Fall 2020 - ARCH 200 D100

Special Topics in World Prehistory (3)

Underwater Archaeology

Class Number: 4810

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Instructor:

    Rob Rondeau
    Office: EDB 8603
    Office Hours: Hour before class or by appointment at SFU Burnaby office



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


Underwater Archaeology is the interdisciplinary study of past human life, behaviours and cultures and their associated 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!    

Highlights: 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.


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


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 information presented by guest lecturers



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

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 2020 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).