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  • Objectives
    The Bachelor of Archaeology requires three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time) and the honours program an additional year (or the equivalent part-time). The course is offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities, Law and Theology. Enrolment in the honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the school/department being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study. The degree is a joint initiative of South Australia's three universities. Some topics are provided by the University of Adelaide or the University of South Australia and require students to attend lectures at those institutions. COURSE AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES The course is designed to give students a substantial grounding in all aspects of archaeology as a preparation for a professional career in the area. In particular, it is centred on the archaeology of Australia and how the study of archaeology interrelates with Australian society past and present. The course aims to achieve a balance in the methodological, theoretical and practical aspects of Archaeology. It also looks at general and specific issues of cultural heritage management. Learning outcomes Upon completion of the Bachelor of Archaeology students will: * understand and be able to practice a range of field skills in site recording, mapping, and artefact identification and recording; * understand and be able to practice a range of laboratory skills in artefact description and analysis; * have a sound appreciation of a range of theoretical developments in archaeology and of the way that archaeology has developed as a discipline; * understand how archaeology is practised in a range of specialist fields, from Indigenous archaeology to modern material culture studies; * understand the basic principles of archaeology and the concepts that enable archaeologists to make reliable interpretations about past human behaviour; * appreciate the ethical and legal frameworks in which archaeology operates; * be familiar with the diverse sources of evidence used by archaeologists to reconstruct past human behaviour.
  • Entry requirements
    You can qualify for undergraduate courses through: * year 12 qualifications * mature age entry (STAT) * TAFE/VET qualifications * higher education transfers. Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Archaeology
  • Course description
    Course overview

    The Bachelor of Archaeology program at Flinders is one of the few specialised degrees in Australia that will give you the comprehensive training required to pursue a career in this exciting area.

    This flexible program gives you a solid grounding in the basics of archaeology then allows you to follow a pathway of interest in the following areas of specialisation:

        * Indigenous archaeology
        * Maritime archaeology
        * Historical archaeology
        * Forensic archaeology
        * Classical archaeology.

    Regular field trips and laboratory and practical sessions are features of this program.

    The Bachelor of Archaeology produces independent thinkers who can apply their skills to a range of settings, including working effectively in teams.

    What is Archaeology?

    Archaeology can involve the painstaking restoration and description of small artefacts, but it also takes in the big picture.

    As a discipline, it crosses what was once seen as a divide between science and the humanities, incorporating such diverse fields as anthropology, art history, biology, earth sciences, environmental sciences, geography, geology, heritage management, history, human evolution and modern material culture.

    As we become more aware of how the past can and should shape our future, archaeologists often are at the cutting edge of policy development and decision-making.

    Why study Archaeology at Flinders?

    The Bachelor of Archaeology at Flinders:

        * provides more practical experience than any other archaeology degree offered in Australia
        * includes exciting field experience options in a range of areas, including historical, Indigenous and maritime archaeology
        * gives students a sound understanding of cultural heritage management and consultancy-based archaeology
        * provides the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in 2nd or 3rd year
        * is designed to provide students with a substantial grounding in theoretical, methodological and practical aspects of archaeology.

    Professional recognition

    Students who complete a 4 year degree (usually comprising a 3 year undergraduate degree and then either an honours or graduate diploma 4th year) are eligible for membership of a professional organisation such as the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc (AACAI).

    To qualify for the Bachelor of Archaeology, a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study:

        * 42 units of core topics;
        * 18 units of first level designated elective topics;
        * 24 units of upper level topics designated Archaeology elective topics; and
        * 24 units of upper level topics designated non-archaeology elective topics.

    Students will be provided with a list of elective topics related to the following specialist areas:

        * Archaeological Science
        * Classical Archaeology
        * Forensic Archaeology
        * Historical Archaeology
        * Indigenous Archaeology
        * Maritime Archaeology

    There is no restriction to choice of elective topics from any one of these specialist areas.

    Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

    First Year

    ARCH1001
    Introduction to Archaeology
    4.5

    ARCH1002
    World Archaeology
    4.5

    ARCH1003
    Field Archaeology
    4.5

    ENGL1001
    Professional English
    4.5

        
    plus 18 units of first level designated elective topics listed below    

    AGRE1101
    Ancient Greek 1*
    4.5

    AGRE1102
    Introduction to Latin and Ancient Greek 1*
    4.5

    ANTH1101
    Ethnographic Research: The Making of Anthropology*
    4.5

    ANTH1102
    Introducing Social Anthropology*
    4.5

    AUST1001
    Australian Studies: Identities
    4.5

    AUST1004
    An Introduction to Aboriginal Studies
    4.5

    BIOL1101
    Evolution of Biological Diversity
    4.5

    BIOL1102
    Molecular Basis of Life
    4.5

    BIOL1112
    Biology and Society
    4.5

    CHEM1101
    Chemistry 1A
    4.5

    CHEM1102
    Chemistry 1B
    4.5

    CHEM1201
    Introduction to Chemistry A
    4.5

    CHEM1202
    Introduction to Chemistry B
    4.5

    CLAS1001
    Classics: From Egypt to Ancient Greece*
    4.5

    CLAS1002
    Classics: From Ancient Greece to Rome*
    4.5

    CPES1201
    Physics for the Life Sciences A
    4.5

    CPES1202
    Physics for the Life Sciences B
    4.5

    CRIM1003
    Crime and Criminology
    4.5

    CRIM1004
    Criminal Justice System
    4.5

    EASC1101
    Earth and Environment 1
    4.5

    EASC1102
    Marine Sciences 1
    4.5

    ENVS1701
    Environmental Studies
    4.5

    ENVS1702
    Environment, Economy and Culture
    4.5

    GEOG1001
    Water Resources and Society
    4.5

    GEOG1002
    Cities as Human Environments
    4.5

    GEOG1003
    Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
    4.5

    HIST1201
    Convicts, Race and Gender in Australia 1788-1840
    4.5

    HIST1203
    A Brief History of Australia
    4.5

    HIST1702
    New World Nations: 1800-1918
    4.5

    HIST1703
    Turning Points in World History
    4.5

    HIST1704
    History's Killing Fields
    4.5

    HIST1801
    Modern Europe, 1900-1945
    4.5

    HIST1802
    Europe, 1945 to the Present
    4.5

    HUMN1001
    Working in the Humanities 1: Exploring Culture
    4.5

    HUMN1002
    Working in the Humanities 2: Reading Across the Disciplines
    4.5

    HUMS1034
    Contemporary Aboriginal Issues A#
    4.5

    HUMS1035
    Aboriginal Cultures#
    4.5

    LATN1002
    Latin 1*
    4.5

    LEGL1001
    Australian Legal System
    4.5

    LEGL1003
    Contemporary Legal Issues
    4.5

    WMST1001
    Sex, Gender and Identities in Australia
    4.5

    WMST1002
    Gender, Power and Change: Introducing Feminist Debates
    4.5

        
    Any First Year FREN, GERM, ITAL, or SPAN topics
        

    4.5/9
    * University of Adelaide topics
    # University of South Australia topics

    Second Year

    ARCH2003
    Cultural Heritage Management
    6

    ARCH2201
    Archaeological Field Methods
    6

        

    plus 12 units of topics selected from the following:
        

    ARCH2001
    Archaeology of Indigenous Australia
    6

    ARCH2002
    Historical Archaeology of Australia
    6

    ARCH2004
    Australian Maritime Archaeology
    6

    ARCH2005
    Human Evolution: Bio-Cultural Perspectives
    6

    ARCH2006
    Forensic Archaeology
    6

    ARCH2101
    Cultural Anthropology
    6

    ARCH2103
    Quaternary Ecology
    6

    ARCH2301
    The Museum
    6

        

    plus 12 units of topics selected from the following:
        

    ANTH2001
    Aboriginal Land Tenure and Sacred Sites in Australia*
    6

    ANTH2002
    Aborigines and the State 2*
    6

    AUST2004
    Indigenous Australian Art Today
    6

    AUST2005
    Travelling Australia: A Cultural Guide
    6

    AUST2006
    Reconciliation and Indigenous Knowledges
    6

    HUMS2012
    Archaeology and Aboriginal Studies 1#
    6

    PROF2104
    Finding Money: Researching and Submitting Grant Proposals
    3

    PROF2105
    Tenders: Understanding the Tender Process
    3

    THEO2211A
    Digging Up the Bible: Theology and Archaeology in Dialogue
    6

    WMST2003
    Gender and Development 
    6

        

    Any Second Year AGRE* topics where prerequisites are met
    6

        
    Any Second Year BIOL topics where prerequisites are met
    3/12

        
    Any Second Year CLAS* topics where prerequisites are met
    6

        
    Any Second Year CPES topics where prerequisites are met
    3/12

        
    Any Second Year CRIM topics where prerequisites are met
    6/12

        
    Any Second Year ENVS topics where prerequisites are met
    6/12

        
    Any Second Year GEOG topics where prerequisites are met
    6/12

        
    Any Second Year HIST topics where prerequisites are met
    6/12

        
    Any Second Year LATN* topics where prerequisites are met
    6

    * University of Adelaide topics
    # University of South Australia topics

    Third Year

    ARCH3201
    Archaeological Lab Methods
    6

    ARCH3301
    Archaeological Theory and Method
    6

        
    plus 12 units of topics selected from the following:
        

    ARCH3001
    The Archaeology of Art
    6

    ARCH3004
    Historical Archaeology in Global Perspective
    6

    ARCH3005
    Underwater and Coastal Archaeology
    6

    ARCH3007
    Archaeology for Global Justice
    6

    ARCH3009
    Archaeological Science
    6

    ARCH3013
    The Archaeological Imagination; Fact, Fantasy and Fiction in Archaeological Interpretation
    6

    ARCH3014
    Indigenous Heritage Management
    6

    ARCH3015
    Archaeology, Ethics and Globalisation
    6

    ARCH3016
    Australian Rock Art
    6

    ARCH3105
    Archaeology of Native North America
    6

    ARCH3203
    Archaeology in the Field
    6

    ARCH3303
    Historical Archaeology Field School
    6

    ARCH3304
    Maritime Archaeology Field School
    6

    ARCH3305
    Indigenous Archaeology Field School
    6

    ARCH3306
    Ethnoarchaeology in Aboriginal Australia
    6

    ARCH3307
    Rock Art Field School
    6

        

    plus 12 units of topics selected from the following:
        

    ANATSC3101
    Biological Anthropology*
    6

    INTR3061
    Food, Frontiers and International Relations
    6

    LEGL3016
    Law and Urban Change: The Impact of Built Heritage
    6

    LEGL3023
    Cultural Heritage and the Law
    6

    WMST3004
    Indigenous Women's Voices
    6

        

    Any Third Year AGRE* topics where prerequisites are met
    9

        
    Any Third Year BIOL topics where prerequisites are met
    3/12

        
    Any Third Year CLAS* topics where prerequisites are met
    9

        
    Any Third Year CPES topics where prerequisites are met
    3/12

        
    Any Third Year CRIM topics where prerequisites are met  
    6/12

        
    Any Third Year ENVS topics where prerequisites are met
    6/12

        
    Any Third Year GEOG topics where prerequisites are met
    6/12

        
    Any Third Year HIST topics where prerequisites are met
    6/12

        
    Any Third Year LATN* topics where prerequisites are met
    9

    * University of Adelaide topics

    HONOURS DEGREE


    A student who has completed all the requirements of the Bachelor of Archaeology, or another qualification which the Faculty Board agrees is equivalent, may be accepted as a candidate for the honours degree providing a sufficiently high standard has been achieved in fulfilling the requirements for the bachelors degree.

    To qualify for the honours degree, a student must complete satisfactorily 36 units of study as specified in the following program of study:

    ARCH7000C
    Honours in Archaeology (Part 1)*, and
    9

    ARCH7000D
    Honours in Archaeology (Part 2)*
    9

    ARCH7004A
    Honours Thesis (Part 1)*, and
    9

    ARCH7004B
    Honours Thesis (Part 2)*
    9

    * Students must enrol in Part 1 and Part 2 to complete the requirements of this topic.

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