Module Catalogue 2020/21

ARA1027 : Introduction to Archaeology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Chloe Duckworth
  • Lecturer: Dr Lisa-Marie Shillito, Dr Chantal Conneller, Professor Ian Haynes, Dr Andrea Dolfini, Dr Eric Tourigny, Dr Sophie Moore, Dr Mark Jackson, Dr Matthew Haysom
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

The aims of this module are to provide students with an introduction to:

• the history of archaeological thought and its development into current theoretical approaches;
• methods and techniques used by archaeologists to investigate artefacts, sites and landscapes;
• ways in which archaeologists and anthropologists identify features of social and cultural life;
• the role of ethics and conservation in archaeology.

Outline Of Syllabus

Outline of syllabus (To inform module choice of current students):

•       Part 1: the development of archaeological thought and practice from antiquarianism to the present day. Trends in European thought; origins of archaeology; antiquarianism; the recognition of prehistory; culture history, New Archaeology and postprocessual archaeology.
•       Part 2: fieldwork (maps, survey and aerial photography); investigating sites by excavation; dating methods; interpreting material culture.
•       Part 3: themes in social and cultural life -- economy, cosmology, death and burial; heritage and ethics.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of this module students will know:
•       the major trends in archaeology as a discipline, and how these developments reflected wider intellectual movements.
•       the principal techniques archaeologists use to recognise, investigate and conserve material evidence of the past.
•       how archaeologists and anthropologists identify, explain features of social and cultural life.

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of this module students will have developed the following skills:
•       using software provided by the Robinson Library to conduct searches for references to sources located in the library and in online sources;
•       being aware of differences between books, edited volumes and conference proceedings, journals and journal articles, encyclopaedias and websites;
•       providing accurate and appropriate citations of references using the Harvard System, and knowing how to construct a bibliography.
•       assessing the usefulness and reliability of various different publication media, and being aware of the importance of evaluating source material for writing effective coursework;
•       taking notes from lectures and other information sources, and avoiding plagiarism when using notes in coursework;
•       presenting coursework to a standard required by Newcastle University's criteria for assessing work;
•       engaging in interpersonal communication through working in small groups in seminars;
•       being aware of ways in which archaeological and anthropological data are used, in order to develop these skills in later modules.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion481:0048:00Assessment preparation
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials182:0036:00Non-synchronous online lectures and lecture replacement materials
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities91:009:00Non-synchronous online structured guided learning
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery92:0018:00Synchronous online drop-in sessions and group discussions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study891:0089:00Independent learning
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

- Knowledge outcomes will be taught through lectures and seminars in class and developed through private study, they will be assessed.
- Library and research skills will be taught and assessed through written work.
- Key skills will be developed in particular in seminars.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M102000 word essay FIRST DRAFT
Essay1M402000 word essay SECOND DRAFT
Essay1A502000 word essay 2
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MParticipation in Blackboard discussion forums, tests and seminar presentations
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.