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ARA2016 : Archaeologies of Greece

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims:
•       To provide students with advanced knowledge and a critical understanding of some of the key periods and debates in the archaeology of Greece.
•       To provide students with a critical understanding of the sources and methods that are available to Greek archaeologists including archaeological excavation and survey, material culture and artefact studies, epigraphy and literary texts.
•       To provide students with a critical understanding of the theoretical debates surrounding the rise and fall of social complexity and urbanisation.

Outline Of Syllabus

On multiple occasions through the Bronze and Iron Ages of Greece complex urban societies formed only to collapse and then form again. This punctuated pattern of the rise and fall of civilisation provides a perfect environment in which to ask some of the big questions in archaeology. Why do complex societies sometimes form? What brings people together to live in large urban settlements? What causes previously successful social forms to fail? What impact have events like natural disasters, climate change, and population movements had on human history? Do complex social and economic systems contain the seeds of their own destruction?

This course is designed to provide you with a comprehensive introduction to the archaeology of Greece from 2000 BC through to 500 BC. This covers the rise and fall of Minoan and Mycenaean civilisations, culminating in the rise of classical Greek city-states. We will look at a wide array of themes such as agriculture, craft, trade, power, warfare, burial, religion, and everyday life. Through these themes we shall explore the factors that led to social change.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion751:0075:0045% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture291:0029:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading751:0075:0045% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study141:0014:0010% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will introduce you to key topics and how to approach them. Lectures are not merely intended to provide you with answers. Instead, they will provide you with the knowledge and skills that will enable you to both formulate and answer your own questions. Your listening and note-taking skills will play a key role in this process. Seminars are an opportunity for you to develop your understanding dynamically, e.g. by engaging in discussion of how you should go about addressing archaeological questions, the relative merits of different types of evidence or approach to the sources or by gaining clarification of any points that you do not understand. In doing so you will develop your analytical skills, oral communication skills and your ability to work as part of a team.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M252000 words (including footnotes excluding bibliography)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam tests acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject to new questions, problem-solving skills, and adaptability, the ability to work unaided, and to write clearly and concisely.

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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