MODULE DESCRIPTION 2018-19

AUTUMN SEMESTER

15 CREDITS

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

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: Archaeological Field Survey
  • Urbanism: the rise of the city
  • Colonisation and colonialism: domination and resitance in the landscape
  • Is it a farm? Interpreting, small, Classical-Hellenistic rural sites in the Greek world
  • Mediterranean field projects
  • The Mediterranean present and future: the taming of the valleys and abandonment of the mountains
  • Reflecting on Mediterranean Landscapes
  • Ecological imperialism: oriental and New World crops in the Mediterranean

STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type

Hours

Lectures 1
Workshops 17
Tutorials 1
Independent Study (including preparation for assessments) 134

ASSESSMENT

Method

% of marks

Hours/Length

Essay 100% 3000 words