in the field in topics such as producing a CV, sitting an interview, designing an outreach activity, working with multiple stakeholders, designing an exhibition, and curating a collection.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the various professional settings where archaeologists operate and how these fields of practice relate to each other; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the laws and ethics apply to archaeological practice in Western Australia, Australia and the world; (3) as a group, develop a project report on a topic discussed with the unit co-ordinator; and (4) demonstrate written and verbal communication skills by, for example, constructing professional CVs, conducting mock job interviews, producing copy for non-academic outputs such as web text, blogs, newspaper copy and interviewing skills.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar assignments and (2) group project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the seminar assignments component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sven Ouzman
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Enrolled in Archaeology Honours
Contact hours
Seminars: 3 hours per week for first 6 weeks of Semester 2 (intensive mode)
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