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ARA2080 : The Archaeology of Medieval Europe: AD 400-1500

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture211:0021:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion621:0062:0037.8% of Guided Independent Study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading621:0062:0037.8% of Guided Independent Study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork14:004:00Fieldtrip to key medieval monuments
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study401:0040:0024.4% of Guided Independent Study
Total200:00
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M301500 Words
Essay1M702500 Words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
PC Examination1AMock 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.

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