Fall 2021 - ARCH 200 D100

Special Topics in World Prehistory (3)

Underwater Archaeology

Class Number: 4407

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 4150, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Rob Rondeau
    Office: Museum of Archaeology
    Office Hours: Hour before class (either in person or online) or by appointment at SFU Burnaby office.



Non-specialized introductory summaries of selected regional topics in world prehistory. Breadth-Social Sciences.


Topic: Archaeology Underwater: Exploring Human History Under the Sea

Underwater Archaeology is the interdisciplinary study of past human life, behaviours, and cultures and their activities in, on, around and under the sea, estuaries and rivers. Originally focused on the study of shipwrecks, the field is transforming in response to current and emerging challenges. Students will embark on a journey of underwater exploration without actually having to go underwater!


  • Develop an appreciation for the issues around conserving and protecting Underwater Cultural Heritage and sustaining the marine environment,
  • Explore the techniques and technologies, analytical and interpretative methods and theoretical approaches used in Underwater Archaeology,
  • Better understand the range of people's relationships to the Sea in the past.
Students will be formally evaluated by participating in the Kahoot quizzes (10%), participating in a museum tour and writing a one-page reflection (10%), two midterm exams (each 15%), writing an essay (20%), and a final exam (30%). The format of the exams consists of multiple choice questions and short answers based on material covered in the lectures, readings, and supplemental materials, such as videos shown in class and/or information presented by guest lecturers.


  • Kahoot Quizzes 10%
  • Museum Tour & Reflection 10%
  • Midterm Exams (2 @ 15% each) 30%
  • Essay 20%
  • Final Exam 30%



Although not required, a student will benefit from having in class a device such as a cellular phone, iPad, or laptop computer, for the purposes of accessing the website: www.kahoot.com


This course does not use a textbook, rather assigned weekly readings will come from a variety of sources including scholarly journal articles and books, television documentaries, videos and other supplemental materials posted to Canvas. 

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.