World Rock Art I

7.5 credits

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Rock art are a global phenomenon that often is used as a token to unfold the uniqueness of modern human beings – Homo sapiens sapiens. This course introduces how archaeologists make sense of artworks in general and rock art in particular. In this course students will learn about the earliest symbolic expressions of humans extending back to middle Palaeolithic periods but also rock art traditions that ended in recent history, or even continuing today. They will learn about major traits of world rock art from different parts of the globe, such as Africa, America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. It also introduces the students to different kinds of theories and archaeological methods that can be used to study and make sense of these artworks. Traditional and modern dating methods will be examined, as well as problems and possibilities in excavating art sites with archaeological methods. The possibilities to study gender relations are discussed as important properties of global rock art.


To study on a distance education will give you different opportunities than on-campus teaching. It means that, to a large extent, you will be able to plan your studies yourself, both in terms of time and place.

However, keep in mind that most distance education includes a number of compulsory digital lectures and digital seminars during the weekdays. Some distance education also include compulsory get-togethers, for which you will have to travel to Växjö or Kalmar.

There are a number of different ways to be a distance student, the common denominator being that a large part of your study work is carried out on the web. You communicate with the teacher and your fellow students using a learning platform with discussion forums, group work, recorded lectures or video meetings using a web cam.

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In Kalmar, Linnaeus University is located in the city centre. Universitetskajen is entirely newly-built and located just next to the sea. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.

The city centre is also where most students live. Everything is available within a ten-minute bicycle ride, regardless of whether you want to take a swim in the sea, study, do some shopping, or work out. Historical buildings and cobblestone streets give charm to the city. When it is sunny, the area next to Kalmar Castle’s moat is filled with studying and sunbathing students. Student life is a natural part of Kalmar. This is where your dream of the future begins!

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