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ARA3013 : Early Medieval Northern Europe

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module will provide students with an in-depth knowledge of key themes in the early medieval archaeology of Northern Europe, with a focus on the lands now making up England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. We will explore key themes in early medieval archaeology to gain an in depth understanding of the period.
The aims of this module are:
1. To provide an in depth knowledge of key themes relating to the early medieval archaeology.
2. To examine the sources and methods that are available to early medievalists including archaeological excavation and survey, landscapes, artefact studies, and historical documents.

Outline Of Syllabus

The course will examine the following key themes in early medieval archaeology:

Regionality in the North European ‘Iron Age’
Migration and Ethnicity
Art and Material Culture
Cult and Kingship
Death, Belief and Commemoration
Conversion and Christianisation
Christian Spaces and Royal Places
Settlement and Landscape
Trade and Exchange
Kingdoms and Governance
The Viking Age
Urbanism and Trade Systems
Ethnicity and Rural Landscapes
Religion and Society

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion531:0053:001/3 guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading531:0053:001/3 guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching20:150:30N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork17:007:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study153:3053:301/3 guided independent study
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
ARA8113Early Medieval Northern Europe
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Seminars will provide advanced knowledge and critical understanding of themes through presentation and in-depth discussion of detailed case-studies.
2. Tutorial to provide specialist guidance on preparation of assessed work.
3. Private study to provide in-depth understanding through background reading, preparation of seminar presentations, identification/collation/analysis of information for assessments.
4. Field-trips 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
Essay2M401500 words
Essay2M602500 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MSeminar paper
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Essays will assess ability to analyse data critically and published interpretations relating to key themes in early medieval studies 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.


This module can be made available to Erasmus students only with the agreement of the Head of Subject and of the Module Leader. This option must be discussed in person at the beginning of your exchange period. No restrictions apply to study-abroad, exchange and Loyola students.

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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