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ANT1000 World Archaeology: An Introduction

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: World Archaeology: An Intro
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090307 - Archaeology
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Bryce Barker

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


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.


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

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

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.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Campbell, B & Loy, J 2006, Humankind emerging, 9th edn, Longman, Boston.
Fagan, BM 2018, People of the earth: an introduction to world prehistory, 15th edn, Longman, New York.
Klein, R 2009, The human career: human biological and cultural origins, 3rd edn, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 52.00
Independent Study 113.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY (2000-2500 WORDS) 30 30 11 Oct 2019
TUTORIAL PRESENTATION 1500 WDS 20 20 25 Oct 2019 (see note 1)
EXAMINATION 30 30 End S2 (see Examination notes below)

  1. Students will be allocated a date in the first few weeks of class.

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
EXAM PART A (Multiple Choice) 15 15 (see exam note 1)
EXAM PART B (Written) 15 15 (see exam note 2)

Exam Notes
  1. This will be a closed exam. The total working time for the exam (parts A and B) is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official exam timetable has been released.
  2. This will be a closed exam. The total working time for the exam (parts A and B) is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official exam timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the Closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.