Discovering Archaeology

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Discovering Archaeology

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Description
    Introduces students to archaelogists, sites, artefacts, concepts and methods to demonstrate how contemporary archaeology informs us about the ancient human past.
    Course Introduction
    COURSE CONTENT: ARCA1000 introduces students to the fundamental concepts, principles and themes of the broad and multi-faceted discipline of Archaeology. In doing so it considers how archaeologists understand past human cultures and explores major milestones in the human past, such as Human Evolution and Dispersal, The Origins of Agriculture and Origins of Civilisation. The treatment is broad in scope, including examples from around the world, and also considers archaeology as a profession in Australia. ARCA1000 has been designed to conform with the National Benchmark for Teaching Archaeology in Australian Universities.
    COURSE STRUCTURE: During the three hours of class contact each week, students attend three 50-minute segments comprising two segments of lectures and one 50-minute tutorial-type segment, which includes presentations, group work and discussion, as well as training sessions in research and essay writing methods. Each week students are expected to read the set text sections and other directed reading.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • Understand the role and history of archaeology in investigating the human past.
    • Demonstrate an introductory understanding of the concepts, principles and themes of contemporary archaeology.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of some of the major discoveries, sites and leading historical figures in world archaeology.
    • Successfully demonstrate research and expository writing skills (related particularly to this discipline).
    • Participate effectively in group-based exercises.
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour

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