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Postgraduate Course: The Material Cultures of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic Scotland (ELCS11008)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEuropean Languages & Cultures - Scandinavian Stud Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will provide a practically-orientated introduction to the material cultures of Early Medieval Scotland, with a central focus on the archaeological heritage of the Vikings, Picts, and Dalriadan Scots. Students will receive tuition in contextualising historical themes, archaeological concepts and the regulations governing the possession, preservation and presentation of historical artefacts and monuments in Scotland. In addition to this, they will attend a series of workshops on artefacts and archives at the National Museum of Scotland and the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Edinburgh. In this way, the course aims to provide academic training for interdisciplinary research into Scotland's Early Medieval past, and practical experience of the responsibilities and constraints of work in the heritage sector. In line with Masters-level expectations, it will also seek to develop students' critical skills, intellectual independence and self-direction.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, student will have:
- Acquired a high level of familiarity with a range of relevant archaeological material.
- Developed an understanding of the relationship between academic research and work in the heritage sector.
- Demonstrated by way of essay and participation in teaching and learning activities an advanced understanding of the uses and limitations of archaeological material in interdisciplinary historical research, including the ability to engage critically with received assumptions and scholarly models.
- Refined the transferable skills attendant on historical studies and cultivated at SCQF Level 10, including (in particular) self-discipline, initiative, ability to work respectfully with others, time- and workload-management, intellectual integrity and autonomy, and effective oral and written expression.
Assessment Information
- 1 x 4000 word essay (100%), in which students will identify a theme in their core area of study which could be developed for an exhibition at the 'Museum of Northern Studies'. The essay should cover the reasons for the selection of the theme, the selection of artefacts available for display, any conceptual, legal and ethical issues involved in acquiring and presenting those artefacts, the role of our three partner institutions in the project, and any ways in which the exhibition could be developed into future projects, including publication.
- Formative exercise focused on one of the four 'workshop' sessions.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Crawford, B.E.C. (1987) Scandinavian Scotland.
Woolf, A. (2007) From Pictland to Alba 789-1070.
Fraser, J.E. (2009) From Caledonia to Pictland: Scotland to 795.
Graham Campbell, J. & Batey, C. (1998) Vikings in Scotland.
Foster, S.M. (1996) Picts, Gaels and Scots.
RCAHMS (2008) The Pictish Symbol Stones of Scotland.
RCAHMS (2010) Pictish and Viking-age Carvings from Shetland.
Renfrew, C. & Bahn, P. (2008) Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice.
Renfrew, C. & Bahn, P. (2005) Archaeology: The Key Concepts.

Frequent reference will also be made to the publications and archives of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, the RCAHMS and Historic Scotland.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserDr Alan Macniven
Tel: (0131 6)50 3279
Course secretaryMiss Sophie Bryan
Tel: 01316503030
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