Module Catalogue 2020/21

ARA3100 : Archaeologies of the Middle Sea: An Armchair Voyage Across the Prehistoric Mediterranean

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrea Dolfini
  • Lecturer: Dr Matthew Haysom
  • Teaching Assistant: Miss Elenora Montanari
  • 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

What made the Mediterranean Sea the centre of gravity for many ancient civilisations? Why did Greeks, Romans, and Phoenicians relentlessly fight to control its coasts and trade routes? The module will address these questions by exploring the unique social and political trajectories taken by Mediterranean communities and polities from the Neolithic to the Iron Age, c.7000 to 500 BC. As part of this fascinating armchair journey, we will explore as diverse themes as the spread of the Neolithic way of life; the emergence of social complexity in Copper Age Iberia; the collapse of the Mycenaean palaces at the end of the Bronze Age; and the emergence of urban societies in Iron Age Greece and Italy. The module consists of thematic lectures, seminars, and a blend of online resources including videos, exercises, and quizzes. The lectures present general overviews of cultural frameworks and social developments; the seminars provide students with the opportunity to discuss current problems in later Mediterranean prehistory; and the online resources offer meaningful opportunities to test and deepen one's knowledge.
The aims of the module are:
• To provide students with advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the archaeology of the Mediterranean from the Neolithic to the Iron Age.
• To provide students with in-depth understanding of cultural and social connections between Mediterranean societies in later prehistory.
• To provide students with a critical understanding of the emergence of social complexity and urbanism in pre-classical Mediterranean civilisations.

Outline Of Syllabus

Themes explored during the module may include: Mediterranean landscapes and seascapes; the emergence and spread of the Neolithic way of life; the Copper Age in the central Mediterranean; the emergence of social complexity in Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age Iberia; the Minoan and Mycenaeans civilisations; the Iron Age in Italy; and urbanism and state formation before the classical Greeks and Romans.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

- A critical overview of cultural and social developments in the prehistoric Mediterranean, c.7000-500 BC.
- In-depth knowledge and understanding of selected themes and subjects in later Mediterranean prehistory.
- A critical understanding of social and cultural transformations in the prehistoric Mediterranean, with particular reference to the spread of the Neolithic way of life, the emergence of social complexity, and the rise of pre-classical urban societies.

Intended Skill Outcomes

- An ability to assimilate and critically evaluate a rich and diverse range of data.
- An ability to assess and discuss key problems and scholarly opinions in later Mediterranean prehistory.
- Advanced oral communication skills and critical thinking through seminar discussions.
- Advanced written communication skills through formative and summative assessment.

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 completion361:0036:00Preparation of assessed powerpoint and essay
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials92:0018:00Non-synchronous recapped lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading361:0036:00Directed research and reading
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:00Non-synchronous structured research activities, formative practice and skill enhancement
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Synchronous timetabled seminars, group discussions and surgeries
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops61:006:00Student project presentations
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study741:0074:00Independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00Synchronous timetabled welcome and recap sessions
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Module talks introduce/recap the module and foster personal contact between students and lecturers. Lectures provide in-depth knowledge concerning key themes and topics. Seminars promote debate over and critical evaluation of the themes and topics covered in lectures. Student project presentations improve student communication skills and provide an opportunity for reviewed formative assessment. Structured research and reading activities including quizzes, exercises and online resources test student understanding and provide further opportunities for interactive learning.

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
Written exercise1M75Student project concerning a region, period or theme in later Mediterranean prehistory (3000 word essay)
Written exercise1M25Submitted PowerPoint presentation
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1M15 minute presentation of student project
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Student projects enable students to work originally, independently and in-depth on a theme, region or period of their choice in Mediterranean prehistory, from the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition to the emergence of classical civilisations. The project is split into two component: PowerPoint presentation (25%), which the students submit having received feedback during a non-assessed oral presentation session, and a 3000 word essay developing the topic further and at greater critical depth.


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.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

Original Handbook text: Broodbank, C. 2013. The Making of the Middle Sea. London: Thames & Hudson

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.