HERI5107 Working with Stakeholders

6 points

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.

Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit provides an in-depth introduction to working with stakeholders. especially Indigenous communities. This requires developing an understanding of how archaeology has operated in the past, the nature of Aboriginal knowledge in relation to archaeological information, and an understanding of the basic level of cultural literacy required for ethical and professional archaeological practice. This knowledge is part of the archaeological process from planning, project design, funding, approvals, research design, community consultation, developing of partnerships, sampling decisions, development of appropriate methodology, to field logistics, execution of work, site mitigation and basics of reporting. Experts in Aboriginal worldviews and knowledges discuss their experiences. Scenarios are developed for case studies to explore these issues and draw from fields like: rock art, maritime archaeology, historical and Indigenous archaeology. Students are provided with the basic tools to understand the diverse aspects of ethical and literate archaeological practice.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate familiarity with the need to develop ethical and culturally literate practice and (2) demonstrate awareness of basic skills in planning and project management as relevant to working with communities.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) portfolio and (2) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Benjamin Smith
Unit rules
Approved quota: 30—determined on a case-by-case basis with weight given to past academic results; Indigenous students are particularly encouraged to enrol
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Optional field trips within or outside the metro area (estimated cost - $20-250).
Contact hours
6–8 weeks in April to June
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