MODULE DESCRIPTION 2018-19

AUTUMN SEMESTER 15 CREDITS
AAP6146 REINVENTING ARCHAEOLOGY
CO-ORDINATOR: PETER DAY
OTHER TUTORS: ROGER DOONAN, JOHN MORELAND

MODULE OUTLINE

This course will seek to understand how the structure of the modern practice of archaeology has come about and how changes in working methods and theoretical perspective may reconfigure the discipline. Reference will be made to the debates in method and theory and the relationships among certain specialisms. Students will develop, and to be able to express, their understanding of the discipline and the current and future position of their own ambitions.


BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

This unit aims to:

  • To explore, at an advanced level, the academic and professional relationships that have emerged in archaeology and how these connect with theoretical and practical issues that have emerged in the recent past.
  • To provide opportunities for students to critically reflect on the structure of the discipline and to situate their own studies and ambitions within the wider profession at an international level.

MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

  • Understand the logic of core theoretical debates in archaeology and their impact on professional and academic practice
  • Understand the contemporary context of archaeology from a global perspective
  • Be able to express their understanding of the above issues coherently
  • Be able to forge their own ambitions with respect to the wider context of the profession.

EXAMPLES OF LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES/TUTORIALS

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

  • Archaeology and its Traditions
  • How does Society change?
  • Humans and Choice
  • Landscape and Material Culture
  • Landscape, Architecture and Material Culture
  • Making History
  • Environmental Humanities and the Anthropocene
  • Identity, Nationalism and Conflict
  • Displacement and Migration

STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type

Hours

Lectures 16
Presentation seminars 6
Independent Study (including preparation for assessments) 128

ASSESSMENT

Method

% of marks

Hours/Length

Essay 70% 2000 words
Presentation 30% 10 minutes