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ARA2011 : Later European Prehistory

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module examines the period from the beginning of the Neolithic to the late Iron Age. The lectures will concentrate on major types of archaeological evidence and important social themes which are recognizable across much of temperate Europe. You will also have the opportunity to explore particular evidence and social themes in greater detail through seminars.

The module can be broadly divided into three general sections:

The first of these discusses the development and spread of farming society across Neolithic Europe.
The second general section provides a framework for the origins of metallurgy and examines the development of complex agricultural societies during the Bronze Age.
The final section explores Iron Age society and considers the increasingly important interaction between temperate Europe and the Roman Empire, the ‘Celts’, and urbanism and state formation.

In addition, there will be tutorials linked directly to successfully completing the two essays.

This module aims to:
• develop an understanding of basic cultural variability across temperate Europe during the Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age
• provide detailed knowledge of the social structures which characterise the major periods of later European prehistory
• develop an ability to discuss the relationship between evidence and interpretation

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics covered in the classroom may include:
The Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in Europe
The Neolithic economy, society and ‘way of life’ in temperate Europe
Chalcolithic burial and society in Europe
Bronze Age metalwork
Bronze Age warfare: the material evidence
Bronze Age settlement, burial and society
Bronze Age cosmology
The Early Iron Age in Europe: the Hallstatt period
The Late Iron Age in Europe: the La Tene period and the problem with the ‘Celtic’ identity
The Late Iron Age in Europe: burial and society

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion651:0065:0040% of guided independent studies
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading651:0065:0040% of guided independent studies
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Tutorial
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study341:0034:0020% of guided independent studies
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A series of subject-specific lectures will provide an introduction to the aims and objectives of the module, its form of assessment, and then a detailed outline of later European prehistory. Students will be expected to individually complete 185 hours of reading/writing for each of the extended essays.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M502000 words
Essay2M502000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The two extended essays will provide experience of discussing subject-specific knowledge, including the relationship between evidence and interpretation, and encourage understanding, time management and literacy skills.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

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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