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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 Online Sustained Study No
  • Dr Rick Knecht

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • Either Distance Learning (Studied) or Archaeology Iss (Studied)
  • 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)
  • AY4511 Indigenous, Community-Based and Public Archaeology (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 is a distance learning course. Students learn from home using a combination of pre-recorded podcast-style lectures and practical workshops/data analysis exercises.

As this course is offered via both distance learning and on-campus study, distance-learning students can choose to attend practical workshops or will be assigned alternative computer-based data analysis practical exercises

This course may NOT be included in a graduating curriculum with AY4511.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

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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