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ARA8180 : Early Medieval Western Europe

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module will provide students with an in-depth knowledge of major themes in early medieval archaeology. We will study the sources and methods that are available to early medieval archaeologists such as archaeological excavation and survey, landscapes, artefactual studies, and historical documents. Drawing on examples from western Europe, we will explore key themes in early medieval archaeology to gain an in depth understanding of the period.

The aims of this module are:
1. To provide an advanced understanding of the sources and methods used by early medieval archaeologists.
2. To provide an in depth knowledge of key themes relating to the early medieval archaeology of western Europe.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction and background to early medieval archaeology
The end of Rome and the Migration Period
Early medieval settlements and burials
Late Antiquity and the Atlantic seaways
Kingship and the origins of kingdoms
Burials and monuments in the age of conversion
Churches and monasteries
Travel, trade and exchange
The origins of the medieval landscape
Rural society, defence and administration

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion851:0085:0050% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading451:0045:0025% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching20:301:00Individual Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork16:006:00Field trip to study relevent site in the region
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study411:0041:0025% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Seminars will provide advanced knowledge and critical understanding of themes through presentation and in-depth discussion of detailed case-studies.
2. Tutorial to provide specialist guidance on preparation of assessed work.
3. Private study to provide in-depth understanding through background reading, preparation of seminar presentations, identification/collation/analysis of information for assessments.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M351,500 words
Essay1M652,500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Essays will assess ability to draw on a range of relevant data and published interpretations and critically analyse them in relation to one or more key themes in early medieval archaeology. They will also provide the opportunity to demonstrate an advanced ability to apply relevant analytical techniques (e.g. GIS; artefact analysis).

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

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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