|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
The aims of this module are to provide students with an introduction to:
• the history of archaeological thought and its development into current theoretical approaches;
• methods and techniques used by archaeologists to investigate artefacts, sites and landscapes;
• ways in which archaeologists and anthropologists identify features of social and cultural life;
• the role of ethics and conservation in archaeology.
Outline of syllabus (To inform module choice of current students):
Although the main themes and learning outcomes remain the same, specific classes change from year to year according to which lecturers are delivering them.
The module will consist of two lectures and a seminar each week for twelve weeks, and will be divided into three parts:
• Part 1: the development of archaeological thought and practice from antiquarianism to the present day. Trends in European thought; origins of archaeology; antiquarianism; the recognition of prehistory; culture history, New Archaeology and postprocessual archaeology.
• Part 2: fieldwork (maps, survey and aerial photography); investigating sites by excavation; dating methods; interpreting material culture.
• Part 3: archaeological and anthropological analogies; ethnography and ethnoarchaeology; themes in social and cultural life -- economy, cosmology, death and burial; heritage and ethics.
By the end of this module students will know:
• the major trends in archaeology as a discipline, and how these developments reflected wider intellectual movements.
• the principal techniques archaeologists use to recognise, investigate and conserve material evidence of the past.
• how archaeologists and anthropologists identify, draw analogies between and explain features of social and cultural life.
By the end of this module students will have developed the following skills:
• using software provided by the Robinson Library to conduct searches for references to sources located in the library and in online sources;
• being aware of differences between books, edited volumes and conference proceedings, journals and journal articles, encyclopaedias and websites;
• providing accurate and appropriate citations of references using the Harvard System, and knowing how to construct a bibliography.
• assessing the usefulness and reliability of various different publication media, and being aware of the importance of evaluating source material for writing effective coursework;
• taking notes from lectures and other information sources, and avoiding plagiarism when using notes in coursework;
• presenting coursework to a standard required by Newcastle University's criteria for assessing work;
• engaging in interpersonal communication through working in small groups in seminars;
• being aware of ways in which archaeological and anthropological data are used, in order to develop these skills in later modules.
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||1:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||70||1:00||70:00||45% of guided independent studies|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||70||1:00||70:00||45% of guided independent studies|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||6||1:00||6:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||6||1:00||6:00||Research Skills Seminar|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||1||8:00||8:00||Field Trips|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||16||1:00||16:00||10% of guided independent studies|
Knowledge outcomes will be taught through lectures and seminars in class and developed through private study, they will be assessed by essay and by examination
Library and research skills will be taught in seminar sessions and assessed through written work
Key skills will be developed in particular in seminars
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||1||M||40||Information Gathering Exercise: collection of evaluated information sources on a specific topic, (1500 word)|
|Essay||1||M||50||2000 word essay|
|Written exercise||1||M||10||Bibliography exercise|
|Written exercise||1||M||‘What will I get out of my degree?’ 400 words, formatted according to the course guidelines|
|Written exercise||1||M||Participation in Blackboard discussion forums, tests and seminar presentations|
The Information Gathering Exercise will encourage the practice of finding, evaluating and referencing information in the library.
The student must also complete a specimen abstract and bibliography (minimum 10 items, including books, papers/chapters, and URLs).
Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.
All exchange students at Newcastle University including Erasmus, study-abroad, exchange proper and Loyola are warmly encouraged to do the same assessment as the domestic students unless they have compelling reasons not to do so. If this is the case, they are offered the option of writing one 3,000 word essay to be handed in by 12.00 p.m. of the Friday of the first week of the assessment period. This will replace all assessment work required of domestic students. If they wish to take up this option, students need to discuss it with their module leader, having checked with their home university that the new assessment will be accepted by them.
Students who opt for the alternative assessment because they will have to leave Newcastle University before the assessment period (excluding Erasmus students, who are contractually obliged to be at Newcastle until the end of the semester) should hand in their 3000-word essays before they go away. If this is not possible, they should tell the School exchange coordinator that they are going to submit their essays in absentia, then submit their essays through Blackboard and email copies of the essays to the School Office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Any essay received after the deadline will be considered as a late submission.
Note: The Module Catalogue now reflects module information relating to academic year 15/16. Please contact your School Office if you require module information for a previous academic year.
Disclaimer: The University will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver modules in accordance with the descriptions set out in this catalogue. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, however, the University reserves the right to introduce changes to the information given including the addition, withdrawal or restructuring of modules if it considers such action to be necessary.