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Archaeology and Aboriginal Studies

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

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  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

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  • Awarded by:

    University of South Australia

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Course Unit
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What you'll learn

About this unit

Archaeology and Aboriginal Studies, an online unit provided by University of South Australia and Open Universities Australia that provides students with a basic introduction to Australian archaeology and some of the major debates which characterise this realm of academia.

The unit is focused on granting students a greater understanding of the field of archaeology, identifies what archaeology reveals or suggests about Australian Aboriginal history, and explores the tools and techniques used by archaeologists to investigate Australia's Aboriginal past. Students will immerse themselves in the predominating narratives and perspectives which have shaped interpretations of archaeological evidence relating to Aboriginal communities, and investigates the links between Aboriginal studies, Aboriginal communities and archaeology.

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to demonstrate a foundational understanding of the nature of the archaeological field and how it has been deployed in the construction of Australia's past.



Students must have successfully completed the following units in order to enrol in this unit:

  • Contemporary Aboriginal Issues
  • Indigenous Philosophy: Contesting Knowledge in Social Studies
  • Being and Belonging: Culture and Identity

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation for the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology), Swinburne University
  • Bachelor of Behavioural Studies, Swinburne University
  • Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies), University of South Australia

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this arts unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Nature and history of archaeology
  • What archaeology is currently saying about human evolution
  • Human occupation in Australia in the context of environment
  • Archaeological perceptions of Australia's past
  • Relationships between Aboriginal communities and archaeology
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Career outcomes

This unit is well suited to students interested in pursuing a career or further academic study in the fields of archaeology, history or Aboriginal studies. It may also be of particular relevance to people interested in a career that involves interaction with the Australian indigenous community or that requires knowledge of this particular community, its history and how contemporary Aboriginals interact with their history.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees. Find out more about government study loans here.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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