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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Frontiers in Archaeology: Research Seminars (PGHC11001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA series of 11 seminars, with presentations and group discussions, based on set reading items, dealing mainly with aspects of archaeological practice, methodology and interpretation. The course also involves some practical hands-on sessions (teaching collection, lab and museum visit). There is an emphasis on the analysis of archaeological data (e.g. excavations, surveys, artefacts, ecofacts) and on conceptual building blocks in archaeology (e.g. chronology, time, formation processes, field survey, trade and interaction, artefact analysis), supplemented in some weeks by selected theoretical perspectives (aspects of social archaeology, identity).
Course description There is an emphasis on the analysis of archaeological data (e.g. excavations, surveys, artefacts, ecofacts) and on conceptual building blocks in archaeology (e.g. chronology, time, formation processes, field survey, trade and interaction, artefact analysis), supplemented in some weeks by selected theoretical perspectives (aspects of social archaeology, identity). The course complements the more explicitly theoretical basis of the MSc/Diploma course, Theoretical Archaeology, and is also intended to ensure that all candidates, regardless of prior knowledge and experience, are well acquainted with the ┐nuts and bolts┐ of archaeological practice and methods. Coverage is fairly broad and so it is important that students read as widely and intensively as possible as the course progresses. At the same time, discussion of the prescribed themes is expected to extend well beyond the introductory level and to explore a range of applications and theoretical implications. You are also encouraged to consider and discuss the potential relevance of these themes to specific case studies or potential research topics in which you have a particular interest.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. Essay, with set questions, 3000 words (excluding bibliography), due end of semester) (80%)

2. Illustrated short paper, maximum 500 words, based on a seminar paper given in weeks 1-5, using either three or four illustrations/graphic representations in order to convey the main information. (20%). Due by end of week 6.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate by way of coursework a detailed and critical command of the body of knowledge concerning the subject matter of the course;
  2. Demonstrate by way of coursework an ability to analyse and reflect critically upon relevant methods and practices in contemporary Archaeology and their place in the wider context of Archaeological research;
  3. Demonstrate by way of coursework and seminar participation, an ability to understand and apply research skills to the investigation of the material covered in the course;
  4. Demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain original scholarly arguments in oral and written form in seminar discussions, presentations, and coursework by independently formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. Demonstrate, by way of seminar discussions, presentations, and written coursework, originality and independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Carver, M. 2009. Archaeological Investigation. Routledge.

Gamble, C. 2001. Archaeology: The Basics. Routledge, London.

Greene, K. & Moore, T. 2010. Archaeology. An Introduction. Routledge.

Johnson, M. 2010. Archaeological Theory: an Introduction. Blackwell, Oxford (2nd ed).

Preucel, R. W. & Mrozowski, S.A. 2010. Contemporary Archaeology in Theory: the new pragmatism. Wiley-Blackwell.

Preucel, R.W. & Hodder, I. (eds) 1996. Contemporary Theory in Archaeology: a Reader. Blackwell, Oxford.

Renfrew, C. & Bahn, P. 2012. Archaeology: Theory, Method and Practice. Thames and Hudson, London. (= 6th edition).

Renfrew, C. and Bahn, P. (eds.) 2004. Archaeology; the key concepts. Routledge.

Scarre, C. (ed) 2005. The Human Past. World Prehistory and the Development of Human Societies. Thames and Hudson.

Trigger, B. 2006. A History of Archaeological Thought. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. (1st 1989 ed is also good).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsFrontiersinArch
Contacts
Course organiserDr Robert Leighton
Tel: (0131 6)50 8197
Email: Robert.Leighton@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)50 3782
Email: Gordon.Littlejohn@ed.ac.uk
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