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Modules

ARA3025 : Social Prehistory of the Neolithic and early Bronze Age Britain (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The course examines society during the Neolithic and early Bronze Age (c. 4000-1500 BC). It will draw upon all the major forms of archaeological evidence, but special reference is made to the distinctive monuments which characterise this period. Key themes for discussion include the constitution of society, individual and group identity, and religious beliefs and practices. Frequent reference will be made to interpretations in anthropology, human geography and sociology.

The aims of this module are:
1. To develop an awareness of social structures and practices which contrast with those which characterise our own society
2. To provide a detailed knowledge of those social strategies which were implicit to the British Neolithic and early Bronze Age
3. To develop an appreciation of the interpretive relationship between generalised social models and a prehistory of event and practice
4. To promote an awareness of the important links between later prehistory and anthropology, sociology and human geography

Outline Of Syllabus

Outline syllabus, intended as a guide only; week-by-week topics may be slightly different to the following,

Introduction to module and assessment
The role of agriculture throughout the Neolithic
The enclosures and settlements of the earlier Neolithic
Ancestral communities: mortuary practice and burial monuments
The passage grave phenomena
Book Review Seminar
Patterns of change and the question of the middle Neolithic
Henge monuments and the enclosed cosmos
Settlement and landscape during the later Neolithic
Artefact handling session
Material culture and exchange during the later Neolithic
The Beaker ‘Culture’ and social change
Social identity and the burials of the early Bronze Age
Concluding Seminar: society and social change during the Neolithic and early Bronze Age

The module is worth 20 credits. The assessment is made up of a 1500 word book, worth 30% of the module mark, and a 2500 word project on a selected aspect of social organisation, worth 70% of the overall module mark.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion531:0053:001/3 of guided independent studies
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading531:0053:001/3 of guided independent studies
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops14:004:00Workshop to take place at the Great North Museum
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study541:0054:001/3 of guided independent studies
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A series of subject-specific lectures, and two seminars, will provide an introduction to the aims and objectives of the module, its form of assessment, and then a detailed overview of the British Neolithic and early Bronze Age. Students will be expected to individually complete 178 hours of reading and writing to complete the book review and project.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M301500 word book review
Essay2M702500 word project
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessments will provide experience of discussing, in considerable detail, subject-specific knowledge, and encourage understanding, critical awareness and literacy skills.

This module can be made available to Erasmus students only with the agreement of the Head of Subject and of the Module Leader. This option must be discussed in person at the beginning of your exchange period. No restrictions apply to study-abroad, exchange and Loyola students.

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

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