Undergraduate Study

Undergraduate information for 2018

Our graduates will need the capacity to contribute to and provide leadership in dynamic, changing and globalised environments.

With the new curriculum, students can choose from a Bachelor of Arts (3 years) or progress to the Bachelor of Advanced Studies (four years).

Combining a Bachelor of Arts with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies gives you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and skills, add further breadth to your University qualification by studying subjects from a range of disciplines, and apply your skills and disciplinary knowledge to real-world problems.

The Advanced Studies portion of the combined degree allows you to do Advanced coursework (including a project), or to undertake Honours.

New students commencing in 2018 continuing students  Transfer to the new curriculum

Undergraduate study in Archaeology

For information on the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies options, please see the Departmental undergraduate guide.

Archaeologists employ material culture to study our human past. A major in Archaeology will equip you with the intellectual and practical skills to gather, analyse and interpret primary archaeological evidence in order to answer questions about prehistoric and historic societies.

Pathway through the major

The major in Archaeology
Archaeology is the study of our human past through analysis of material culture. By looking at the artifacts, objects or materials humans leave behind, we can travel back into deep time, before written history, to uncover our very earliest ancestors. We can explore ancient civilisations across the world through their greatest monuments and the minutiae of their daily lives. The discipline also provides insights into historical periods and even the present day, providing a counter narrative to the written and spoken word. Archaeology combines the arts and the sciences to uncover traces of the past and bring to life lost peoples and cultures. Using the broad skill base that a degree in archaeology provides, students can go on to a wide variety of jobs such as those in museums, universities and government and private heritage/environmental consultancy firms.
A major in Archaeology will equip you with the intellectual and practical skills to gather, analyse and interpret primary archaeological evidence.

The minor in Archaeology
The minor in Archaeology is also a valuable and important way of studying with us. It allows you to cover a diversity of topics without necessarily specialising in a thematic way. On attaining the minor you will will have an informed engagement with the ideas and methods of Archaeology that will add breadth to your degree.

First year units (1000 level)

Archaeology offers two consecutive foundation units:

- ARCO1000: Ancient People: Hunters and Farmers
- ARCO1001: Civilisations of the Ancient World

These will introduce you to the story of our earliest ancestors and how they spread across the globe. Journeying on through the appearance of the first farmers and villagers, you will then explore the emergence of the major civilisations of the Ancient World. In your tutorials, you will learn how to use archaeological evidence as a tool to reconstruct the human past. No prior knowledge of archaeology or ancient history is assumed. The major or minor requires you to take both first year units in Archaeology.

Second year units (2000 level)

When choosing your 2000 level units, you should consider what balance you want between archaeological skills-based study (e.g., Field Methods, Archaeological Principles and Practice, Analysis of Lithic Technology), thematic Archaeology topics and regionally specific units that include Asian, Australian, Classical and Middle Eastern Archaeology. You will need to complete 12 credit points at this level to progess through the major and the minor.

Third year units (3000 level)

3000 level units of study extend the research and learning experience for students. These options build on first and second year areas of study. For a major in Archaeology you complete a minimum of 18 credit points of units at 3000 level chosen from the Archaeology unit of study table and an additional 6 credit point interdisciplinary project. A minor requires just 12 credit points of 3000 level units.

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