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2013 HAB216 Australia's Ancient Aboriginal Past

Unit Level: Intermediate

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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See also   HAB316

SPECIAL NOTE: May be taken as an elective.

Not Offered


This unit will begin with an overview of prehistory and archaeology in a global context, before focusing on the Aboriginal presence in Australia and internal developments until the late eighteenth century. Megafaunal extinctions, land management practices (including the impact of firestick farming.) and unique cultural initiatives are among the many exciting debates which will be investigated in considerable depth. The unit will also consider the emergence of distinct regional cultures, including Tasmania, early external contacts, and the impact of disease, particularly the controversial smallpox epidemic of 1789.

WEIGHT: 12.5%


HAB216: int. & dist. 1 (one) 1000-word essay (20%), 1 (one) 2000-word essay (40%), 2 hr exam (40%).

HAB316: int. & dist. 1 (one) 1000-word essay (20%), 1 (one) 2500-word essay (40%), 2 hr exam (40%).

TEACHING PATTERN: 2 hrs lectures and 1 hr tutorial weekly

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - L,H,I,N,W
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
   Resource supported teaching & learning - L,H,I,N,W
Additional resources are provided for your optional use; e.g. audio taped lectures
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Prereq 25% at level 100 in Aboriginal Studies major or cognate if completing the major. 25% at level 100 in any discipline in any faculty if taking as an elective

STAFF: Dr Murray Johnson

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