MODULE DESCRIPTION 2017-2018


AUTUMN SEMESTER 20 CREDITS



AAP200 THINKING THROUGH ARCHAEOLOGY



CO-ORDINATOR: ROGER DOONAN
OTHER TUTORS: PETER DAY


MODULE OUTLINE

This module provides you with a basic intellectual route-map through the complex literature that addresses the definition of human society, the nature of scientific reasoning, the nature of historical analysis, and the place of archaeology in contemporary society. All these issues have had a major impact upon the history of archaeology over the last 40 years, and all these issues are fundamentally important in developing the skills in detailed empirical analysis that are required by archaeology.


BROAD ACADEMIC AIMS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIT

• deliver key knowledge on changing theoretical perspectives within archaeology;
• foster critical thinking and a reflexive approach to learning;
• inculcate awareness of the place of archaeology in the modern world;
• undermine/break-down the theory/practice and Arts/Science oppositions that currently fracture the discipline.


MEASUREABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this module students should be able to demonstrate:
• demonstrate the acquisition of key knowledge on the development of archaeological thinking;
• deploy that knowledge in other Level 2 and 3 modules offered within the Department;
• demonstrate the development of key skills in critical thinking and reflexivity;
• deploy those skills, initially in other Level 2 and 3 modules offered within the Department and then more widely;
• demonstrate an understanding of the key issues surrounding the practice of archaeology in the modern world;
• demonstrate a practical understanding of the recursive connections that bind theory and practice in modern archaeology (and in scholarship more generally).


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS ACQUIRED

Ability to critically evaluate scientific evidence and theoretical interpretations, and deploy to skills acquired.


STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Type Hours
Lectures / Seminars 12
Group Activity 8

Independent Study (including preparation for assessments)
180


ASSESSMENT

Method % of marks Length /words
Presentations 30%
Assignment 70% 2000


EXAMPLE LECTURE/SEMINAR TITLES

  • Think through Archaeology I
  • Think through Archaeology II
  • Gender: Epistemology, historiography and current practice of archaeology
  • Environment: Epistemology, historiography and current practice of archaeology
  • Material Culture: Epistemology, historiography and current practice of archaeology
  • Change: Epistemology, historiography and current practice of archaeology