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Course Overview

Lectures and workshops will provide an overview of the impacts archaeology can have on civic life and discourse beyond academia; including varied archaeologies of northern indigenous peoples across the globe, community-based archaeology and public archaeology.  Students will be introduced to the methods, theories and issues that are associated with archaeology and its role in public policy, economic development, and cultural politics.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Rick Knecht

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • AY3508 Indigenous Archaeology (Studied)
  • AY3511 Indigenous, Community-Based and Public Archaeology (Studied)
  • AY4508 Indigenous Archaeology (Studied)
  • AY4517 Indigenous, Community-Based and Public Archaeologies (Dl) (Studied)
  • KL4542 Indigineous, Community-Based and Public Archaeologies (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will provide students with an overview of the ways that archaeology engages with non-academic stakeholders, including northern indigenous peoples, northern communities, interest groups and the public. Issues will be explored through detailed case studies of collaborative projects. Topics will include indigenous archaeologies, community-based archaeology, public archaeology and interpretation of archaeological data to the public in the media and in museum contexts. The important relationship between indigenous groups and museums will also be examined, focussing on repatriation claims for cultural property stored in collections and also new initiatives to use museums as a means of empowering the indigenous voice.

Further Information & Notes

This course may NOT be included in a graduating curriculum with AY 3511 or KL 4542.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (50%); continuous assessment (50%). Resit: Marks for continuous assessment carried forward (50%); 1 two-hour written examination (50%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Detailed essay feedback forms. Oral feedback provided in tutorials.

Course Learning Outcomes


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