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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Archaeology

Undergraduate Course: Archaeology 2A: Scotland before History (ARCA08013)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course aims to introduce students to the prehistory of Scotland providing a sound chronological and methodological foundation for understanding the archaeology of the country. The scope of the course is from the first settlers with the arrival of Mesolithic peoples through to the late Iron Age and the arrival of the Romans. Throughout the course specific key themes in the study of Scottish prehistory will be addressed.
Course description Week 1: Introduction and chronological overview
Week 2: Environmental history
Week 3: First settlers and human interaction with environment.
Week 4: Farming village communities of the Neolithic
Week 5: Megalithic monuments of the Neolithic
Week 6: New technologies- the ages of metal
Week 7: Emerging complex societies in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages
Week 8: Hillforts and farmsteads
Week 9: Celtic peoples
Week 10: A clash of civilisations- the arrival of the Romans
Week 11: Themes in historical archaeology
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Archaeology 1 (ARCA08007) OR ( Archaeology 1A (ARCA08004) AND Archaeology 1B (ARCA08005))
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNormally Archaeology 1A and Archaeology 1B or equivalent
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 18, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 154 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework (one portfolio of workof 3000-6000 words) = 40%, Exam (one 2-hour exam) = 60%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course it is intended that students will be able to:
produce a sound, properly referenced and concise piece of coursework, in accordance with the common marking scale;
demonstrate an understanding of (i) deep time and chronological frameworks, (ii) the human impact upon and relationship to the environment, (iii) the interpretation of material culture and, (iv) an understanding of developments and interactions in human society through time;
demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination, awareness of some key themes and ideas in archaeological research;
demonstrate, by way of portfolio and examination, an ability to read archaeolgical sources in a critical manner and to construct an reasoned argument using archaeological material.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsArch2A Scot bf Hist
Contacts
Course organiserDr Lisa Shillito
Tel: (0131 6)50 2554
Email: L.M.Shillito@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Summer Wight
Tel:
Email: Summer.Wight@ed.ac.uk
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