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Unit Overview


This vocational unit prepares students for a career as professional archaeologists and/or anthropologists. Students visit archaeologists and anthropologists 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 and anthropology. 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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Anthropology; Archaeology [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the various professional settings where archaeologists and anthropologists operate and how these fields of practice relate to each other; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the laws and ethics apply to archaeological and anthropological 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.


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
Enrolled in Archaeology Honours
Contact hours
Seminars: 3 hours per week for first 6 weeks of Semester 2 (intensive mode)
This unit teaches skills and content that are recognised and can be recorded as Group A and/or Group B Skills according to the Australian Archaeology Skills Passport of the Australian Archaeological Association:

deliver the individual and group learning outcomes of this unit, participation in all learning experiences and assessment tasks is essential. Non-participation will result in some, or all vital content being missed, marks not earned, and/or penalties being applied.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.