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Module

ARA8190 : Research Themes, Theories and Skills in Archaeology I

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This module will cover two main areas:

1) It will introduce key theoretical and methodological questions in archaeology through a series of case-study seminars. Each seminar will be led by a member of archaeology staff and will develop advanced understanding of a particular theme. The themes will relate to the current research strands in Archaeology at Newcastle, and will refer to particular issues linked to each academic staff member’s own research.

2) It will also introduce and give students the opportunity to practice a range of practical research skills which will be useful to employ in other modules during the MA and in later careers.

Outline Of Syllabus

Outline syllabus, intended as a guide only; week-by-week topics may be slightly different to the following:

Theory Seminars to include: Landscapes, Bodies, Material Culture
• Workshops: Digital illustration
• Workshop: Employing regional and national archives in the UK.
• Workshop: Studying material culture and museum collections.
Summative Assessment: Theory Essay to be submitted
• Workshops: Using databases in archaeology.
• Workshops: Introduction to using GIS in archaeological research.
• Workshop: Who is afraid of statistics?
• Workshop: Using radiocarbon dates and Ox Cal.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Museum resources
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion191:0019:00assessment preparation
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities112:0022:00Databases, illustrations, C14, GIS, maps and archives, statistics [non-synchronous online]
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading161:0016:00Independent learning related to theory seminars
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities11:001:00Library skills TEL activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Theory Seminars
Guided Independent StudySkills practice221:0022:00To complement Databases, Illustrations, C14, GIS, Maps, archives and Statistics
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery111:0011:00Drop in Surgery to go with the academic skills activities
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Introductory sessions will give students a grounding in accessing the library and museum resources in the university at Newcastle. Theory seminars will introduce students to members of academic staff and theoretical perspectives in archaeology. Students will prepare for each of these seminars and select one of the seminar topics as the basis of their essay (assignment) for this module. A series of practical sessions will help to develop students' skills in various aspects of academic research in archaeology. Students will be expected to employ these skills in other modules during the MA and in their future careers.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002000 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The subject of the essay will relate to one of the theoretical seminars. The essay will assess
understanding of and ability to critically analyse data and published interpretations relating to key themes in
archaeological theory.


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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