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ARA2097 : Historical Archaeology of the Modern World (post 1492)

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module explores the physical and social landscapes created in the ‘New World’ (and at ‘home’ in Europe too), as European colonisers interacted with indigenous peoples. We focus on four case study areas (the Caribbean, the USA, Western and Southern Africa, and Britain), and look mainly at the period from 1492 – c.1900. Topics to be covered include the archaeology of Spanish and British settlement in the Caribbean; the study of colonial elites and indigenous peoples in British North America; the archaeology of slavery and of global consumerism; archaeology and racism in Southern Africa, and colonial heritage presentation issues today.

The aims of this module are:

• To introduce students to the historical archaeology of European overseas exploration and settlement, in selected contexts from 1492 to the 19th century.
• To introduce students to the historical archaeology of Britain after 1492, and to encourage an understanding of the relationship between overseas exploration and developments in the ‘home’ country.
• To examine and engage in debates about the range of interpretative frameworks available for modelling contact and culture change in selected colonial contexts.
• To expand students’ understanding of the relationship between documentary sources and archaeological data that characterises historical archaeology as a discipline.

Outline Of Syllabus

Week 1 - Introduction
Week 2-3 - The Caribbean
Week 4-7 - North America
Week 8-11 - The slave trade and West and Southern Africa
Week 12 - Bringing it home to Britain

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion621:0062:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading621:0062:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study301:0030:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide a broad overview of the historical archaeology of one of four selected case-studies areas. Seminars either examine one aspect of that week’s overview in greater depth, or cover aspects of study skills and coursework preparation. Many seminars involve some group work, and all are designed to tie in to, and support, the set written work. Advance (group) preparatory work is required for most seminars

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises2M50Problem solving exercise (New Frisia) 2000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Data handling exercise (Assessment 1) fosters independent research and problem solving skills, and the exam (Assessment
2) tests breadth of understanding of the central concepts, datasets and issues raised in the module.

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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