ARA2080 : The Archaeology of Medieval Europe: AD 400-1500
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Patrick Gleeson
- Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
This module aims:
• To provide students with a critical understanding of the key themes in medieval European archaeology
• To provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the key sources and methods used by medieval archaeologists, including excavation, survey, material culture and artefacts, art and architectural studies, text and image.
Outline Of Syllabus
The course will be split into three sections addressing key themes and debates:
Early Middle Ages, 400-800
• Migration and Ethnogenesis
• Formation of Kingdoms
• Conversion and Christianisation
• Settlement and Economy
• Trade and Exchange
Central Middle Ages, 800-1150
• Settlement and Economy
• Christian, Muslim and Pagans
• Peasants and Aristocracies
• Conquest and Colonisation
• Castles and Feudalism
Later Middle Ages, 1150-1500
• Elite Landscapes and Castles
• Villages and Towns
• Trade and Commercialisation
• Settlement and Landscape
• Religion and Society
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||21||1:00||21:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||62||1:00||62:00||37.8% of Guided Independent Study|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||62||1:00||62:00||37.8% of Guided Independent Study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||1:00||10:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||1||4:00||4:00||Fieldtrip to key medieval monuments|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||1||1:00||1:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||40||1:00||40:00||24.4% of Guided Independent Study|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
1. Lectures will provide students with an overview of the main topics and debates in medieval archaeology, the sources of evidence for same, and how to approach them.
2. Seminars will develop analytical skills, oral communication skills and your ability to work as part of a team, as well as an advanced knowledge and critical understanding of themes through student-led presentations and in-depth discussion of detailed case-studies.
3. Drop in surgery will provide specialist guidance on the preparation of assessed work for the course.
4. Private study to provide in-depth understanding through background reading, preparation of seminar presentations, identification/collation/analysis of information for assessments.
5. Field-trip will enable students to gain a fuller understanding of the nature of sites and artefacts.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|PC Examination||1||A||Mock exam through Blackboard where students identify key artefacts and monuments|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Essays will assess ability to analyse data critically and published interpretations relating to key themes in medieval archaeology using methods and techniques taught through lectures and seminars. Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing. The PC exam will test students’ knowledge of key medieval artefacts and monument, examining their knowledge of dates, contexts and provenance.
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.