Australian Indigenous Archaeology
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- Demonstrate knowledge of the cultural values, awareness and ethical sensitivities towards Indigenous Australians and their archaeological materials across the continent. Appreciate and be sensitive to cross-cultural protocols and language and be able to deal with unfamiliar situations.
- Interpret temporal and spatial changes in material culture and environmental settings from different Aboriginal archaeological site types.
- Explore and evaluate different theoretical models within Australian Archaeology.
- Understand and evaluate best practice models from the scale of individuals through to Communities of Practice.
- • Contemporary Indigenous views and perspectives on heritage
- • The colonisation of Australia.
- • Early settlement of the continent and the first Australians.
- • Life in Pleistocene Australia: cultural and environmental perspectives.
- • Tasmania: the most southerly human population on the planet.
- • Out of the Ice Age: Coastal economies of the Holocene.
- • Out of the Ice Age: Inland economies of the Holocene.
- • Out of the Ice Age: Arid zone economies of the Holocene.
- • Population dynamism in the Holocene.
- • Social interaction and identity during the Holocene.
- • The archaeological record of the last thousand years.
- • Future paths: Developing collaborative archaeologies.
Prerequisites: Students must be admitted into the following course - AB002O. Student must have completed 180 credit points. Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed ARC2AIA (Australian Indigenous Archaeology) and ARC4001 (Australian Indigenous Archaeology) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
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In this subject, students journey through 65,000 years of Indigenous settlement in Australia. Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices and perspectives are embedded throughout this course and students will learn about this subject through both Traditional and western knowledge systems. We will investigate a series of major themes, including the first settlement of different parts of the continent; interactions with and adaptations to varied and changing environments; technological choices; and patterns of economy and land use. A range of case studies will be explored to evaluate archaeological and ethnohistorical information and they have been used to provide insights into past ways of life. Students will also explore the history of Australian Aboriginal archaeological theory and practice, providing critical links with developing contemporary professional best practise approaches.
- Essay (2000 words). (50%)
- Poster assignment (1000 word equivalent). (25%)
- A series of four personal reflections (250 word equivalent each) completed in Week 1, Week 4, Week 8 and Week 12. (25%)
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