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ARA8184 : Bodies in Prehistoric Europe c. 6500-700 BC (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

1. To provide a thematic and theoretical framework for investigating later prehistoric bodies.

2. To provide an advanced knowledge and understanding of bodies and embodied experience in Neolithic and Bronze Age Europe.

3. To develop a critical understanding of ‘technologies of the body’, personhood, social organization and religious belief in Neolithic and Bronze Age Europe.

4. To develop the ability to conduct independent learning and research into later prehistoric archaeology and/or the human body in archaeology.

Outline Of Syllabus

The classroom teaching for the module consists of a series of 2 hour sessions which begin with a 30 minute lecture and proceed to seminar discussion at which staff and students discuss key readings agreed in advance. In addition each student is expected to make appointments for around 2 hours of tutorial time with one of the three teaching staff to discuss preparation of their assignment. Each student will give a 20 minute presentation on their assignment topic and will receive verbal feedback on this formative assessment in preparation for their written summatively assessed assignment.


The syllabus runs as follows, subject to minor variations (sessions led by CF unless otherwise stated):

Week 1 (4 hrs)
1-What is the body? What constitutes evidence for prehistoric bodies?
2-Approaches to prehistoric bodies
Week 2
3-Mesolithic Bodies in northern Europe: fragmented bodies, composite burials [CC]
Week 3
4-Bodies at the Mesolithic/Neolithic transition: the Danube Gorges [CC]
Week 4 (4 hrs)
5-Neolithic bodies in SE Europe: representation and the body
6-Oetzi 'the Iceman' in context: real and represented Chalcolithic bodies in southern Europe [AD]
Week 5
7-LBK bodies in life and after death
Week 6
8-Corded Ware and Bell Beaker bodies in continental Europe [CF]
Week 7
9-Bodies in Earlier Neolithic Britain
Week 8
10-Bodies in Later Neolithic Britain (CF)
Week 9
11-Bodies in Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age Britain 1: putting single inhumation in context
Week 10
12-Bodies in Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age Britain 2: Cremating bodies in the British EBA
Week 11
13 – Bronze Age bodies in Continental Europe (CF)
Week 12
14 -student presentations and feedback (AD, CF)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1118:00118:00Preparation and completion of assessment (including short presentation by student)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture130:306:30Lectures and seminars introduce the evidence and interpretive themes
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading134:0052:00Students' preparation for seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching131:3019:30Lectures and seminars introduce the evidence and interpretive themes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Student presentation session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision21:002:00To assist students with their projects (Based on 10 students)
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

General themes, archaeological evidence and interpretation are introduced by lecture during the first 30 minutes of each 2-hour session. Students are asked to complete two or three readings in advance of each session and will be given a reading brief outlining topics to focus on. C. 1.5 hours of each session will consist of detailed discussion of the set readings. The final session will revolve around student presentations on their chosen assessment topic which will help develop oral communication skills, provide immediate feedback on progress, and develop the specific knowledge of source material required. Two one-to-one meetings between student and supervisor (one before and one after the presentation) will help the student prepare for the assessment.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1004000 - 4500 word essay on topic agreed with module leader
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2M20 minute presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written assignment evaluates the student’s knowledge and critical understanding of the module subject, writing skills, and ability to undertake independent research on European prehistory. Formative student presentations on their chosen assessment topic will provide immediate feedback on progress, and develop the specific knowledge of source material required. Two one-to-one meetings between student and supervisor (one before and one after the presentation) will help the student prepare for the assessment and assist in the development of research skills.

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.

Reading Lists

Timetable