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ANT1000 World Archaeology: An Introduction

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Bryce Barker


It is felt that students should have the opportunity to study human origins and development as a background to the study of contemporary people, their societies and cultures and products. This course is intended to introduce students to current understanding about the biological and socio-cultural evolution of humanity from the origins about 4 million years ago up until the historical period. The relevant information is drawn from a number of disciplines, including Biological Anthropology, Human Biology, Archaeology, Cultural and Social Anthropology, and History.

This course examines our understanding of the biological and cultural evolution of our species. In order to do this, the prehistory of humanity and their ancestors is considered, using an evolutionary approach. The perspective throughout this course is derived from the fields of Archaeology and Paleoanthropology. The course's approach is explicitly Anthropological.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of current knowledge of the biological and cultural evolution of humankind;
  2. demonstrate basic perspectives on the main characteristics of human societies and cultures in the past.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The science of prehistory 10.00
2. Human evolution 30.00
3. Hunter-gatherers 30.00
4. Farmers 15.00
5. State systems/civilisations 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Feder, KL 2016, The past in perspective: an introduction to human prehistory, 7th edn, Oxford University Press.
ANT1000 World archaeology: an introduction: introductory book/study guide, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%)
Assignments Written Online forums No 20
Assignments Oral Presentation (ind, grp, mltmd) No 20
Assignments Written Essay No 30
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 30
Date printed 30 June 2022