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    Study of anthropological and other scientific and sociocultural ideas as they relate to, inform, and frame archaeological research and practice. Theory in archaeological history.

    This course is focused on the development of theoretical capacity and sophistication in postgraduate archaeology students. Students will review, evaluate and debate the intellectual foundations and ideas of, and behind, archaeology. These ideas cover some of the most important intellectual developments in recent human history including feminism, postcolonial theory, and evolutionary and environmental theory. Students also consider important and influential theorists in archaeological history and the contemporary discipline of world archaeology. Strategically, this course should inform and support postgraduate archaeology students as they frame research questions and design.

    About this paper

    Paper title Archaeological Theory
    Subject Anthropology
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,701.51
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    72 300-level ANTH or ARCH points
    ANTH 426, ARCH 404
    Limited to
    BA(Hons), PGDipArts, MA(Coursework), MArchP
    May not be credited together with ANTH410 passed in 2012 or ARCH410 passed in 2013.

    Professor Ian Barber

    Teaching staff

    Course Co-ordinator: Professor Ian Barber
    Contributing lecturer: Associate Professor Tim Thomas

    There is no single set textbook for ANTH427. The course is taught from a variety of e-journal articles, book chapters and books held by the University of Otago library.
    Course outline
    Will be available on Blackboard at the beginning of the course.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who complete this course will have:

    • Acquired knowledge and confidence to design their research from a theoretically informed base
    • Developed a deeper understanding and appreciation of the range of ideas that have influenced archaeological practice and research historically, and today


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22, 29-32
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