MODULE DESCRIPTION 2017-18

AUTUMN SEMESTER

15 CREDITS

AAP6074 MEDITERRANEAN LANDSCAPES
CO-ORDINATOR: GIANNA AYALA
OTHER TUTORS: JANE REMPEL

MODULE OUTLINE

This module, based on lectures and seminars, explores the interaction between human societies and physical landscapes in the Mediterranean region through time. It covers how we investigate change and continuity in physical and cultural landscapes, how Mediterranean landscapes have been exploited and understood in various different ways by humans throughout history and how the particular forms of Mediterranean landscapes that exist today have come into being.


BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

This unit aims to:

  • introduce students to the conceptual and methodological frameworks within which landscapes have been studied in the Mediterranean
  • familiarise students with the range of physical landscapes encountered within the Mediterranean region
  • familiarise students with the ways in which Mediterranean landscapes have been modified under different historical conditions and have helped to shape past human societies
  • familiarise students with the ways in which Mediterranean landscapes have been conceptualised within different social and historical frameworks

MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  • a broad understanding of the long-term history of human interaction with landscapes in the Mediterranean
  • a critical engagement with some major issues and debates within Mediterranean landscape archaeology
  • an ability critically to evaluate reconstructions of past landscapes through contemporary fieldwork
  • an understanding of how the contemporary Mediterranean has been shaped by human activity over several millennia

EXAMPLES OF LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES

Our lectures/seminars are highly participative and taught by leaders in their field.

  • The Mediterranean: people and environment
  • Perceptions of the Mediterranean:from the Grand tour to Braudel
  • The physical landscape
  • Investigating human settlement 1: extensive reconnaissance
  • Intensive survey - Mediterranean myopia and investigating site loss
  • The Classical ‘Mediterranean diet’
  • The significance of small, Classical-Hellenistic rural sites in Greek intensive surveys
  • Mediterranean field projects
  • The Mediterranean present and future: the taming of the valleys and abandonment of the mountains
  • Reflecting on Mediterranean Landscapes
  • Light from the east? Arab agronomists in Sicily
  • Ecological imperialism: oriental and New World crops in the Mediterranean
  • Land use and land tenure.
  • Life in the Mediterranean Mountains
  • Land-and sea-transport in the ancient Mediterranean

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS ACQUIRED

Working with ideas - ability to think creatively and critically about the questions posed and solutions thereto considered in the course of the module
Researching - ability to evaluate critically and to use productively published sources of information.
Working with different data-sets - ability to use the differences between data-sets to generate significant insights
Data collection and analysis - ability to recognise the strengths/limitations of different methods/techniques of data capture and analysis and to evaluate critically the flaws and biases in diverse data sets and to assess their relevance to particular questions.
Team working - ability to contribute effectively to, and organise, group work
Communication Skills - communicating complex ideas and data sets with clarity both orally and in writing


STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type

Hours

Lectures 11
Seminars 4
Tutorials 1
Independent Study (including preparation for assessments) 134

ASSESSMENT

Method

% of marks

Hours/Length

Essay 100% 3000 words