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AR2011 - Australia Through Time and Place

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

This subject considers the development, practice and findings of anthropological and archaeological research on Australia. Following a critical overview of the evidence of human colonisation and settlement of Australia and its cultural and linguistic diversity, this subject provides an integrated exploration of a number of key areas of research in the two disciplines, under the following headings: ritual; cosmological beliefs in time and space; colonial encounters; authentic pasts/authentic presents; leadership and power; kinship and country.

Learning Outcomes

  • to encourage critical analysis of anthropological and archaeological approaches to understanding Indigenous Australian societies;
  • to promote an appreciation of the complexity and diversity of Indigenous Australian social and cultural life through time;
  • to provide an understanding of the implications of current findings and theoretical perspectives in Australian anthropology and archaeology;
  • to provide students with a framework in which they are able to assess the value of an interdisciplinary approach to a number of key areas of research on Australia.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively.
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
AN2107 AND AN3011 AND AN3107 AND AR2411 AND AR2414 AND AR3011 AND AR3411 AND AR3414


Townsville, Block, Study Period 8
Census Date 18-Aug-2011
Face to face teaching 26-Sep-2011 to 30-Sep-2011 (5 days of workshops and possible field excursion)
Coordinator: Professor Rosita Henry, Dr Shelley Greer
Lecturers: Professor Rosita Henry, Dr Shelley Greer.
Workload expectations:
  • 30 hours workshops/Seminars - Lecture notes and other study materials will be available from the first week of study period 8 (25 July) through LearnJCU. Readings will be available electronically through the JCU Library. Face to face teaching consists of workshops undertaken in a 5 day block from 26-30 September.
  • 8 hours fieldwork
Assessment: quizzes or tests (40%); workshop exercises (30%); essays (30%).

External, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coord/Lect: Professor Rosita Henry, Dr Shelley Greer.
Workload expectations:
  • 1 hours - Electronic communication via email and LearnJCU Discussion Board
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCUandPrinted materials
Assessment: multidraft Essays (50%); participation in discussion board (30%); quizzes and tests through learnjcu (20%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.