ATS3338 - Master class in archaeology and ancient history - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Centre for Ancient Cultures

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jessie Birkett-Rees


Dr Jessie Birkett-Rees

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.


In this unit students discover how theory and method are currently applied in the study of Indigenous Australia and the ancient world. The unit reviews the history and development of the study of the past and focuses on contemporary, inter-disciplinary practices. Experts in archaeology, Indigenous cultures, ancient history and Egyptology lead master classes in their discipline, presenting you with significant issues in their field and current approaches to research. Students will investigate these concepts and contexts in seminars, exploring case studies and acquiring the fundamental tools and approaches to contribute to debates and conduct advanced study. The unit addresses each of the key discipline areas above, with assessment tasks that allow students to focus on their preferred area of study.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. recognise the historical development of relevant interpretive approaches applied to the record of the past;
  2. apply different methodologies to problem solving;
  3. engage with a variety of theoretical approaches to interpreting the record of the past;
  4. evaluate different methodological approaches depending on the nature of the discipline involved;
  5. appreciate and appraise key debates in the contemporary study of the past.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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