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CAH8016 : Graduate Seminar in Greek Archaeology

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sally Waite
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The Graduate seminar utilises Newcastle University’s exceptional collection of Greek material to offer small group teaching on major categories of Greek artefacts.

Students have the opportunity to work closely with a wide range of objects from the Shefton Collection whilst exploring themes pertinent to the study of Greek art and archaeology.

This course offers students a detailed introduction to major categories of Greek art-historical and archaeological material. It will demonstrate the ways in which the study of artefacts illuminates broader patterns within Greek society.

Outline Of Syllabus

The following are some of the central topics typically included in seminars

Religion and ritual
Death and burial

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion601:0060:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading501:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:001x 2 hour seminar per week
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities113:0033:00seminar reading and preparation 3 hours per week
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00assessment tutorial, present in person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study311:0031:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Seminars develop artefact identification and analysis skills alongside knowledge of key themes in Greek archaeology promoting improvements in oral communication and problem-solving skills.

The emphasis on seminars and tutorials is to support a flexible response to the development of student skills and interests. Each seminar is based around close study of a range of artefacts.

Each seminar is based around artefact analysis so this module requires present in person teaching.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A702,500 word essay on agreed topic in Greek Art or Archaeology
Written exercise1M30Artefact study: 1000 words on an object in the Shefton Collection
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Research proposal1M500 word proposal for essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The artefact study requires a depth of knowledge of an artefact within the Shefton Collection and develops curatorial skills at a professional level.
The essay requires students to research a topic in Greek art or archaeology which they explore through independent study applying the practical and research skills demonstrated in the seminars.
A formative essay plan will ensure that the aims of the assignment are fully clarified.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes and develops key skills in research, reading and writing. Work submitted during the delivery of the module forms a means of determining student progress.

All of the assessments for this module will be submitted and marked online

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.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. Where an exam is present, an alternative form of assessment will be set and where coursework is present, an alternative deadline will be set. Details of the alternative assessment will be provided by the module leader.

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