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Module

ARA3002 : Dissertation in Ancient History & Archaeology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Caron Newman
  • Lecturer: Dr Rob Collins, Dr James Gerrard, Professor Ian Haynes, Dr Eric Tourigny, Dr Mark Jackson, Dr Matthew Haysom, Dr Andrea Dolfini, Dr Chantal Conneller, Professor Sam Turner, Dr Chris Fowler
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 20.0

Aims

The aims of this module are:

To furnish students with the skills for producing (under supervision) an independent piece of research in the form of a dissertation.
To improve skills in written presentation and research techniques.
To provide an opportunity to reflect upon how studies might be continued at postgraduate level.

The module encourages students to integrate documentary sources (written history) and archaeological evidence within their dissertation. It is a requirement of the module that some consideration of both be included in the final work.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module commences with a training course in independent research skills, which is taken in semester 1 by all students undertaking dissertations in archaeology. Students will develop cognitive, subject-specific and key skills required to produce an independent piece of research. Individual students will also arrange tutorials with their supervisor. Assessment of this introductory stage takes the form of a research proposal which will explain the importance and research context of the dissertation topic, accompanied by a concise outline of the dissertation's structure, a summary of methodological approaches and source materials, and a brief review of previous work in this field (2000 words).

Building on the skills acquired in the research training element of the module, students then go on in Semester 2 to complete an independent piece of written research, working under the supervision of a member of staff. The outcome will be a Dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words, bound and formatted according to module specifications.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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