Global Opportunities

ARA1030 : The Archaeology of Britain from the Romans to the 20th Century

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module will explore the archaeology of Britain from the beginning of the Roma period to the 20th century. The lectures will provide a survey of the character of the archaeology of Roman Britain, the medieval period, and the post-medieval period, and will illustrate the ways in which this material has been interpreted. Taught components will also be used to support students with their writing skills (e.g. grammar, style, presentation, structure, referencing), and help students to develop a clear understanding of best practice in the preparation and presentation of written work at degree level. The seminars will investigate specific topics and themes in greater depth, and build upon the knowledge and understanding developed during lectures.

The aims of this module are therefore to:
• introduce the Roman, early medieval, late medieval and post-medieval archaeology of Britain
• introduce the interpretation of the historical periods through landscapes, monuments and material culture
• improve and enhance student writing skills

Outline Of Syllabus

The archaeology of Roman Britain
The early medieval period in Britain
The later medieval period in Britain
Post-medieval and modern archaeology: industry and consumption

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00Live lectures, taught on campus if possible
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion611:0061:00Preparation for two essays
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00Pre-recorded lectures, other learning resources, or structured reading. Counts as contact hours.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading181:0018:00Structured reading and Canvas quiz on each lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Live seminars, on campus if possible
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities181:0018:00Write Right and additional reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study701:0070:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The period-based lectures provide basic information and overviews. The writing skills lectures furnish students with key skills required to produce degree level written work. Eleven small-group seminars (on aspects of the four main syllabus areas) will provide opportunities for in-depth discussion and analysis.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M501750 words
Essay2A501750 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Two essays will test written communication skills and students' ability to relate their knowledge to some of the main themes in the archaeology of historic periods in Britain. Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, and 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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