Spring 2021 - ARCH 386 D100

Archaeological Resource Management (3)

Class Number: 4716

Delivery Method: In Person


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  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 101 or ARCH 201.



Surveys the origins, implementations, and need for archaeological heritage legislation on an international and national scale. Topical issues associated with contract archaeology, public archaeology, native heritage, and avocational societies are incorporated.


This course provides students with an understanding of archaeological resource management issues and procedures. The first few weeks of the course presents a global perspective on fundamental concepts, issues, and strategies in archaeological resource management. The remaining weeks focus on archaeological resource management in British Columbia, introducing the laws, processes, and procedures by which archaeological resources are managed, and discussing the challenges faced by resource management archaeologists. This later portion of the course also includes a series of written exercises designed to demonstrate the archaeological impact assessment process in British Columbia. Students will be evaluated on the basis of weekly participation in online discussions (asynchronous) and three written assignments. The course will be delivered online and asynchronously.


  • Online Participation 35%
  • Archaeological Overview Assessment 25%
  • Archaeological Permit Application 10%
  • Archaeological Impact Assessment 30%



There is no required textbook for this course. Readings for the course will be assigned from a variety of on-line publications.

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 spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges 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. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).