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Learning Outcomes

  1. Evince a broad knowledge of the multi-disciplinary field of Archaeology, and a more detailed understanding of several of these disciplines and sub-disciplines.
  2. Understand and appreciate the legacy of archaeology on modern cultures.
  3. Acquire an understanding of the concept of stewardship in archaeology: preserving non-renewable cultural resources through policy, law and public education.
  4. Display a broad understanding of the historical development of human culture and apply this information with sensitivity and an appreciation for diversity in prehistoric, historic and modern cultures.
  5. Develop an awareness of intercultural influences and exchanges between different culture groups, and the mechanisms through which these operated in the past.
  6. Acquire knowledge of the geography of regions of interest and how this has affected the rise and development of human cultures in these areas.
  7. Develop a professional ethos in archaeology that is engaged and integrative and that will enhance the operationalization of responsible scientific research.
  8. Acquire, digest and critically evaluate scholarly arguments, the assumptions behind them, and their theoretical and empirical components.
  9. Identify and distinguish the steps involved in carrying out quantitative and qualitative research using available library and internet resources, as well as primary materials, including literary, historical and archaeological sources.
  10. Effectively communicate arguments, analyses and research results orally.
  11. Produce and express coherent, persuasive and innovative written studies (using relevant literature) with attention to academic integrity and respect for diverse, including contrary opinions and ideas.
  12. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of archaeology and the progress of scholarship in old world archaeology through the classical and biblical traditions, and in new world archaeology through the anthropological tradition.
  13. Gain an understanding of the major theoretical perspectives and debates within archaeology, how these have affected our view of the past, and how they may be applied to research in this field.
  14. Demonstrate knowledge of the formation of the archaeological record and acquire skills to conduct archaeological excavation: how to record, investigate, analyze and interpret archaeological derived remains.
  15. Be broadly familiar with the most important language of scholarship in the research area of interest/specialization.

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